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MEDIA ADVISORY: WVU medical students transition from basic to clinical sciences during annual White Coat Ceremony

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WHO: West Virginia University School of Medicine second-year medical students

WHAT: John W. Traubert White Coat Ceremony

WHERE: Morgantown Event Center, 3 Waterfront Place, Morgantown

WHEN: Saturday (March 23), 2 p.m. 

A unique aspect of the medical education program at WVU is that students earn their white clinician coats at the end of their second year of education rather than the onset. The transition from basic sciences to clinical care is about more than the coat – it’s a symbol of their future as healers and care providers. The ceremony stresses the importance of the doctor-patient relationship and the relevance of the white coat as a cloak of compassion. 

Dr. Cindy Clarkson, WVU School of Medicine Class of 2004 graduate, will serve as the keynote speaker. Clarkson is an assistant professor and chair of the Department of Community Practice and West Preston Primary Care. 

WVU’s ceremony was named for Dr. John W. Traubert, 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.



CONTACT: Cassie Thomas, WVU School of Medicine

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