Fostering Professional Development Among UK Dental Undergraduates with a Dental Scrubs Ceremony: Findings of a Two Year Study
This conference paper documents a pilot initiative at a UK Dental School to strengthen its informal curriculum on professionalism with the introduction of a scrubs ceremony for its second year students. The Scrubs ceremony was inspired by the White Coat ceremonies that medical students have in North America universities (e.g. Huber 2003, Karnieli-Miller, Frankel, Veatch 2002). This event marks the students’ first step in their professional and clinical development, as they transition from pre-clinical to clinical stage of their studies, with the public presentation of dental scrubs to the student cohort and the recitation of a pledge of conduct. An evaluation of this initiative and its impact on students and faculty staff’s perception of dental professionalism will be presented and discussed.