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What happens at White Coat Ceremony?

Discussion in 'Medical Students - MD' started by yaoming, Aug 9, 2002.

  1. yaoming

    yaoming Banned Banned

    Jun 26, 2002
    Hi guys. My friends and family are invited to go to my white coat ceremony. What happens there and is it worth it for my parents/siblings to drive 500 miles for it? If it was on a friday or weekend it'd be coo, but it's in the middle of the week. Please give advice.
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  3. Smurfette

    Smurfette Antagonized by Azrael Administrator Physician 10+ Year Member

    Jun 6, 2001
    At my school it was kind of like a graduation ceremony, with a bunch of speakers and then every med student being called up by name and has their white coat put on by older med students and docs. The whole thing was done in about an hour. At my school, most people had their families come into town (it was on a saturday though, too) and spent the rest of the day going to dinner, showing the family around the med school, etc. My mom thought it was cool....I think she would have thought so even if it had been a five hour drive...but check with your school as to how much "pomp and circumstance" the ceremony is, and how many family members traditionally attend to let you and your family decide if they want to make the trek.
  4. Vader

    Vader Dark Lord of the Sith Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

    Jun 4, 2001
    Mine was similar to Smurfette's. I think it's a worthy cause, but I've always been a stickler for nostalgia-inducing events. :D
  5. AlternateSome1

    AlternateSome1 Burnt Out Physician 10+ Year Member

    Aug 2, 2002
    A van drove up. Two large men swaggered out. I ran as they chased. Suddenly I was on the floor, a knee at the small of my back. I raised my head in defiance...and then the needle pierced my skin. The sly grin on a chubby face swirled into a pool of emptiness. I awoke to the steady beat of my throbbing temples. The spinning of the room slowed to the leisurely pace of a merry-go-round. Each wall bore the same luxurious padding. Then I noticed my spiffy new white coat.

  6. 12R34Y

    12R34Y 10+ Year Member

    Apr 5, 2000
    I had mine yesterday and it was very similar to what smurfette stated. about an hour and very nice and everybody's families were there.

  7. KyGrlDr2B

    KyGrlDr2B 7+ Year Member

    Oct 15, 2001
    I had mine yesterday as well. I liked it and thought it was worth having my parents drive 2 hours for it. But I don't think I would've asked friends to come to it.
  8. yaoming

    yaoming Banned Banned

    Jun 26, 2002
    Thank you guys, so much for your input. I think they will go according to your response. :)

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