On Becoming a Physician Ceremony

On Becoming a Physician 

You are invited to the
On Becoming a Physician Ceremony
Class of 2021

Wednesday, August 16, 2017
Robbins Auditorium, Forchheimer Building
1300 Morris Park Avenue, Bronx, NY 10461

Ceremony begins at 6:00 PM & Reception to follow

The On Becoming a Physician Ceremony is the symbolic beginning of the journey that medical students will embark on at Einstein. Students will be “cloaked” with a White Coat by an alumnus in the presence of their families, classmates, Einstein faculty and leadership. They will then recite the Declaration of Geneva, dedicating themselves to the humanitarian goals of medicine and a shared commitment for providing compassionate and competent patient care.

Keynote Speaker: Jonathan E. Alpert, M.D., Ph.D.

Jonathan E. Alpert M.D., Ph.D. is the Dorothy and Marty Silverman University Chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Professor of Psychiatry, Neuroscience and Pediatrics. His academic interests include innovative treatments for difficult to treat mood disorders, depression comorbid with other medical illnesses, multi-cultural mental health, behavioral health integration, ethical issues in the conduct of human studies, and medical education.

Dr. Alpert graduated from Yale College summa cum laude with majors in Psychology and Philosophy. He received his MD from Yale and his PhD in Behavioral Pharmacology from the Department of Experimental Psychology at the University of Cambridge on a Marshall Scholarship. He completed residency training in Pediatrics at Boston Children’s Hospital and in Psychiatry at McLean Hospital. He joined Einstein/Montefiore in April 2017 after 24 years at the Massachusetts General Hospital where he was Director of the Depression Clinical and Research Program and Associate Chief of Psychiatry responsible for outpatient, inpatient and emergency services. He was the first incumbent of the Joyce R. Tedlow Chair in the Field of Depression Studies at Harvard Medical School. He was one of the founding House Directors for medical student advising and student life at the Massachusetts General Hospital and Director of Medical Student Education in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School between 2004-2014.

Dr. Alpert established the Research and Scholarship Committee of the Association of Directors of Medical Student Education. He is a member of the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Mood Network Executive Steering Committee, a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, and a member of the American Society of Clinical Psychopharmacology, Society of Biological Psychiatry, and American Association for Chairs of Departments of Psychiatry. The author of over 200 publications, Dr. Alpert has received numerous recognitions for teaching, mentorship and service from Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital, Partners HealthCare, American Psychiatric Association, and Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance.

All students must arrive promptly with their white coats at 5:00 PM for mandatory rehearsal. 

If you have not yet ordered your White Coat you can do so here. 

For visitors:
Additional guests are welcome to view the ceremony via a live video feed in Riklis Auditorium, Belfer Building, and to attend the reception after the ceremony. 


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