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NYU School of Medicine Welcomes an Eclectic Class of 2018

Orientation Culminates with 17th Annual White Coat Ceremony for 150 Students Entering Medicine at a Controversial Time

Despite challenging times in almost every aspect of health care and the practice of medicine, 150 new medical students will don one of their most identifiable new markers during the White Coat Ceremony for the Class of 2018. 

The White Coat Ceremony signifies the end of orientation for new medical students and the beginning of their careers as medical students. The ceremony also serves as a symbolic creation of the psychological, intellectual, and ethical contract for the profession, and promotes empathy in the practice of medicine from the very start of medical training.

During the ceremony, students are brought to the stage and, in the presence of family, friends, and colleagues, are “cloaked” in their first white coat by one of six specially selected faculty members. Together as a class, they will take an oath similar to the Hippocratic Oath, which stresses the importance of the doctor-patient relationship and a compassionate commitment to medicine. 

Robert I Grossman, MD, The Saul J. Farber Dean and CEO, NYU Langone Medical Center, will welcome the new students, and at the conclusion of the ceremony, will administer the Student Oath and also the Parents, Family, Friends, and Teachers Oath.  The Keynote Speech, “Jonas Salk and Albert Sabin – How Your Medical School Changed Their Lives – and Ours” will be delivered by David M. Oshinsky, PhD, professor and director of the Division of Medical Humanities at New York University.

NYU School of Medicine’s new studentsare comprised of 67 women and 83 men for a total of 150 students. They hail from 26 states plus Canada and represent 63 undergraduate schools. Among the students are a football player;competitive gymnast; dragon boat racer; former hedge funder worker.

This Event is Co-Sponsored by the Arnold P. Gold Foundation

The Arnold P. Gold Foundation White Coat Ceremony welcomes entering medical students and helps establish a psychological contract for the practice of medicine. The event emphasizes the importance of compassionate care for the patient as well as scientific proficiency. Currently, a White Coat Ceremony or similar rite of passage takes place at more than 93% of schools of medicine and osteopathy in the United States.

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