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6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox
1001 W. Sprague Avenue, Spokane

Celebrate with us

The White Coat Ceremony is where we welcome our students to the health care practice, where we prioritize compassionate, collaborative, and scientifically excellent care from the very first day. Celebrate this milestone as our students transition to physician leaders.

Masking Guidelines

This event will adhere to safety and masking guidelines as outlined by the State of Washington and the CDC. Individuals who are fully vaccinated (received all doses of the vaccine and completed their final dose two or more weeks prior to August 20) are not required to wear a mask. Individuals who are not fully vaccinated are required to wear a mask for the duration of the event. 

Even if you are fully vaccinated, we welcome and encourage you to wear a mask to ensure your health and the health of all event attendees. If you are sick or experiencing symptoms of illness, please stay home.

We will continue to monitor for any changes to guidelines issued by the University, local health district and/or state in the weeks ahead. If heightened health and safety precautions are recommended, we will communicate with all attendees about any changes to masking or other guidelines for the event. 

White Coat Ceremony Speaker

Lawrence Schecter, MD, FACS 

Dr. Lawrence Schecter, MD, FACS, is the Associate Dean of Clinical Education at our Everett Campus. Dr. Schecter joined the WSU Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine team in 2017 ahead of our inaugural class of medical students to help establish the undergraduate medical education program along with the infrastructure of our community-based educational model with an emphasis on the Everett community.

Prior to his position at WSU, Dr. Schecter was an Associate Professor of Surgery at UCLA School of Medicine. He has practiced general surgery for more than 30 years and served in a variety of leadership positions including Chief Medical Officer of Providence Regional Medical Center Everett and the Western Washington Region of Providence.

Lawrence Schecter, WSU College of Medicine White Coat Ceremony Speaker