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By: Laura Damron |
May 14, 2019
The University of Pikeville-Kentucky College of Optometry
(KYCO) held its White Coat Ceremony for the Class of 2021 on Saturday, May 11,
2019. The event was held in Booth Auditorium on UPIKE’s campus.
The White Coat Ceremony is
symbolic within the health professions, reflecting a commitment to patient
care. After two years of a rigorous classroom and
procedure lab curriculum, the Class of 2021 will apply their knowledge in the
Second-year students at KYCO
were “coated” in the presence of family members,
friends and the campus community by Cliff Caudill, O.D., KYCO assistant dean of
“Our White Coat Ceremony is
held after our students complete two years of pre-clinical training, which is
capped off by a clinical checkout exam performed on an actual standardized
patient,” said Caudill. “We feel this gives our students not only a goal
to strive for in their pre-clinical training, but a sense of accomplishment and
reward when they receive their coat. Sharing it with friends and family adds a
personal connection and a chance for their loved ones to join them in their
success. Good luck to the Class of 2021 as they enter this important phase
of their training.”
J. Max Ernst, O.D., served as keynote speaker for the ceremony. Ernst is the current president of the
Southeast Council of Optometry and has served on the executive committee since
2015. With philanthropy as a cornerstone of his career, Ernst served as
Chairman of Vision USA, an optometric charity, from 2005 to 2015 and was the
founding member of the American Optometric Association’s Disaster Relief
Committee in 1998. In addition, Ernst was named Kentucky Optometric Association’s
Optometrist of the Year in 2000 for his work as President and Legislative Chair
which led to Kentucky’s insurance access laws.
ceremony was followed by a reception to honor KYCO’s Class of 2021.
To view a complete photo gallery from the ceremony, click here.