White Coat Ceremony

U N E com students stand on a stage, getting their first white lab coats in a traditional white coat ceremony

The UNE College of Osteopathic Medicine will be celebrating its 21st annual White Coat Ceremony, honoring the class of 2021, on September 23, 2017 at Merrill Auditorium in Portland, Maine. The ceremony starts at 10 a.m.

Students and their families will be receiving an invitation by mail for this event. Please RSVP to the COM Office of Recruitment, Student & Alumni Services by Friday, September 8 by calling (207) 602-2329 or by mailing your RSVP to:

COM Office of Recruitment, Student & Alumni Services
11 Hills Beach Road
Biddeford, ME 04005

Directions & Parking

Merrill Auditorium is located at 20 Myrtle Street, Portland, Maine 04101. Google Map.

The entrance to Merrill Auditorium is about a quarter of the way down Myrtle Street, just before City Hall. It is a one-way street off of Congress, and may be used to drop-off family members closer to the entrance.

The easiest place to park is Top of the Port, a large, 500-car surface lot located between Congress Street and Cumberland. A $10 event-parking fee will be charged, to be paid in cash upon entering the lot.

Origins of The White Coat Ceremony 

The White Coat Ceremony was an idea conceived by the Arnold P. Gold Foundation to create a psychological contract for professionalism and empathy in medicine. The first White Coat Ceremony took place in 1993 at Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons. Since then, 97% of medical schools in the U.S. and abroad have initiated a similar ceremony.

At the UNE College of Osteopathic Medicine ceremony, students are welcomed by the Senior Vice President for Health Affairs and Dean, plus other respected leaders who represent the value system of our College and the osteopathic profession. The presentation of the white coat — the symbolic mantle of the medical profession — by physicians to the first year students, underscores their bonds as future professional colleagues.

2017 White Coat Ceremony Keynote Speaker

The 2017 keynote speaker will be the incomparable Craig S. Boisvert, D.O. ’82. Dr. Boisvert is the current dean of the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine. In addition to the dean position, he has assumed a number of leadership roles including past president of the West Virginia Society of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians (ACOFP), and active board member of the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association (JAOA).

His claim to fame at UNE COM is his historical inclusion as a member of the first graduating class of ‘82. Back in 1978, when the doors of Maine’s Osteopathic Medical School opened for the very first time, Dr. Boisvert was one of the 36 medical students enrolled. Join us as Dr. Boisvert welcomes the newest class to this eminent institution.

All of us at UNE COM are excited to welcome you to this jubilant occasion. We hope you enjoy the ceremony.

Unable to attend but would like to watch?

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