Significance Of The White Coat Ceremony

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In this paper, I analyze the significance of the white coat ceremony and how it relates to William Mays rite of passage and the importance of educating health care professionals on patients ordeal. The white coat ceremony is a ritual in which only medical students experience. A few years ago, I got the opportunity to attend my sisters White Coat Ceremony, at the time I was unaware of the significance in receiving a white coat. Later, I learned that the White Coat Ceremony, is an event put on by medical schools all around the country to indoctrinate its new students into the world of medicine by providing the students with the ultimate symbol of doctoring, the white coat. The ceremony recognizes the characteristic of a superior doctor, in…show more content…
However, the White Coat Ceremony is a relatively new ritual. The first full-pledge White Coat Ceremony took place at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. Grants from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation helped advance the White Coat Ceremony far beyond Columbia. In just a few years nearly every medical school in North America adopted the ceremony. It is evident that rituals can be created. I believe it is vital for an individual to find a place for rituals in their lives, as long as you intentionally cultivate that character for it. A person receiving their white coat identity is altered in a variety of ways, they are now seen and expected to act as medical professionals. The “cloaking” emerges from the ceremony ritual. It is seen as a symbol of professionalism and humanism, and ensure that students commit to those virtues throughout medical school. Accepting the white coat ensures that a medical student promises to retain certain merits such as integrity. Integrity represents the uppermost standards of behavior while ensuring to refuse violate any personal and professional codes. It is promising to always have respect for your patients and their families. The acceptance of the white coat symbolizes the commitment of improving the outcomes of patients to improve the patients overall quality of life. These qualities must be honored throughout the student’s career. Acceptance of the
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