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White coats presented to OSU medical students


TULSA, Okla. – A total of 92 new Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine student doctors received their medical student white coats Aug. 15 in a ceremony marking the final step in their medical school orientation.

The annual White Coat Ceremony emphasizes the importance of the doctor-patient relationship and focuses on the true meaning of the art and science of medicine. Each student received a white coat provided by the Oklahoma Osteopathic Association.  Class members also recited the Osteopathic Medicine Oath of Commitment, to symbolize their entrance into the osteopathic medical profession. The ceremony caps student orientation week and marks the student’s transition into a career of health care delivery.

Stanley E. Grogg, D.O., interim president and dean, was keynote speaker. Vivian Stevens, PH.D., associate dean of enrollment management, welcomed the students, and white coats were presented by Joan Stewart, D.O., M.P.H., associate dean for Clinical Education, and Duane G. Koehler, D.O., president of the OOA.


Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences in Tulsa offers programs in osteopathic medicine, biomedical sciences and forensic sciences. Since its beginnings more than 30 years ago, OSU-CHS has grown to offer nine graduate degrees. On-campus programs, distance learning and OSU partnerships train osteopathic physicians, research scientists and health care professionals with an emphasis on serving rural and under-served Oklahoma. OSU operates six clinics, five in Tulsa and one in Enid. More information about OSU Center for Health Sciences is available at www.healthsciences.okstate.edu.