The ceremony is the culmination of three days of orientation for 54 medical students, 50 in the M.D. Program and four in the Physician-Scientist Program. Forty percent of the class, or 20 students, are from high schools in towns with a population less than 10,000. The students come from 25 different high schools in the state.

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

All medical students spend their first two years in Vermillion, S.D., taking classes in biomedical sciences. They then transfer to Sioux Falls, S.D., Rapid City, S.D., or Yankton, S.D., for two years of clinical training.

The White Coat Ceremony begins at 3 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church at 2300 S. West Ave. in Sioux Falls.

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