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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. 

Dr Gilmour

Keynote Speaker: Gregory Gilmour, MD

Dr. Gregory Gilmour is originally from Davenport, Iowa. After obtaining his Bachelor of Science, he graduated from Palmer College of Chiropractic with a Doctor of Chiropractic degree. Dr. Gilmour then decided to enroll at Ross University School of Medicine.

In 2015, he matched into the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation residency program at Michigan State University in Lansing, Michigan. Dr. Gilmour is currently an Attending Physician and the Co-Medical Director of Mary Free Bed at Sparrow Hospital, a nationally recognized Inpatient Rehabilitation Hospital in Lansing. He also serves as an Assistant Professor of Health Programs at Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine.

In addition to his clinical interests, Dr. Gilmour also enjoys spending time with his wife of almost nineteen (19) years, Ashley, and his two children, Brayden (8 years old) and Addilyn (6 years old).

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. Remote students will receive a White Coat in the mail after registering for the White Coat Ceremony.

The white coat that was shipped to me doesn't fit; can I exchange it for a new one?

Unfortunately, we are like unable to accommodate requests for exchanges. Please email events@rossu.edu and we will do our best to see how we can help you.

I was shipped the wrong size white coat. How can I receive my correct size?

If you did not receive the White Coat size that you requested, please email events@rossu.edu.

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, January 13 at 4:30 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 with their peer group leaders and notified of their assigned classroom and specific ceremony instructions via email.

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 by your peer group leader 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. Physical copies of the White Coat Ceremony program will be made available for each student during the in-person ceremony.

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.