White Coat Ceremony Toolkit

Congratulations on your upcoming White Coat Ceremony! Each year, the Gold Foundation provides a kit of materials for your school’s ceremony. If there are other materials that would be useful, please let us know at info@gold-foundation.org

Keynote addresses

If you are planning a White Coat Ceremony, consider incorporating a virtual keynote address from the Gold Foundation and our partners. There is no cost. The Gold Foundation thanks the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM), and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) for their support and assistance in creating these addresses. 

Virtual keynote video for medical schools – In this keynote address, Dr. Barbara Ross-Lee, a medical education legend, the first African-American woman to be dean of a U.S. medical school and President-Elect of the American Osteopathic Foundation, shares her wisdom with incoming medical students.

Medical schools planning a White Coat Ceremony can request access to this virtual keynote address through this form.

Note: There are two versions of the video; the only difference is the introduction. In the version for allopathic (MD) schools, she is introduced by Dr. Richard I. Levin, President & CEO of The Arnold P. Gold Foundation, and Dr. Alison J. Whelan, Chief Medical Education Officer of the AAMC. In the version for osteopathic (DO) schools, she is introduced by Dr. Richard I. Levin, President & CEO of The Arnold P. Gold Foundation, and Dr. Robert A. Cain, President & CEO of AACOM. The entire video is 10 minutes.


Virtual keynote video for nursing schools – In this keynote address, Dr. Deborah Trautman, PhD, RN, FAAN, President and CEO of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), shares her insights and advice to new nursing students. She is introduced by Gold Foundation Trustee Dr. Lorraine Frazier, PhD, RN, FAAN, FAHA, Dean of Columbia University School of Nursing and Dr. Kellie Bryant, DNP, WHNP, CHSE, Assistant Dean, Clinical Affairs and Simulation Center | Columbia University School of Nursing.

Nursing schools planning a White Coat/Oath Ceremony can request access to this virtual keynote address through this form.

Webinars

Guidance on hosting a virtual or hybrid White Coat Ceremony.

Hosting a Virtual Medical School White Coat Ceremony Webinar with the AAMC: White Coat Ceremonies during COVID-19: Tools, Resources, and an Open Forum to Explore Virtual Options

View the webinar recording and download the PPT slides on the website of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC).

Hosting a Virtual Nursing School White Coat Ceremony Webinar with the AACN: A webinar on holding an iconic ritual emphasizing humanism in healthcare in an age of physical distancing.

View the webinar recording and download the PPT slides on the website of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN).

Ceremony materials

Gold Foundation pins – The Gold Foundation provides special pins for White Coat Ceremonies, which include our signature loop representing the connecting between clinician and patient. Thanks to our supporters, we provide these pins without cost to medical and nursing schools. To request pins, please fill out this form at least 1 month in advance of your ceremony.

Program template (Publisher) (InDesign) – add your school’s logo, ceremony speakers, students, and other details, and print at the printing shop of your choice, or save as a PDF to distribute via email or on your website. If you’d prefer a different file format, please email us at info@gold-foundation.org.

White Coat Ceremony slides (PPT) – slides to incorporate into your ceremony. Download the PowerPoint template for your medical or nursing school ceremony.

Signage & logo materials

The 2.5-foot by 8-foot banner can be modified to include your school’s logo and then ordered from VistaPrint or the printing shop of your choice.

2.5-foot x 8-foot “Congratulations on your White Coat Ceremony” banner (InDesign or PDF) – add your school’s logo and print at the printing shop of your choice

Gold Foundation White Coat Ceremony logo (PNG) – for inclusion on your own specially designed program or banner

Media materials

5 marketing tips (PDF) – ideas to promote your ceremony widely and engage with the Gold Foundation through social media

Press release template for schools (Word). These templates include a quote from Gold Foundation President/CEO Dr. Levin and can be modified for your school and sent to local media outlets, such as local TV stations and newspapers.

Fonts

Source Sans Pro (free download– This open source typeface family is often used in our materials.

Virtual ceremony examples

The Gold Foundation has been impressed and moved by the many different ways schools have implemented virtual White Coat Ceremonies. Here are three wonderful examples from 2020. We would love to see other examples; please send video links to Brianne Alcala, AVP of Communications, at balcala@gold-foundation.org.

Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons opened their virtual 2020 White Coat Ceremony with music and included all students on video at the end waving in their white coats. Dr. Arnold P. Gold was a pediatric neurologist and professor at Columbia, where the first White Coat Ceremony, emphasize the critical importance of humanism in healthcare, was held in 1993.

The University of Toledo College of Nursing held a lovely virtual ceremony in which students were shown each donning their white coats at home.

 

The NYU Long Island School of Medicine held a moving hybrid ceremony in which students attended in person (socially distanced) and donned their own white coats, while family and friends watched through a live stream.

White Coat Ceremonies in other settings

Interested in holding a White Coat Ceremony or related ritual to infuse humanism at care settings and corporate healthcare settings? Organizations should contact Pia Miller, Senior Director of Strategy and Business Development, at pmiller@gold-foundation.org.