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IL: Students to Receive White Coats in Ceremony Marking Compassion

September 14, 2009

by Jill Blair-Smith

In an annual rite of passage, more than 635 first-year students from Midwestern University (MWU) will receive their clinical white coats at a ceremony to be held on Friday, September 25th at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois.

On this day, graduate health science students from MWU's Downers Grove Campus will pledge their commitment to highest standards of compassion, scientific proficiency, and patient care. More than just a familiar lab coat, the white coat is a symbol for the students of their commitment to future patients.
"We began the white coat ceremony for all first year students 12 years ago. And we did so because we thought it was important to recognize the early commitment the students are making to professionalism and their studies," said Kathleen H. Goeppinger, Ph.D., President and CEO of the University.

At the ceremony, students of osteopathic medicine, pharmacy, physician assistant studies, physical therapy, occupational therapy, biomedical science, and clinical psychology, will receive their white coats before an audience of academic mentors, family, and friends. Those who receive their white coats this year will join thousands of alumni who also began their successful healthcare careers with the White Coat Ceremony at Midwestern University.

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