WVSOM alumnus to speak at White Coat Ceremony

The newest medical students at the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (WVSOM) will soon take part in a ceremony that officially recognizes them as student doctors.

Students in the Class of 2019 will don their white coats and make a commitment to a life of health care service in front of family and friends during the Convocation and White Coat Ceremony. The event will take place at 9:30 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 29, on the WVSOM parade field.

Charles Davis, D.O., will act as this year's keynote speaker.

"Students should see this as a symbolic start to their professional career — the beginning of a journey," the 1982 WVSOM graduate said of the meaningfulness of a white coat.

Davis said he is humbled to be given the honor of imparting wise words to students as they begin their medical journey. He already knows a few messages he hopes will have a resounding impact on the new students.

"I want to share that the practice of medicine is a lifetime of servant hood, to practice in a humble manner and to do what's right for the patient — always," he said.

Davis is the owner/physician of Davis Eye Center with offices in Columbus, Akron and Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, and The Center for Surgery in Cuyahoga Falls. He is the vice chair on WVSOM's Board of Governors. He was recognized by his peers for inclusion in Best Doctors in America three consecutive years, as well as awarded Teacher of the Year by ophthalmology residents in 2010.

The 17th annual White Coat Ceremony is part of WVSOM's Alumni Weekend hosted by the Alumni Association. Graduates return to campus for continuing medical education and other events including a barbecue, reunion dinner and dinner sponsored by the Cancer Treatment Centers of America. Some physicians assist in the convocation by presenting white coats to students.