The ceremony is the culmination of three days of orientation for the 54 medical students, 52 in the M.D. Program and two in the Physician-Scientist Program. Thirty-five percent of the medical students are from high schools in towns with a population less than 10,000. Sixty-seven percent have a significant record of volunteerism.

Speakers at the ceremony include the dean of the medical school, Rod Parry, M.D., and the chair of the Department of Neurosciences, Jerome Freeman, M.D. Freeman will address what the white coat represents while Parry’s speech is entitled, “Learning by Listening.” The program also includes a musical selection, presentation of the white coats and the affirmation of the physician.

All medical students take biomedical sciences classes in Vermillion during their first two years, and transfer to Sioux Falls, Rapid City or Yankton for two years of clinical training.

The White Coat Ceremony begins at 3 p.m. at the Jeschke Auditorium, University of Sioux Falls, 1517 S. Prairie Ave., Sioux Falls.

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