KYCOM’s Class of 2019 to receive symbolic ‘white coat of compassion’


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PIKEVILLE – The University of Pikeville-Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine will formally welcome members of the Class of 2019 during a traditional White Coat Ceremony on Saturday, Sept. 19 at 2 p.m. at the East Kentucky Expo Center in Pikeville.

White coat ceremonies are rites of passage for beginning medical students. White represents purity, healing and the professional ideals of the medical profession that focus on compassionate caregiving. The long white coat is the quintessential symbol of a physician and conveys to patients and the public the wearer’s identity as physician. The short white coat indicates the wearer’s status as medical student or student-doctor.

The white coat ceremony tradition was begun by the Arnold P. Gold Foundation in 1993 to promote humanism in medicine. The Gold Foundation provides a gold pin to KYCOM student-doctors to wear on their white coats to symbolize commitment to providing compassionate and competent patient care.

In the presence of family members, friends and the campus community, students from the Class of 2019 will be “coated” by the students from the Class of 2018.

The keynote speaker for the ceremony will be Norman E. Vinn, D.O., an osteopathic family physician from San Clemente, Calif., who served as the 2013-2014 president of the American Osteopathic Association (AOA).

As founder of Housecall Doctors Medical Group Inc., a home care network that provides on-site clinical services to more than 2,000 homebound elderly in Southern California’s Orange, Los Angeles, Riverside and San Bernardino counties, Vinn is considered a leader in residentialist care, which focuses on the care of homebound or access-challenged patients.

An early adopter of electronic health records (EHRs) and supporter of the patient-centered, team-based health care delivery model, Vinn recognized the new health record technology as a key connectivity tool. He shares his experience and knowledge surrounding residentialist care and EHR systems with other physicians as president of The Residentialist Group, Inc., of Laguna Hills, Calif., a management group specializing in the development and operation of housecall programs.

Vinn is often recognized for his advocacy for seniors and homebound patients. In 2011, he received the Orange County Senior Care Humanitarian Award. He also was recognized for his work in fulfilling the health care needs of senior citizens by being honored at the 2008 South County Senior Services’ Captain’s Ball Gala, which honors those who exemplify outstanding service and commitment to seniors in the community. Vinn was chosen for this honor for creating a collaborative clinical model to coordinate care of homebound patients with other members of the health care delivery team.

A fellow of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians (ACOFP), Vinn was honored as Physician of the Year by the ACOFP of California in 2009. That same year he was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons of California (OPSC). In addition to his involvement with the AOA, Vinn is a past president of the OPSC and a founding member of the American Osteopathic Association of Medical Informatics.

After receiving his undergraduate degree from Tulane University in New Orleans, Vinn earned his osteopathic medical degree from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed his postdoctoral medical training at what is now Botsford General Hospital in Farmington Hills, Mich. He later attended the University of Southern California Marshall School of Business where he obtained a master of business administration degree.

The community is cordially invited to attend the White Coat Ceremony. For more information, contact the University of Pikeville Public Affairs office at (606) 218-5270.

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