Match Day is the culmination of four challenging years, and, in some ways, is the most exciting day of the medical school experience. Every year at a predetermined time in the Spring, medical students across the country learn simultaneously which hospital will educate them for the next three to seven years.
Intended for first year students in medical, nursing and physician assistant programs, the White Coat Ceremony is a rite of passage that often takes place during the initial days of orientation. It serves to welcome students to healthcare practice and elevate the value of humanism as the core of healthcare. It provides a powerful emphasis on compassion in combination with scientific excellence.
During their first year in the Physician Assistant (PA) Program, the students participate in a fall semester cloaking ceremony. PA faculty members cloak the students with their short white coat as a symbol of the faculty’s support of the students. This ceremony usually occurs in conjunction with SAHP Family Day.