KYCOM Class of 2026 to receive symbolic ‘white coat of compassion’

The University of Pikeville-Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine (KYCOM) will formally welcome members of the Class of 2026 during a traditional White Coat Ceremony on Saturday, Sept. 17, at 2 p.m. at the Appalachian Wireless Arena in Pikeville.

In the presence of family members, friends and the campus community, students from the Class of 2026 will be “coated” by the president and vice president of KYCOM’s student government association for the Class of 2025.

The keynote speaker for the ceremony will be KYCOM alum Frederick Stine VI, D.O., MHA, Pikeville Medical Center pediatrician, co-medical director for the Mettu Children’s Hospital and assistant clinical professor of pediatrics at KYCOM. 

Stine received his master’s of health administration at Western Kentucky University, his doctor of osteopathic medicine degree at KYCOM and completed his residency at East Carolina University Brody School of Medicine (BSOM), where he was chief resident. 

Prior to his roles with Pikeville Medical Center and KYCOM, Stine was a teaching faculty member for BSOM and resident liaison for the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). Stine still serves as a member of the Resident Education Committee for BSOM for the Department of Pediatrics, honorary program mentor for AAP and BSOM and resident liaison for the KYCOM Alumni Association.

In addition to his leadership roles, Stine has received several awards and distinctions, including but not limited to Student Doctor of the Year, The Dean’s Award and the Dr. John A. Strosnider Leadership Award at KYCOM. Stine also completed a year-long fellowship with the North Carolina Medical Society that provided a critical framework for healthcare management based on economics, finance and leadership development.

The community is cordially invited to attend the White Coat Ceremony. The event will also be live streamed from UPIKE’s Facebook page for those unable to attend. For more information, contact the University of Pikeville Public Affairs office at (606) 218-5273.