On March 2nd as a tradition of our medical school, the white coat ceremony was held for new students organized by the school’s administration along with the Student Government Association at the Curacao Renaissance Resort & Casino.
The white coat ceremony (WCC) is a relatively new ritual in some medical schools that marks the student’s entrance into clinical medical education. At some schools, like CMU, where students begin meeting patients early in their education, the white coat ceremony is held at the beginning of the first year.
WCC typically addresses the issue of medical ethics and praises rising incoming first year students for their admission into the medical profession. A reading of the Hippocratic Oath is a part of the ceremony and student’s family and friends usually attend the event as well. Our school organizes a WCC every semester and many students now consider it a rite of passage in the journey toward a medical career.
The event started at 7pm with a welcome speech from the President of Student Government Association, followed by the Curacao national anthem performed by a local singer. An MD4 student gave a touching speech. A speech of the Dean of the school, expressed his dedication to the academic quality and study environment improvements that will be implemented in the current year.
The Presentation of White Coats was done by the faculty members after which all freshmen students took a Hippocratic Oath.
The event was concluded by closing remarks by the Dean of Academics and the Dean of the School of Medicine. The reception including snacks and refreshments ended the current semester’s White Coat Ceremony at 9pm.