The University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences will welcome a new class of medical students with a white coat ceremony on Friday, July 29.
The event begins at 10 a.m. in Nitschke Hall. Tickets are required.
Established in the early 1990s, white coat ceremonies have been widely embraced as a rite of passage for incoming medical students across the country.
“The white coat is one of the most recognizable symbols of our profession,” said Dr. Christopher Cooper, executive vice president for clinical affairs and dean of the College of Medicine and Life Sciences. “These students have worked so hard to get where they are today. This recognizes their entry to medical school and the commitment they are making to serve others with care, empathy and professionalism.”
In addition to the presentation of a white coat, the event will include a welcome from Cooper, a keynote address on humanism in medicine and a recitation of the Medical Student Pledge of Ethics.
UToledo received more than 6,300 medical school applications this year, ultimately selecting 176 students.
The class is majority female, with an average GPA of 3.72. Students come from 21 different states. Sixty-three percent of students are from Ohio, with 24% coming from northwest Ohio.
Of the 176 students, 37 are prior UToledo graduates.
A livestream of the event is available on the College of Medicine and Life Sciences white coat ceremony website.
UToledo also has upcoming ceremonies for students in several health professions programs.
• The College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences will hold a professional advancement ceremony for students in both the Doctor of Pharmacy Program and Pharmaceutical Sciences Program on Thursday, Aug. 25.
• The College of Health and Human Services will hold a white coat ceremony for students in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program on Friday, Aug. 26.
• The College of Medicine and Life Sciences will host white coat ceremonies for students in the Physician Assistant Program on Friday, Aug. 26, and students in the Biomedical Sciences Program on Thursday, Sept. 8.
• The College of Nursing will hold white coat ceremonies for pre-licensure bachelor of science in nursing students on Tuesday, Sept. 13, and graduate-entry master of science in nursing students on Thursday, Sept. 22.