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White Coat Ceremony - 2023

Dean Lee Learman assists a student with her new white coat.


October 20, 2023
5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.


Berglund Performing Arts Theatre
710 Williamson Rd NE, Roanoke, VA 24016


Dr. Angelica Witcher:

Hotel Information

Hampton Inn & Suites Roanoke Airport

5033 Valley View Blvd., North Roanoke, VA 24012

10 Room block (5 standard king bed, 5 standard 2 queen bed) from October 19-22 for $124+tax per room. Book by October 20, 2023.

Booking Link: VTCSOM Hampton Inn & Suites Roanoke Airport

SpringHill Suites Roanoke
301 Reserve Ave. SW, Roanoke, VA 24016

10 Room block (king bed suite with sofa bed) from October 19-22 for $149+tax per room. Book by September 19, 2023.

Booking Link: VTCSOM SpringHill Suites Roanoke

The Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center
110 Shenandoa Ave., Roanoke, VA 24016

8 Room block (king standard) from October 19-22 for $230+tax per room or room block (2 queen bed standard) for $230+tax per room. Book by September 22, 2023.

Booking Link: VTCSOM The Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center

White Coat Ceremony

The purpose of the ceremony is to clarify for students, prior to their entrance into the medical community, that a physician’s responsibility is to both take care of patients and also to care for patients. In other words, doctors should care as well as cure. The Arnold P. Gold Foundation designed the White Coat Ceremony to welcome entering medical students and help them to establish a psychological contract for the practice of medicine. The event emphasizes the importance of compassionate care for the patient as well as scientific proficiency and includes several elements:

  • Welcome to the profession of medicine by the dean and faculty
  • Recitation or discussion of an oath (such as the Hippocratic Oath or a student-written oath), which represents the public acknowledgment by the students of the responsibilities of the profession and their willingness to assume such obligations in the presence of family, friends, and faculty
  • Cloaking of students in their first white coats
  • An address by an eminent physician role model

Statement about accessibility and accommodation

The Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine is committed to creating an inclusive and accessible event. All virtual events will have automated captions. Recorded events will have edited captions available soon after the event. If you desire live captioning or a sign language interpreter, please contact the organizer two weeks before the event. 

For in-person events, the main VTCSOM building at Riverside 2 is wheelchair accessible from the elevators inside the parking garage. Blind or visually impaired users may need assistance finding the elevators under the building, or using the stairs in front of the building.

If you need a reasonable accommodation to attend an in-person event, please contact the organizer of the event. All reasonable accommodation requests should be made no less than 2 weeks before the event. We will attempt to fulfill requests made after this date but cannot guarantee they will be met.