The White Coat Ceremony is a tradition in which first-year students receive their first short white coat of their medical school career. The white coat, a symbol of the medical profession for more than 100 years, signifies the student’s commitment to the practice of medicine and the patient-physician relationship. The White Coat Ceremony was founded in 1993 by the Arnold P. Gold Foundation, which concluded that the beginning of a student’s journey into medicine is the best time to influence standards of professionalism, humanistic values and behavior. At the close of the event, the students recite an oath each class writes collectively, which serves as a code of conduct throughout their time at WMed and as physicians after graduation.
The tradition of welcoming the families, friends, and the loved ones of our new students during the White Coat Ceremony is important and celebrated at WMed. We will adjust our ceremony for the WMed Class of 2025 while upholding the traditions, recognizing the importance of the milestone, and maintaining the safety of our community amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Please refer to this page for updates on this event.
Questions can be directed to WMed Student Affairs.
On September 26th the WMed Class of 2024 received their white coats in a socially distanced private ceremony. The decision to avoid coming together in a large group for was focused solely on prioritizing the health and safety of the WMed community and the wider community of healthcare professionals. Photos from the event can be viewed on the WMed Flickr page.