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WVU medical students transition from basic science to clinical care learning during annual White Coat Ceremony

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WHO: More than 100 second-year medical students from the West Virginia University School of Medicine

WHAT: Medical students from the WVU School of Medicine Class of 2024 will earn the most significant symbol of their chosen profession – the white coat – during the annual John W. Traubert White Coat Ceremony.

WHERE: WVU Canady Creative Arts Center

WHEN: Saturday, March 12 at 1 p.m.

NOTES: At WVU, a unique aspect of the medical education program is that students earn their white clinician coats in the spring of their second year of education rather than the onset of medical school. 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.

Speakers include:

  • Dr. Clay Marsh, chancellor and executive dean for Health Sciences
  • Dr. Norman Ferrari, chief academic officer for Medical Education
  • Dr. Judie Charlton, past chief medical officer and vice dean for Clinical Affairs

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.

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