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Lincoln Memorial University white coat ceremony: spring 2013

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Suzanne Alice Alley of Kingston recently received her white coat at the physician assistant program class of 2014 white-coat ceremony at Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine in Harrogate.

Alley is a second-year physician assistant student at LMU.

The white-coat ceremony is a standard ritual in physician assistant programs, allopathic and osteopathic medical schools across the country. It is a public demonstration of a student’s commitment to patient care and professionalism.

During the ceremony, each physician assistant student is presented and “robed” with a short white laboratory coat. The ceremony is considered to be a rite of passage, in that an individual has demonstrated the qualities and abilities to provide competent care and can move on to the next phase of training.