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Attending the White Coat Ceremony

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Welcome to UTRGV School of Medicine.

Your White Coat Ceremony, the first for UTRGV will take place on Saturday, July 23rd at 10 o’clock in the morning at the 1000 seat Performing Arts Complex on the Edinburg Campus.  This is an exciting day for you and we hope you will be able to share this occasion with your family and close friends. 

Each student were allocated their tickets.  Additional tickets will be available on a first come first served basis on the day of the ceremony. 

For family and friends unable to attend, the ceremony will be lived streamed at UTRGV.edu/LIVE.

Immediately following the ceremony, there will be a private reception for the new medical students and their families at the Medical Education Building.

History & Significance of the White Coat Ceremony (quoted, cited)

“The Arnold P. Gold Foundation established the White Coat Ceremony in 1993 as a way to welcome new students into the most noble of professions – medicine.

The most important element of the ceremony is the oath that students take in front of family members, school leadership and peers. The oath acknowledges their primary role as care givers. The Ceremony and the oath serve as a rite of passage and are further commemorated by lapel pins that the Foundation supplies to students at all ceremonies. The pins contain an inscription about humanism in medicine and serve as a visual reminder to students that in order to deliver the best care to their patients, compassion and empathy must be the hallmark of their clinical practice. Schools choose how to commemorate the ceremony – whether it be with the presentation of a white coat to each student or some other icon of medicine, such as a stethoscope.

The first full-fledged White Coat Ceremony took place at the Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons at the urging of Dr. Arnold P. Gold, who was then Professor of Clinical Neurology and Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at Columbia. At the time, Dr. Gold noted that the existing practice of having students take the Hippocratic oath at the end of their medical training occurred four years too late. Grants from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation helped advance the White Coat Ceremony far beyond Columbia. In just a few years the ceremony was adopted by nearly every medical school in North America.

Today, a White Coat Ceremony or similar rite of passage takes place at 97% of AAMC-accredited schools of medicine in the United States and Canada, as well as at several osteopathic schools of medicine, medical schools in 13 other countries, Physician Assistant Programs and, most recently, at a growing number of Nursing Schools. In 2014 the Gold Foundation partnered with the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) to support a pilot program that has seen 160 nursing schools adopt the Gold-AACN White Coat Ceremony for Nursing.

In 2014 the Arnold P. Gold Foundation partnered with the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) to support a pilot program that has seen 160 new nursing schools adopt the Gold-AACN White Coat Ceremony for Nursing.”    www.gold-foundation.org

White Coats: What does the length mean?

Generally, the “white coat” comes in three lengths.  The first is a hip-length jacket that signifies the beginning of the students’ journey through medical school.  When a student graduates and commences their residency program, they receive a mid-length coat.  Upon completion of the residency and the passing of required board certifications and licensing, the medical doctor earns the honor of wearing the ‘long coat.’   These are only guidelines and not requirements.

PARKING/TRANSPORTATION:

Transportation from the Performing Arts Complex to the Medical Education Building will be available free of charge.

Parking will be available in lot (F & G) at the corner of University Drive and 4TH St. on the east side of the Performing Arts Complex.   No parking passes required. 

Parking will be available in lot Lots L1 (Zone 2), L3 and L4 (Zone 3) on the east side of the Medical Education Building. Ticket will be required.  No permit will be required to park in these lots, the only lot and spaces that we will be checking for a permit are the VIP spaces in lot G.

Handicapped parking is available in parking lot G on the East side of the Performing Arts Complex.  Shuttle transportation for those needing assistance may be made at the round-about in front of the Performing Arts Complex.

Tickets/RSVP
All attendees of the White Coat Ceremony will require a ticket.  When RSVPing, please make sure to enter the names of your guests so they can pick up tickets at will call.

Students, you may pick up tickets for your guests during orientation or have them at will call.

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TRAVEL

The following is provided for your convenience.  UTRGV does not endorse any travel or related services.

Airports

McAllen Miller International Airport  (approximately 14 miles to the UTRGV Edinburg Campus)
McAllen, TX 78503
Airlines: United, American, Allegiant and Aeromar.
14.3 miles from HESTEC
Web: mcallenairport.com

Valley International Airport (approximately 43 miles to the UTRGV Edinburg Campus)
Harlingen, TX 78550
Airlines: Southwest, United, Sun Country, Delta and Casino Charter.
45.8 miles from HESTEC
Web: flythevalley.com

Brownsville/South Padre Island International Airport (approximately 69 miles to the UTRGV Edinburg Campus)
Brownsville, TX 78521
Airlines: United, American, Allegiant and U.S. Air.
67.1 miles from HESTEC
Web: flybrownsville.com

Accommodations

Comfort Suites at Plaza Mall (approximately 12 miles to UTRGV Edinburg Campus)
800 W. Expressway 83
McAllen, TX 78501
Phone: (956) 213-0333
www.comfortsuites.com

Hampton Inn & Suites Pharr (approximately 6 miles to UTRGV Edinburg Campus)
300 W. Nolana Loop
Pharr, TX 78577
Phone: (956) 781-1116
www.hamptoninn3.hilton.com

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Edinburg-McAllen Area (Approximately 3.5 miles to the UTRGV Edinburg Campus)
3801 S. Business Hwy. 281
Edinburg, TX 78539
Phone: (956) 378-9955
www.hiexpress.com

Renaissance Casa de Palmas (approximately 10.5 miles to the UTRGV Edinburg Campus)
101 N. Main
McAllen, TX 78501
Phone: (956) 631-1101
www.marriott.com

DoubleTree Suites by Hilton McAllen (approximately 10 miles to the UTRGV Edinburg Campus)
1800 S. 2nd Street
McAllen, TX 78503
Phone: (956) 686-3000, ext. 7118
www.doubletree3.hilton.com

Best Western Plus Edinburg Inn & Suites  (approximately 3 miles to the UTRGV Edinburg Campus)
2708 South Business Hwy 281, Edinburg, TX 78539-6232
844-311-8396
www.bestwestern.com

La Quinta Inn & Suites (approximately 4 miles to the UTRGV Edinburg Campus)
4603 North Cage, Pharr, TX 78577
(915) 888-3354
www.lq.com

Hawthorn Suite by Wyndam (approximately 16 miles to the UTRGV Edinburg Campus)
4801 W. Expressway 83, McAllen, TX 78504
800-337-0200
www.hawthorn.com