OU-HCOM welcomes class of 2017 during Convocation
38th Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine (OU-HCOM)
Convocation and White Coat Ceremony
Ohio University Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium
Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013, 2 p.m.
141 aspiring physicians and surgeons will be welcomed to Ohio
University and into the osteopathic profession as they receive their
short white coats during OU-HCOM’s 38th Convocation and White Coat
Ceremony. The new medical students are required to wear the white
coat, a mark of professionalism, as they accompany physicians in
clinical settings, an educational experience that begins during the
first months of medical school at OU-HCOM.
The Class of 2017 is the largest in the 38 year history of OU-HCOM;
consisting of 51 percent males and 49 percent females; 93 percent
from Ohio and 12 percent from Appalachian counties in Ohio. Nineteen
percent are minorities. Twenty three percent are first generation
college students, six percent are the sons or daughters of
osteopathic physicians, and the students average age is 23.4 years
The college will also conduct its annual presentation of the
Phillips Medals of Public Service, the college’s highest honor given
to individuals who have made outstanding contributions to health
care, education and/or public service. This year’s recipient is Jack
A. Brose, D.O., vice provost for health affairs at Ohio University,
who served as dean of the college for 10 years.