Coat Ceremony at Mount Sinai School of Medicine
Coat ceremonies are “rites of passage” for beginning medical students
and are designed to reinforce the need for physicians to incorporate
sensitivity and compassion as well as medical knowledge into their
future endeavors. By donning the white coats and for the first
time reciting the physician’s oath, each of the 120 beginning
students at Mount Sinai School of Medicine symbolically commenced
their training to become doctors at the ceremony which emphasized
the importance of both scientific excellence and compassionate
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