White Coat Ceremony in Medicine

The White Coat Ceremony is a ritual that marks a student’s transition from pre-clinical studies into the study of medicine. Medical students experience their initial contacts with patients and establish their professional identity during medical school, not after their studies are completed. Thus, the White Coat Ceremony takes place before the start of classes, serving as a commitment to the expectations and responsibilities of the medical profession. It’s a “rite of passage” for us, encouraging a mental contract for professionalism and compassion.

Presented with our first white coats, my new classmates and I publicly acknowledged our new responsibility by swearing a professional oath before the assembly. In taking the oath, we committed ourselves to the highest standards of the profession – accepting the obligations that come with the privilege to study and practice medicine, and committing to becoming an honest and patient-focused physician. In that moment, I felt a strong sense of unity with my colleagues as we are all working towards the same goal of healing.

“I do hereby affirm my loyalty to the profession I am about to enter. I will be mindful always of my great responsibility to preserve the health and the life of my patients, to retain their confidence and respect both as a physician and a friend who will guard their secrets with scrupulous honor and fidelity, to perform faithfully my professional duties, to employ only those recognized methods of treatment consistent with good judgment and with my skill and ability, keeping in mind always nature’s laws and the body’s inherent capacity for recovery.” –Osteopathic oath

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  1. Wonderful! Best of luck in med school! 🙂

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  2. GAH!!!!! GOOD LUCK! Not an easy feat what-so-ever!!!

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    1. Nicolet says:

      Thanks so much ❤

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  3. Wow! I had no idea. Best of luck in med school! Enjoy the experience and relax when you need to

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  4. Oh congrats, that’s amazing! good luck with med school, I ‘m sure you’ll nail it! xx corinne

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  5. New Labels Only says:

    Congratulation! You’ll definitely smash med school and also enjoy your time too!

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  6. Amber says:

    This is so wonderful! Congrats to you! Good luck with med school.

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  7. I have to admit that I had no idea that the White Coat Ceremony was a thing. Sounds like an amazing experience and an important milestone!

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  8. Sarah Bailey says:

    That’s great.. congratulations! Keep up the good work. Hard work always pay off!

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  9. confettiandbliss says:

    Congratulations! What a huge, huge accomplishment. Many good wishes are sent your way for great success in medical school.

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  10. miltongohgl says:

    This is such an important oath to practice medicine by. All medical practitioners should abide by this!

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  11. Robin Rue says:

    What an amazing achievement! I hope that this takes you so far.

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  12. Gideon says:

    So happy for you and i wish you all the very best in this profession my dear..

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    1. Nicolet says:

      Thank you so much!!

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  13. Ankita says:

    The White Coat Ceremony is something new for me..its such a great privilege for you..

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  14. Best of luck for future !! you look graceful in this white coat

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  15. Esse D says:

    Congratulations! That’s an awesome achievement. I wish you the best of luck in your medical career. I’m surprised that you even have time to blog!

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  16. Congratulations! Few more terms and you’ll get there. Best of all, hang on and never give up!

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  17. toastycritic says:

    That must be so exciting. Congratulations on making it to the next step on your way into the medical profession. I am sure you will do amazingly.

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  18. Vanessa says:

    Great job getting this far. I just learned something new, and it was pretty cool 🙂

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  19. Elizabeth O says:

    Congratulations on that big step. I wish you much success in medical school

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  20. Rosey Everyday says:

    Congrats! Many good wishes on Med School!

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  21. Jennifer L says:

    Wow this is absolutely incredible! Congratulations on your amazing milestone and here’s to your future success.

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    1. Nicolet says:

      Thank you soo much!! ❤

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