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KYCOM’s Class of 2022 receives ‘white coat of compassion’

September 15, 2018 12:00 AM
Pikeville, KY

The University of Pikeville-Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine (KYCOM) formally welcomed the Class of 2022 during a traditional White Coat Ceremony on Sept. 15.
White coat ceremonies are rites of passage for beginning medical students. The ritual encourages a psychological contract that emphasizes professionalism and empathy in the practice of medicine and focuses on the importance of both scientific excellence and compassionate care for the patient.
“This ceremony marks transition and commitment,” said Dana Shaffer, D.O., FACOFP, dist., FAOGME, dean of KYCOM. “Being a physician starts now. You must walk, talk, act and behave as physicians, 24/7, 365. Embrace the mantle of professionalism bestowed on you today.”
The keynote address was delivered by Stephen C. Shannon, D.O., MPH, past president of the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM). Shannon’s message focused on the positive impact KYCOM students will have on those they serve. He encouraged them to listen and learn from their patients.
“You must learn how to communicate, respect and treat the whole person,” said Shannon.
In closing, Shannon gave students lasting advice to guide them in the future. “Hold tightly to your family, friends and colleagues. Lean on them when you need support.”

Caption: First-year medical student and UPIKE alum, Jamie Castle of Salyersville, is "coated" by second-year medical students Mustafa Basree and Shelly Gupta.

To view photos from the ceremony, click HERE and to watch the video click HERE.

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