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LKSOM White Coat Ceremony | Calendar of Events

Posted: March 22, 2019 at 12:45 pm

Friday, August 10, 2018

10:00 a.m.

Temple Performing Arts Center

Broad and Polett Walk


Liacouras Center Parking Garage

The Liacouras Center Arena is located in North Philadelphia on the corner of Cecil B. Moore and N. Broad Street in North Philadelphia, PA, about a mile and a half north of city hall. The venue has a 1,200--space indoor parking garage attached to the facility (at Cecil B. Moore and North 15th Street), and parking lots located throughout the main campus.View map.

About the White Coat Ceremony

The White Coat Ceremony, initiated in 1993 at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons with the support of the Arnold P. Gold Foundation, has become common practice in US medical schools. The ceremony is a rite of passage for first year medical students, designed to inculcate the values of professionalism, humanism, and compassionate patient care. It is the official welcome to the medical profession and to the Temple family.

In the ceremony, students are "cloaked" in their first white coats in the presence of family members, friends and school faculty. The program includes greetings by medical school deans; explorations of the meaning of professionalism by an array of speakers representing the perspectives of medical school faculty, alumni, the community, patients and ethicists; and taking of an oath based upon the 1948 Declaration of Geneva.

For students, it provides a vivid realization that they are, in fact, medical students and future physicians and serves as a rite of passage into the profession of medicine.

The LKSOM White Coat Ceremony is a ticketed event; each student receives an alottment of tickets for their chosen guests.

A reception will immediately follow the ceremony in the Mitten Hall Great Court, located beside the Temple Arts Center.

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LKSOM White Coat Ceremony | Calendar of Events

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