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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. Roohi Jeelani

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Roohi Jeelani 

Roohi Jeelani, MD, FACOG, is a double board certified Reproductive Endocrinologist and Infertility Specialist (REI). A graduate of Ross University School of Medicine, she completed both her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology and her fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at Wayne State University – Detroit Medical Center.

During her medical training, Dr. Jeelani received numerous awards in the areas of fetal medicine and reproductive medicine. In addition, she has authored a variety of publications and book chapters in well-known journals highlighting cutting-edge REI advancement and has presented at national/international conferences and symposiums focused on advancements in women’s health.

Dr. Jeelani is an active member of many medical associations. A highly-skilled reproductive endocrinologist and infertility specialist focusing on all areas of reproductive health, Dr. Jeelani has a special interest in oncofertility, toxins’ impact on reproductive function, chemotherapy, and oocyte cryopreservation.

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, May 12 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.