White Coat welcome for incoming Medicine and Dentistry students

Female students group shot at White Coat Ceremony By Communications

Representing multiple languages, countries and experiences, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry welcomed a new generation of Medicine and Dentistry students to the world of health care at its traditional White Coat Ceremony.

Morning and afternoon events, held Sept. 10 at Alumni Hall, welcomed 171 incoming Medicine students in the Class of 2026, and 76 incoming Dentistry students in the Classes of 2025 and 2026. Returning Dentistry students from the Classes of 2023, 2024, and 2025, who missed their White Coat Ceremonies due to the pandemic, were also able to join the celebration.

Watch the livestream and take a look at photos from the event.

Group shot of male students at White Coat CeremonyThe diversity of the programs is highlighted in the three-year ITD Program, designed for dentists who have received their dental education outside of Canada, United States, Australia, New Zealand, or Ireland. The program includes:

  • 16 women, and five men;
  • from eight birth countries, including Egypt, India, Iran, Kuwait, Nigeria, Russia, Ukraine, and Canada; and,
  • speaking Arabic; French; Indian languages – Gujarati, Hindi, Marathi, Punjabi, Tamil, Urdu; Malayalam; Persian/Tamil; Polish; and Russian.

A closer look at the incoming Medicine and Dentistry students will be available later in September.

The White Coat Ceremony is a symbolic milestone for incoming Medicine and Dentistry students. It welcomes them into their chosen profession and marks the beginning of a lifelong journey of learning, the provision of health care, community engagement and advocacy.

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