White Coat Ceremony Welcomes Class of 2015 to Noble Tradition of Doctoring

August 19, 2011


The Class of 2015 recently celebrated the beginning of their journey toward becoming doctors. The White Coat Ceremony, a tradition at the College of Physicians and Surgeons since 1993 that has become a staple among many medical schools nationwide, took place Aug. 15, 2011, in the P&S Alumni Auditorium.

The ceremony featured remarks by Lisa Mellman, MD, senior associate dean for student affairs; Lee Goldman, MD, dean of the medical school and executive vice president for health and biomedical sciences; and Herbert Pardes, MD, president and chief executive officer of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital.

Jo Ivey Boufford, MD, president of the New York Academy of Medicine, gave the keynote address, discussing health care reform in the United States and how it may steer the course of the students’ careers.

Watch a short video of the ceremony and student reactions here:



The man behind the first white coat ceremony, Arnold P. Gold, MD, professor of clinical neurology and clinical pediatrics and founder of the Arnold P. Gold Foundation, also spoke. Calling this day “a momentous rite of passage,” he said to the new student-doctors, “If you remain true to your vision and the oath you are about to take, you’ll become the kind of doctor you thought you’d become when you first considered medical school.”

View of slideshow of the best pictures from the ceremony here:

After being cloaked in their white coats, the students recited the Hippocratic Oath and stood to acknowledge the support they received from family and friends.

The Class of 2015 has 169 students, 20 of whom are MD/PhD candidates.

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