The white coat ceremony is an important educational milestone for PCOM's DO and physician
assistant studies students.
On Tuesday, December 29, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) hosted
a virtual white coat ceremony for 270 first-year doctor of osteopathic medicine (DO) students and 60 first-year physician assistant studies students. Due to the on-going coronavirus pandemic the event was hosted on PCOM’s
Facebook and YouTube pages to ensure the health and safety of all participants.
Each year, the white coat ceremony establishes a contract for beginning medical students
that stresses the importance of compassionate care for patients, as well as scientific
proficiency. “Today marks your transition to true healthcare providers, remembering
that donning the white coat is not the culmination of your medical journey, but instead
represents a transition to practicing practical care,” said Gregory McDonald, DO ‘89, dean of the PCOM School of Health Sciences, during the ceremony.
First-year doctor of osteopathic medicine student, Julia Burns (DO ‘24), acknowledged
that this year was unlike any other and shared that the pandemic helped to confirm
her decision to go into medicine. “To me, this year’s white coat ceremony is an opportunity
to take pause, reflect and celebrate all that we, as a class, have done to get to
this point and what we will do in the near future. Particularly during this pandemic,
this ceremony takes on a different significance. We enter a profession, who is at
battle and desperately fighting a disease. The pandemic has also made me feel more
tenacious and self-assured that this is exactly where I am supposed to be. Even though
we are virtual, this ceremony reminds me of our purpose and the pride I feel to be
Jay Feldstein, DO ‘81, president and CEO, also addressed students, sharing the importance of wearing the
white coat and reminding them of their responsibility to their patients. “When you
put the patient first, everything else takes care of itself,” shared Dr. Feldstein.
Kenneth Veit, DO ‘76, hosted the ceremony and led the doctor of osteopathic medicine students in reciting
their class vision statement. Laura Levy, DHSC, PA-C, chair, physician assistant studies, also spoke during the ceremony and led PA students
in reciting their Pledge of Professionalism.
Family members and friends congratulated students via video messages that were submitted
prior to the ceremony and included in the broadcast.
About Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Founded in 1899, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) has trained thousands
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
assistant studies, school psychology, and public health management and administration.
PCOM students learn the importance of health promotion, research, education and service
to the community. Through its community-based Healthcare Centers, PCOM provides care
to medically underserved populations. For more information, visit pcom.edu or call 215-871-6100.
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