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Future physicians receive white coats, take class oath

Classmates write then recite oath promising honesty, integrity

September 11, 2017

Huy Mach and Gaia Remerowski

First-year students at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis participated Friday, Sept. 8, in the traditional White Coat Ceremony — a rite of passage in which future physicians are welcomed to the school and the medical profession.

In addition to receiving their white coats in a ceremony at the Eric P. Newman Education Center on the Medical Campus, the 124 newly minted medical students — 26 of whom are enrolled in the MD/PhD program — recited an oath promising honesty and integrity. They wrote the oath as a class.

To read the oath, view photos from the White Coat ceremony and find out more about the new class, visit

Huy uses visual storytelling in his coverage of medical education, patient care, and research. He was part of a team of photographers at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that won the Pulitzer Prize for breaking news photography in 2015. He has a bachelor's degree in photojournalism from Western Kentucky University.