August ceremonies will kick off new academic year

UMKC-SOM-LogoAugust is a time for new beginnings for students at the School of Medicine. Two upcoming programs — the White Coat Ceremony and InDOCtrination — will kick off the new academic year for students taking important steps in their medical school careers.

The White Coat Ceremony at 2 p.m. on Aug. 15 in the Swinney Recreation Center marks a transition for 105 Year 3 students who will be joining their Years 3-6 docent units on Hospital Hill and at Saint Luke’s Hospital. During the ceremony, students will learn their new docent assignments for the next four years and receive the white coat that is a symbol of physicians from their new docents.

The School of Medicine will welcome a group of 116 students into this year’s entering class with the annual InDOCtrination Ceremony at 10:30 a.m. on Aug. 21 at the UMKC Student Union. The event marks the beginning of the school year for the Class of 2021 and the start of a six-year journey toward earning a medical degree. Students will also be introduced by their Year 1 docent teams during the ceremony.