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OSU Medicine White Coat Ceremony for new students is Aug. 7

TULSA (Aug. 1, 2011) – Members of the Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine Class of 2015 will receive their medical student white coats at 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 7.

Howard G. Barnett, Jr., president of OSU-Tulsa and OSU Center for Health Sciences, will welcome dignitaries, family and friends to the 13th annual OSU White Coat Ceremony, at Tulsa Community College - VanTrease Performing Arts Center for Education, 10300 E. 81st St.  It is open to the public.

The ceremony emphasizes the importance of the doctor-patient relationship and focuses on the true meaning of the art and science of medicine. Students will be cloaked with white coats provided by the Oklahoma Osteopathic Association.  The white coat symbolizes the medical profession, and the ceremony emphasizes the importance of the doctor-patient relationship and focuses on the true meaning of the art and science of medicine.

Joan Stewart, D.O., associate dean for Clinical Education, will present the first-year osteopathic medicine students, who will be cloaked by William J. Pettit, D.O., associate dean for Rural Health and professor of Family Medicine, and LeRoy E. Young, D.O., president of OOA.

OSU’s public ceremony for members of the entering class marks their transition into a career of health care delivery. The student doctors will recite the Osteopathic Medicine Oath of Commitment, symbolizing their entrance into the osteopathic medical profession. OSU’s first White Coat Ceremony was in 1998.

 

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 eight 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 eight clinics, six in Tulsa, one in Enid and one in Muskogee. More information about OSU Center for Health Sciences is available at www.healthsciences.okstate.edu.