College of Medicine rite of passage welcomes newest medical students

August 08, 2012

Students from Penn State College of Medicine's class of 2016 officially began their medical careers last Friday with the White Coat Ceremony at the Hershey Lodge. During this annual rite of passage that included family and friends, 149 first-year medical students received their white coats from a distinguished faculty member and recited the Oath of Modern Hippocrates -- the universally recognized creed for physicians. Students in this class represent 25 U.S. states and seven foreign countries.

Learn why several of this year's first-year medical students chose Penn State and what the White Coat Ceremony meant to them by watching the video on Penn State Medicine magazine online.

The College of Medicine initiated its annual White Coat Ceremony in 1996 with funding support from the Arnold P. Gold Foundation, a public foundation fostering humanism in medicine. A White Coat Ceremony or similar rite of passage takes place at more than 90 percent of schools of medicine and osteopathy in the United States.

  • William A. Cantore, associate professor of ophthalmology and neurology, presents medical student Scott Paradise with his white coat during the College of Medicine's White Coat Ceremony on Aug. 3 at the Hershey Lodge. The annual ceremony serves as a rite of passage for first-year medical students, when they receive their first white coats and recite

    IMAGE: Ken Smith

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Last Updated August 09, 2012