VCOM-Carolinas Class of 2021 Celebrates White Coat Ceremony

The Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM) – Carolinas campus held a White Coat Ceremony to honor the Class of 2021 on Sunday, October 29, 2017. This rite of passage, recognizing the academic achievements of first year medical students, was held in Twichell Auditorium on the campus of nearby Converse College.

VCOM faculty, family members, guests of the Class of 2021, and members of the community attended the ceremony as 164 medical students were cloaked with their first white coats. Twichell auditorium was alive with cheers of encouragement as each student was cloaked, handed the “Humanism in Medicine” pin, donated by the Arnold P. Gold Foundation, and a stethoscope engraved with his or her name from the South Carolina Osteopathic Medical Society.

Sunday’s event was the seventh White Coat Ceremony held by the VCOM–Carolinas since the branch campus opened in 2011. VCOM students are formally cloaked in white coats during the October ceremony, shortly after completing the first block of medical education on campus, marking each medical student’s progress toward his or her career as a physician. More than 100 medical schools worldwide hold White Coat ceremonies for their students, emphasizing the importance of both scientific excellence and compassionate care for patients.

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About the author : Tammy Whaley

Tammy E. Whaley is the executive director of the South Carolina Osteopathic Medical Society (SCOMS).