• Press Release

Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Announces First Lab Coat Ceremony for Incoming PhD Students in Biomedical Sciences, Neuroscience, and the Medical Scientist Training Program

Noted virologist and Icahn alumnus Vincent Racaniello, PhD, to give keynote

  • New York, NY
  • (September 17, 2018)

The Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai will hold its first Lab Coat ceremony for incoming students enrolled in PhD programs in Biomedical Sciences, Neuroscience, and the Medical Scientist Training Program on September 17th.  The Icahn School of Medicine, celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, will be the first institution in New York City to welcome its PhD students with a Lab Coat ceremony.  The ceremony serves as a counterpart to the school’s white coat ceremony for incoming medical students, marking their official entry into professional training.   

“We value innovation and creativity behind transformative scientific discoveries at Mount Sinai but we also love the symbolism of the white lab coat, which embodies scientific rigor, objectivity, and professionalism. I’m thrilled to be starting this new, welcoming ritual for our incoming PhD students,” says Marta Filizola, PhD, Dean of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

The ceremony, which will take place at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai’s campus on Manhattan’s Upper East Side at 4 pm on Monday, September 17, will mark the culmination of orientation activities for the entering PhD classes. Each student will be identified with his/her program and multidisciplinary training area, and will be given a lab coat as a symbol of the start of graduate studies. In addition, the ceremony will recognize the graduate students who have officially joined a lab and confirmed PhD candidature by passing their thesis proposal exams.

The keynote speaker will be Vincent Racaniello, PhD, Higgins Professor of Microbiology and Immunology at Columbia University’s Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons. Dr. Racaniello earned his doctorate from Mount Sinai in 1980, and was the first PhD candidate mentored by Peter Palese, PhD, Chair of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai’s Department of Microbiology and Professor of Microbiology and Medicine (Infectious Diseases).

Dr. Racaniello is a noted virologist who focuses on the molecular biology of picornavirus replication and pathogenesis, and is also a leader in science communication. He co-created BioCrowd, a social network for scientists, in addition to blogging and podcasting on topics related to virology. 


About the Mount Sinai Health System

The Mount Sinai Health System is New York City's largest academic medical system, encompassing eight hospitals, a leading medical school, and a vast network of ambulatory practices throughout the greater New York region. Mount Sinai advances medicine and health through unrivaled education and translational research and discovery to deliver care that is the safest, highest-quality, most accessible and equitable, and the best value of any health system in the nation. The Health System includes approximately 7,300 primary and specialty care physicians; 13 joint-venture ambulatory surgery centers; more than 415 ambulatory practices throughout the five boroughs of New York City, Westchester, Long Island, and Florida; and more than 30 affiliated community health centers. The Mount Sinai Hospital is ranked on U.S. News & World Report's "Honor Roll" of the top 20 U.S. hospitals and is top in the nation by specialty: No. 1 in Geriatrics and top 20 in Cardiology/Heart Surgery, Diabetes/Endocrinology, Gastroenterology/GI Surgery, Neurology/Neurosurgery, Orthopedics, Pulmonology/Lung Surgery, Rehabilitation, and Urology. New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai is ranked No. 12 in Ophthalmology. Mount Sinai Kravis Children's Hospital is ranked in U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Children’s Hospitals” among the country’s best in four out of 10 pediatric specialties. The Icahn School of Medicine is one of three medical schools that have earned distinction by multiple indicators: ranked in the top 20 by U.S. News & World Report's "Best Medical Schools," aligned with a U.S. News & World Report "Honor Roll" Hospital, and No. 14 in the nation for National Institutes of Health funding. Newsweek’s “The World’s Best Smart Hospitals” ranks The Mount Sinai Hospital as No. 1 in New York and in the top five globally, and Mount Sinai Morningside in the top 20 globally.

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