White Coat Ceremony A white coat ceremony is a symbolic event welcomes medical students into the profession of medicine and emphasizes the importance of compassionate care for the patient as well as scientific proficiency. Students recite an oath, which represents their public acknowledgment of the responsibilities of the profession and their willingness to assume such obligations in the presence of their family, friends and community. In addition, all students are cloaked with the white coat — the mantle of the medical profession — in a hands-on experience that symbolizes the bonding process between physician and patient. Each year, a speaker is invited to give The Dr. Lester Saidman Memorial Lecture at Geisinger Commonwealth’s White Coat Ceremony. Geisinger Commonwealth white coats are provided by The Stanley J. Dudrick, MD, FACS, and Alan G. Goldstein Endowed Fund.