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WVU medical students to participate in White Coat Ceremony, continue pathway to patient care

WVU medical school students walk across the stage during a white coat ceremony to signify the beginning of their second year of study.

The WVU School of Medicine will host its John W. Traubert White Coat Ceremony Saturday (March 9) at the WVU Canady Creative Arts Center. (WVU Photo/Brian Persinger)

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

WHAT: John W. Traubert White Coat Ceremony

WHERE: WVU Canady Creative Arts Center, 1436 Evansdale Drive, Morgantown

WHEN: Saturday, March 9, 1 p.m. 

NOTES: The WVU School of Medicine holds its White Coat Ceremony during students’ second year to emphasize the transition from textbook sciences to clinical care.

The ceremony stresses the importance of the doctor-patient relationship and the relevance of the white coat as a cloak of compassion.

Dr. Kelley Gannon, a WVU School of Medicine Class of 2009 graduate, will serve as the keynote speaker. Gannon is an assistant professor of internal medicine, as well as the medical director for ambulatory quality in the Department of Medicine.

The ceremony is named for Dr. Traubert, former associate dean for student and curricular affairs, who practiced family medicine in Wellsburg before joining the University as founding chair of the Department of Family Practice, now the Department of Family Medicine.

The ceremony will be followed by a reception at the Erickson Alumni Center, 1 Alumni Drive. 



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