White Coat Ceremony held for WCUCOM Class of 2018
The William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine (WCUCOM) held the fifth annual White Coat Ceremony for the medical school class of 2018 on August 16 in Smith Auditorium.
The new class consists of 108 students selected from an applicant pool of 2,442. The class includes 66 men and 42 women ranging in ages from 18-45. The average age in the new class is 25. The class has a total of 112 bachelor’s degrees and 48 master’s degrees, with some students holding several degrees.
The majority of the new students are from the Gulf South region of the United States. Of the students, 28 are from Mississippi; 23 are from Louisiana; 15 are from Florida; 14 are from Texas; eight are from Arkansas; and six are from Alabama. There are two students each from California, Georgia and New York, and one student each from Arizona, Indiana, Michigan, New Jersey, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon and Tennessee.
During the ceremony, each student was ceremonially cloaked with a white medical coat before taking the osteopathic oath of commitment in front of faculty members, family and guests. This meaningful ritual symbolizes the students’ promise to accept the fundamental obligations in the practice of osteopathic medicine: to be excellent in science, to be compassionate and to lead lives of uprightness and honor.
WCUCOM, the second medical school in Mississippi and the state’s only osteopathic medical school, graduated its inaugural class and received full accreditation from the American Osteopathic Association’s Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation in 2014. The annual White Coat Ceremony welcomes new students into both the osteopathic medicine profession and also to WCU.