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White Coat

The tradition of the White Coat ceremony

The beginning of an amazing journey to become a physician

The ceremony is an international tradition started by the Arnold P. Gold Foundation in 1993 to remind incoming medical students to practice humanistic patient-centered medical care. Students wear the coats during their four years of training, leading up to the traditional longer lab coats worn by physicians after graduation.

School of Medicine Dean Wael Sakr, M.D., will welcome students and their families and friends, noting nearly 10,000 students applied to be members of the incoming class.


To join in the celebration online, we encourage WSU students, staff, and faculty to take photos of themselves, friends, family, and colleagues with signs of congratulations and support and share them on social media – Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram – along with the #waynemedicine hashtag.

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