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, with the goal to promote empathy in the practice of medicine from the very start of medical training.

The Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell held its thirteenth White Coat Ceremony at the Long Island Marriott Grand Ballroom on October 13, 2023. Surrounded by family, friends, mentors, faculty, and school administrators, 101 first-year medical students came forward to be individually “cloaked” in the iconic white coat — the representative emblem of the medical field. Established in 1993 by the Arnold P. Gold Foundation, the White Coat Ceremony is a traditional rite of passage celebrated by medical schools throughout the country and represents a major step in the careers of medical students, marking their transition from students to medical professionals. Read more about the 2023 White Coat Ceremony

Our next White Coat Ceremony will take place on Friday, October 18, 2024, at 2pm. For more information, contact the Office of Student Affairs.

White Coat 2023