The White Coat Ceremony was originated by the Arnold P. Gold Foundation and is a tradition marking the entree of a matriculating class of students into the medical profession.
The white coat of the medical student, the resident, or the physician can be many things to the wearer as well as to the beholder. It lends itself to diverse meanings, interpretations, and functions. It can be experienced as an almost magical conveyor of status, an index to the wearer’s place in the hierarchy of medicine. It can serve the utilitarian function of protecting the clothes worn beneath it, while its pockets are strained with instruments, pens, and small books.
Yet, the white coat is, first and foremost, a material symbol of the promise that its wearer has made to each and every patient whom he or she encounters: the promise to heal and to care.
It will be four seemingly long (but actually quite short) years before you students will become “full fledged” doctors. Nonetheless, in taking the Hippocratic Oath and thereby promising to heal and to care – and in symbolizing this promise by donning the white coat – you enter the profession of medicine.
During the ceremony, the Chancellor and Founder of the University, Dr. Shokat Fatteh and our Assistant Clinical Dean, Dr. Bakir, cloaked the new students for the January 2017 Semester in their first white coat as a symbol of the trust being bestowed upon them to carry on the noble tradition of doctoring.
We wish you and all of our students the very best in the coming years!
Avalon University School of Medicine
Faculty & Administration