OSU med students receive white jackets

Wednesday, 12 August 2009
TULSA, Okla.– Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences issued the following news release:

A total of 92 new Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine student doctors will receive their medical student white coats at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 15, as the final step in their medical school orientation.

The annual OSU White Coat Ceremony will take place at Tulsa Community College – VanTrease Performing Arts Center for Education at 10300 E. 81st St.

The ceremony emphasizes the importance of the doctor-patient relationship and focuses on the true meaning of the art and science of medicine. It is open to the public.

Stanley E. Grogg, D.O., interim president and dean of the OSU Center for Health Sciences and the OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine, will be the keynote speaker.

Dr. Vivian Stevens, associate dean of Enrollment Management and professor and chair of the Department of Behavioral Sciences, will welcome the students.

During the ceremony, each incoming student receives a white coat provided by the Oklahoma Osteopathic Association.

The coats will be presented by Joan Stewart, D.O., M.P.H., associate dean for Clinical Education, and Duane G. Koehler, D.O., president of the OOA. OSU’s public ceremony is the grand finale to student orientation week for members of the entering class, and marks their transition into a career of health care delivery.

The student doctors will recite the Osteopathic Medicine Oath of Commitment, symbolizing their entrance into the osteopathic medical profession. After the ceremony a public reception is scheduled at the OSU-CHS campus.

Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences in Tulsa offers programs in osteopathic medicine, biomedical sciences and forensic sciences.

Since its beginnings more than 30 years ago, OSU-CHS has grown to offer nine graduate degrees.

On-campus programs, distance learning and OSU partnerships train osteopathic physicians, research scientists and health care professionals with an emphasis on serving rural and under-served Oklahoma.

OSU operates six clinics, five in Tulsa and one in Enid. More information about OSU Center for Health Sciences is available at www.healthsciences.okstate.edu.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 12 August 2009 )