Medical Class of 2015 Receives their White Coats

Medical students from the class of 2015 marked the transition from classroom study to clinical education on Saturday February 11, 2012 as LECOM held is 19th annual white coat ceremony at the Warner Theater.

More than 250 medical students received their white coats.

The white coat ceremony is a LECOM tradition inspiring these future health care professionals to commit to the highest principles related to the practice of osteopathic medicine. Their education takes them on a new pathway where they will interact with physicians and pharmacists in clinics, hospitals and pharmacies throughout the country. This is a time when students begin their pursuit of providing quality healthcare for the lifetime of their patients.

Dr. Agrawal spoke of his time while at LECOM and left the students with some 'words of wisdom' to live by during the remainder of their medical education.

Special guest speaker was LECOM alumni Rohit K. Agrawal, D.O. Dr. Agrawal of Pittsburgh, PA is an alumnus of the LECOM class of 1998. He is currently the medical director of clinical client relations for Highmark Inc. in Pittsburgh, PA and is the chairman for probable cause for the State Board of Osteopathic Medicine Bureau of Professional & Occupational Affairs Pennsylvania Department of State.

Dr. Agrawal talked about what the students can expect in moving forward during their medical training and the lessons he learned while attending LECOM. He encouraged the students to "be proud of yourselves and proud of your school and your rich osteopathic heritage". His words of wisdom focused on maintaining a close relationship with family and spending quality time with them.

Presenting the white coats for the College of Medicine were: Carmine D’Amico, D.O., Clinical Associate Professor of Internal Medicine and Cardiology, Robert E. Evans, D.O., Clinical Associate Professor of Family Medicine/OPP, Jan Hendryx, D.O., Clinical Professor of Family Medicine/OPP, Mark K. Kauffman, D.O., M.S. Med.Ed., Assistant Dean of Graduate Studies and Director of the Accelerated Physician Assistant Pathway, Richard A. Ortoski, D.O., Clinical Director of the Primary Care Scholars Pathway & Chair of the Primary Care Education and Regan Shabloski, D.O., Assistant Dean of Clinical Education.

Click here for more photos from the class of 2015 white coat ceremony.


The Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine and LECOM School of Pharmacy offer innovative and affordable education in osteopathic medicine, dentistry and pharmacy. From campuses in Erie, Pennsylvania, Greensburg, Pennsylvania and Bradenton, Florida, LECOM provides student-centered pathways to prepare the next generation of healthcare professionals. Prepare yourself for medicine as your life’s profession.
February 14, 2012
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