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

White Coat Ceremony 2017

The Carver College of Medicine will hold its 24th annual White Coat Ceremony at 3 p.m. Aug. 10 at Hancher Auditorium for first-year students beginning their medical education at Iowa. 

The event welcomes the Carver College of Medicine class of 2022, and represents the first time these future physicians will recite the Oath of Hippocrates, calling attention to the importance of the doctor-patient relationship.

Here is the Class of 2022 at a glance

The 152 new students contain a class within a class. Eight students are pursuing a joint MD/PhD program, involving additional years of study beyond the four-year MD degree requirements. Of the 144 students making up the general MD class, 70 percent are Iowa residents.

The youngest class member is 20, the oldest is 43. The average age of class members is 23. A total of 26% are ethnic minorities or from an under-represented group in medicine. Females make up 51 percent of the class.

The students enrolled this fall represent 4 percent of those who applied for the class. A total of 3,871 applications were received for the 152 openings.

As a class, their Medical College Admission Test scores averaged 512, their undergraduate grade-point averages were 3.82. As undergrads, collectively they covered a total of 30 different majors and hailed from 68 undergraduate colleges.

Iowa regents institutions prepared nearly a quarter of the incoming students as undergraduates: The University of Iowa with 31, Iowa State University with five, and University of Northern Iowa with one. Other Iowa colleges prepared nearly another quarter, contributing 35 total.

Joining 104 Iowans in the class are 14 from California, seven from Illinois, five from Florida, four from Minnesota, and the remainder from a dozen other states.

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 introducee 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. 

Date: 
Monday, July 30, 2018