First-year Medical Students Receive White Coats at College’s Fifth Annual White Coat Ceremony

The Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine (ACOM) honored the arrival of its fifth class of students with the Class of 2021 White Coat Ceremony held Sunday, September 24, 2017 at the Dothan Civic Center. The class received their medical student white coats. Thomas Gentile, Jr., MSA, gave the keynote address. Mr. Gentile is a graduate medical education consultant, and has been instrumental in the development of residency programs across the United States. Each students was presented a white coat by his/her faculty advisor.

This is another historic event for ACOM as it marked the fifth White Coat Ceremony for the College. The White Coat Ceremony represents a rite of passage for a first-year medical student and an important step in the journey to becoming an osteopathic physician. More than 700 people attended the ceremony, which culminated with students jointly taking the D.O. Pledge. In addition to their white coats, students received the D.O. pin from the American Osteopathic Association and the Keeping Healthcare Human pin, provided as a gift from the Arnold P. Gold Foundation, initiators of the first White Coat Ceremony in 1993.