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WVSOM's new students get white coats

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The white coat ceremony happens at the beginning of the first year for medical students at the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine.

On Saturday morning, nearly 200 students left wearing the new garb.

"It kind of marks our induction into this school and into this career path," says newly coated student Chad Brady. "It's a very special day for us."

The students are allowed to pick the person that coats them. It could be a relative or professor. Brady chose his mentor, family friend and O-school alumni, Dr. Randy Belt, D.O.

"To see him progress through high school and college, and now to have him here starting med school and getting to coat him, it's a great honor for me," Dr. Belt tells WVVA.

The keynote speaker was 1988 graduate Dr. Andrew Naymick. He gave the students life advice and professional advice.

He also explained to the aspiring doctors that while medical school is a huge cost both financially and with time dedicated, it's well worth it to change people's lives.

"How much you put into something is how much you get out," he said in his speech.

Proud school president, Dr. Michael Adelman, couldn't agree more.

"It's a long haul for these four years," he explains. "But there's great light at the end of the tunnel. And they need to master the material so that when you and I need to be treated by physicians of the future, they will be there and know what they are doing."

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