Recite Oath: The oath is the central component of any White Coat Ceremony and students read or recite it together. Schools select an oath that includes a commitment to humanistic patient care, based on their own tradition. Many are student- or faculty-written, and it is typically the same oath recited at commencement.
Timing during training: It is important to hold this important ritual at the start of medical education, in order to demonstrate the significance of humanism early on in training and professional identity formation.
Focus on humanism: The emphasis on humanistic patient care can be delivered through a keynote address and/or highlighted in remarks from medical school leadership. Schools may also ask students to reflect on compassionate, collaborative, and scientifically excellent care through writing, discussions, or other initiatives.
Pins: The Gold Foundation offers white “Keeping Healthcare Human” lapel pins to be given to each medical student at the ceremony. Thanks to our supporters, we provide these pins without cost to medical schools. School administrators can request pins using our online form at least 30 days in advance of the ceremony date.
Please remember to acknowledge the Arnold P. Gold Foundation for the pins in your ceremony program, and we encourage you to include a brief statement about the background and significance of this ritual in your ceremony program.