Ceremony welcomes 117 new OU-COM student doctors
speaker Anne Pope of the Appalachian Regional Commission addressed
the class of 2012, the largest in OU-COM history
University College of Osteopathic Medicine welcomed the class of
2012—the largest and among the most accomplished in the college’s
history—during the college’s 33rd Convocation Ceremony, Sat., Aug.
federal co-chair of the Appalachian Regional Commission, delivered
the keynote address at the ceremony, which began at 11 a.m. in the
Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium.
welcomes new students into the osteopathic medical profession,” said
OU-COM Dean Jack Brose, D.O. “It also allows us to honor
individuals who have made exceptional contributions to our college,
to the medical profession, or to the citizens in our region.”
highlights included both the college’s White Coat Ceremony, in which
students receive their short white coats—the mantle of the medical
profession; as well as the presentation of the Phillips Medal of
Public Service to individuals who have made outstanding
contributions to health care, education and/or public service. The
Phillips Medals are the highest honor the college awards.
A total of 117
members make up the entering class of 2012, making the class the
largest in the college’s history as well as the top-performing.
extremely proud of this year’s class, which has both the highest
grade point averages and the best medical college admission test
scores in our college’s history,” Brose said. “This is a result of
our college’s growing reputation for academic and research
excellence, and the exceptional work of our admissions office.”
Of the 117 new
students, 85 percent are Ohio residents, with 10 percent hailing
from Southeastern Ohio or Appalachian Ohio counties. The class is 56
percent female and 44 percent male, with minority students making up
year’s ceremony, a Phillips Medal of Public Service went to keynote
speaker Pope as well as to Michael Opipari, D.O., and Levente Batizy,
D.O. The award is named for the late J. Wallace and Jody Galbreath
Phillips, both longtime friends of Ohio University. Mrs. Phillips
died earlier this year.
Pope is the 10th federal co-chair of the Appalachian Regional
Commission, a federal-state
partnership that works with the people of
Appalachia to create
opportunities for self-sustaining
economic development and
improved quality of life.
Pope’s nomination received unanimous confirmation from the U.S.
Senate, and she was sworn into office Feb. 3, 2003. She has been a
firm proponent of funding and supporting regional health care
programs, such as the Appalachian Rural Health Institute Diabetes
Opipari, attending physician emeritus of oncology and hematology at
the Detroit Osteopathic Hospital, has been a national leader in
raising the standards of osteopathic medical education for more than
35 years. He is chairperson of the Council on Postdoctoral Training
of the American Osteopathic Association. In July, 2008, he was named
among 37 “Great Pioneers” of osteopathic medicine by the American
Osteopathic Association House of Delegates.
director of medical education at Cleveland Clinic-South Pointe
Hospital in Warrensville Heights. He is credited with developing the
first osteopathic emergency medicine residency program in Ohio.
South Pointe Hospital honored him as the 2007 Physician of the Year,
and the American Osteopathic Foundation named him 2006 Educator of
white coats presented to medical students during the Convocation
Ceremony are gifts from the Ohio Osteopathic Foundation, and must be
worn by student doctors during clinical assignments. Upon
graduation, students receive their long white coats, which symbolize
their official instatement as physicians.
University Executive Vice President and Provost Kathy Krendl, Ph.D.,
offered greetings from the university, as will representatives from
various professional organizations, including:
D.O., Board of Trustees,
American Osteopathic Association;
Osteopathic Association; and
OU-COM Society of Alumni & Friends.