Madeleine Hinojos and Thane Swisse received their stethoscopes and white coats during a white coat ceremony for the class of 2023, Aug. 16 at the University of Minnesota Medical School in Duluth. The university received over 2,100 applications but only accepted 65 students. Swisse and Hinojos are WDC graduates (Swisse in 2014 and Hinojos in 2015).

The White Coat Ceremony is a rite of passage that serves to welcome new medical students to the profession and reinforce the value of humanism as foundational to medicine. At the ceremony, students receive their first white coat in front of family and friends, medical school administration, and their peers.

It is during this ceremony when students recite their oath. This sacred pledge dates back hundreds of years and affirms each student to abide by a strong set of ethical standards, commitment to their patients and the utmost quality of care.