PIKEVILLE – The University of Pikeville-Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine (KYCOM) celebrated a milestone Sept. 19, formally welcoming the Class of 2019 during a traditional White Coat Ceremony.
First-year medical student Nichole Indelicato, of Seymour, Tenn., was “coated” by second-year students Kevin Wilcox of Spring, Texas, and Andrew Collins of Lexington. White coat ceremonies are rites of passage for beginning medical students. The ritual encourages a psychological contract that emphasizes professionalism and empathy in the practice of medicine and focuses on the importance of both scientific excellence and compassionate care for the patient.
The keynote address was delivered by Norman E. Vinn, D.O., FACOFP, an osteopathic family physician who served as the 2013-2014 president of the American Osteopathic Association. “You have an illustrious history being such a young school,” said Vinn.
“You have a great mission and an extraordinary percentage of your graduates that go into primary care, which is really one of the hallmarks of our profession. You’ve had a disproportionate number of your graduates that stay within Kentucky, a true validation of the starting of this school to serve Appalachia and the residents of Kentucky.”