UNC School of Medicine White Coat Ceremony
Saturday, September 21, 2013
- UNC School of Medicine Tour and Panel Discussion - During this abbreviated tour led by UNC medical students, you will get an inside look at the School of Medicine, view simulations in our "SIMS lab", and visit a team-based learning classroom. Prior to the tour we will have presentations and a panel discussion hosted by faculty, students and parents.
- 8:30-9:00 a.m. - Refreshments in Lobby of MBRB (Medical Biomolecular Research Building)
- 9:00 a.m. Presentations and Panel Discussion in 2204 MBRB (to view/listen to remarks click on the following link http://echo2.med.unc.edu:8080/ess/echo/presentation/a0bf8d8f-8d23-4aad-853f-28354d620e46)
- Tour is free of charge and registration is required
- If you would like to order a boxed lunch ($10.00 each), which will be distributed at end of tour, please order at http://tinyurl.com/owsswnh
- White Coat Ceremony - Family and friends are invited to watch as your medical student dons the white coat for the first time.
- 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. in Memorial Hall
- Ceremony is free of charge and registration is not required
Please register for the UNC School of Medicine Tour and the Family Panel & Lunch online at Registration. Registration deadline is Monday, September 10.
Parking & Directions
- If you are only attending White Coat Ceremony, please refer to the Carolina Performing Arts website for more information about Memorial Hall parking and directions: http://www.carolinaperformingarts.org/visitorinfo/default.
- If you are attending the UNC School of Medicine presentations, panel, and tour you are welcome to park in the Bell Tower lot which can be accessed via South Road immediately west of the campus Bell Tower. We will have signs posted to direct you to the MBRB which is roughly a 10 minute walk. After the tour, you will be led by your student guide to Memorial Hall for White Coat Ceremony.
- Please click here for detailed walking directions from Bell Tower Lot to MBRB.
The History of the White Coat Ceremony
The first White Coat Ceremony was held at the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University in New York in 1993, supported by the Arnold P. Gold Foundation. The purpose of the ceremony is to clarify for students, prior to their entrance into the medical community that a physician's responsibility is to both take care of patients and also to care for patients. In other words, doctors should care as well as cure.
Capturing students' attention at a strategic and impressionable moment, it is important that family members and friends are invited to attend the ceremony. An inspiring address by an eminent physician sets the tone for the ceremony in which distinguished faculty and administrators from the medical school cloak students with their first white coats. Students recite a student-written adaptation of the Hippocratic Oath appropriate for their status as students, pledging to lead lives of compassion, uprightness, and honor. The ceremony is designed to stress the importance of the doctor-patient relationship and to foster a psychological contract in which each student accepts responsibility to be technically excellent, committed to the profession, and compassionate with patients.
Tickets are not required for this event.