• KCU Students Complete Orientation Week with Tradition and Service

    White Coating 2012

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (August 14, 2012) – Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences-College of Osteopathic Medicine’s incoming Class of 2016 completed a week of orientation on a high note Thursday, Aug. 9, with the White Coating Ceremony at Weaver Auditorium.

    During the 16th annual event, the new osteopathic medical students received their first white coats, the traditional dress of physicians for more than 100 years.

    The ceremony marked a significant milestone for the 259 students who were cloaked by physicians, comprised mostly of KCU area alumni and clinical faculty.  

    In his address, H. Danny Weaver, DO, FACOFP, KCUMB’s president and chief executive officer, described the ceremony as a tradition that symbolizes a rite of passage as they work toward a career as a physician.

    “This is a symbol of your aspiration to become a passionate and dedicated physician,” Dr. Weaver said. “For the doctors presenting your coat to you, it represents their acceptance of you into the brotherhood of healers.”

    John Dougherty, DO, associate dean for clinical education and medical affairs and professor of family medicine, officiated at the ceremony that has been a tradition of many medical schools across the country since 1993.

    He reminded the future osteopathic physicians of their commitment to not only master the basic and clinical sciences to become highly qualified physicians, but to also form and reinforce values.

    “Your education will be fortified by key values that will serve as the foundation for what makes you the physician you will be − the values of leadership, compassion, service and integrity,” Dr. Dougherty said.

    Each year, the University’s emphasis on service begins early in the medical students’ training. On Wednesday, Aug. 8, all incoming students participated in KCUMB’s We Care Community Service Day. During a four-hour period, more than 1,000 hours of community service were performed to benefit various service agencies, most of which are located in the Northeast Neighborhood, where the University is located.

    “You served those whom we are called to serve the most – the poor and the underserved,” Dr. Dougherty said. “Fundamental to being a physician is serving humanity. And, this is what we are about.”

    These students will have the distinct honor of being the centennial class. KCU was founded in 1916 and the Class of 2016 will graduate during the year of the University’s 100th anniversary.

    About KCUMB
    Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences is a fully accredited, private university, with a College of Biosciences and a College of Osteopathic Medicine. Founded in 1916, its College of Osteopathic Medicine is the oldest medical school in Kansas City, Mo., and the largest in the state.

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    Posted: 08/14/2012

    Category: Students, Alumni, Faculty, Osteopathic Medicine, Events