First-year students at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis recently participated in the traditional White Coat Ceremony — a rite of passage in which future doctors are welcomed to the medical school and the medical profession.
In addition to receiving their white coats Aug. 15 in a ceremony at the Eric P. Newman Education Center on the Medical Campus, the 123 students recited an oath promising honesty and integrity.They wrote the oath as a class with the help of faculty mentors.
Pictured below are first-year medical students holding cards that describe what their white coats represent. The cards offer a glimpse at the mindset these future doctors have and expect to build upon.
This year’s entering class includes 23 students who will participate in the MD/PhD program. In all, the students represent seven countries, 33 states and 70 undergraduate institutions.
For the oath and more photos, go to the Washington University White Coat Ceremony website.