White Coat Ceremony

The White Coat Ceremony at McGill is entitled "Donning the Healer's Habit Ceremony". It was inaugurated in 2001 and for the first decade was named in honor of the late Dr. Joseph Wener. Dr. Wener was a role model of a compassionate physician for a generation of medical students. An invited speaker addresses the class on their transition from laymanship to physicianship. The ceremony has traditionally been held early in the Med 2 year to underline the transition from a relatively passive (observer) role to that of a more active role in the clinical encounter.  At this event, students receive their white coat - a symbol of the professional responsibilities they will assume in their clinical life. This is followed by a recital of a class oath in which they pledge allegiance to core values of the profession. Parents as well as Osler Fellows are invited to attend.

Guest Speakers:

Year Speaker
2001 Dr. Balfour Mount - White Coat Ceremony Address
2002 Dr. Balfour Mount
2003 Dr. Eric Cassell
2004 Dr. Rita Charon - White Coat Ceremony Address
2005 Dr. Charles Scriver - White Coat Ceremony Address
2006 Dr. Alfred I. Tauber - White Coat Ceremony Address
2007 Dr. Richard I. Levin
2008 Dr. Jock Murray
2009 Dr. Howard Brody
2010 Dr. Allan D. Peterkin
2011 Dr. Jeffrey Turnbull
2012 Dr. Phil Gold
2013 Dr. Dafyyd Rhys 'Dave' Williams
2014 Dr. Paul Grand'Maison
2015 Dr. Danielle Ofri
2016 Dr. John Launer


Class Pledges:

Year Class
2001 Class of 2004
2002 Class of 2005
2003 Class of 2006
2004 Class of 2007
2005 Class of 2008
2006 Class of 2009
2007 Class of 2010
2008 Class of 2011
2009 Class of 2012
2010 Class of 2013
2011 Class of 2014
2012 Class of 2015
2013 Class of 2016
2014 Class of 2017
2015 Class of 2018
2016 Class of 2019


White Coat Ceremonies:

Year Class
2006 Class of 2009
2007 Class of 2010
2010 Class of 2013
2011 Class of 2014
2012 Class of 2015
2013 Class of 2016
2014 Class of 2017
2015 Class of 2018
2016 Class of 2019