White Coat Ceremony

White Coat Ceremony 2015

Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (ISMMS) officially welcomed 140 first-year students into the medical community during its annual White Coat ceremony. The ceremony, in which students are "coated" by distinguished members of the School's faculty and recite a physician's oath, is a rite of passage for students that marks their entry into professional training.

Students contributed to writing the oath, which reflects the core mission of the Icahn School of Medicine. Among the values noted in the oath, the students pledged to treat each patient with unconditional dignity and compassion as a human being, serve as advocates and activists for social justice, and advance medicine through the study and conduct of scientific inquiry.

The class of 2019 is comprised of an exceptionally talented group of students. Icahn School of Medicine received nearly 5,000 applications, and invited more than 750 to interview. During the White Coat ceremony, the school's leadership congratulated the new students on their accomplishments thus far and encouraged them to rise to the challenges that lay ahead, both in medical school and in the evolving fields of science and medicine.

The students come from a variety of backgrounds and experiences. Fifty-two percent of the incoming students are women; their ages range from 22 to 30 and they come from 58 different undergraduate institutions. The schools most heavily represented include Columbia, Yale, Harvard, Johns Hopkins, Cornell, and Stanford.

The ceremony's keynote speaker was Rachel Levine, MD, Physician General for the Pennsylvania Department of Health. Dennis S. Charney, MD, Anne and Joel Ehrenkranz Dean of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, and President for Academic Affairs of The Mount Sinai Health System, Peter W. May, Chair, The Mount Sinai Boards of Trustees; and David Muller, MD, FACP, Dean of Medical Education at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai made additional remarks.