This past Tuesday evening in the Tinkham Veale University Center ballroom, 26 first-year students in the Master of Science in Anesthesia Program—socially distanced and wearing their Spartan masks—were recognized at the annual white coat ceremony. The ceremony was emceed by Assistant Program Director Carie Twichell and recorded for friends and family who could not attend due to capacity and safety restrictions. As the students were named by Ms. Twichell, they stood and put on their white coats before being led in the reading of the oath by Executive Medical Director Dr. Matthew Norcia.
The white coat ceremony, a rite of passage for students in various medical fields, was inaugurated in 1993 and marks their entry into the healthcare profession. The white coat symbolizes professionalism, caring, and trust, and will be worn for the next two years as the students care for patients and complete their studies.
We warmly congratulate our class of 2022 and are proud to support them as they begin their medical careers at a pivotal time in our country’s history.