The White Coat Ceremony began in 1993 at Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons. It was created by Dr. Arnold Gold and the Gold Foundation, as he believed the Hippocratic Oath was taken too late and that this new rite of passage would provide an “important emphasis on compassionate, collaborative, scientifically excellent care from the very first day of training “. (from the Arnold P. Gold Foundation).
Before receiving their coats and beginning their medical education journey, the Class of 2022 listened intently as keynote speaker Jordan Foster, MD, ’94, spoke about what it truly means to be a physician. Dr. Foster told personal stories and highlighted various themes, including honor, trust, professionalism, that each student will encounter in their pursuit of the sacred relationship with their patients.
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