White Coat Ceremony




















The White Coat Ceremony is traditionally placed at the end of orientation week and marks the first milestone of a student’s medical education at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. It is a time to celebrate with family, friends, faculty, and future classmates by reflecting on past accomplishments and looking forward to the challenging and rewarding future of medicine.​


This year’s ceremony will take place on Friday, August 2nd, 2pm-4pm, at The State Theatre of New Jersey

(15 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ)

For directions and parking information, go to: https://www.statetheatrenj.org/your-visit/directions-and-parking

For information about the STRICT bag policy, go to: https://www.statetheatrenj.org/about/policies

Family and friends will be invited to witness the powerful moments when student’s first don the white coat and take the Hippocratic Oath. The White Coat Ceremony is an emotional and memorable event, and we look forward to sharing this special day with you.


We are excited to announce this year's keynote speaker is Jessica Israel, MD. Dr. Israel is the Corporate Chair of Geriatrics and Palliative Care at RWJBarnabas Health as well as the Corporate Director for the James and Sharon Maida Geriatrics Institute. Each student will be allotted 8 tickets for family and friends to attend. If your guests are unable to attend the ceremony, we hope to have the ceremony livestreamed. We will update this page as more information becomes available.​

If you would like to continue the celebration with your relatives at dinner, we suggest that you make a reservation soon, as restaurants tend to fill up on this day. Click here for a list of nearby restaurants.


Come out after the White Coat Ceremony and celebrate with specials at Evelyn’s outdoor bar! This event is hosted by RWJMS’ own student-run free clinic, the Promise Clinic, which provides care to uninsured patients in the New Brunswick area. All proceeds will go towards the Promise Clinic.

Friday, August 2ndd, 9pm-1am at Evelyn's Restaurant (45 Easton Ave, New Brunswick)

For specific questions please contact your White Coat Coordinators, Pooja Desai and Allison Liang

at RWJMSorientationteam@gmail.com


Photos courtesy of RWJMS Class of 2020 and RWJMS 2017 O-Team

Created by your 2019 Orientation Team