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White Coat Note Author Instructions

Frequently Asked Questions

I'd like to write a note. So what's next?

What should I write about?

How long should the note be?

Do I need to use the online form or can I handwrite the note?

What is the timeline?

Can I choose which student receives my note?

Can I contact the student?

Can I see some samples of other people's notes?

How should I sign the note?

Should I include my business card?

Can my note be anonymous?


I'd like to write a note. So what's next?

Simply follow this link to the instructions on how to submit a note.  For any questions contact us at impactHS@mcmaster.ca


What should I write about?

It’s up to you. What would you have wanted to know when you first started med school? Share stories and memories, give advice, or just wish them luck.Brag!You’ve earned it! The students love to hear what you have been doing.


How long should the note be?

Most authors write 3 to 4 paragraphs. Some notes are longer while others are a few simple lines. Don't feel obligated to write a long note or feel confined by just a few paragraphs.


Do I need to use the online form or can I handwrite the note?

You can do whatever you prefer.  If you want to handwrite the note, click here and fill in the field that indicates you would like us to send you some note paper. Please also feel free to use your own stationary. Do what feels the most comfortable to you.


What is the timeline?

All notes for use at the 2018 White Coat Ceremony must be received before October 1, 2018. Notes that are received after October 1 may be set aside for use at the 2019 ceremony.


Can I choose which student receives my note?

We cannot make any guarantees but we will try our best to accomodate the wishes of our alumni.


Can I contact the student?

Due to student confidentiality and because the notes are randomly assigned we cannot give any of our white coat note writers contact information for the students receiving their note. Many of our past participants have included their own contact information in the letter and encouraged the student to contact them directly.


Can I see some samples of other people's notes?

We have included samples of previous notes on the photo gallary page.


How should I sign the note if I am not submitting it online?

Please sign your name and write your graduating year. If you signature is illegible please print your name. This little bit of information makes it much more personal.


Should I include my business card?

Many of the previous writers attached a business card. This is by no means a requirement but appreciated by the students. Please let them know if you are willing to have them contact you.


Can my note be anonymous?

Unfortunately we cannot accept notes from anonymous sources. We need to be able to verify that the notes are from McMaster School of Medicine alumni.