White Coat Ceremony 2019
01 Nov 2019
On 16 October 2019, 60 students from Singapore Polytechnic’s Diploma in Optometry were presented with their white coat. The White Coat Ceremony is symbolic within the field of medicine and healthcare as it signifies the beginning of a student’s journey towards a lifelong profession as a physician or clinician. It also represents professionalism, care and trust, which they should provide to their patients. They ceremony thus serves to highlight the importance of the white coat and the responsibility each student clinician has towards serving patients.
Mr Dylan Eng, Course Chair of Singapore Polytechnic’s Diploma in Optometry emphasised the role of optometrists in the context of Singapore’s myopic and ageing population. Dr Koh Liang Hwee, President of the Singapore Optometric Association also graced the event to share his personal account of how optometrists can make a difference in the lives of others by performing their optometric duties competently and responsibly.
This was followed by an inspirational speech by final year student, Koji Goh, who encouraged his peers to make full use of the learning opportunities in Singapore Polytechnic.
At the ceremony, students donned their white coat and pledged their commitment to perform their duties to the highest standards, ethics and ideals of the optometric profession.