The Steven Z. Miller Student Clinician’s Ceremony

The Steven Z. Miller Student Clinician’s Ceremony marks the transition for students from classroom teaching and the preclerkship curriculum to clinical education in the hospital and ambulatory settings. It has four primary components: recognition of outstanding teaching by residents; team building for the new clinical students and the presentation of their original class video; a charge from a faculty member selected by the class as an outstanding role model; and recitation of the Hippocratic Oath.

The ceremony serves as the culmination of a series of preparatory events aimed to foster teamwork amongst the students, familiarize them with their role and that of a multidisciplinary staff in the clerkship setting, build technical skills, facilitate the development of a professional identity, and increase team building between the classes and with faculty.

Dr. Steven Z. Miller, initial faculty advisor for this event, pediatrician, colleague, and friend, died in a tragic small plane crash in Kirksville, Missouri in October 2004. The official name of the ceremony has been changed to honor Dr. Miller’s memory.

 

Class of 2018