LECOM Bradenton students receive white coats
Nearly 250 medical students commit to their professions

LECOM School of Pharmacy Bradenton Class of 2012 students recite the Pledge of Professionalism during White Coat Ceremonies at the Harvest Centre in Lakewood Ranch on Jan. 24.

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Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine Bradenton continued its White Coat ceremony tradition for the Class of 2012.

The white coat ceremony is a tradition upheld by medical schools across the nation as an initiation for aspiring health care professionals to commit to the highest principles related to the practice of osteopathic medicine and pharmacy. The ceremony marks a first-year medical students' transition from classroom study to clinical education.

Ninety-six LECOM School of Pharmacy Bradenton students and 148 students from the College of Osteopathic Medicine received their white coats.

The class of 2012 took their respective oaths in front of family, friends, LECOM faculty, staff and administrators.

James Lin, D.O., M.S., speaks to the LECOM Bradenton Class of 2012 during White Coat ceremonies at the Harvest Centre on Jan. 24.

James Lin, D.O., M.S., addressed students and family members during the college of osteopathic medicine ceremony. Dr. Lin graduated from LECOM in 2002 and was among the first graduates of the Master of Science in Medical Education program.

Dr. Lin is Vice President of Senior Services and Adult Living at Millcreek Health Systems in Erie, Pa., and clinical professor of geriatric medicine at LECOM. Dr. Lin also will coordinate the Institute for Successful Aging at the LECOM Medical Fitness and Wellness Center, which is slated to open in February.

His passion for working with the elderly population evolved while taking care of his father, who was diagnosed with liver cancer in 2003.

“While I was taking care of my Dad I realized that they (elderly) are a vulnerable population," Lin said. "It is now my honor and privilege to take care of them on a daily basis. I am honored and blessed that I am leading LECOM in its Institute for Successful Aging."

Robert George, D.O., Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs, led the Class of 2012 in the Osteopathic Pledge of Commitment.

Norm Tomaka, CRPh, President of the Florida Pharmacy Association, gave the keynote address at the pharmacy white coat ceremony.

Tomaka is certified as a licensed health-care risk manager and consultant pharmacist. He currently practices at 15 outpatient procedure centers and serves as the clinical and consultant pharmacist at Holmes Regional Medical Center/Health First Inc. in Brevard County Florida.

Norm Tomaka, CRPh., gave the keynote address at the LECOM School of Pharmacy Bradenton White Coat ceremony.

“For student pharmacists, you are embarking on a journey to empower yourselves to improve the lives of your patients,” Tomaka said. “As Florida’s youngest school of pharmacy, you have already surpassed expectations. You will succeed in promoting preventive medicine and be ready to exceed the expectations of today’s health-care consumer.”

School of Pharmacy Dean Gary Levin, Pharm.D., BCPP, FCCP, led the class of 2012 in the Pledge of Professionalism.

John M. Ferretti, D.O., President and CEO of LECOM and Silvia Ferretti, D.O., Provost, Senior Vice President and Dean of Academic Affairs, headed the list of faculty and staff in attendance.

Special guests at the College of Medicine ceremony included American Osteopathic Association President Carlo DiMarco, D.O., who spoke at the ceremony; and William Silverman, D.O., AOA Board of Trustees and LECOM Bradenton’s Adopt-A-Campus representative; Anna Hayden, D.O., President of the Florida Osteopathic Medical Association; and Mario Lanni, D.Sc., LL.D, Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Osteopathic Medical Association.

School of Pharmacy guests included Cristina M. Medina, Pharm.D, Manager of Professional and College Relations for CVS Caremark Pharmacy.

January 26, 2009
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