White Coat Ceremony

White Coat Ceremony 2014

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 took an oath that they helped write, and which reflects the core mission of the Icahn School of Medicine. Among the values noted in the oath, the students pledged to advance medical science and increase health care access to improve health outcomes, honor the sanctity of the patient-physician relationship, lead lives of continued scholarship, and promote honesty and practice humility.

The class of 2018 is comprised of an exceptionally talented group of students. Icahn School of Medicine received nearly 5,100 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 percent of the incoming students are women; their ages range from 20 to 30 and they come from 59 different undergraduate institutions. The schools most heavily represented include the University of Pennsylvania, Yale, Harvard, Columbia, Dartmouth, and Stanford.

The ceremony's keynote speaker was Rosanne Leipzig, MD, PhD, Gerald and May Ellen Ritter Professor, Vice Chair of Education, Brookdale Department of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine at Icahn School of Medicine. Kenneth L. Davis, MD, President and Chief Executive Officer of The Mount Sinai Health System; 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.