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AZ/IL: White Coat Ceremony Marks Start of Professional Health Education for Midwestern Students

October 07, 2016

by Office of Communications

Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine students recite the Oath of Commitment at Midwestern University’s annual White Coat Ceremony.

In an annual rite of passage, nearly 1,700 first-year students from Midwestern University received their clinical white coats and took an oath affirming their commitment to the highest standards of compassion and patient care.

White Coat ceremonies were held on the Downers Grove Campus on September 29 and on the Glendale Campus on October 7, 2016. Students from the University's osteopathic medicine, pharmacy, physician assistant studies, physical therapy, occupational therapy, clinical psychology, dental medicine, optometry, veterinary, and speech-language pathology programs received their white coats before an audience of family and friends. "At Midwestern University, we take the White Coat ceremony very seriously. Midwestern University is a graduate-level healthcare institution and we represent many different professions all coming under the same mission and the same drive to take care of people, to take care of animals, and to take care of our environment," said Kathleen H. Goeppinger, Ph.D., Midwestern University President and Chief Executive Officer. "We embrace the One Health concept, which focuses on the collaboration of all members of the healthcare team," Dr. Goeppinger added.

Students who received their white coats also took an Oath of Commitment, reminding them to maintain the trust expected of a healthcare provider, to value the knowledge and wisdom of their colleagues, and to commit to lifelong learning. As they continue their rigorous academic programs, these students now join the many generations of alumni who also began their journey toward a successful healthcare career at Midwestern University.

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