WVSOM’s Alumni of the Year to speak at White Coat Ceremony

A new group of medical students at the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (WVSOM) have begun the rigorous yet rewarding process of becoming physicians, and soon they will participate in a ceremony that recognizes them as student doctors.

This year, 199 students will receive their white coats and make a commitment to health care during the school’s annual Convocation and White Coat Ceremony. The event will take place at 9:30 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 24, at the Conference Center located in the WVSOM Student Center.

Robert Holstein, D.O., WVSOM Class of 1979, will serve as this year’s keynote speaker. He is board certified in family medicine and enjoyed a career in solo practice until 2015 when he transitioned to employment with MyHealthOnSite, a wellness medical facility that provides care to employees and dependents of the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Department and the Charlotte County Government in Port Charlotte, Fla.

Holstein is vice chairman of the WVSOM Board of Governors and has served as a board member and past president of the WVSOM Alumni Association. Most recently, Holstein received the WVSOM Distinguished Alumni of the Year award for 2019. He is a member of the American Osteopathic Association, the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians, the West Virginia Osteopathic Medical Association and the Florida Osteopathic Medical Association.

“I am humbly grateful to present the keynote address to the Class of 2023 and wish the students much success as they embark on this new and exciting journey with a career in osteopathic medicine,” he said.

The annual White Coat Ceremony takes place in conjunction with WVSOM’s Alumni Weekend, hosted by the Alumni Association. Graduates return to campus for continuing medical education and other events including a barbecue, a reunion dinner and an evening concert on the Carnegie Hall lawn in downtown Lewisburg. Some physicians assist in the ceremony by distributing white coats to students.

There will be limited seating at the White Coat Ceremony, and tickets are required for admission. Visitors without a ticket may view the event via livestream on the WVSOM website or on campus in the Roland P. Sharp Alumni Conference Center.

Date Added: 
Thursday, August 8, 2019