2018 White Coat Ceremony
Monday, August 6, 2018, @ 1:30 pm
History of the White Coat ceremony
Hippocrates advised healthcare providers how they should dress. The dress of healers of primitive societies was an important part of the paraphernalia of healing. The white coat, worn by individuals to connote their education and credentials as healers, is a symbol widely recognized by today’s society. The white coat can reassure even the most anxious that their complaints and concerns will be dealt with competently and seriously. It conveys a sense of authority and guides behaviors of both patient and healthcare provider. The white coat is a cloak of compassion.
The Touro University Nevada White Coat Ceremony was developed to honor our students in osteopathic medicine, physician assistant studies and physical therapy as they accept the professional responsibilities inherent in their relationship with patients. As students receive their white coats, we encourage them to think about the time-honored professions that they are joining and wear their coats with the requisite sense of professionalism and seriousness. The white coat, worn by individuals to connote their education and credentials as healers, is a symbol widely recognized by today’s society.
As the students are coated, a faculty member will place the coat on the student symbolizing the training received during the clinical rotation years. The Dean of the college will shake the student’s hand signifying a greeting as colleagues at the beginning of their professional career.