White Coat Ceremony
Participating in NYU School of Medicine’s White Coat Ceremony marks the beginning of your career in medicine. During the ceremony, in the presence of family, friends, and colleagues, you appear onstage to be “cloaked” in your first white coat. The White Coat Ceremony will take place August 17, 2017 from 2:00PM to 4:00PM in Farkas Auditorium, followed by a light reception. Students are allowed two guests at the ceremony. An opportunity to request additional tickets may arise closer to orientation.
In bestowing the white coat—a symbol of professionalism, compassion, and honor—our deans and faculty are setting standards for you to uphold on your journey to becoming a physician.
During the ceremony, physician speakers recount experiences from their medical careers, emphasizing humane and ethical aspects of the profession. You are then called to receive your white coat. A reception for students, friends, and family immediately follows the ceremony.
Each student can invite up to two guests to the ceremony and reception. You request White Coat Ceremony tickets as part of the orientation registration step of our preorientation checklist and receive your tickets during Orientation Week events.
History of the White Coat Ceremony
Medical students traditionally take the Hippocratic Oath at the end of medical school, even though they see patients during their training. In response to this discrepancy, the Arnold P. Gold Foundation established the White Coat Ceremony in 1993 as a rite of passage for incoming medical students to affirm their professional commitment and to acknowledge their primary role as caregivers.
Intended to establish a psychological contract for the practice of medicine that emphasizes the importance of compassionate care, a White Coat Ceremony or similar symbolic rite of passage takes place each year at more than 93 percent of U.S. medical schools.