September 23, 2019 – The Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine (ACOM) celebrated the Class of 2023 White Coat Ceremony at the Dothan Civic Center on Sunday, September 22, 2019. Sebastian Thomas Tosto, Jr., MD, MBA, FACP, served as the keynote speaker and reflected on the symbolism of the white coat and what he has learned in his career as a physician. Nearly 1,000 guests from across the nation and world attended the event, which honored the 192 students, ACOM’s largest class to date.
White Coat Ceremony is an annual celebration that represents a rite of passage for a first-year medical student and an important step in the journey toward becoming an osteopathic physician. The traditional white coat is an outward sign of the medical profession and has been worn by physicians for more than 100 years. Formal presentation of the white coat symbolizes an osteopathic medical student’s entrance into a new academic environment, and the acceptance of the obligations and high standards of compassionate care that are expected. Each year, the ACOM marks the achievements of first-year medical students with the presentation of the white coat by each student’s faculty advisor.
The ACOM Class of 2023 White Coat Ceremony Livestream is available to rewatch through the ACOM live: https://www.acom.edu/acom-live/.