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. This tradition was established by the Arnold P. Gold Foundation in 1993 at Columbia University as a way to highlight the importance of humanism in all care of patients, with the white coat serving as a tangible symbol of matriculation.

“The annual White Coat Ceremony is a milestone day in the lives of medical students and their families and one that we as faculty and leadership look forward to each year. We congratulate these students and look forward to their continued success,” stated David Lewis, MD, MBA, Dean of the School of Medicine at LSU Health Shreveport.    

White Coat Ceremony

A Rite of Passage