White Coat Ceremony 2011

If you've been reading Inside PA Training for a while, you'll remember that I received my white coat ceremony just a year ago.  My white coat came as part of the very first white coat ceremony at UC Davis School of Medicine's FNP/PPA program.  The event was organized and funded by the class ahead of [...]

White Coat Ceremony: A Day of Firsts

The white coat ceremony has become a tradition in medical training programs around the country and has a short but interesting history. The history for the ceremony at UCD is even shorter. Sometime last year, the second year students in our program felt so strongly that UCD needed a white coat ceremony that they took it on as a gift to the class that followed.

Two Exams Down, Two To Go

Tomorrow is the last day of finals.  I survived my oral practicum -- I did okay, but I missed a few things that I should have known better on.  As a psychotherapist, I should be a genius at collecting a psychosocial history.  This is the part of the history where the clinician asks about the [...]

White Coat Ceremony: Origins and Meaning of the Clincician’s Uniform

In just a few weeks, my classmates and I will participate in what has become a medical right of passage: the white coat ceremony.  The white coat ceremony commemorates the formal presentation and cloaking of the white lab coat for medical students. What is the meaning of the white coat, and how did [...]