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Celebrating the next generation of future healthcare providers

November 6, 2021 by  
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White Coat Ceremony marks an important career milestone

Close to 800 Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine and College of Health and Human Services students at Touro University Nevada participated in the distinguished White Coat Ceremony. During this highly anticipated event held in October, students received their “white coats” — symbolizing the next step toward their professional healthcare careers. Touro is home to Nevada’s largest medical school and only college of osteopathic medicine, in addition to the state’s largest physician assistant program. 

Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine students are the future of healthcare and will go on to practice medicine in a variety of specialties — including emergency medicine, obstetrics, pediatrics, sports medicine, and more. College of Health and Human Services students will become physician assistants, physical therapists, occupational therapists, nurses, and educators. 

The students — representing the classes of 2022, 2023, 2024 and 2025 — were welcomed by their respective deans: Dr. Wolfgang Gilliar, Dean of the College of Osteopathic Medicine; and Dr. Robert Askey, Interim Dean of the College of Health and Human Services, as well as other respected university leaders including Shelley Berkley, CEO & Senior Provost. This unique rite of passage demonstrates that these students have performed and excelled in their education and can now carry on the noble tradition of becoming a healthcare provider. 

Opened in 2004, Touro is a private, non-profit, Jewish-sponsored institution established to help address critical needs in health care and education and act as a resource for community service throughout the state. Touro is now home to nearly 1,500 students in a wide variety of degree programs including osteopathic medicine, physician assistant studies, education, nursing, occupational therapy, physical therapy and medical health sciences. The university’s Henderson campus includes a multi-specialty health center and a multi-disciplinary Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities.

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