Events and Traditions

The following lists events and traditions common to all Alpert Medical School students.


Careers in Medicine Program (CIM)

CIM is a web-based career planning program designed specifically for medical students. It helps student explore specialty options and practice settings. Students are also introduced to various specialties throughout the academic year by attending panel discussions on each of the specialties.


First-Year Orientation (August)

During orientation, first-year students meet fellow classmates, faculty, and administrators and learn about the School at a variety of tours, talks, and social events.


Family Weekend and the Ceremony of The White Coat Ceremony: The culminating moment of Family Weekend.The White Coat Ceremony: The culminating moment of Family Weekend.Commitment to Medicine (October)

PLME and Medical parents and families are invited to enjoy a wide range of activities during Family Weekend. The highlight is the Ceremony of Commitment to Medicine, where first-year students receive their first white coats.

The Harriet W. Sheridan Literature and Medicine Lecture

This lecture features a distinguished writer and literary scholar to lead a dialogue about the illness experience.

BioMed Concert

BioMed faculty, staff, residents, alumni, and students are encouraged to perform. Solo and ensemble performances are welcome, as are all musical styles.

The Gold Humanism Honor Society Ceremony and Reception (November)

Selected third-year students are inducted into the Gold Humanism Honor Society, which recognizes excellence in clinical care, leadership, compassion, and dedication to service.


Ethics Night (February)Guest Lectures: Prominent individuals from the field of medicine, such as Dr. Sanjay Gupta, lecture frequently at Brown.Guest Lectures: Prominent individuals from the field of medicine, such as Dr. Sanjay Gupta, lecture frequently at Brown.

An event for students and faculty, Ethics Night highlights critical issues relevant to effective and compassionate healthcare.

The Stanley D. Simon, MD, Lecture and Forum

The Simon Lectureship provides an opportunity for students to explore, with physicians, humanism and professionalism in medicine.


Scholarship Celebration (April)Donors and students meet at the annual scholarship celebration.Donors and students meet at the annual scholarship celebration.

Recipients of term scholarships have a chance to connect with their donors at the annual scholarship celebration and dinner.

Match Day (March) 

Graduating medical students all across the country receive their residency appointments on this day, but only at Alpert Medical School will you see the dean of medical education jamming with his jazz band at the day’s festivities. Faculty, friends, and family gather for the highly anticipated envelope Emotions run high on Match Day!Emotions run high on Match Day!opening.

Alpha Omega Alpha Society Ceremony and Reception (April)

Graduating seniors who have exhibited to an extraordinary degree the qualities, attributes, and abilities that the Medical School values in prospective physicians are inducted into Alpha Omega Alpha.

Orientation to Clinical Rotations and Student Clinician’s Ceremony (May)

At the clinical orientation, third-year students are introduced to the hospitals and rotations and meet the residents who will mentor them. There is also a Student Clinician’s Ceremony, where a keynote speaker addresses issues of professionalism and humanism in medicine.

Commencement/Reunion Weekend (May)

Commencement brings together alumni, students, and family and friends of the graduating class to celebrate, connect, and reconnect. The weekend’s receptions, awards ceremonies, and social gatherings culminate in the Commencement Ceremony, which takes place in the First Unitarian Church.