White Coat Ceremony follows busy first year for OUWB Class of 2024

Revelle Gappy receives her white coat onstage from Mark Sinkoff, M.D., her PRISM team mentor.
Revelle Gappy receives her white coat onstage from Mark Sinkoff, M.D., her PRISM team mentor. (Photo by Andrew Dietderich)

COVID-19 forced the White Coat Ceremony for OUWB’s Class of 2024 to be held about 365 days late — but that hasn’t prevented the medical students from having a successful first year of medical school.

That was the overriding message of the special ceremony held Friday on the campus of Oakland University and livestreamed online.

The White Coat Ceremony traditionally is held as students begin medical school, but — like many other 2020 events — COVID-19 forced the event to be rescheduled. Attendees of Friday’s ceremony were required to wear masks, and attendance was limited to students and parents.

“Last summer, I told you to circle the date of August 13, 2021, and here we are,” said Duane Mezwa, M.D., Stephan Sharf Dean, OUWB. “I am so pleased that we are here…sharing the joy of this ceremony together and with those who mean the most to you.”

(Only partial stories are posted here with hopes to provide a brief overview and introduction to my most recent work. The full version of this story may be found on the OUWB website here.)

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