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White Coat Ceremony


About the Ceremony

Each year, we mark the beginning of the medical school journey with the presentation of white coats to each new member of the entering class. At the School of Medicine, we present the White Coat Ceremony in conjunction with the Gold Humanism Honor Society Induction Ceremony.

Linking the two ceremonies together provides an inspiring start to the academic year. In the White Coat Ceremony, the new class of medical students is welcomed into the medical community in the presence of family, friends, and faculty members. These entering students are fitted with their first white coats and take their first step towards the responsibility of the physician by reciting the Oath of Hippocrates.

In the Gold Humanism Honor Society Induction Ceremony, we honor selected senior medical students. These students have demonstrated exemplary behavior that promotes humanism in medicine, excellence in clinical care, leadership, compassion, and dedication to service.

The Ceremony will be held is located at the Epstein Family Amphitheater on the main UC San Diego campus. 

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Welcoming our 55th Class of Medical Students

August 31, 2023

female student in white coat smiling and hugging another female

The White Coat Ceremony marks the beginning of our students' medical education. Read more about the event and a few of our incoming Class of 2023 students.

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Watch the 2023 White Coat Ceremony