In an annual rite of passage, more than 1600 first-year students from Midwestern University received their clinical white coats and took an oath affirming their commitment to highest standards of compassion and patient care.
White Coat ceremonies were held on September 27, 2013 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL., and on October 4, 2013 at the Midwestern University Auditorium in Glendale, AZ. Students from all health disciplines - osteopathic medicine, pharmacy, cardiovascular science, nurse anesthesia, physician assistant studies, physical therapy, occupational therapy, clinical psychology, dental medicine, and optometry - received their white coats before an audience of family and friends. A notable addition this year was the inaugural class of Speech-Language Pathologists from the Downers Grove campus.
"The white coat is an important symbol," said Kathleen H. Goeppinger, Ph.D., Midwestern University President and Chief Executive Officer, in her address to the students. "The white coat comes with respect from others but know that you have to earn that respect and maintain it every day."
The White Coat Ceremony signifies the students' commitment to patient care and professionalism and marks the beginning their healthcare career. The students who received their white coats join thousands of alumni who also began their successful healthcare careers with the White Coat Ceremony at Midwestern University.