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The journey begins: White Coat Ceremony welcomes first-year students

2019 white coat ceremony
Date: Wednesday, July 22, 2020

The Carver College of Medicine will hold its 26th annual White Coat Ceremony at 3 p.m. Aug. 14 for first-year students beginning their medical education at Iowa.  This ceremony will be held in-person for students. Family and friends will be invited to view the ceremony virtually. 

The event welcomes the Carver College of Medicine class of 2024, and represents the first time these future physicians will recite the Oath of Hippocrates, calling attention to the importance of the doctor-patient relationship. 

Prior to the start of classes, each first-year student at the Carver College of Medicine is assigned to one of four learning communities for their entire four years of medical school. Each learning community is comprised of approximately equal numbers of first-, second-, third-, and fourth-year students. The communities are designed to foster more peer-to-peer interactions, provide opportunities for leadership and service, and strengthen students’ relationships with faculty, collegiate staff, and others across campus.

Faculty representatives for each of the college’s learning communities—Bean Community, Boulware Community, Flocks Community, and McCowen Community—will introduce the students.

Each student will be ceremonially cloaked with their white coat by leaders of the college.


The Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine is part of  University of Iowa Health Care, the state’s only comprehensive academic medical center. Based in Iowa City and dedicated to providing world-class health care and health-related outreach services to all Iowans, UI Health Care also includes University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics and University of Iowa Physicians, the state’s largest multi-specialty physician group practice.