White Coat Ceremony

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.

"It's very difficult for students to get to this point, there's no question about that and they are ecstatic to get out of the classroom and actually get to the patients bedside," said Doctor David E. Lewis, Dean of the School of Medicine at LSU Health Shreveport.