UAB School of Medicine to hold White Coat Ceremony

The School of Medicine entering class of 2019 will recieve their white coats at the annual White Coat Ceremony.
Written by: Brit Blalock
Media contact: Bob Shepard

SOM2The School of Medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham will hold its annual White Coat Ceremony for first-year medical students at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 18, in the Alabama Theatre, located at 1817 Third Ave. N. 

Each of the new members of the entering class of 2019 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. Sunday at

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 University of Alabama 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.