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Proud day for incoming Medicine students

The symbolic white coat ceremony inaugurates incoming medicine students

August 20, 2014 — 

On Wednesday, August 20, 2014, the College of Medicine inaugurated the first group of 110 medical students into the newly integrated Faculty of Health Sciences during the annual “white coat” ceremony.

The Medicine Class of 2018 is comprised of eight self-declared Aboriginal students, four French-speaking Bilingual students, and 39 students with rural attributes (which include rural roots, rural work experience or rural volunteer experience).

The White Coat ceremony featured many special guests, including words shared by: Dr. Brian Postl, dean of Medicine and dean & vice-provost (health sciences); Minister of Health Erin Selby; Arlene Wilgosh, president and CEO, Winnipeg Regional Health Authority; and James Wilson, Commissioner, Treaty Relations Commission of Manitoba.




Dr. Daniel Klass, a leader in medical education, quality improvement and assessment, gave the keynote address.

One of the highlights of the ceremony is the reciting of the Hypocratic Oath. With this symbolic tradition, first year students take a vow to practice ethical medicine throughout their education and careers.

Each year the exciting event culminates with the symbolic tradition of students putting on their white coat for the very first time.



Congratulations to the class of 2018, and good luck in your studies!


Follow the Faculty of Health Sciences on Twitter and Instagram for a full recap of Wednesday’s White Coat ceremony.


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