WVSOM medical students celebrate White Coat ceremony.
Article Type: Report
Subject: Medical students (Achievements and awards)
Medical students (Rites, ceremonies and celebrations)
Osteopathy (Practice)
Medical colleges (Rankings)
Medical colleges (Rites, ceremonies and celebrations)
Pub Date: 11/01/2008
Publication: Name: West Virginia Medical Journal Publisher: West Virginia State Medical Association Audience: Academic Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Health Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2008 West Virginia State Medical Association ISSN: 0043-3284
Issue: Date: Nov-Dec, 2008 Source Volume: 104 Source Issue: 6
Topic: Event Code: 200 Management dynamics
Geographic: Geographic Scope: West Virginia Geographic Code: 1U5WV West Virginia
Accession Number: 201087176
Full Text: First-year medical students at the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (WVSOM) marked the beginning of their medical careers during the college's tenth annual White Coat and Convocation ceremony on September 6, 2008 at the State Fair Event Center in Fairlea, WV.

During the program, students received a white coat, symbolizing the medical profession they will officially join upon graduation in 2012. Assisting the students with the coating ceremony were osteopathic physicians who were on hand to welcome them as members of the osteopathic medical community and to help bridge the gap between past and future.

In his opening remarks, WVSOM President Olen E. Jones, Jr., Ph.D., emphasized the recent U.S. News magazine rankings which placed WVSOM among the best medical schools in the country for the tenth consecutive year.

"WVSOM has made a name for itself by turning out quality osteopathic physicians who are highly regarded by their peers. Our graduates fill vital needs in our healthcare system by practicing in areas that need doctors, and by choosing primary care specialties that are in high demand," he pointed out.

"You are carrying on a proud tradition. So work hard, study hard, and enjoy your time at WVSOM. I am confident you will be successful," Dr. Jones concluded.

During the ceremony, Jones--who is stepping down from the WVSOM presidency in January 2009--was presented with several awards and received numerous standing ovations. Second-year medical student Brian Huggins, president of the WVSOM Student Government Association, presented Jones with a framed white coat in recognition of all Jones' has done for WVSOM students and the osteopathic profession over the years. Jones was also awarded the West Virginia Executive Magazine's "Environment of Excellence Award" during the ceremony.

The keynote speaker was George Naum, D.O., a Family Medicine physician from Wheeling, WV. Dr. Naum, a 1990 graduate of WVSOM, emphasized the important role integrity plays in the life of a physician.

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"A physician without integrity is like a tree without its roots. From integrity branches all other medical virtues, including dependability, compassion, sympathy, empathy, and the admonishment that doctors do no harm," explained Dr. Naum. "And your integrity matters to me because your character reflects on this school."

Dr. Naum ended his comments by paying tribute to President Jones. "Class of 2012, you are attending one of the best medical schools in this country. Not to diminish the contribution of others, but this is primarily due to the vision and leadership of Dr. Jones. His integrity and legacy will live on to inspire future generations of WVSOM students as they embark on their medical journey."

WVSOM Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean Michael Adelman, D.O., J.D., concluded the ceremony by leading the new class in an oath of commitment to the osteopathic profession.
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