July 26, 2022

Heersink School of Medicine to hold annual White Coat Ceremony

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white coat 500x375The UAB Heersink School of Medicine will hold its White Coat Ceremony for first-year medical students at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 14, at the Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center, 1200 10th Ave S, Birmingham.

Each of the new members of the entering class of 2022 will be presented with the traditional white coat in the presence of family, friends, faculty and staff. The white coat is a powerful symbol of both professional competence in medicine and human compassion.

Live video of the ceremony will be broadcast online beginning at 2 p.m. on Sunday at www.uab.edu/medicine/whitecoat.

The ceremony follows the completion of the new students’ first class, Patient, Doctor and Society, which focuses on the role physicians play in society and emphasizes professionalism, compassion, responsibility, ethics and the doctor/patient relationship. Students will take an oath of dedication at the ceremony written by the students themselves during the course of the first class.

The ceremonial presentation of white coats to medical students is a common practice at medical schools throughout the nation. The ceremony and oath of commitment to patient care remind incoming students of the dedication necessary to complete a medical education and underscore the responsibilities inherent in the practice of medicine.

The white coats are provided to the incoming students by the Medical Alumni Association. Each student also will receive a lapel pin that emphasizes humanism in medicine as a gift from the Arnold P. Gold Foundation.