by Justin Morgan — last modified Jun 24, 2006 02:55 AM
Now you're starting to look like a doctor.
The White Coat Ceremony is held the Sunday before Orientation Week and symbolizes the importance of patient care over technical skill. The White Coat Ceremony is coordinated and sponsored by the 2nd year students for the incoming 1st year students. The ceremony consists of presentation of white coats to students by community physicians, the students' first recitation of the Hippocratic Oath, and speeches by respected physicians on the importance of humanism in medicine. The ceremony is followed by a reception with refreshments for the students and their families. Dress for the White Coat Ceremony is nice. Student are encouraged to wear clothing that would be appropriate for a church service. For gentleman, a shirt and tie with slacks or khaki pants will suffice. A sports coat or suit is not required nor encouraged because you will put your white coat on during the ceremony. For ladies, you should wear a dress, skirt, or dress pants with a nice top. Do not worry about what you wear. You will all look sharp as future MDs-to-be!