WVU School of Medicine students get their white coats

White Coat Ceremony is Sat., March 27

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – More than 100 West Virginia University School of Medicine students will don the most significant symbol of their chosen profession – the white coat – for the first time tomorrow. The 2010 John W. Traubert White Coat Ceremony is Saturday, March 27 at 1 p.m. in the WVU Mountainlair ballroom.

This annual event is traditionally when second year students receive their white coats. This marks the transition from basic sciences to clinical sciences, from reading about illness and disease to diagnosing it, as well as from learning about treatments to prescribing them. It stresses the importance of the doctor-patient relationship and the relevance of the white coat as a cloak of compassion.

The speaker for the ceremony is Thomas L. Stover, M.D., of Medina, Ohio. Stover received his undergraduate and medical degrees from West Virginia University. He trained as an obstetrician and gynecologist, specializing in fertility. He has held many management positions within the healthcare community. In his position as president of outpatient services at Akron General Health System, he oversees medical staff affairs, credentialing and physician recruiting. 

The ceremony is named for John W. Traubert, former associate dean for student and curricular affairs at WVU. He practiced family medicine in Wellsburg before joining the WVU faculty as founding chair of the Department of Family Practice, now the Department of Family Medicine. A reception follows the ceremony.




For more information:
Kim Fetty, HSC News Service, 304-293-7087
kf: 03-26-10

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