The University Of Pittsburgh School Of Medicine began the formal White Coat Ceremony in 1999, celebrating and establishing the annual entry tradition of the next matriculating class of students into the medical profession. During the ceremony, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine alumni and faculty members cloak students in their first white coat as a symbol of the trust being bestowed upon them to carry on the noble tradition of medicine. To the 150 incoming medical students, the white coat symbolizes the promise the wearer has made to heal and care. Taking the Hippocratic Oath confirms each student into the broader medical community ensuring the knowledge of both their peers and alumni can be strengthened and respected throughout the next four years.
The White Coat Ceremony is a token of the generosity of the alumni community to create an environment of support from the first day of medical school to the last. The tradition and legacy of this prestigious event is mirrored in the dedication of each faculty member, the compassion of each Pitt Med Alumni, and the willingness to question and learn of each medical student. During medical school the Medical Alumni Association, along with the support system of families, will only continue to strengthen this drive to excellence.
Our 2016 White Coat Ceremony saw the largest attendance to date, with over 800 family members, friends, and faculty in attendance. To continue this trend, and the prestige of this event, we have outlined inaugural ideas for consideration. As a result of this ceremony, students will know that with the support of their peers, families, and broader alumni community that they will succeed. See more pictures from this year’s White Coat Ceremony in our photo section.