The White Coat Ceremony for the incoming class of 2025 will take place as a symbolic end to orientation week.
The ceremony will be held on Friday, August 6th from 4 - 6 p.m. at Kleinhans Music Hall.
This rite of passage for beginning medical students is a tradition at the Jacobs School and is intended to help establish a psychological contract for professionalism and empathy in the practice of medicine.
The event emphasizes the importance of both scientific excellence and compassionate care for the patient and includes several elements:
This event is typically attended by family and proud guests.
As part of Orientation Registration, students will select their White Coat size.
The Arnold P. Gold Foundation White Coat Ceremony was initiated on August 20, 1993 at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York. The Gold Foundation currently supports the ceremony at more than 100 schools of osteopathy and medicine throughout the U.S.
New students at the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences will take part in a tradition shared by medical students across the country.
Each year, Student National Medical Association (SNMA) has a white coat embroidery sale for students to have their first and last names embroidered on their white coat. Having one’s name on the white coat is beneficial for many reasons. For one, it helps patients and physicians the student encounters identify the student. It enhances the students’ professional appearance, and it helps students identify one another – even from different years – on clinical rotations.
The cost to have the white coat embroidered is $25.
Your white coat embroidery fee must be paid by July 27th.
For students, we recommend you dress professionally. For guests, we suggest business casual.
You can pick up your white coat at Orientation on day two. There will be a specific time for you to pick it up and you will bring it with you to the ceremony. Please do not wear your white coat to the ceremony.
Student will drop off their coats for embroidery on Monday at the Jacobs School of Medicine. SNMA will communicate with students directions.
Yes, you may. The person cloaking you must be an MD and you must register via your registration form for Orientation. If you forgot to sign up your cloaker, please email Julie Szrama.
Students should arrive to Kleinhans at 3:00 p.m. to be lined up.
Students will be lined up in alphabetical order, when then arrive.
NO RECEPTION IN LIGHT OF MASKING REQUIREMENTS. We recommend dining at a local restaurant downtown to experience the wonderful culinary offering Buffalo has to offer. Here is a list of recommended restaurants. We recommend making a reservation.
You are not limited on the number of guests and there is no cost associated with attending.
You do not need a ticket for this event and there is not a limit on guests.
You can park around Kleinhans and at any of the nearby lots. Parking typically costs $2/hour. We suggest coming down early to secure your parking spot.
Doors will open at 3:30pm.
Seating will be first come, first serve.
Guests may take pictures or videos on their phones from their seats.
There will be a professional photographer to take photos for our school. These will not be offered for purchase, but will be shared.
Ceremony will end at 6pm.