Professionalism Professionalism Events Around Campus White Coat Ceremony Professionalism Home About Us About the Professionalism Committee Mission Vision and Values Professionalism Charter Professionalism Timeline Recognizing Professionalism Recognizing Professionalism in the Workplace Recognizing Professionalism Form Reporting Disrespectful Behavior Reporting Disrespectful Behavior Reporting Disrespectful Behavior Form Professionalism Events Around Campus Professionalism Events Around Campus Interprofessional Education Honor Pledge Committee White Coat Ceremony Honor Education Council Summits Workshops and Training Student Orientation Faculty Opportunities Professionalism News, Awards & Recognition News, Awards & Recognition Excellence in Professionalism Awards Resources Contact White Coat Ceremony The first White Coat Ceremony was held on August 20, 1993 for the entering class of Columbia University's College of Physicians & Surgeons. The Honor Education Council, with the support of the dean of medicine, introduced the White Coat Ceremony to UTMB in 1996. The purpose of the ceremony is to welcome the incoming medical students and to introduce them to the profession of medicine while stressing the importance of the doctor-patient relationship. As the students don the symbolic white coat, they accept responsibility for acquiring and maintaining the knowledge and skills necessary to care for patients and commit to provide treatment in a compassionate and respectful manner. In the presence of faculty, classmates, family, and friends, each student pledges to act with honor, integrity, and selflessness when dealing with patients and colleagues. As a final testament to professional integrity, the ceremony closes with the recitation of the student-conceived Declaration of Commitment. Declaration of CommitmentUsed for the White Coat Ceremony at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston Adopted from the Declaration of Geneva and the International Code of Medical Ethics.At the time of beginning Medical School;I solemnly pledge myself to consecrate my life to the services of humanity;I will give to my teachers the respect and gratitude which is their due;I will develop my skills with conscience, dignity and integrity;The health of my patients and myself will be my first considerations;I will honor those things that are confided in me;I will maintain by all the means in my power, the honor and the noble traditions of the medical profession;My colleagues will be my comrades;I will not permit considerations of religion, nationality, race, party politics or social standings to intervene between my duty, my peers and my patients;I will maintain the utmost respect for human life and I will not use any medical knowledge contrary to Law;I make these promises solemnly, freely and upon my honor. Past White Coat Ceremonies PA White Coat Ceremony Date/Time: June 25-26, 2015 Eighty-nine students donned their white coats and pledged their professional oath in a ceremony at 6 p.m. Friday, June 26, in Levin Hall Main Auditorium.