White Coat Ceremony - At the University of Maryland
Is there a single defining moment when a medical student feels like a doctor? Some would say there is and that it's the moment that a student dons the white coat.
The white coat, a traditional symbol of the medical clinician and scientist, has come to represent the knowledge, skill and integrity of the medical profession. The white coat ceremony recognizes the students' entry into the medical profession and welcomes them as junior colleagues.
The acceptance of the white coat by the students is their affirmation that, along with acquiring the requisite knowledge, they also accept the responsibility for developing and maintaining professional attitudes and behaviors in their work and in their relationships with classmates, teachers, patients, and the community.
The University of Maryland has held White Coat Ceremonies since 1997.