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White Coat Ceremony

The historic KU School of Medicine White Coat Ceremony recognizes the entry of first-year students into health care and the medical profession.

The School of Medicine recognizes first-year students’ entrance into the medical profession at a White Coat Ceremony.  The White Coat Ceremony is one of a series of initiatives developed by the medical school as part of its Project Professionalism.  This school-wide project was implemented to foster a culture among students and faculty that honors the ideals of medical professionalism: maintenance of patient interest above physician self-interest, altruism, accountability, excellence, duty and service, honor and integrity, and respect for others. 

The White Coat Ceremony for the Class of 2027 was held Friday, July 21, 2023.  Video recording of the ceremony is below.

"When I tried on the white coat, immediately as they handed it to me at the Health Education Building, it felt like life was starting all over again! Like I had just opened a completely different book of life than I had before, and I was excited for it."
"To me, the white coat is a symbol of commitment to all of my future patients, becoming the best physician I️ can possibly be, and taking pride and being a positive force in the field of medicine. For my friends and family who have watched me through the trial and error of getting into medical school, I️ think they see the white coat as a symbol of success in being one step closer to my goal of being a physician."
KU School of Medicine

University of Kansas Medical Center
School of Medicine
3901 Rainbow Boulevard
Kansas City, KS 66160
913-588-5000