White Coat Ceremony

Department of Student Affairs

Class of 2020
White Coat Ceremony
Friday, August 12, 2016
Joe Crowley Student Union
Milt Glick Ballroom
University of Nevada, Reno
5:00 – 7:00 pm

School of Medicine Orientation Week culminates with a white coat ceremony. The Arnold P. Gold Foundation White Coat Ceremony welcomes incoming 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. A white coat ceremony or similar rite of passage takes place at more than 90% of schools of medicine and osteopathy in the United States, as well as at all four medical schools in Israel. The School of Medicine held its first white coat ceremony in 1996 for the graduating class of 2000.

The School of Medicine white coat ceremony includes a welcome from the Deans and the University President. During the ceremony, the Vice President of Health Sciences and Dean of the School of Medicine, the President of the University of Nevada, Reno along with respected leaders who represent the value system of the school present the entering class with their first white coat, symbolizing their transition into the profession of medicine. The cloaking with the white coat-the mantle of the medical profession-is a hands-on experience that underscores the bonding process. It is personally placed on each student's shoulders by individuals who believe in the students' ability to carry on the noble tradition of doctoring.

Attending the White Coat Ceremony

Family and friends of all students in the incoming class are invited to attend. The Joe Crowley Student Union is located in the heart of the University of Nevada, Reno campus, near the Lawlor Events Center. Faculty and staff are also invited to attend the ceremony and welcome the newest class of medical students to our school.

Plenty of parking is available on the campus. A reception will be held after the ceremony for all attendees.