WesternU's CPM Students Told “You will be a Symbol of Hope”

WesternU's CPM Students Told “You will be a Symbol of Hope”


Ami A. Sheth, DPM, FACFAS, President of the California Podiatric Medical Association (CPMA), was one of the keynote speakers at Western University of Health Sciences’ College of Podiatric Medicine (CPM) white coat ceremony on August 1.


Dr. Sheth told CPM newest students that student doctors play an important role in health care.

“It’s a unique one often bridging the divide between patient and doctor,” she said. “While you are the newest and greenest to the team, your fresh perspective may often allow you to hear things others may have overlooked.

“Every patient interaction is a privilege, not a right, and should be treated with the upmost respect.

“Patients are letting you see their vulnerabilities so that you may advance you education, and it’s important for you to remember that this is an incredibly selfless thing to do.”

“A white coat often symbolizes knowledge, trustworthiness and authority. People listen to the person in the white coat, so know what you’re talking about.

“You will be wearing a white coat and you will be a symbol of hope to families who don’t understand what’s happening to their loved ones. You will bring comfort to patients who are afraid of bad news and you will become ambassadors and guide each of your patients through their medical journeys with you. Inviting you into their lives when they are at their most vulnerable is the greatest gift a person can give you. Honor that relationship and treasure it,” she said

Dr. Sheth assured students that they will not be alone on this journey. CPM faculty will give them knowledge and a foundation to build upon. And, CPMA will also provide a network of mentors throughout California.

“Use us as mentors to see how we advocate for our patients’ rights in the legislature, how we educate our peers, and how we support each other to provide the best standard of care possible,” Sheth said. “We’re here for you and we couldn't be more proud of you. This is your moment. Congratulations class of 2019. Wear your white coats with pride and use your knowledge well.”

WesternU's CPM Students Told “You will be a Symbol of Hope”