White Coat Ceremony

The first steps to your MD. The white coat ceremony is an important rite-of-passage that marks the transformation of a new cohort of RUSM students entering as doctors-in-training.

student receiving white coat

Winter 2024 White Coat Ceremony

January 19, 2024

The Ross Med White Coat Ceremony is a special event that welcomes incoming medical students into the study of medicine and emphasizes the importance of compassionate care, scientific aptitude and ethical behavior, both in medical school and in your chosen profession.

 It will take place on Friday, January 19, 2024, at the Chumley Auditorium. We look forward to celebrating this important tradition with you.

Dr Brian Temple

Keynote Speaker: Brian Temple, MD ’05, MS, FACP

Dr. Temple is a board-certified Infectious Disease Physician with Advocate Health Care in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Additionally, Dr. Temple is the Medical Chief of Staff (President of the Medical Staff Leadership Council), Medical Director of Antibiotic Stewardship, and the Chair of the Infection Prevention Committee at Aurora Hospital, also located in Oshkosh, WI.

Dr. Temple attended Farleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey, where he graduated with honors with a B.S. and M.S. in Biology, with a minor in Chemistry and a concentration in Biotechnology. Upon graduation from Ross University School of Medicine in 2005, Dr. Temple completed his Internal Medicine Residency at Muhlenberg Regional Medical Center Plainfield, New Jersey. Soon after, Dr. Temple pursued a Fellowship at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Infectious Disease (I.D.). During this period, Dr. Temple received exposure to patients with extreme pathologies while working with the Mississippi Department of Health. 

Dr. Temple continued to pursue a Fellowship at The Warren Alpert Medical School at Brown University, where he excelled in research, working with researchers worldwide, specifically during the B.I.A.R.I (Brown International Advanced Research Institute). He also initiated a research program at Connaught Hospital in Freetown, Sierra Leone, providing care for H.I.V. and tuberculosis co-infected patients in the country’s largest clinic. After completing his Fellowship at Brown, Dr. Temple accepted an academic appointment at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in Lubbock, Texas. 

Since 2014, Dr. Temple has practiced medicine in Wisconsin, treating all forms of infectious diseases, including T.B., H.O.V., COVID-19, complicated U.T.I., and bloodstream infections.

Dr. Temple loves spending time with his beautiful wife and 19-month-old son in his spare time. The family is excited to be welcoming a daughter in October. He also enjoys traveling, reading, and working out. 

Be sure to use the hashtag #RUSMWhiteCoat on your social media celebrations, encourage family and friends to watch the ceremony virtually with a social media invitation and decorate your social posts and stories with White Coat Ceremony social media stickers.

Social Media Stickers – Use keyword “rusmwhitecoat” in the sticker search bar to view and use stickers on social media posts and stories.

White Coat Ordering

White Coats will be distributed to students attending in-person during New Student Orientation by the Student Affairs team. You will be able to view the different White Coat sizes and types and select the best White Coat size and type for you.

You may embroider your name on your White Coat. Click here to access guidelines.

Please see the size chart below:

TypeMeasurementSmallMediumLargeExtra LargeXXL
Men'sChest Size36"-38"40"-42"44"-46"48"-50"52"-54"
 Bust33 ½"-35"35 ½"-37 ½"38"-40 ½"41 ½"-44 ½"45 ½"-48 ½"
 Waist25 ½" - 27"27 ½"-29 ½"30"-32 ½"33"-36 ½"37"-40 ½"
 Hip35"-36 ½"37"-39"39 ½"-42"42 ½"-46"46 ½"-50"

Please see the sizing charts below:

Men's Measurements
Chest Size SMALL36"-38"
Chest Size MEDIUM40"-42"
Chest Size LARGE44"-46"
Chest Size X LARGE48"-50"
Chest Size XX LARGE52"-54"
Women's Measurements
33 ½"-35"
25 ½" - 27"
35"-36 ½"
35 ½"-37 ½"
27 ½"-29 ½"
38"-40 ½"
30"-32 ½"
39 ½"-42"
41 ½"-44 ½"
33"-36 ½"
42 ½"-46"
45 ½"-48 ½"
37"-40 ½"
46 ½"-50"

Admitted Students

Congratulations on your admission to Ross University School of Medicine.
We’re honored to bring you the opportunity to reach your goal of becoming a physician.

Frequently Asked Questions

White Coat Ordering

What are the measurements for the different white coat sizes?

Please see the size chart below:

Type Measurement Small Medium Large Extra Large XXL
Men's Chest Size 36"-38" 40"-42" 44"-46" 48"-50" 52"-54"
Women's Size 6-8 10-12 14-16 18-20 22-24
  Bust 33 ½"-35" 35 ½"-37 ½" 38"-40 ½" 41 ½"-44 ½" 45 ½"-48 ½"
  Waist 25 ½" - 27" 27 ½"-29 ½" 30"-32 ½" 33"-36 ½" 37"-40 ½"
  Hip 35"-36 ½" 37"-39" 39 ½"-42" 42 ½"-46" 46 ½"-50"
When will I receive my white coat?

White Coats will be distributed to students attending in-person during New Student Orientation by the Student Affairs team. You will be able to view the different White Coat sizes and types and select the best White Coat size and type for you.

May I personalize my white coat by embroidering my name on it?

Yes, you may embroider your name on your White Coat. Click here to access guidelines.


I missed the deadline to register for the White Coat Ceremony, can I be offered an extension?

If you missed the deadline to register for the White Coat Ceremony, an extension unfortunately cannot be offered. Please email events@rossu.edu for with your name listed as you would like it announced and the phonetic spelling of your name for our name callers.

What should I wear for my White Coat Ceremony?

We recommend students wear business professional attire. Suit jackets are not required. All students will also be required to wear a face mask that covers their nose and mouth for the duration of the event.

How can my family and friends watch the White Coat Ceremony?

The White Coat Ceremony can be viewed live by visiting the RUSM Facebook and YouTube pages on Friday, September 8 at 3:30 PM AST. After the event is broadcast, the ceremony will remain online as an archived video for on-demand access.

Where will the in-person White Coat Ceremony take place?

The in-person White Coat Ceremony will take place on the RUSM Barbados Campus in classroom 2.

Are there assigned seats during the in-person White Coat Ceremony?

Students will be seated in alphabetical order by last name.

Will I be on camera live during the ceremony?

Students who attend in person will be live on camera during the ceremony. Family and friends will be able to hear your name called and see you walk across the stage.

Where can I access a copy of the White Coat program?

An online PDF version of the White Coat program will be emailed to all registrants. You will be able to share the link to the program with your family and friends.

Where can I find a copy of the Modified Oath of Geneva?

Click here to view a copy of the Modified Oath of Geneva.

What do I need to bring to the White Coat Ceremony?

Please bring your White Coat and student ID card.