Lee Goldman, M.D.
Harold and Margaret Hatch Professor of the University
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 at 4:30pm 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 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. A light dinner will be served for students and their guests at the reception following the ceremony. The ceremony and event is business casual. Due to space limitations, each students will be allocated tickets for up to three guests. Each incoming student should register online for their tickets and distribute those tickets to their associated 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.