White Coat Ceremony

Group shot of WVU School of Medicine Class of 2020.

The 2018 white coat ceremony was held on Sat., March 17 at 10 a.m. at the Metropolitan Theatre in Morgantown.

WVU held its first white coat ceremony on January 26, 1996. Contrary to the conventional white coat ceremony, our ceremony 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.

The alumni association sponsors our white coat ceremony annually, where students nearing completion of the second year of the curriculum are cloaked with a white coat that has been sponsored by an alumnus or faculty member.

Meet some of the students participating in the white coat ceremony this year:

Kathryn Baker

A passion for nutrition and community service led Kathryn Baker to medical school, and she now sees the white coat ceremony as the doorway to her career in holistic medicine.

Ahmed & Muhammad Yousaf

Identical twins Ahmed and Muhammad Yousaf are planning to team up to change the future of medicine.

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