Hooding Ceremony

2021 Hooding Ceremony

This annual rite formally acknowledges the medical students’ achievement by administering the Hippocratic Oath and presenting the academic hood, which students wear during their Commencement Ceremony.

White Coat Ceremony

White Coat Ceremony

The Arnold P. Gold Foundation White Coat Ceremony welcomes entering  medical students and helps establish a psychological contract for the  practice of medicine. The event, emphasizing compassionate patient care  and scientific proficiency, includes:

 Recitation of an Oath of Service and Responsibility representing public  acknowledgment of the responsibilities of the profession and students’  willingness to assume such obligations in the presence of family, friends  and faculty

 Cloaking of students in their first white coats

 An address by an eminent physician role model

 A reception with students’ invited guests.

 At the ceremony, students are welcomed by institutional leaders who represent the value system of the school and the profession the students are about to enter. The cloaking with the white coat is a hands-on  experience that underscores the bonding process. The coat is placed on  each student’s shoulders by individuals who believe in the students' ability  to carry on the noble tradition of doctoring.  It is a personally delivered gift of faith, confidence, and compassion. 

Raft Debate

Raft Debate

A surgeon, an internist and a pediatrician are aboard a simulated sinking ship. Their only escape is a one-person raft. Who should be the sole survivor? MCG faculty members play their roles and make their case for survival based on their contributions to society. This insight helps teach sophomore and junior medical students the pros and cons of different medical specialties. Students leave the debate not only with a better understanding of the specialties but with a keener sense of direction. The evening includes a low-country boil and time for students to mingle with faculty and alumni. This event is sponsored by the Medical College of Georgia Alumni Association.