The Gold Foundation established the White Coat Ceremony in 1993 at Columbia University as a way to highlight the importance of humanism in all care of patients. The iconic ritual provides an important emphasis on compassionate, collaborative, scientifically excellent care from the very first day of training. For nearly 20 years, the nonprofit organization has seeded the White Coat Ceremonies at medical schools and, starting in 2014, in nursing schools around the globe.
In 2021, White Coat Ceremonies may be virtual or have a remote component. Ceremony administrators: Please visit our White Coat Ceremony toolkit for downloadable banners, program templates, keynote videos by medical education legend Dr. Barbara Ross-Lee, who was the first African-American woman to be dean of a U.S. medical school, and Dr. Deborah Trautman, the President and CEO of American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), and much more.
Together with AACN, the Gold Foundation has announced funding for 50 schools of nursing to host White Coat/Oath Ceremonies in 2021-2022 academic year.