July 19: White Coat for MD Class of 2023


July 19th, 2019

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Pictured: The MD Class of 2022

One by one, the University of Hawaii’s newest class of MD students will walk across a stage to be “cloaked” with a short white coat symbolizing their new status as MD students at the John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM).

The White Coat Ceremony is an annual tradition in which our newest MD students and their families gather to celebrate their admission into the study of medicine.

The beautiful ceremony includes the “cloaking” rite of passage in which JABSOM MD alumni present incoming students with the waist-length white coat (which identifies them in health care settings as MD students).  This year the Class of 1969, who will be celebrating their 50th Anniversary, will be cloaking our newest students.

The students also recite the Oath of Hippocrates – an exclusive pledge that is spoken at least two times throughout a medical student’s journey: at the beginning of their studies during the White Coat Ceremony, and when they are awarded the time-honored title of Medical Doctor. Reciting the Oath of Hippocrates is a physician’s tradition reaching back to the 5th century B.C.