White Coat Ceremony

I can hardly believe that a week has gone by since we visited our daughter Joelle over the Labor Day weekend to witness The Johns Hopkins White Coat Ceremony. The White Coat Ceremony is practiced by approximately 100 medical schools in the US, recognizing students’ achievements in graduate studies, successful completion of their Doctoral Board Examinations and marking their new path as the clinician and researcher.

white coat ceremony

White coat ceremony

The White Coat Ceremony – why The White Laboratory Coat?

The white laboratory coat is an international symbol of the biomedical community. A century ago the medical profession shifted dramatically (as we are seeing, NOW another shift in the medical profession) and physicians were expected to conduct both research and science. The white coat was adopted symbolically to reinforce the notion of “cleanliness and professionalism.” At the heart of the White Coat Ceremony is the recitation of the student oath, a pledge to uphold the same values of integrity, professionalism, and scholarship that inspired the white coat 100 years ago.

white coat ceremony

white coat ceremony

White Coat Ceremony marks the transition to a Ph.D. Candidate

Joelle’s  curiosity and determination will guide her into uncharted areas as she pushes forward with her thesis as a Ph.D. Candidate at the Johns Hopkins School of Cellular and Molecular Medicine. The research uses microscopy and she speaks a scientific language I barely understand. Fortunately, Joelle is also a medical writer for the “Johns Hopkins Medicine Biomedical Odyssey” and adheres to the importance of her oath: To acknowledge my role as an ambassador of science to the public.” She recently authored an article that discusses this issue of how to explain science and her work.

“Science is a complex language. It has its own vocabulary and corresponding slang, both of which take time to learn and understand. In the lab we speak this language as fluidly and comfortably as if we were raised with it as our native tongue. For some students with parents who work in science, this may very well be the case too. However, I grew up in a family of artists. The science they recall is what they learned in school or read in novels. When I check in and they ask how work is, I often hesitate. How do I explain how my experiment went or the progress of my thesis project to someone who doesn’t speak this language? I can tell they are truly interested, but the words “neuron” and “confocal microscopy” don’t give them a true mental image of a day in my life.”

To read more: “Mystery behind the Jargon” – Joelle Dorskind, 08/03/2017 (https://biomedicalodyssey.blogs.hopkinsmedicine.org/2017/08/the-mystery-behind-the-jargon/)

Join me in congratulating Joelle. 

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Cheryl Machat Dorskind teaches photography and Mentors people of all ages.

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Photo Workshop-WHB

Join Cheryl for a Photo Workshop-WHB on Monday, July 17, from 4:30-7:30 PM. You’ll visit some of Cheryl’s favorite picturesque and unforgettable off-the-beaten-track locations guaranteed to awe and inspire. In addition to seeing beautiful vistas and learning to capture poetic scenics and wildlife, Cheryl’s lessons focus on camera technique, lens selection, composition, and the art of seeing. 

Space is limited to five participants to ensure a wonderful experience for all. 

Optional Add-On

Social gathering and photo review at a Westhampton Beach restaurant (an additional cost per meal) directly following the photo workshop. 
Can’t make this date? Click here to view and sign up for a future workshop


Who should join the Hamptons Photo Workshop-WHB?

Join Cheryl if you are interested in learning how to become a better photographer. Learn how to use your camera to capture awesome photographs. All camera formats are welcome, from DSLR cameras, to point and shoot, to smartphones.
“The camera teaches you to see without the camera.”
~Dorothea Lange

Click here to view other Hamptons Photo Workshop-WHB dates.

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What others are saying 

“Egrets and Ospreys.

Sandals without Feet,

and Feet in Hunter Sandals.

Catamarans deserted by the Dock.

Biker Boys on Cell Phones. 

Fishing Poles without Fishermen.

And Rose Hips in the Sand.

If you are anywhere within a decent car, train or bus ride of Westhampton, New York, get in touch with +Cheryl Machat Dorskind and join her for one of her safaris. Cheryl teaches photography online, mentoring photography students all over the world. She is also a portrait photographer, a master at hand-painting photographs, and a published author.I had a great time and wanted to pitch a tent on the beach, roast marshmallows and fall asleep under the stars. I would go back tomorrow if I could. I would love to do one in the Fall, in the Winter, in the Springtime.”

~Giselle Minoli

“Thank you for a great workshop last Sat. I had a wonderful time. Not only did we visit some beautiful and unique landscapes but it gave me an opportunity to explore my own photography skills.  I learned what a difference a polarizing filter can make! I am very pleased with my results and loved the relaxed, supportive feel of the workshop. Thanks again for a great day. I slept well that night! 🙂

~Linda Burke

“I learned on the shoot that a DOF (Depth of Field) app was available for my iPhone; and I downloaded it and Cheryl instructed me on how to use it for my D7000.  It’s very helpful and I will continue to use it in the future.  Cheryl also instructed us on which filters to use for different lighting situations and my neutral density filter was extremely useful that day.  It filtered out strong sunlight and preserved detail in my photo and my pictures were not overexposed.  Thank you, Cheryl, for your time and expertise on this shoot.”

~Lydia Seib

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