The White Coat Ceremony stresses the importance of humanism and professionalism in the practice of medicine. The white coat has been the visual hallmark of physicians since the 19th century. This tradition for first-year medical students marks the student's transition from the study of preclinical to clinical health sciences.
Steven L. Berk, M.D., TTUHSC executive vice president, provost and dean of the School of Medicine, said more than 100 medical schools in the United States now have a white coat ceremony and many students consider it a rite of passage in the journey toward a health care career.
"For many students, dreams of putting on the white coat begin the day they are accepted into medical school. The coat symbolizes that the years of hard work and dedication have finally paid off," Berk said. "The students' white coat also symbolizes that they have been invited into the prestigious profession of medicine, a privilege which comes with great professional responsibility."
The 183 new medical students include 38 from Texas Tech University, 33 from the University of Texas System, 19 from Texas A&M University system and others are from other top universities like Harvard University, Johns Hopkins University, Cornell University, Rice University, Northwestern University, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the University of California, Berkley.
(News Release by Texas Tech University)