First Year Medical Students



Welcome to Duke and Durham!  We have designed an Orientation Week that is intended to help you get to know more about Durham and the Duke campus, meet your classmates, deans and faculty, and hear about the resources available to you as a Duke student.  Between the scavenger hunt "tour" of the Duke campus on your first day, to welcoming you into the profession of Medicine at the White Coat Ceremony on Friday evening, we hope you'll find the week to be a useful immersion experience.  Please review the "Orientation Documents" links on this page, including the most recent schedule for the week.

Please continue to check this page for updates and additions prior to Orientation Week!

Feel free to contact us at (919) 668-1670 if you have any questions or concerns. You can also email the Student Affairs Office:

Orientation Documents

Please read and review these links and respond as indicated.  Review the "Code of Professional Conduct" on the right side of this page.  Please note:  the 2020 Orientation schedule has been released yet.

White Coat Ceremony

The White Coat Ceremony is a symbol of entry into the profession of medicine, and is a very important defining moment for first year medical students.

More important than the day students graduate, the day that they begin medical school marks the start of their responsibilities as a health professional. Students accept the obligation to demonstrate respect, become a teacher, and embody humanism. This ceremony symbolizes the first step into being a professional, rather than a step toward becoming a professional. As they are welcomed into the Duke community of medical professionals, students are urged to reflect upon and look forward to proclaiming the commitment to medicine at this most distinctive ceremonial event.

The White Coat Ceremony for the entering class of 2020 is scheduled for TBA.  There will be more details provided later.