In September, HALO research associate Dr. Zach Ferraro participated in the University of Ottawa white coat ceremony. This annual event hosted by the Faculty of Medicine welcomes all incoming MD students and celebrates their admission into medical school. Professionalism is of utmost importance to clinical care and as such the class recited the oath of professionalism together after they received the traditional white coat. Friends and family were in attendance. Below is a picture of Zach with mentor Dr. Kristi Adamo along with a quote from Zach:


I want to take this time to thank all the HALOs who made this transition into medicine possible, especially my PhD supervisor and friend, Dr. Adamo. I have learned so much from this phenomenal group and each member has made a unique contribution to my journey. This team is second to none and arguably one of the most productive and fun obesity research groups in Canada. I consider myself extremely fortunate and hope to continue learning and growing with you all as I embark on this new stage of training.”

Zach has written a short piece for graduate and prospective MD students on how research training will benefit you during medical education:

Follow him on twitter @DrFerraro where he post thoughts on this transition using the hashtag #PhD2MD

For more information on the declaration of professionalism: