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WVU medical students to receive white coats March 18

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Who: West Virginia University School of Medicine

What: The 100 members of the WVU School of Medicine Class of 2019 will soon don the most significant symbol of their chosen profession – the white coat – for the first time at the annual John W. Traubert White Coat Ceremony.

Where: Morgantown Event Center

When: Saturday, March 18, 10 a.m.

At WVU, the first White Coat Ceremony was held Jan. 26, 1996. Its tradition differs from the conventional concept in that it honors second-year students and marks the transition from basic sciences to clinical sciences, from reading about illness and disease to diagnosing it, and from learning about treatments to prescribing them. The ceremony stresses the importance of the doctor-patient relationship and the relevance of the white coat as a cloak of compassion.

This year, the class boasts nine legacy students, with parents who are also graduates of WVU’s program in medicine:

·      Robert Halbritter is the son of Kevin A. Halbritter, M.D. (Class of 1985)

·      Camille Leon is the daughter of John A. Leon, M.D. (Class of 1984)

·      Kylie Fuller is the daughter of Mark G. Fuller, M.D. (Class of 1981)

·      Garret Jones is the son of E. Bruce Jones, M.D. (Class of 1984)

·      Melissa Wolz is the daughter of Dean E. Wolz, M.D. (Class of 1988)

·      Tiffany Shirkey is the stepdaughter of Eric D. Shouldis, M.D. (Class of 2000)

·      Ian Thislethwaite is the son of Dan Thisthlewaite, M.D. (Class of 1987)

·      Mark Kenamond is the son of Mark Kenamond, M.D. (Class of 1984)

·      Jonathan Goad is the son of John L. Goad, M.D. (Class of 1987)

Featured speaker will be WVU School of Medicine alumnus Lisa M. Costello, M.D., M.P.H. Dr. Costello is assistant professor of internal medicine and pediatrics at WVU, director of the Adult Mountain State Cystic Fibrosis Program and a pediatric hospitalist at WVU Medicine Children’s Hospital. She serves on School of Medicine Committee on Admissions and leads a healthcare literacy and patient advocacy curriculum thread for the medicine program. Dr. Costello is a graduate of the Class of 2011 and a current member of the School of Medicine Alumni Association Executive Council.

WVU’s ceremony was named for John W. Traubert, M.D., former associate dean for student and curricular affairs at the WVU School of Medicine, who practiced family medicine in Wellsburg before joining the WVU faculty as founding chair of the Department of Family Practice, now the Department of Family Medicine. A reception follows the ceremony.

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