Penn State College of Medicine Annual White Coat Ceremony to be held Aug. 13

August 12, 2004

The Penn State College of Medicine Class of 2008 will gather at 4 p.m. Friday, Aug. 13, in the Nigerian Room at the Hershey Lodge and Convention Center to participate in the annual White Coat Ceremony. The White Coat Ceremony has become an international tradition and a rite of passage for first-year medical students.

Media interested in attending event should contact the office of Strategic Services at (717) 531-8606 by noon Aug. 13.

During the formal ceremony, each student will receive his or her first white medical coat, an identifiable symbol for medical students and future physicians. After the distribution of white coats, students will join together to recite the Hippocratic oath, the universally recognized creed for physicians.

This year, 134 medical students will take part in the ceremony. Penn State College of Medicine is one of more than 100 medical schools in the United States, Puerto Rico, Grenada and Israel to holding such ceremonies this year.

Penn State College of Medicine held its first White Coat Ceremony in 1996 with support from the Arnold P. Gold Foundation, a foundation established to foster humanism in medicine.

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