WHITE COAT CEREMONY
The White Coat Ceremony is a time-honored event that marks the official entrance of matriculating AUC students into medical school and the medical profession. In the presence of family and friends, students receive their first white coat—a symbol of bestowed trust to carry on the tradition of doctoring.
A TRADITION TO WELCOME INCOMING MD STUDENTS TO AMERICAN UNIVERSITY OF THE CARIBBEAN SCHOOL OF MEDICINE AND THE MEDICAL PROFESSION.
WHITE COAT CEREMONY
FRIDAY, October 1, 2021
4:30 PM EASTERN, LIVE BROADCAST
AUC School of Medicine invites you to join our White Coat Ceremony on Friday, October 1, 2021 at 4:30pm EDT/AST. This time-honored event marks your official entrance into medical school and your commitment to the profession of medicine. We look forward to celebrating this important tradition with you virtually.
WHITE COAT CEREMONY INFORMATION
Daniele C. Parise M.D. ’14 is an Anesthesiologist at Atrium Health- Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, NC. He specializes in Obstetric Anesthesiology, focusing on management of high risk parturients under anesthesia during cesarean section, as well as analgesia during labor and delivery.
He also has a strong focus on regional anesthesia, working in the acute pain service managing immediate pain after surgery, and anesthesia for trauma patients. Dr. Parise has a key role in the education of medical students from UNC-Chapel Hill and Wake Forest Medical Schools. He assists in developing the didactic curriculum for 3rd and 4th year medical students during their Anesthesia rotation as well as leading simulation sessions for the students where they undergo various high-stress scenarios in the operating room. Dr. Parise was an assistant professor in Anesthesiology at SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, NY.
Dr. Parise grew up in Lawrence, NY on the western part of Long Island. He received his Bachelors of Science in Biology from the University at Albany in Albany, NY in 2008. He performed basic science research after completing his undergraduate studies. He matriculated at AUC School of Medicine in September 2010. Dr. Parise was able to give back to the St Maarten community while on the island by taking part in various extracurricular activities such as free health clinics. He completed his clinical rotations in the New York City metro area and subsequently matched into an Anesthesiology residency at SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, NY. After completing residency in 2018, Dr. Parise went on to complete an Obstetrical Anesthesiology fellowship at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (Harvard Medical School) in Boston, MA where his primary interests were regional anesthesia in the high-risk obstetric population as well as coagulopathies in pregnancy.
Dr. Parise was actively involved in research during both residency and fellowship presenting abstracts at prestigious conferences such as American Society of Anesthesiology Annual Meeting and the NYSSA Post-graduate Assembly in Anesthesiology. As a fellow, he conducted clinical research primarily involving neuraxial anesthesia in the pregnant patient and the use of artificial intelligence in the management of the obstetrical patient undergoing anesthesia for cesarean section.
Currently, he lives in Charlotte, NC with his fiancé Dr. Susan Yanik- an Otolaryngologist and Facial Plastic surgeon who he met during his 2nd year of residency. In his free time, he enjoys traveling, trail running, and exploring what the local cuisine has to offer.
“AUC allowed me to become a successful physician when others told me it wouldn’t be possible. The school provided me with all the tools and resources necessary to excel in medicine. I truly learned motivation, dedication, and perseverance at the school. I will be forever grateful to AUC for giving me the opportunity to attain this goal, and I will always hold the school in the highest regard.”
Matthew Petrilli, MD ’14 is an attending psychiatrist at Sentara Behavioral Health Specialists in South Boston, VA. His duties include providing psychiatric care to residents of rural Southern Virginia and sees a wide range of patients from the pediatric population to old age. He is an assistant professor of psychiatry at Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine and educates dozens of medical students per year. In addition, he has recently stated a private practice in the Durham, North Carolina area.
Dr. Petrilli grew up in rural Upstate New York near the small city of Utica. He received a bachelor’s of science in biology from Salve Regina University in Newport, Rhode Island in 2010. He then enrolled at AUC and began his basic science coursework in Sint Maarten in the Fall of 2010. Dr. Petrilli completed all of his clinical rotations in the New York City area and subsequently matched for residency at Creedmoor Psychiatric Center in Queens Village, New York, an affiliate of Columbia University. Dr. Petrilli completed residency in 2018 where he served as chief resident. After residency, he pursued a fellowship in consult-liaison psychiatry (formerly psychosomatic medicine) at The Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City where he focused on reproductive and obstetric issues in psychiatry.
During both residency and fellowship, Dr. Petrilli was actively involved in research. He actively pursued the relationship between zinc and psychiatric disorders; in particular schizophrenia. Dr. Petrilli has published multiple papers, and has presented at multiple grand rounds and psychiatric conferences.
“AUC gave me the opportunity to further my education and pursue a career in medicine. The training I received laid the groundwork that has helped me become an experienced and confident physician.”
1. Purchase your white coat as soon as possible. We ask that you wear your white coat during the event. They are available for purchase online via the University Bookstore, or on campus in Sint Maarten:
- If you are in Sint Maarten, you can purchase your white coat at the Campus Service Center.
- Select the “White Coat Ceremony” course under the September 2021 Courses header.
- Choose your gender and coat size using the size chart as guidance.
- Ensure you enter your current address for delivery.
- Keep in mind that orders ship from the US, and international shipping charges will apply for orders being delivered outside of the US. For students who are based in Sint Maarten, purchasing from the Campus Service Center may be the best option.
2. Submit your photo and a recording of your name.
To honor each student individually, we will showcase your headshots during the live event. Our partners at NameCoach will soon send an email (to your AUC email account) with instructions to upload your photo and a recording of your name. Submissions are due by Monday, September 16, 2021.
- Photos should be headshots (taken from the waist up), in business formal attire and your White Coat.
- Hold your camera or phone horizontally so your photo is landscape and make sure you are in a well-lit area and against a plain background.
- If you are unable to get your white coat in time, please submit a photo in business formal attire.
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