Saturday, February 19, 2011

white coat time

So I've always heard about the white coat ceremony, but never really knew what it was all about. It's a tradition in some medical professions for students to receive their white coats prior to working with patients. At UNLV, dental students start working in the clinic early in their studies, so that's why they had this ceremony so soon. Along with receiving their white coat, they sign and repeat a professional pledge that basically says they will have honesty and integrity in their profession and do everything in their knowledge and ability to serve their patients. It was extra special to have Dr. Raymond D. Rawson read the pledge. He's a Dentist, former State Senator, Stake President and Patriarch. Rich received his Patriarchal blessing from Dr. Rawson when he was first called as the Patriarch. Rich also worked as a gate guard in his neighborhood the summer before he left on his mission. They would often chat and one day Rich told him that he was going to buy a nice digital camera to take to Tonga. The next day Dr. Rawson showed up with a new camera, memory cards and a gift certificate to Best Buy, all for Rich. It was an honor to meet such an accomplished, generous and humble man. He's in the last picture with us.Way to go Rich!!! :)

8 comments:

jackie said...

wow that is so exciting and cool!! he looks so official.

Bianca said...

yay rich! what a cool experience to have his old patriarch there. love you, miss you!

J. and A. P. said...

how exciting- glad you could experience that ;)

Steph said...

I didn't know you guys had a blog! I'm so excited to go read all your posts now! It was fun to see you again and chat at the ceremony! We definitely need to get together soon!

Linda said...

Exciting times! Congrats! Love you both so much!

Mandy and Brian said...

Looking good Rich! That's a cool story about the doctor. Hope you kids are still having fun...we want to come see you again soon!

Nicole Wood said...

You looks so professional, congrats

debs said...

You look all dentisty. Nate may become "Doctor Cannon" as well, but its not quite the same if you don't have the white coat to back it up (sorry Nate). Congratulations!