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In an Iconic Ritual, Geisel Medical Students Receive Their White Coats

On August 25 in Rollins Chapel on Dartmouth’s campus, Geisel School of Medicine students in the MD Class of 2027 received their short white coats, symbolic of their status as physicians in training and the bond of trust between them and their patients.

Roshini Pinto-Powell, MD, professor of medicine and associate dean of admissions, and Duane A. Compton, PhD, dean of the medical school, extended a warm welcome to everyone in attendance on behalf of Geisel’s faculty and staff to this special day celebrating an important milestone in the medical students’ educational journey and emphasized the school’s commitment to supporting that journey.

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Colleen Kershaw, MD, an infectious disease specialist at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and director of Geisel’s coaching program, spoke about the history and significance of the white coat by reminding the medical students of the privilege they have in being part of people’s lives.

Second-year medical student Titilayo Mabogunje '26, encouraged the students to remember what brought them to Geisel. And Kristin Casale MED '94, the Geisel alumni council president, shared her experience as a physician.

Since the Geisel School of Medicine’s founding in 1797, the Class of 2027 is the school’s 227th MD class.

If you missed the livestream White Coat ceremony for family and friends unable to attend in person, you may watch a video of the celebration below.