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Ewha College of Medicine Hosts the 2021 White Coat Ceremony
Ewha College of Medicine Hosts the 2021 White Coat Ceremony Ewha College of Medicine Hosts the 2021 White Coat Ceremony The College of Medicine (Dean Han Jae-jin) hosted the 2021 White Coat Ceremony at Gyerim Hall of Medicine Building in the Magok Campus on May 21. The white coat ceremony is a rite of passage that is intended to remind students of their sense of duty, responsibility, and respectful attitude towards life, which are virtues that future doctors must uphold, by allowing them to put on the iconic white coat worn by doctors and reflect over the meaning of the profession before the students in their second year of medical school are assigned to hospitals for clinical practice. Due to COVID-19, only a limited number of guests were invited to this year’s event, comprised of internal guests, medical professors, and students. For families and friends who were unable to attend, the entire event was live-streamed via YouTube. Dean Han Jae-jin delivered congratulatory remarks to 68 future doctors, encouraging them with the following words: “It is my wish that all of you will work hard towards your dreams while keeping Ewha’s motto and vision at heart, ultimately becoming excellent medical practitioners who will contribute to the development of the country and human society and to grow as doctors and medical scientists who will lead the future of medicine and build a sense of empathy towards the world.” Director of Ewha Medical Center Ryu Kyung-ha offered congratulations to students who will soon be participating in clinical practice, stating “Ewha Medical Center is Korea’s first specialist women’s hospital, Korea’s first medical training center for female students, and the hospital that produced the country’s first female doctors and nurses. From now on, the hospital will be led by all of you.” During the white coat ceremony, the Dean of College of Medicine, the Director of Ewha Medical Center, the President of Ewha College of Medicine Alumnae, the Director of Ewha Womans University Seoul Hospital, and the Director of Ewha Womans University Mokdong Hospital assisted five student representatives on the podium into their coats. All other students were also wearing their white coats in their seats. Student representative Kim Yu-rim (medicine, incoming class of 2020) read aloud the Student Doctor’s Declaration of Ethics and vowed that “As a medical student and future doctor, we will value the human rights and wellbeing of patients as our paramount concern and make utmost efforts to engage in clinical practice with a sincere and honest attitude in accordance with guidance from senior doctors”. The 68 medical students who received white coats will participate in clinical practice at Ewha Womans University Seoul Hospital and Ewha Womans University Mokdong Hospital from their third year. Through clinical practice, they will be able to obtain field experience in patient treatment, which they will experience as doctors after graduation, and nurture practical clinical capabilities such as various clinical skills, field knowledge, and medical ethics by applying their theoretical knowledge to practice.
International Foundation for Ewha Womans University Launched a Commemorative Ceremony Celebrating Its 50th Anniversary
International Foundation for Ewha Womans University Launched a Commemorative Ceremony Celebrating Its 50th Anniversary International Foundation for Ewha Womans University Launched a Commemorative Ceremony Celebrating Its 50th Anniversary The International Foundation for Ewha Womans University (hereinafter “IFEWU”) launched a commemorative ceremony marking its 50th anniversary on April 23. The IFEWU is a non-profit organization established in 1970 by the American and Canadian friends of Ewha, Christian groups including the National United Methodist Church, and Ewha alumnae in North America and their family members with the aim to financially support the school, promoting various activities that encourage cooperation between North America-based organizations and Ewha alumnae, while also providing active sponsorships for improving the school’s educational environment and facilities and scholarships over the last 50 years. The IFEWU originally planned to host a commemorative service and dinner event to celebrate its 50th anniversary in April last year, but the offline event was canceled due to COVID-19. Instead, an online commemorative event was held in April this year. The event, conducted as a gratitude worship service, started with an opening prayer by former President of IFEWU Bishop Ann Sherer-Simpson and welcoming remarks by President of IFEWU Marc Mullinax, followed by congratulatory remarks by President of Ewha Kim Eun-mee and former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and a keynote speech by former President of IFEWU Bishop Sharon Rader. Image Caption: President Kim Eun-mee and former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton delivering congratulatory remarks President Kim Eun-mee remarked, “On behalf of all members of the Ewha community, I would like to express our deepest gratitude for your prayers, love, and encouragement that contributed towards establishing today’s Ewha.” Former Secretary Hillary Clinton, who has been continuing her relationship with Ewha as a Distinguished Honorary Ewha Fellow since her last visit in 2009, also celebrated the event, remarking “I would like to congratulate the IFEWU’s 50th anniversary and I believe that the foundation will play an even greater role for women’s education worldwide.” Meanwhile, in a keynote speech titled Remember, former President Bishop Sharon Rader emphasized, “We gather today not only to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the IFEWU but also to remember those who fought for women’s education, the crises they endured, and the accomplishments achieved by the IFEWU.” She also added that, “I hope we all remember the history of Ewha in growing from a women-only school to a world-leading women’s university and that of the IFEWU in sparing no efforts and dedication in the process of Ewha’s development.” The speeches and remarks were followed by the screening of celebratory and commemorative video clips for the IFEWU’s 50th anniversary and the introduction of the 50th Anniversary Hope Fund and Online Book to promote activities performed by the IFEWU and encourage the participation of a broader following. Among them, the Hope Fund is a newly launched scholarship program that supports foreign students from developing countries to study at Ewha. The IFEWU has been supporting the academic achievement of all enrolled students at Ewha through various scholarship programs and plans to expand its support by sponsoring women’s education worldwide with the new Hope Fund. The event, held as a webinar through Zoom and live-streamed on YouTube, was attended by about 200 participants including former and current board members, donors, alumnae, and scholarship recipients. Congratulatory messages are also continuing to be posted in the Online Book. The entire event can be viewed at the IFEWU YouTube channel (https://youtu.be/S3QG4Xdswjs).  

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