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White Coat Ceremony

Lee Goldman, MD
Harold and Margaret Hatch Professor of the University
Executive Vice President and Dean of the Faculties of Health Sciences and Medicine
Chief Executive, Columbia University Medical Center

in collaboration with

The Arnold P. Gold Foundation

invites you and your guests to attend the

P&S Class of 2019 White Coat Ceremony

Monday, August 10, 2015
Alumni Auditorium, 650 West 168th Street, 1st Floor

Reception to follow


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 eight 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 and the reception following. A light dinner will be served for students and their guests. The ceremony and event is business casual. Due to space limitations, each students will be allocated tickets for up to two guests.

Please notify your guests the College of Dental Medicine has their White Coat Ceremony immediately before ours in Alumni Auditorium, and then P&S staff will be setting up for your ceremony. Guests will not be seated until at least after 4:00pm. 

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