White Coat Ceremony

The White Coat Ceremony was initiated at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons (P&S) in 1993 and has since become a tradition at more than 130 schools of medicine and osteopathy throughout the United States, at Israel’s four medical schools, and in other countries. It is an annual rite of passage for doctors-to-be to pledge a commitment to the compassionate practice of medicine.

The event marks the beginning of each medical student's career. Our ceremony creates a psychological, intellectual, and ethical contract for the profession and promotes empathy in the practice of medicine from the very start of medical training. During the ceremony, students are “cloaked” in their first white coat by one of six specially-selected faculty members, in the presence of family, friends, and colleagues. Together, as a class, students recite the Hippocratic Oath for the first time, emphasizing the primacy of the doctor-patient relationship and the importance of compassion in medicine. We cordially extend an invitation to students and their guests to attend this memorable ceremony on/at:

  • Date: Monday, August 13, 2018
  • Time: 4:30pm (tentative)
  • Location: The Armory at 216 Fort Washington Ave., New York City
  • Event Details: A light dinner will be served for students and their guests at the reception, which immediately follows the ceremony in the same location.
  • Dress Code: Business casual clothing is acceptable for this event.
  • Tickets: Due to space limitations, each student will be allocated four tickets for guests. The tickets will be distributed online through orientation registration and students are responsible for distributing them to their guests. Incoming students of the Class of 2022 do not require a ticket; only their guests do.

Please notify guests to arrive no more than half an hour prior to the ceremony start time; seating begins at 4 p.m. Tickets should be printed and brought to the ceremony, as they will be scanned upon admission.

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