Published on February 8, 2021 by Sarah Waller  

Samford University’s School of Public Health honored its 2021 cohort of dietetic interns through a virtual white coat ceremony on January 30. Premiering on the school’s Facebook page, the virtual ceremony included images and clips of students putting on their white coats, often being coated by family.

The ceremony also included remarks from Janie Clay, a registered dietitian and the senior WIC nutrition consultant for the Jefferson County Department of Health. “You will never forget receiving your white coat in the middle of COVID-19, when the world never knew that it needed registered dietitians as much as it does right now,” she said.

The School of Public Health’s dietetic internship is a 16-month, post-baccalaureate program, which fulfills the requirements from the Commission on Dietetic Registration to become eligible for the registered dietitian exam. The white coat ceremony represents the beginning of the interns’ year of clinical rotations.