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White Coat Ceremony

White Coat Ceremony 2017
September 8, 2017


Medical student Anna Arnaud, entering class of 2015: “My white coat means putting compassion into action.” Read Arnaud’s essay about the experience of writing the oath and receiving her white coat.

The White Coat Ceremony, held each August before classes begin, welcomes incoming MD students to both Washington University and the medical profession. Students receive their white coats from School of Medicine faculty members, then take an oath — one they have written as a class — pledging honesty and integrity in their practice of medicine. Family and friends are invited to witness as students take their first symbolic step into the medical profession.

The White Coat Ceremony at Washington University is supported in part by the Arnold P. Gold Foundation, which works with students and professionals to instill a culture of humanism in medicine. Humanism in medicine is characterized by respect, dignity and compassion for patients, with sensitivity to the diverse values and backgrounds of others.

Past White Coat Ceremonies

See photos and coverage from past White Coat Ceremonies.