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White Coat Ceremony


This event was initiated at P&S in 1993 and since has become tradition at more than 130 schools of medicine and osteopathy throughout the US, at Israel’s four medical schools, and in other countries. It is an annual rite of passage for doctors-to-be to pledge a commitment to the compassionate practice of medicine.

The White Coat Ceremony signifies the beginning of your career as a medical student. This ceremony creates a psychological, intellectual, and ethical contract for the profession and promotes empathy in the practice of medicine from the very start of medical training. During the ceremony, you will be brought to the stage and “cloaked” in your first white coat by one of six specially selected faculty members, in the presence of family, friends, and colleagues. Together as a class, you will take an oath similar to the Hippocratic Oath, which stresses the primacy of the doctor-patient relationship and the importance of compassion in medicine.

We cordially extend an invitation to you and your guests to attend this memorable ceremony on Monday, August 14, 2017 at 4:30pm in The Armory at 216 Fort Washington Avenue. A light dinner will be served for students and their guests at the reception, which will immediately follow the ceremony in the same location. The ceremony and event is business casual. Due to space limitations, each students will be allocated four (4) tickets for guests, which will be distributed online through orientation registration and will be responsible for distributing tickets to their associated guests. Incoming students of the Class of 2021 are not included in this tickets, as they do not require one. 

Please notify your guests not to arrive more than a half hour prior to the ceremony start time (4:00pm), as they will not be seated until after then. Tickets should be printed and brought to the ceremony, as they will be scanned upon admission.

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