DO Class of 2023 Receives White CoatsOctober 8, 2019
PCOM's DO class of 2023 recently received their white coats.
Nearly 270 students in the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) class of 2023 recently completed a major milestone in their medical education during
PCOM’s White Coat Ceremony. A significant rite of passage, the White Coat Ceremony
is a tradition at most medical schools. The ceremony is designed to establish a psychological
contract for beginning medical students that stresses the importance of compassionate
care for the patient and professionalism as well as scientific proficiency.
During the ceremony, Jay S. Feldstein, DO ’81, president and CEO, addressed the students by emphasizing the role of patient care—a central tenet of
the osteopathic philosophy.
“What today represents is a transition from classroom to clinician,” he said. “Today’s
the day when it truly becomes about the patient. If you put the patient first, everything
else will take care of itself.”
The presidents of the classes of 2022, 2021 and 2020 shared their perspectives on
the white coat with the younger class. Chi Chi Do Nguyen (DO ’21), president of the
class of 2021, noted that prior to starting her clerkships, her white coat had marked
her personal and professional growth throughout medical school. “But now for the first
time, it’s about what the white coat means to my patients,” she said.
Alumna Danielle Lucchesi DO ‘15, chief surgery resident at PCOM, also stressed the
importance of patient care. “Never forget your patients will be some of your best
Each member cloaked their classmate in a white coat donated by the Pennsylvania Osteopathic
Medical Association (POMA), and then recited their class oath. Joan Grzybowski, DO '87, assistant professor, family medicine and former POMA president, congratulated the
“The white coat you receive is a physical signal of the educational process,” she
said. “You will now be looked at by those outside of the medical community and within.
Your coat will be a coat of many colors, but it will become brighter because of it.”
Facts about the DO class of 2023:
- 576,011 total hours of health-related experience
- Health fields represented include registered nurse; medical assistant, pharmacy technician
- 50.7 percent of the class identifies as female
- 34 percent of the class identifies as non-white
- 25 states represented
- Age range of the class is 21-37
- Average age is 25
- 126 undergraduate institutions are represented
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of highly competent, caring physicians, health practitioners and behavioral scientists
who practice a “whole person” approach to care—treating people, not just symptoms.
PCOM operates three campuses (PCOM, PCOM Georgia and PCOM South Georgia) and offers doctoral degrees in clinical psychology, educational psychology, osteopathic
medicine, pharmacy, physical therapy and school psychology, and graduate degrees in
applied behavior analysis, applied positive psychology, biomedical sciences, forensic
medicine, medical laboratory science, mental health counseling, non profit leadership
and population health management, organizational development and leadership, physician
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