White Coat Ceremony

Harlem Campus

Dear Students, Faculty & Staff: In an effort to adhere to guidance from the Office of the Governor and Office of the Mayor of New York regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, City College’s Aaron Davis Hall is suspending all of their campus events until May 30th, 2020. TouroCOM’s White Coat ceremony was scheduled for May 11th, 2020 at City College’s Aaron Davis Hall and we must therefore postpone the event at this time.

City College has provided TouroCOM the option of extending the ceremony to a later date. As we confront these unprecedented challenges we will plan for a future event continuing to hope for the best while simultaneously preparing for the worst.

The following next steps are provided as guidance regarding the White Coat Ceremony:

White Coat Portraits: The white coat portrait date was originally set for April 2nd on campus. Giving the current restrictions on travel and gathering, this date will be rescheduled. We commit to providing these portraits for you as many students use them for their residency applications.

Rescheduling the White Coat Ceremony: We are looking to involve two or three volunteer student leaders in planning a future ceremony. If you are interested in participating please let me know at Nadege.dady@touro.edu

Student White Coats

• Student White Coats have already been purchased and are currently stored on campus.

• Once social distancing and working remotely restrictions are lifted, we will announce in person distribution dates on campus.

Student Awards: Student awards are normally distributed during the White Coat ceremony. If the revised schedule for the White Coat ceremony pushes us into the fall months when the Class of 2022 has already transitioned to their clinical rotations, we will assess our ability to distribute awards in advance.

The Gold Foundation established the White Coat Ceremony in 1993. The iconic ritual provides an important emphasis on compassionate, collaborative, scientifically excellent care from the very first day of training. At TouroCOM in Harlem it has traditionally been held near the end of the second year, functioning as a bridging ceremony from the preclinical to the clinical aspects of your education. The key portions of the ceremony; a recitation of an oath, and comments on humanism and empathy are representation of an ideal which is foundational to TouroCOM. We commit that once we return to a normal function where we can meet in person, we will hold a meaningful White Coat ceremony in which you can take your oath in front of those most significant to you. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact me at Nadege.dady@touro.edu.