Alumni Letters from the 2017 White Coat Ceremony

Class of 2021 White Coat Ceremony

Earlier this month, we recognized the Class of 2021 with our annual White Coat Ceremony. In front of family members, faculty, and staff, students don their white coats for the first time. It’s a great photo opportunity, but it also has a much deeper meaning.

Supported by the Arnold P. Gold Foundation, the event reminds future physicians of the importance of practicing humanism in their profession. The Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine takes the intent one step further through an eight-week curriculum that includes senior practitioners who deliver a series of memorable anecdotes and words of wisdom followed by moving discussions; development, as a class, a set of guiding principles; and personal essays.

This year’s ceremony had a particularly meaningful component. In the pocket of their white coats, each student found a personal letter of encouragement from one of our alumni. Here are several of them.