UNC School of Medicine White Coat Ceremony
Saturday, September 15, 2012
- UNC School of Medicine Tour - During this abbreviated tour led by UNC medical students, you will get an inside look at the Clinical Skills and Patient Simulation Center and visit a team-based learning classroom for a presentation by a UNC faculty member.
- White Coat Ceremony - Family and friends are invited to watch as your medical student dons the white coat for the first time.
- 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. in Memorial Hall
- Ceremony is free of charge and registration is not required
- Due to seating capacity in Memorial Hall we ask that students limit their guest(s) to 8 people (number includes all infants and children)
- Family Panel & Lunch - This panel will give you a great opportunity to ask other parents, current students and faculty any questions you may have about the UNC School of Medicine.
Please register for the UNC School of Medicine Tour and the Family Panel & Lunch online at https://medicalfoundationofnc.org/whitecoat. 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 tour before the ceremony or the Family Panel & Lunch after the ceremony, we recommend parking the Rams Head Deck at 33 Ridge Road Chapel Hill, NC 27514. From the parking deck, it is a 10-15 minute walk to Bondurant Hall. After the tour, you will be led by your student guide to Memorial Hall for White Coat Ceremony.
- If you are attending the Family Panel & Lunch, we also recommend parking in the Rams Head Deck at 33 Ridge Road Chapel Hill, NC 27514. The deck is about a 10 minute walk to Memorial Hall but located next to the Kenan Stadium Blue Zone where you will be having lunch following the ceremony.
- For additional questions about parking, please contact Kelly Mansfield at (919) 843-6714 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.