1st Year Meharry Medical College students Rite of Passage

For these beginning students in Meharry Medical College’s School of Medicine, School of Dentistry and School of Graduate Studies and Research, the White Coat ceremony is the start of a course of study toward a profession in health care. Considered a rite of passage for health care professionals, the donning of a white coat symbolizes the beginning of the journey to become a certified health professional. Through the ceremony, in the presence of family, first-year students learn the necessity of balancing excellence in science with compassionate patient care. This ceremony helps identify the characteristics of the complete doctor and provides a contract for professionalism and empathy in medicine. Here are a few scenes from this year’s White Coat Day.