The LSU Health New Orleans School of Medicine held its annual White Coat Ceremony on Saturday, September 22, 2018, at the Jung Hotel Grand Hall. This year, 202 members of the LSU Health New Orleans Medical School Class of 2022 received white coats, a visible symbol of patient care. During the ceremony, students were “coated” in order of their mentoring house by faculty members chosen by each individual house. The coaters for this year’s ceremony were:
- Audubon House: Ted Weyand, Ph.D. and Grace Athas, Ph.D.
- Carrollton House: Robin English, M.D. and Taniya De Silva, M.D.
- Decatur House: Ann Tilton, M.D. and Lauren Nunez, M.D.
- Esplanade House: Julio Figueroa, M.D. and Victoria Burke, M.D.
- Magazine House: Robert Maupin, M.D. and Joy Sturtevant, Ph.D.
- Napoleon House: Xiaolin Tian, Ph.D. and Kyle Fulton, M.D.
- Rampart House: Andrew Hollenbach, Ph.D. and David Borne, M.D.
- Tchoupitoulas: Jennifer Hart, M.D. and Lee Engel, M.D., Ph.D.
According to the Arnold P. Gold Foundation, the cloaking with the white coat—the mantle of the medical profession—is a hands-on experience that underscores the bonding process. The coat is placed on each student’s shoulders by individuals who believe in the students’ ability to carry on the noble tradition of doctoring. It is a personally delivered gift of faith, confidence and compassion.
Following the coating, the class recited its Oath of Ideals. Each class develops its own Oath of Ideals. The White Coat Ceremony is a tradition begun at LSU Health New Orleans’ School of Medicine in 1997.