Students to begin journey to medicine in Marshall White Coat Ceremony Friday

Special to HNN Provided by Marshall University
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Aspiring doctors, who are members of the entering class of Marshall University’s Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine, will participate Friday, Aug. 8, in the school’s annual White Coat CeremonyThe ceremony begins at 7 p.m. at the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center on the Huntington campus.


Marshall’s first such ceremony was in August 1996.  It is considered a rite of passage for first-year students and is designed to instill the values of professionalism, humanism and compassionate care.


Among this year’s class of students is a 19-year-old with an undergraduate degree in biology, a 42-year-old former software developer, a student who grew up in Dubai and two students who are entering the M.D./Ph.D. combined educational track.


Some interesting statistics about the Class of 2018 include the following:


·         77 percent of the class are West Virginia residents

·         42 percent are female

·         78 percent were science majors

·         Average age is 24.2 years

·         20 percent are first-generation college graduates


WHO:   79 members of the Class of 2018


WHAT:  White Coat Ceremony, where incoming students receive their white coats, stethoscopes and medical instruments.    Dr. Joseph B. Touma of River Cities Ear, Nose and Throat Specialists and former chair of the Marshall University Board of Governors, and his wife, Dr. Omayma T. Touma, have generously donated funds to provide each student with a stethoscope and will be presenting the gifts.  School of Medicine alumni and friends are giving students their first white coats and medical instruments.


WHEN:  7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 8.


WHERE:  Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center    


The event is invitation only, but is being streamed live at


Media are welcome to cover the event.

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