(Closed) Doctor Bees…White Coat Ceremony?

posted 9 years ago in Career
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee

Is this the white coat ceremony at the beginning of medical school?

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee

Ok, it’s the same one I am thinking of, then (except my FI’s ceremony was at the beginning of medical school.)  I didn’t go because at the time, I was in lawschool and lived about 2 hours away.  Future Mother-In-Law went though so he had someone there for him.  It was awhile ago (5 years!) but my memory is that it was somewhat important.  But there are going to be much more important days (match day, graduation…) 

Could you take a 1/2 day?

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Um to me this was very important. I was not angry that my family wasn’t there but I was really disappointed. It takes so much work and it is such an honor to wear the white coat and I wanted my family to be apart of that and understand better about what I am trying to achieve.

I would go. 

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

sorry I submitted too soon….

It also is a way to show your support of your future spouse. Med school takes up so much time as will their career afterwards and by attending you are showing that you are proud of his achievements thus far. I know that at my school you are pretty much treated like idiots until you prove yourself. Making it to second year is not easy for most.

Post # 8
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Newbee
  • Wedding: November 2010

When I went through the white coat ceremony, it wasn’t that big of a deal to me, but I wanted my boyfriend to be there b/c it was a symbol of my accomplishments and the road that I would (and still do) need his support in taking.  Mine was during orientation week to first year.  As I’m also nearing the end of my second year now, I would think that he probably needs your support more than ever, especially with the boards coming up in a few months.  

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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

I’m not a doc, but we had a separate ceremony in our specialty before graduation..a private pinning ceremony and we got our pins which were 18kgold.  We had the official college graduation the next day, but it was great. 

Our first week in professional school, we had a dinner luncheon.  Similar to the white coat thing..and we do wear white coats just not docs and in a small medical area.  My parents went with me and my x college boyfriend came too.

I think it would be very important if you went with him to this.  It shows that you support him.  My bro in law is a doc and my sis went to his also.  We gotta show our love to our FI’s and H’s!  It’s like a milestone for him entering and will make him even more motivated to achieve!

 

Post # 10
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Newbee

My school is weird and we had a stethescope ceremony when we entered med school and our white coat ceremony is during the transition between pre-clinical and clinical years (so between year 2 and 3). So it sounds like the same kind of schedule as your guy. Anyhow, that said, for my stethescope ceremony my fiance (boyfriend at the time) was the only family member that could make it (the rest were on a trip they had scheduled before I found out about the date of my ceremony) and it meant a lot to me that he was there. He had just come from a night shift and probably slept through half of it, but he was still there supporting me. My family will make it to my white coat ceremony and I am excited!

I think the bottom line is that he worked his tail off to get into medical school and this is a pointless ceremony (you can pick up your coat later if you didn’t go), but it is symbolic of all he has worked for and achieved. If he is begging you to go, then I would definitely do whatever I could to go! I would be super disappointed if my fiance didn’t make his schedule work so he could come to mine. It’s basically a great symbol of your support for him for what he has achieved and all the work he has yet to come.

Entering the clinical years is a scary and exciting prospect and he’s also probably gearing up to take step one soon! Go and support him! Med school is crazy and he will need all the support he can get 🙂

Post # 11
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

Wow.  This thread has brought up memories.  I remember at that luncheon, our program director said to us.."Look to your left.  Now look to your right.  By the second semester here, ONE of you will be gone."

I wanted to cry my eyes out.  I was scared witless!  My dad patted me on the back, and my then college bf (he had started law school) patted me on the knee.  I almost did cry in fact!

So go and support him!  He needs to know you’re behind him 100 percent!

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee

That’s great!  Good luck to you and your hubby during this process!  It is a looong road and you have a lot to be proud of.  Fiance is almost done with his first year of residency….yay!

Post # 14
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2009

You should definitely go if you can.  Med school was hard enough, but it is really meaningful when the people you care about are there to support you.  My school didn’t have a white coat ceremony at the time, but they do now.  They decided that it is important to mark and celebrate milestones in the medicine pathway… so it may not seem like the biggest deal in the world now, but upon reflection 10 years from now may seem more important.  Be a part of that memory!

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