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PCOM DO Class of 2025 Celebrates White Coat Ceremony


October 22, 2021

PCOM DO students help each other put on their physician white coats during the White Coat CeremonyFamily, friends, classmates, professors and administrators joined 270 first-year doctor of osteopathic medicine (DO) students from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) class of 2025 as they received their white coats for the first time. The white coat ceremony is an annual tradition establishing a contract for first-year medical students that stresses the importance of compassionate care for patients, as well as scientific proficiency. The students and assembled guests gathered at the Hilton Philadelphia City Avenue to celebrate this important step in their medical careers.

“Wearing your white coat comes with a sense of hope,” said Jay S. Feldstein, DO ‘81, president and CEO of PCOM, to the assembled students. “You are the future of medicine. I know I speak on behalf of all at PCOM when I applaud your commitment to excellence and your commitment to the osteopathic medical profession.”

A member of the PCOM DO Class of 2025 smiles with her family during the white coat ceremonyMegan Sullivan, DO ’24, chair for the DO class of 2024, offered wisdom to the class of 2025, sharing, “I encourage you to lean on each other as much as you can. As you don your new white coat for the first time today, it is a symbol of the profession you are stepping into, one that is built on teamwork, compassion and empathy for others.” David Glass, chair of the class of 2022, added, “The white coat signifies the initial blank page of what will become a record of service and proud accomplishment in the medical profession for each and every physician who wears it.”

PCOM medical students smile outside at the annual white coat ceremonyEnding the program with advice for the families of each student, Kenneth Veit, DO '76, MBA, provost, senior vice president of academic affairs and dean, acknowledged the role they will play in the years to come. Accepting that at some point, each member of the class of 2025 will reach out to their loved ones with stories of their experience as medical students and, later, practicing physicians, Veit said, “Your job is to be there, just be there, and to listen and understand. It’s such an important role and I want to thank you for playing that role.”

The white coats for the class of 2026 were provided by a donation from the Pennsylvania Osteopathic Medical Association (POMA). Each coat was adorned with the College patch, donated by the PCOM Alumni Association.

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