Rituals are an important way to mark the commencement of new roles and define expectations for learning and performance. The Gold Foundation has brought several rituals to medical schools across the United States and Canada.
The White Coat Ceremony was designed by The Arnold P. Gold Foundation as a way to welcome new students into the medical profession and to set clear expectations regarding their primary role as physicians by professing an oath. In 2014 this ritual was expanded into nursing schools.
The Student Clinician’s Ceremony (SCC) is designed to provide guidance, information and support as medical students transition into their clinical years.