Mission: to advance the health of the people of Wisconsin by supporting medical education and health initiatives.

White Coats

Each year, with the help of physicians throughout the state, the Foundation is able to provide a white coat and personal message to every first-year medical student who attends school in Wisconsin. The White Coat Campaign provides a wonderful opportunity for physicians from different generations to connect and allows practicing and retired physicians to make a difference in the lives of medical students.

Individual physicians, county medical societies and health care groups are asked to sponsor one or more white coats. In addition to covering the cost of the coat, the sponsoring physician has the opportunity to write a quick note of welcome and encouragement to the student. That note is given to the student when they receive that first white coat. Students also receive a pre-addressed blank notecard and are asked to send a note of thanks to their sponsoring physician.

About 430 students enter medical school each year and your help is needed to make sure each one is warmly welcomed to the medical profession in Wisconsin. You can request to sponsor a specific student or a student at a specific school if you wish—maybe one at each school!

To participate in the White Coat Campaign, donate and write your note online or email campaign coordinator Lori Koffarnus and indicate how many students you would like to sponsor. The requested donation is $100 for each white coat. Additional funds raised will help support other leadership and development opportunities for medical students.

To see some of the inspiring messages of encouragement that your colleagues shared with the incoming class, click here.