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Definition A rites-of-passage ceremony at which first-year medical–and other health professional–e.g., dentistry, pharmacology–students, pledge commitment to patients, then receive a symbolic (short) white coat as a sign of commitment to compassion and excellence and formally read the Hippocratic Oath for the first time.

The Ceremony  is designed to foster an appreciation of humanism in medical students, residents, and faculty members and coincides with the landmarks of a medical student’s education–the threshold of the first year, clinical rotations, to graduation, residency and a lifelong practice of medicine; first established at Columbia University in 1993, the ritual encourages a psychological contract that emphasises professionalism and empathy in the practice of medicine; the ceremony also helps foster a special bond students will have with patients, colleagues, and teachers as they begin medical school, in the presence of family members, friends, and the campus community.   

Reference www.utmb.edu/professionalism/milestones/ 

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