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School of Medicine

White Coat Ceremony 2010

Professionalism begins on day-one for medical students. The White Coat Ceremony, held during M1 orientation, is when medical students receive an important symbol of their quest for a medical degree — their white coats. The ceremony celebrates the students’ entry into the medical profession and clarifies the special nature of the doctor-patient relationship. The ceremony concludes with the incoming students reciting the Oath of Hippocrates.