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White Coat Ceremony - Class of 2023

Event Details
Friday, September 20, 2019
4 p.m.
Pfleeger Concert Hall at Wilson Hall
Rowan University
North Campus Drive
Glassboro, NJ  08028

Each student may bring up to four guests to this special event. Invitations will be mailed to your guests in early August.

Students must arrive at Pfleeger Concert Hall by 2:30 p.m.  Doors will open for event guests at 3:30 p.m. -- one half hour before the start of the ceremony.

Students, staff and White Coat Ceremony guests may park in Lot C or Lot D.  It is a short walk from these lots to Pfleeger Concert Hall/Wilson Hall.  For guests who need special assistance, Rowan Public Safety will use golf carts to shuttle guests.

The White Coat Ceremony typically runs 90-120 minutes.  A reception with light refreshments on the Wilson Patio will immediately follow the White Coat Ceremony.

Directions to Rowan University
Directions to Pfleeger Concert Hall/Wilson Hall
Printable Rowan campus map

Important Information for Students

• Arrival Time:
Students, Advisory College Directors, and other CMSRU personnel participating in the event should arrive at Pfleeger Concert Hall by 2:30 p.m. Upon arrival, students should check in with Event Staff. Students will be lined up alphabetically within their Advisory Colleges for this event.

• Rehearsal:
Rehearsal begins PROMPTLY at 2:45 p.m. This is a complicated event with many moving parts, so it is imperative that all who are participating in the White Coat Ceremony arrive on time.

• Transportation:
Students are responsible for finding their own transportation to Glassboro. *If you have problems finding transportation, please contact the Office of Student Affairs.

Directions to Rowan University
Directions to Pfleeger Concert Hall/Wilson Hall
Printable Rowan campus map

• Attire:
Students should wear professional attire to the White Coat Ceremony. Women are encouraged to avoid high heels. Men are urged to wear dress pants, shirts and ties. Suit jackets should NOT be worn.


About the Speaker

Jeffrey K. Cohen, MD
President, Allegheny General Hospital

Dr. Cohen is a practicing Urologist with a concentration in Oncology. He graduated from Syracuse University in 1976 with BS in Biology and SUNY - Upstate Medical Center with an MD in 1979. Dr. Cohen completed a residency in Urology at Case Western Reserve in 1984 and went on to do a Fellowship in Urology at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in 1985. Upon completion he entered clinical practice at Allegheny General Hospital (AGH) in 1985. He built Triangle Urological Group which he managed until it joined AHN. During this period he also started and managed other companies aligned with healthcare including Triangle Medical Meetings as well as two mobile capital equipment delivery companies which provided services to hospitals.

During his career he developed multiple technologies and procedures including Laser Lithotripsy, fiberoptic based endoscopy, piezoelectric transrectal ultrasound, and Cryosurgery. Dr. Cohen was the Director of Urology from 1998 until 2016. He was the Chief Medical Officer of AGH from 2013 – 2014 and became President of AGH as of June 1, 2016.

Dr. Cohen is also the President of a privately held company, ChemImage, which uses hyperspectral imaging to detect tumor margins in vivo as well as environmental threats such as chemical/bio agents, drugs or explosives.

Dr. Cohen resides in the Pittsburgh neighborhood where the Tree of Life Synagogue is located -- the site of a mass shooting on October 27, 2018 that killed 11 and injured six innocent people. In fact, he personally knew nine of the victims. Dr. Cohen’s hospital, Allegheny General, provided medical care to the alleged shooter, who was wounded by law enforcement.

During this year’s White Coat Ceremony, CMSRU’s Class of 2023 will have the opportunity to hear Dr. Cohen’s unique perspective on the importance of physician leadership, humanism, compassion, resiliency and professionalism.


About the White Coat Ceremony

Each year, Cooper Medical School of Rowan University (CMSRU) officially welcomes its first year students into the medical profession at its annual White Coat Ceremony.

During this special day, the medical students are “cloaked” in their first white coats by faculty mentors in the presence of family members, friends and medical school deans and faculty. The poignant donning of the white coat is a symbolic event that marks students’ official entry into the medical profession, and demonstrates their commitment and dedication as they embark on their lifelong journeys. In addition, the White Coat Ceremony is the first time new students recite the Hippocratic Oath.

White Coat Notes
A tradition at CMSRU is the White Coat Notes initiative, which provides an opportunity to give new students hand-written messages of encouragement and congratulations while supporting the Student Activities Fund.

Notes are placed in the pockets of students’ jackets before they are cloaked during the ceremony.  Loved ones, fellow students, past and future mentors and colleagues, and friends are encouraged to participate in this meaningful program. Click HERE for more information on CMSRU’s White Coat Notes.

If you have guests who cannot make the White Coat Ceremony, encourage them to watch the live stream of the event on this page beginning Friday, September 20 at 4 p.m. Click here to watch the event live.