Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis

A rite of passage. The symbol of a profession.
Washington University welcomes the Entering Class of 2016.

White Coat Ceremony 2016

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Student Oath

Written by the entering class of 2016

As I begin the study of medicine at Washington University, I commit myself to the responsibilities of the medical profession while recognizing its challenges and privileges.

I pledge that my patient will always be my foremost consideration as I strive to promote health and quality of life through education, prevention, and care. I acknowledge my debt of gratitude to patients, from whom I will learn. I will endeavor to be worthy of their trust through competence, compassion, and honesty. I will respect, seek to understand, and value each patient’s individuality. I will communicate openly and effectively to empower my patients to make informed choices that honor their values and beliefs.

I will advocate for equitable, sustainable, and quality health care. I will be cognizant of my biases and will hold myself accountable to society for the trust placed in me.

I dedicate myself to a lifetime of learning, practicing, and advancing the art and science of medicine. I will preserve the sanctity of the patient-physician relationship and approach my profession with integrity and humility. I will support my peers and respect the contributions of all members of the inter-professional healthcare team.

I pledge to care for myself so that I may best care for others. I will recognize my limitations, act within my capabilities, and pursue excellence. I am humbled by the opportunity to become a physician, appreciative of those who support me, and look forward to mentoring future generations.

May this class hold fast to the ideals and passion with which we take this pledge.

This oath I make freely and upon my honor.

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The White Coat Ceremony concludes two weeks of orientation, known as the WUSM Plunge. Orientation sessions include collaborative oath-writing, public health topics, community tours and more.
What is a White Coat Ceremony?
About the Tradition

Who is the 2016 incoming MD class?

124 students
62 women, 62 men 
26 enrolling in the
MD/PhD program

Where are they from?

67 colleges
and universities
28 U.S. states
7 different

MD Orientation

A fun and fulfilling experience, this orientation gives incoming students a chance to get to know their new school, the St. Louis community, and each other. LEARN MORE

Congrats, students!

Now get to class.