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New Medical Students Receive First White Coats

August 14, 2013

Drexel University College of Medicine welcomed 260 new medical students during the annual White Coat Ceremony on August 9. This tradition is celebrated by medical schools across the country and is an important first step for these future physicians as they receive the traditional symbol of clinical care and service – the white coat.

A photo album from the event is available on our Facebook page.

Each of the bright and enthusiastic men and women donned their new white coats in a ballroom filled to capacity with cheering loved ones. They then recited the Hippocratic Oath. Doing so at the beginning of their education in the presence of family, significant others, friends, faculty, board members, administrators and alumni makes the students more aware of their responsibility from the very first day of their training, not just to “take care” of their patients but to care for them. The oath is a promise to practice medicine ethically.

The new medical students were welcomed by Barbara A. Schindler, MD, vice dean for educational and academic affairs; Daniel V. Schidlow, MD, Annenberg Dean and senior vice president of medical affairs; and Loretta P. Finnegan, MD, president of the Alumni Association. The event’s keynote speaker was Daniel Taylor, DO, associate professor of pediatrics, an attending at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children.

The first White Coat Ceremony took place in 1993 at the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University. The concept has spread to encompass 90 percent of medical schools nationwide. It was designed to produce a generation of physicians with a renewed focus on compassion.