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White Coat Ceremony

The White Coat ceremony is a significant moment in a medical student's career. This ceremony creates a psychological, intellectual, and ethical contract between the student and the profession, and promotes empathy in the practice of medicine from the very start of medical training.

During the ceremony, students are brought to the stage and "cloaked" in their first white coat. Wearing the white coat—the mantle of the medical profession—is a hands-on experience that underscores the bonding process. It is a personally delivered gift of faith, confidence and compassion. In addition, the Hofstra North Shore–LIJ School of Medicine partners with the Gold Foundation to show the commitment of the school, and its students to Humanism in Medicine.