LECOM hosts white coat ceremonies


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Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine medical and pharmacy students marked the transition from classroom study to clinical education at the Warner Theater on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2008, as students received their white coats – symbols of trust between doctor and patient, of compassion, and of the purity of a medical professional’s purpose. This was the first time the school hosted the event for both the College of Medicine and School of Pharmacy on the same day and at the same site.

Approximately 130 students in the School of Pharmacy class of 2010 and 270 students from the College of Osteopathic Medicine’s class of 2011 pledged to uphold professionalism and competence in the presence of their families, professors and peers.

Roger Brumagin, Pharm.D., addresses the School of Pharmacy class of 2010.

The White Coat Ceremony initiates aspiring health care professionals into a commitment to the highest principles related to the practice of medicine and pharmacy. The white coat ceremony marks not only the entrance into medical and pharmacy school, but also matriculation into the health care professions with all of its traditions, accomplishments, rights and profound responsibilities to humankind.

Roger Brumagin, Pharm.D., Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice at LECOM and a 2005 LECOM graduate, delivered the keynote address for the pharmacy ceremony. He earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and biology from Gannon University, and was a research chemist with Hammermill and International Paper for 23 years prior to starting his second career as a pharmacist. His current practice site is at Millcreek Community Hospital, where he is a clinical pharmacist on the internal medicine service.

Dr. Brumagin is a member of Millcreek Community Hospital's Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee, the Admissions Committee for the LECOM School of Pharmacy, and several professional organizations, including the American College of Clinical Pharmacy, the American Pharmacist's Association, the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, and the Pennsylvania Society of Health System Pharmacists.

John M. Ferretti, D.O., President and CEO of LECOM, headed the list of faculty and staff in attendance. Special guests at the College of Medicine ceremony included Samuel J. Garloff, D.O., President of the Pennsylvania Osteopathic Medical Association, who spoke at the ceremony; and Suzanne Kelley, D.O., Adopt-A-Campus Representative of the American Osteopathic Association. Representatives of the Rite Aid Corporation, including Jack Phillipson, Pharmacy District Manager, Dale Weaver, Pharmacy District Manager, Joe Millward, District Manager and Donna Hazel, Regional Pharmacy Recruiter, attended the ceremony for the School of Pharmacy.

Presenting the white coats to the pharmacy students were Robert Drobitch, Ph.D., R.Ph., Chairman of Pharmaceutical Sciences; Naushad Ghilzai, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Pharmaceutics; Abby Kahaleh, Ph.D., Director of Experiential Education and Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice; Dolores Kutzer, Pharm.D., Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice; and Larry Sasich, Pharm.D., Chairman of Pharmacy Practice and Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice.

Janene Rigelsky, Pharm.D., Director of Admissions and Student Services and Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice, read the roll call of pharmacy students. Donald Tuttle, Pharm.D., Dean of the LECOM School of Pharmacy, led the class of 2010 in the Pledge of Professionalism. The Rite Aid Corporation provided the funds for the pharmacy white coats.

Mark Kauffman, D.O., Clinical Associate Professor and Director of History and Physical Examination at LECOM, and a 2000 LECOM graduate, addressed the College of Medicine class of 2011. Dr. Kauffman earned a bachelor’s degree from the physician

Mark Kauffman, D.O., speaks to the College of Medicine class of 2011.

assistant program at Saint Francis College in Loretto, Pa. Before entering LECOM, he worked for six years in the department of pediatric transplantation at Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh, a training institution where he served as a physician assistant providing pre-operative evaluations, in-patient care for patients waiting for transplants and intensive care unit management. Following his graduation from LECOM, he completed a residency at Millcreek Community Hospital. He also spent four years in practice at Erie VA Medical Center.

Presenting the white coats to the osteopathic students were Dennis Agostini, D.O., Associate Dean of Clinical Education; Hershey Bell, M.D., M.S. (Med Ed), Clinical Professor of Family Medicine and Associate Dean for Faculty Development and Evaluation; Robert E. Evans, D.O., Clinical Associate Professor of Family Medicine; Jan Hendryx, D.O., Director of Osteopathic Principles and Practice; Richard Ortoski, D.O., Chair of the Department of Primary Care Education and Clinical Associate Professor of Family Medicine; and Regan Shabloski, D.O., Director of Clinical Education.

Silvia M. Ferretti, D.O., Provost, Senior Vice President and Dean of Academic Affairs, led the osteopathic medical students in the Osteopathic Oath of Commitment. The Pennsylvania Osteopathic Medical Association provided the white coats and the stethoscopes to all the osteopathic medical students, who also received Dr. Hendryx's book, "The Healers Touch."

January 10, 2008
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