Noel Gardner, Psychiatrist and Educator, to Address U Medical School Freshman at White Coat Ceremony

Noel Gardner, Psychiatrist and Educator, to Address U Medical School Freshman at White Coat Ceremony

Aug 22, 2004 6:00 PM

Noel C. Gardner, M.D., a prominent figure in Utah psychiatry who has played a key role in clinical and educational programs at the University of Utah School of Medicine for more than 15 years, will address the U medical school Class of 2008 at the annual White Coat Ceremony on Friday, Aug. 27.

The ceremony, in which students are presented with their first white coats and recite the Hippocratic Oath to mark the beginning of their medical education, will be attended by 102 freshmen, their families and friends, and medical school faculty and administrators.

David J. Bjorkman, M.D., M.S.P.H., interim dean of the medical school, will open and close the ceremony, scheduled for 1 p.m. in Kingsbury Hall on campus.

Gardner, a past president of the Utah Psychiatric Association, is chief of psychiatric consultation services at LDS Hospital in Salt Lake City and adjunct associate professor in the U medical school's departments of Psychiatry and Family and Preventive Medicine.

From 1988-2001 he was director of consultation liaison psychiatry at the University, serving as the medical school's division chief in that area for six years. He does clinical consulting and has a private practice in forensic psychiatry, presenting expert testimony in both civil and criminal litigation.

Gardner majored in biblical languages and theology as an undergraduate at Pacific Union College, serving in the Seventh-Day Adventist ministry on campus and in two California communities. He earned a Master of Divinity degree at Andrews University in Michigan.

After earning his M.D. degree from Loma Linda University in 1984, Gardner did his internship and residency at UCLA. He was chief resident on the Geriatric Psychiatry Unit at the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute from 1987-1988.

He has lectured to medical students and residents at all levels of training on a broad range of psychiatric topics, as well as on the principles and practice of humanitarian medicine.

This year's U medical school freshman class of 102 students was selected from 930 applicants and includes 36 women and 17 minority students, including six from groups recognized by the Association of American Medical Colleges as underrepresented in the health professions. These include African Americans, American Indians, Mainland Puerto Ricans, Mexican Americans, Alaskan Natives, and Native Hawaiians.

The White Coat Ceremony was initiated in 1993 by Arnold P. Gold, M.D., of the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, and has become a tradition at most U.S. medical schools.

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