White Coat Ceremony
The first steps to your MD
The 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. This ceremony is an important rite-of-passage that marks the transformation of a new cohort of RUSM students entering as doctors-in-training.
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.
Frequently Asked Questions
White Coat Ordering
Please see the size chart below:
|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"|
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.
Yes, you may embroider your name on your White Coat. Click here to access guidelines.
If you missed the deadline to register for the White Coat Ceremony, an extension unfortunately cannot be offered. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for with your name listed as you would like it announced and the phonetic spelling of your name for our name callers.
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.
The in-person White Coat Ceremony will take place on the RUSM Barbados Campus in classroom 2.
Students will be seated in alphabetical order by last name.
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.
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.
Click here to view a copy of the Modified Oath of Geneva.
Please bring your White Coat and student ID card.