For Doctor of Medicine students in the incoming class of 2012, orientation at the School of Medicine culminated on August 17th with a traditional rite of passage, the White Coat Ceremony. At the ceremony, students of the largest-ever MD class at Washington University — 124 students from 32 states and ten countries — took an oath and received their white coats. The white coat symbolizes professionalism and compassion in patient care.
In the oath, which they had written as a class, students pledged to serve as their patients’ advocates, educating and empowering them as “guardians of their own health.” Keynote speaker Andrew J. White, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, asked of students: “Every time you see your coat, use it as a reminder of everything you promise today. If you do that, you represent your profession very well.”
With this oath, I commit myself to the responsibilities of a physician in training and to the obligations of the medical profession.
I will faithfully serve the well-being of my patients and strive to prevent, treat, and cure disease. I will endeavor to be worthy of their trust through honest and sensitive communication. I will treat my patients with dignity, respect their individuality, safeguard their confidence, and serve as their advocate. I will educate and empower them as guardians of their own health.
As a representative of the medical profession I will hold myself accountable to the public for the trust placed in me. I will strive to improve the quality of health care for all.
In the pursuit of excellence I dedicate myself to a lifetime of learning, teaching, and advancing the art and science of medicine. I will approach my medical education with integrity and humility, respecting the patients and teachers from whom I shall learn. I will foster a collaborative environment respectful of my colleagues in the healthcare community.
I pledge to care for my well being so that I may most effectively care for my patients. I will act within my capabilities and recognize my limitations.
May I hold fast to the enthusiasm and idealism with which I take this pledge. This oath I make freely and upon my honor.
Ji Won Ahn
Moises Baltazar Garcia
Hilary Gallin Cohen
Ronald Fowle Grider
Wen Zhu Xu