On February 24th, the Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine held a bridging ceremony for the Class of 2019. The ceremony commemorated the transition period from didactic studies to clinical rotations and was attended by key faculty members, and 250 students and their families. Faculty department chairs presented awards to top students who excelled in their particular subjects.
In addition to receiving a customized set of scrubs in preparation for clinical rotations, all class members were gifted the book Being Mortal, a memoir reflecting on the feelings of a patient facing death, to better prepare the students for the emotional challenges that will face them in a few short months. The gift was generously donated by Mr. Gerald Wissink, FACHE, a founding board member of the BHHS Legacy Foundation, an Arizona nonprofit.