White Coat Ceremony welcomes class of 2021

August 10, 2017

After receiving their white coats, the students recited the Physician’s Oath. | Photo By Timothy Yates

The IU School of Medicine Class of 2021--364 students strong--participated in a time-honored ceremony on Friday, Aug. 4, when the future doctors donned the traditional white medical coats and repeated in unison the Physician’s Oath in front of family, friends and the school community.

The White Coat Ceremony marks the matriculation into the medical community and serves as a symbol of the professional attitudes and ethical behaviors that all physicians in training must portray. Upon receiving their coats, students found a note card in their pocket--a token of advice and encouragement from IU School of Medicine alumni--referred to as a Pearl of Wisdom.

Jay L. Hess, MD, PhD, MHSA, dean of IU School of Medicine, vice president for university clinical affairs and Walter J. Daly Professor, welcomed the incoming students and their families and delivered the keynote address.

Friday’s event wrapped a week of orientation that included medical service-learning projects held Wednesday at the Salvation Army, Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana, Outside the Box, Inc. and Crispus Attucks Medical Magnet High School.

View photos from the White Coat Ceremony on flickr.