Journal of General Internal Medicine

, Volume 26, Issue 6, pp 673–674 | Cite as

A Symbol of Our Profession: White Coat Ceremony Address to the Class of 2014

  • Bernard M. Karnath
Healing Arts: Materia Medica

President Callender, Dean Anderson, Dean Thomas, Class of 2014, family members and distinguished guests, welcome to the 15th White Coat Ceremony at the University of Texas Medical Branch. I’d like to thank the School of Medicine Honor Education Council for inviting me to speak today.


I want to congratulate each of you on arriving at this milestone in your career. You have no doubt worked hard to achieve your goal of entering medical school. As each of you walks across this stage today to receive your white coat, your journey in medicine will begin. In the words of Sir William Osler, “The practice of medicine is an art, not a trade; a calling, not a business.” You have answered that call. William Osler revolutionized how medicine is taught. According to Osler, “Medicine is learned at the patient’s bedside.”1The medical curriculum has indeed changed from a time when medical students spent their first two years in lecture halls and labs to a time now when students...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Internal MedicineThe University of Texas Medical Branch at GalvestonGalvestonUSA

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