Christian Moher, MD, will speak at the 18th annual White Coat Ceremony to welcome the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson’s Class of 2016. As an alumnus, Dr. Moher said he hopes his speech will help the incoming class understand the uniqueness of the medical profession.
The 2012 UA College of Medicine – Tucson White Coat Ceremony is scheduled for Friday, Aug. 10.
Originally from Lansing, Mich., Dr. Moher and his family currently reside in Tucson. He is a member of the Carondelet Medical Group and a family physician for the Tucson Padres baseball team.
As a member of the College of Medicine’s Class of 1999, he said his participation in the White Coat Ceremony is one way in which he can give back to the institution that enabled him to excel in the medical profession.
“I personally received a lot from the medical school – great training that allowed me to get into an amazing residency, and to have the job and life that I have always dreamed of,” said Dr. Moher. “I want to help the students that are there now succeed as well.”
Dr. Moher said the incoming class has a lot to look forward to, as the UA College of Medicine faculty and staff always have the students’ best interest in mind.
“The support staff at the school is second to none. I truly believe that those men and women give a lot to help all of the medical students succeed. I know they take pride in helping produce the next generations of physicians,” he said.
Dr. Moher has multiple connections to the College of Medicine. His father, Lawrence “Larry” Moher, MD, is the assistant dean for student affairs and a professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine. His wife, Jennifer Moher, MD, earned her medical degree from the UA and was also a member of the Class of 1999.
“Meeting my wife was the most important thing that happened to me in medical school. We sat in the same row and the same chairs for every lecture,” he said.
Dr. Moher also said his wife motivates him on a regular basis to be a better physician.
“My wife, Jennifer, is the smartest physician I know, and is routinely recognized as one of the best physicians in Tucson. Having to live up to her reputation is hard work for me,” he said.
There are many more reasons why Dr. Moher is proud to be a member of the MedCat family.
“I hope that I am another link in the chain of the physician-mentors. I hope that I am living up to the high expectations of those that came before me,” Dr. Moher said.
Dr. Christian Moher credits his favorable experience at the college to his mentors and teachers, including his father, Larry, as well as Paul Gordon, MD, Bill Johnson, MD, Eskild Petersen, MD, William Rappaport, MD, and Hugo Villar, MD.
Dr. Moher said his hope, as this year’s White Coat speaker, is to inspire and impress upon the new UA College of Medicine – Tucson students how wonderful it is to work in the medical profession.
“Medicine is an awesome profession, with a unique and valued place in society. As physicians, we represent those who trained us. The life of a doctor is really fun and exciting, if you are able to maintain balance and perspective in regard to all the things that are calling for your attention,” he said.
According to the family medicine physician, finding that balance is imperative. Even as he dedicates a lot of energy to his work, he also makes sure to spend quality time with this wife and two kids, Eliza and Liam. He explained that he is grateful for a flexible schedule that allows for plenty of family and personal time.
“I play a lot of basketball and have coached my daughter’s soccer team for the last three years,” he said.
Dr. Moher also spends his free time playing guitar and writing.
As the Class of 2016 receives their first white coats, they also will recite an oath, which they wrote together during the week of new student orientation.
“The ceremony signifies a transition. From that day forward you start acting as a physician. People in your family and your circle of friends, as well as complete strangers you meet, will ask your advice on medical problems they are dealing with,” he explained. “While that can be a burden, it is also an honor that carries an intense responsibility.”