Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis

A rite of passage. The symbol of a profession.
Washington University welcomes the MD Class of 2017.

White Coat Ceremony 2013

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The journey from student to physician begins here, with a new white coat and a student-written oath of integrity. Click below to share well wishes with a doctor-to-be. #wusm #whitecoat

Best wishes,
MD Class of 2017

The journey begins.

Student Oath

Written by the incoming class of 2013; pledged August 16, 2013.

With this oath, I commit myself to the responsibilities of a physician in training and to the obligations of the medical profession.

I pledge that the health of the patient will always be my foremost consideration. I am grateful to the patients from whom I will learn. I will endeavor to be worthy of their trust through competence, compassion, and honest communication. I will honor the patients’ unique identities and circumstances. I will safeguard their confidences, respect their autonomy, and serve as their advocate. I will educate and empower them as guardians of their own well-being.

As a representative of the medical profession I will strive to earn the trust of the community, and work to increase the accessibility and quality of health care for all.

In the pursuit of excellence I dedicate myself to a lifetime of learning, teaching, and advancing the art and science of medicine. I will approach my medical education with integrity and humility, and foster a collaborative environment respectful of my colleagues in the healthcare community.

I pledge to care for my well-being so that I may most effectively care for my patients. I will act within my capabilities, recognize my limitations, and work to achieve my potential as a physician.

May I hold fast to the enthusiasm and idealism with which I take this pledge.

This oath I make freely and upon my honor.

- MD Class of 2017

What is a White Coat Ceremony?
About the Tradition

Who is the 2013 incoming MD class?

122 new students
17 enrolling in the
MD/PhD Program

Where are they from?

58 colleges
and universities
35 U.S. states
8 different

Congrats, students!

Now get to class.