Special Events

The White Coat Ceremony

The White Coat Ceremony owes its beginnings to the Arnold P. Gold Foundation, whose mission is to foster humanism in medicine.

The “White Coat Ceremony” is designed to clarify for students, prior to their entrance into the medical community that a physician’s responsibility is to both take care of patients and also to care about patients. In other words, doctors should “care” as well as “cure”. It was initiated for the entering class of the College of Physicians & Surgeons of Columbia University in New York City on August 20, 1993.

Match Day

Senior medical students secure residency positions for post-graduate training through a process called the Match. Students enroll in the National Resident Match Program (NRMP), a program that is similar to the match students participate in for admission to medical school.

Through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS), students apply to various residency programs in the fall of their 4th year. Residencies invite students for interviews and in February, students and residency programs submit their rank order lists to the NRMP. Results of the Match are released the third Friday in March.

The Student Affairs Office will plan an “envelope opening” ceremony for that day, as well as celebration events.

Commencement and Convocation

Each year in May our medical student graduates, family, friends, and the El Paso community proudly celebrate another class of competent and compassionate graduates who will carry on the PLFSOM tradition of quality, patient-centered healthcare and research.

Visit the Office of Students Affairs Announcement page for dates and location: https://ttuhscep.edu/som/studentaffairs