White Coat Ceremony for Class of 2022 is Aug. 3

July 26, 2018

First-year medical students at Indiana University School of Medicine will participate in a time-honored ceremony Friday, Aug. 3, when the future doctors don the traditional white medical coats and repeat in unison the Physician’s Oath.

During the ceremony, IU School of Medicine faculty assist first-year medical students into the white coats, which 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 uphold.

This year’s ceremony will begin at 4:30 pm on Aug. 3 at the Hilbert Circle Theater, 45 Monument Circle, in downtown Indianapolis. Tickets are required for family and friends to enter the theater. (Each student is allotted three tickets.)

Jay L. Hess, MD, PhD, MHSA, dean of IU School of Medicine and vice president for university clinical affairs, will welcome the incoming students and their families and deliver the keynote address. The event will also feature a student speaker and a performance by the IU School of Medicine Orchestra.

Friday’s event wraps a week of orientation that will include medical service-learning projects held at the Salvation Army, Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana, Outside the Box, Inc. and Hands in Autism. These activities allow new students to meet their new colleagues and learn more about the institution as they enroll in the largest medical school in the nation.

IU medical students are assigned to one of nine regional campuses where they receive their four years of training: Bloomington, Evansville, Fort Wayne, Northwest-Gary, Indianapolis, Muncie, South Bend, Terre Haute and West Lafayette.

This year’s white coat ceremony will be streamed live on the IU School of Medicine Facebook page.