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Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine Hosts 8th White Coat Ceremony

Welcoming About 200 New Physician Students

The Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine proudly announces its 8th White Coat Ceremony, marking a significant milestone for about 200 new student doctors. The ceremony will take place at 4 PM on Friday, July 14, 2023 at Centennial High School, 1950 Sonoma Ranch Blvd., Las Cruces, NM.

“The white coat ceremony marks a pivotal moment, where dreams become reality, passion takes form, and the journey towards service as a physician begins,” said the Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine’s Dean and Executive Vice President of Academic Services, Bill Pieratt, DO, FACP. “With each white coat donned, a promise is made to make a difference, to bring comfort in the face of uncertainty, and to embody the very essence of care,” added Dr. Pieratt.

This year’s theme is ‘A Future So Bright,’ befitting with the traditions of a White Coat Ceremony, symbolizing the transition from classroom learning to clinical practice. This milestone event also represents the induction into the esteemed profession of osteopathic medicine. The coat serves as a visual representation of the immense responsibility entrusted to these future physicians.

“We are honored to celebrate the Class of 2027 and we look forward to welcoming and hosting their families and friends; many of whom will be coming to our community for the first time. The annual arrival of a new class of student doctors generates positive energy within our College and further highlights our purpose and commitment to our mission,” said President of the Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine, John Hummer.

The Osteopathic Oath: 

The students will also recite their professional oath, affirming their dedication to uphold the highest ethical standards in their medical practice.

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About Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine:

Located in Las Cruces, New Mexico, the Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine was established in 2013 to improve the health of the Southwestern U.S. and its border with Northern Mexico. The four-year, private osteopathic medical school is student-centered, utilizing the latest medical education technologies and methods to ensure student success in all fields of medicine — from primary care to subspecialties like surgery, anesthesiology, and emergency medicine. The Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine is a freestanding college with clinical training locations in New Mexico, El Paso (TX), Rockledge (FL), and Tucson (AZ).

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