Aug 2, 2014

KCUMB Welcomes the Class of 2018 with Community Service, Traditional White Coating

KCUMB welcomed 275 incoming first-year osteopathic medical students the week of July 28-Aug. 2 with a variety of orientation activities designed to both acclimate them to the curriculum and inform them of important policies and procedures for a successful University experience.

Among the highlights:
  • We Care Community Service Day: On Thursday, July 31, our students partnered with 15 area organizations to provide needed services, such as gardening, cleaning, painting, cooking and preparing school supplies. For more than 18 years, the annual We Care Community Service Day has been a great introduction to our mission of “improving the well-being of the communities we serve.” View our photo gallery.
  • School Picnic: After a productive day serving others, new students and their families gathered for a picnic at Kauffman Stadium, home of the Kansas City Royals. Faculty, staff and their families also enjoyed the picnic, which both welcomes students and thanks employees for their commitment to student success. After enjoying barbecue under a tent, we moved inside to watch the Royals earn a hard-fought win over the Minnesota Twins. View our photo gallery.
  • White Coating Ceremony: Our 275 incoming osteopathic medical students donned the traditional white coats of physicians for the first time Aug. 2 during the annual White Coating Ceremony at The Music Hall in Kansas City, Mo. Members of the Class of 2018 also recited the Osteopathic Oath. The touching ceremony, which emphasizes the importance of both scientific excellence and compassionate care for patients, featured a keynote address by Eugene Oliveri, D.O. (COM ’64), a member of our Board of Trustees, during which he talked about the many responsibilities inherent with wearing a physician's white coat. Other speakers included: Marshall Walker, D.O. (COM ’72), chair of KCUMB's Board of Trustees; Marc B. Hahn, D.O., president and chief executive officer; Bruce Dubin, D.O., J.D., executive vice president for academic affairs, provost and dean of the College of Osteopathic Medicine; Janis Strickland-Coffin, D.O. (COM ’98), president of the Alumni Association; and Justin Penny, president of the Student Senate and a second-year osteopathic medical student. View our photo gallery.