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Jul 18 2013

NYIT White Coat Ceremony Held for 287 Medical Students

Old Westbury, N.Y.  (July 18, 2013) – Medical students at New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine received their personalized white coats yesterday, marking their transition from the classroom to the clinic.
White Coat 2013One by one, the 287 students walked across a stage at a packed ballroom in the Crest Hollow Country Club, where medical school alumni, including several current faculty members, helped them into their new white coats and sent them on their way to receive additional handshakes with university and medical school administrators and Board of Trustees Chairperson Linda Davila (B.S., '78).
“Students, this rite of passage is an acknowledgement of your achievement thus far and serves as a symbol of your ongoing commitment to the profession you aspire to enter and the patients you are entrusted to serve,” said Dean Wolfgang Gilliar, D.O., who later administered an oath of commitment to the group. 
Vice President for Health Sciences and Medical Affairs Barbara Ross-Lee, D.O. introduced keynote speaker Kevin Klein, a graduate of the Class of 1983 and a specialist in cardiovascular diseases. Both Ross-Lee and Gilliar presented Klein with a white coat, since the tradition had not been in place at the time he attended school. Klein urged the students to embrace the coming medical revolution, where molecular genomics,personalized, data-driven medicine, and technological advances represent a “metamorphosis” in the healthcare field. 
“Despite all of these changes coming down the road, how successful you are as a physician is still going to be dependent on you,” he said. “You need to learn to listen, and you need to learn to listen closely…Your success will be dependent on you developing that personal bond and trust with patients.”
NYIT President Edward Guiliano, Ph.D., noted that the group is the first that will carry their textbooks with them, via a smartphone app, and that they also will receive continued medical education through new, standardized technological resources from NYIT.
“You’re entering the medical profession at a remarkable time,” said Guiliano. “The future of health care, debates about the healthcare workforce, physician shortages, and customary political battles swirl around us. Disparities in health care access become quite apparent, as does the need for smart and compassionate medical leaders and lifelong learners.”
Forty-three students were inducted into Psi Sigma Alpha, the National Osteopathic Honor Society. The students will start their clinical clerkships in early August.
Student Receives White Coat and a Family Surprise
Prior to the ceremony, one physician-in-training received a special gift: a visit from her brother, an Army private who received approval for a leave from Fort Knox, KY to witness her coating.
Thomas and Christine HickeyAs Christine’s sister, Jennifer, and parents Susan (B.S., ’82) and Thomas (B.S.,’80) kept the news a secret, the younger Thomas Hickey drove 16 hours and arrived at the family’s Farmingdale home on Tuesday evening.
“I was in shock when I saw him,” Christine said.  “I didn’t really know what to do. It’s very special and meaningful.”
Thomas, two years older than Christine, was last home during the winter holidays. 
“She’s been everywhere I’ve been when I needed her,” he said, noting that Christine drove to Missouri when he completed his basic training.  “This is the least I could do.”
About NYIT
New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) offers 90 degree programs, including undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees, in more than 50 fields of study, including architecture and design; arts and sciences; education; engineering and computing sciences; health professions; management; and osteopathic medicine. A non-profit independent, private institution of higher education, NYIT has 13,000 students attending campuses on Long Island and Manhattan, online, and at its global campuses. NYIT sponsors 11 NCAA Division II programs and one Division I team.
Led by President Edward Guiliano, NYIT is guided by its mission to provide career-oriented professional education, offer access to opportunity to all qualified students, and support applications-oriented research that benefits the larger world. To date, more than 95,000 graduates have received degrees from NYIT. For more information, visit
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