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White Coat Ceremony

The White Coat Ceremony

The first White Coat Ceremony was held in 2003. Each year in early October, MD students are invited, along with their families, to an evening at which they are presented with their first white coat. This has become a Mac tradition and one which we have found formalizes the McMaster experience in a meaningful way.

The White Coat Ceremony is hosted by the dean of the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine, Dr. Paul O’Byrne.

If you would like more details about the White Coat Ceremony, please contact us.

Save the Date, Class of 2027

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In 2012, McMaster University Faculty of Health Sciences launched a new annual tradition to welcome new medical students to the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine. Each year we ask our MD alumni to pen a short personal note to a first year medical student. These notes are given to the students with their new white coat at the White Coat Ceremony and provide a link between past and present in a meaningful way.

We are currently seeking MD alumni to write notes for upcoming classes. If you would like to write a note to a first year McMaster MD student, please contact us for information. We hope you’ll be able to help.