2015 White Coat Ceremony

August 12, 2015

As part of orientation week, the Class of 2019 of the Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons participated in the 2015 White Coat Ceremony on Aug. 10. The 162 members of the class were cloaked in white coats and recited the Hippocratic Oath for the first time.

The ceremony was Columbia’s 23rd annual white coat ceremony. The ceremony was created at P&S in 1993 by Arnold P. Gold, MD, professor of neurology and of clinical pediatrics, to promote within students a strong commitment to humanistic practice. His eponymous foundation now supports the ceremony at 97 percent of accredited medical schools in the United States.

https://animoto.com/play/eHdvr0KTJGpPx9XNyC6chQ (Photos: Amelia Panico)

Dr. Gold, who retired in 2013 after 57 years of active practice, recently celebrated his 90th birthday, and the audience joined in singing “Happy Birthday” to him.

Remarks were delivered by Dr. Gold; Lee Goldman, MD, the Harold and Margaret Hatch Professor, dean of the Faculties of Health Sciences and Medicine, and Chief Executive of Columbia University Medical Center; Lisa Mellman, MD, senior associate dean for student affairs; and Robert E. Kelly, MD, president of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital.

The second Fern Feldman Anolick-Gold Foundation Lecture was delivered by Paul S. Appelbaum, MD, the Elizabeth K. Dollard Professor of Psychiatry, Medicine, and Law at Columbia.

See more photos from the White Coat Ceremony, taken by students, parents, and friends, at Storify:


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