White Coat Ceremony
At WVU, the first White Coat Ceremony was held Jan. 26, 1996. Its tradition differs from the conventional concept in that it honors second-year students and marks the transition from basic sciences to clinical sciences, from reading about illness and disease to diagnosing it, and from learning about treatments to prescribing them. The ceremony stresses the importance of the doctor-patient relationship and the relevance of the white coat as a cloak of compassion.
Annually the alumni association sponsors our White Coat ceremony where students nearing completion of the second year of the curriculum are cloaked with a crisp, white coat sponsored by an alum or faculty member.