White Coat Ceremony

U N E com students stand on a stage, getting their first white lab coats in a traditional white coat ceremonyThe UNE College of Osteopathic Medicine will be celebrating its 23rd annual White Coat Ceremony, honoring the class of 2023 on Saturday, September 14, 2019, at Merrill Auditorium in Portland, Maine. The doors will open for a musical interlude at 2 p.m. and the main event will begin at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are required.

Students and their families will receive an invitation by mail for this event. 

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 Old 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.

2019 White Coat Ceremony Keynote Speaker

The 2019 keynote speaker is Brandon Giberson, D.O. ’16, an attending physician in Emergency Medicine for BlueWater Emergency Partners.

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

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