WVU School of Medicine to hold annual White Coat Ceremony March 13

107 students in Class of 2011 to receive coats

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The members of the West Virginia University School of Medicine’s Class of 2011 will soon have a special article of clothing to add to their wardrobes: their white coats.

On March 13, the School of Medicine will hold its annual John W. Traubert White Coat Ceremony where the 107 students in the class will be presented with their white coats.

Developed by the Arnold P. Gold Foundation of New York, the White Coat Ceremony was initiated in 1993 for the entering class at the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University. The original concept of the ceremony was to clarify for students, before entering the medical community, that a physician’s responsibility is to take care of patients and to care about patients. It has since been established at medical schools across the country.

At WVU, the first White Coat Ceremony was Jan. 26, 1996. It differed from the original concept in that it honored second-year students and marked the transition from the basic sciences to clinical sciences, from reading about illness and disease to diagnosing it and from learning about treatments to prescribing them. The ceremony stresses the importance of the doctor-patient relationship and the relevance of the white coat as a cloak of compassion.

In 1999, WVU’s White Coat Ceremony was named after retired Dean of Student Services John W. Traubert, M.D. During his 32 years of service to the state, Dr. Traubert practiced family medicine in Wellsburg and then joined WVU as founding chair of the Department of Family Practice (now the Department of Family Medicine). While at WVU, he was also director of the family practice residency program, field professor for the Kellogg Project Rural Practice Sites and chief of staff at WVU Hospitals.

The event, which will be at 6 p.m. at the Metropolitan Theatre, will feature WVU School of Medicine alumnus Ivan R. Schwab, M.D., class of 1973, who also served as a faculty member in the school from 1982 to 1989. Dr. Schwab is currently a member of the eye research team and faculty at the University of California-Davis Medical School.




For more information:
Angela Jones, HSC News Service, 304-293-7087
asj: 03-05-09

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