Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine (LMU-DCOM) will hold the White Coat Ceremony for the Physician Assistant Program Class of 2018 on Saturday, June 24, 2017, at 10 a.m. in Tex Turner Arena on the LMU main campus in Harrogate, Tennessee.
The keynote speaker will be Karen Eseta Mulitalo, MPAS, PA-C, who currently serves as the interim division chief for the University of Utah Physician Assistant Program in Salt Lake City, Utah, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in biology and a master’s degree in physician assistant studies. Mulitalo has over 20 years of experience in the field of medicine. In 2006, Mulitalo was recruited to develop Australia’s first Physician Assistant education program at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia. Mulitalo then served as a director at large for the International Association of Physician Associate Educators to assist inaugural training programs in countries or areas interested in implementing PAs in to the workforce. She has served as an active member of the committee on Leadership Development and Recruitment for the Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA) since 2009, and currently serves as the president of the Society for the Preservation of Physician Assistant History. Mulitalo is one of three faculty at the University of Utah to develop the Pacific Islander Studies Initiative for health, anthropology, history and gender studies. As a member of the Utah Pacific Islander Health Coalition she continues to advocate for better access to health care for Utah’s underserved population.
The first White Coat Ceremony was held in 1993 at Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons and is now a standard ritual in physician assistant programs as well as allopathic and osteopathic medical schools across the country. The White Coat Ceremony is an important, public demonstration of a student’s commitment to patient care and professionalism. During the Ceremony, each physician assistant student is presented and “robed” with his or her short white laboratory coat. The Ceremony is considered to be a rite of passage, in that an individual has demonstrated the qualities and abilities to provide competent care and can move on to the next phase of his or her training.
The DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine Physician Assistant program is located on the campus of Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tennessee. LMU-DCOM PA Program is an integral part of LMU’s values-based learning community, and is dedicated to preparing the next generation of physician assistants to provide health care in the often underserved region of Appalachia and beyond. For more information about LMU-DCOM, call 1.800.325.0900, ext. 7108, email dcom@LMUnet.edu, or visit us online at http://med.LMUnet.edu.