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 family 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.
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 probably not be seated until at least after 4:00pm.
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