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.
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:
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.
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.
With a new theme each year, the eagerly awaited Match Day celebration is one of the most memorable and fun events of medical school.
On the same day, medical students across the country receive their envelopes with information about where they matched for residency. We are happy to be there to celebrate alongside you as you embark, dressed to the nines in costumes reflecting the theme of the year, onto the next stage of your medical career.