The first stop on the way to earning your MD
White Coat Ceremony
A tradition to welcome incoming MD students to American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine and the medical profession.
The White Coat Ceremony is a time-honored event that marks the official entrance of matriculating AUC students into medical school and the medical profession. In the presence of family and friends, students receive their first white coat—a symbol of bestowed trust to carry on the tradition of doctoring.
Due to the COVID 19 pandemic, this semester’s ceremony will be hosted virtually, however, AUC will hold a second smaller ceremony once all students are back on campus. Our goal is to ensure you get the full experience of this important ritual.
Virtual White Coat Ceremony
Friday, October 2, 2020
3:30 PM Eastern, Live Broadcast
Join Live from Facebook or YouTube
Virtual White Coat Ceremony Information
AUC graduate Dr. Emmanuel Ofori (Class of '12) has been named the keynote speaker for the upcoming White Coat Ceremony.
Emmanuel Ofori, MD is an interventional gastroenterologist at Mercy Health Anderson Hospital in Cincinnati, OH. He graduated cum laude from Xavier University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. He attended the American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine and completed his residency training in Internal Medicine at the Brooklyn Hospital Center in Brooklyn, New York. He also served as a distinguished chief resident.
Dr. Ofori continued on at the Brooklyn Hospital Center to complete a fellowship in gastroenterology and served as the chief fellow in his final year. He subsequently completed an advanced therapeutic endoscopy fellowship at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland.
Dr. Ofori’s clinical interests include pancreatobiliary diseases, gastrointestinal cancers, general gastroenterology and advanced therapeutic endoscopy. His scholarly efforts have led to numerous publications of his work in several peer-reviewed journals and presentations at national and international gastroenterology meetings including Digestive Disease Week and the American College of Gastroenterology.
He is board certified in gastroenterology and internal medicine. Dr. Ofori is also a member of the American College of Gastroenterology (ACG), American Gastroenterology Association (AGA) and the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE).
Dr. Emmanuel Ofori, along with fellow AUC alumna, Dr. Beatrice Kenol (class of ’12) are the catalysts for one of AUC’s most important events, Community Action Day, and launched the inaugural event during the Fall of 2008, with just a handful of students and volunteer sites. Their plan was simple and actionable: create one day of impact when AUC students with busy schedules could help create positive change in the community. For more than a decade, Community Action Day has stood as the manifestation of the university’s mission to create opportunities that will produce physicians with a lifelong commitment to community engagement and social responsibility.
"AUC provided a real opportunity to make my dream of becoming a physician a reality. From the long hours of studying balanced with post block relaxations at Maho beach with friends, life in St. Maarten proved to be a special bonus in my medical training and one that brings a smile to my face whenever I look back."
- Visit bookstore.aucmed.edu and log in with your student email and password. You can create a new account if needed.
- Select the “White Coat Ceremony” course under the September 2020 Courses header.
- Choose your gender and coat size using the size chart as guidance.
- Make sure your order is sent to your current address.
2. Submit your photo and a recording of your name.
To be able to honor each of you individually at our virtual White Coat ceremony, we would like to showcase your photos during the live event. You will receive an email from our partners at Name Coach. Please follow the instructions in that email, and upload your photo and a recording of your name by no later than Wednesday, September 16, 2020.
- Photos should be headshots (taken from the waist up), in business formal attire and your White Coat.
- Hold your camera or phone horizontally so your photo is landscape and make sure you are in a well-lit area and against a plain background.
- If your White Coat doesn’t arrive in time, please submit a photo in business formal attire.