PA Studies Class of 2019 Receives White CoatsAugust 22, 2017
This year marked the 20th annual ceremony for the program.
Fifty-four students took their first steps toward a career as healthcare professionals
during PCOM’s Physician Assistant (PA) White Coat Ceremony on August 18. The ceremony
stands as a significant rite of passage that establishes a psychological contract
for students beginning their health care training that stresses professionalism, scientific
proficiency and compassionate care for the patient.
Laura Levy, DHSc, PA-C, professor and chair, PA studies, urged the students to consider
the implications of their white coats.
Donning a white coat reminds us that we have a responsibility to our patients to make
them well and keep them well through preventive care,” she said. “We must always do
what is best for our patients—even when it is not easy or convenient to do so.”
The class of 2019 was also addressed by Alyssa Davis, PA ’18, MS, who spoke of the
struggles—and opportunities—each student would face in the program.
“Those stains [on your coat] stand for the skills and education you have required.
After washing, it will become a blank canvass for more learning,” she said. “Always
remember, [the coat] stands for not only what you have accomplished, but what you
The class then recited the Oath for Physician Assistant Students, during which the
students pledged to “uphold and enhance community values and use the knowledge and
experience acquired as a PA to contribute to an improved community.”
The Master of Sciences in Health Sciences–Physician Assistant Studies program was
launched in 1998.
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