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White Coat Ceremony

Friday, September 11, 2015, 3 pm
Albert Sherman Center 1st Floor Multi-Purpose Room

Keynote Address: Karen W. Green, MD
Recipient of the 2014 Chancellor's Medal for Distinguished Clinical Excellence

Unlike some academic events that encompass centuries of tradition, the White Coat Ceremony was initiated by the Arnold P. Gold Foundation on August 20, 1993, at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, where Dr. Arnold Gold has been a teacher and pediatric neurologist for more than 40 years. Currently, a White Coat Ceremony or similar rite of passage takes place at 97% of AAMC-accredited schools of medicine in the United States and Canada, as well as at osteophatic schools of medicine and at schools in 13 other countries.

The event emphasizes the importance of both scientific excellence and compassionate care for the patient. The cloaking with the white coat—the mantle of the medical profession—is a hands-on experience that underscores the bonding process. At the University of Massachusetts Medical School, in the presence of family, guests and faculty members, the white coat is placed on each student's shoulders by two people: an individual significant in the student's personal and/or professional development, chosen by the student, and the student's Learning Community mentor, who represents the value system of the school and the new profession the students are about to enter.

The first White Coat Ceremony for the University of Massachusetts Medical School took place in 2010.


In Appreciation

We are grateful to members of the School of Medicine Class of 2015 for their gift of white coats for the incoming Class of 2019.


Check back here the day of the event to access the link to a live webcast. Click here to purchase the DVD. Click here to purchase photographs of the White Coat Ceremony.

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