NSU Hosts White Coat Ceremony for First M.D. Class and 38th Entering D.O. Class

From the Office of the President

NSU Community,

NSU President Dr. Hanbury addresses joint White Coat Ceremony

Nova Southeastern University is making a major investment in health and health education for the betterment of our society.

On Saturday, July 28, 2018, NSU made history as we welcomed approximately 300 incoming medical students in the nation’s first combined White Coat Ceremony celebrating both Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.) and Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) candidates.  NSU is now one of only three universities in the U.S. with two medical colleges, and the only one to offer D.O. and M.D. programs on the same campus.  Further, NSU’s medical colleges both bear the name of our generous benefactor, Dr. Kiran C. Patel – the only person in the U.S. to have two medical schools named in his honor.

Demonstrating the national significance of this occasion, the White Coat Ceremony was highlighted by keynote addresses from medical leaders Tyler Cemet, D.O., chief of clinical education for the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine, and Darrell G. Kirch, M.D., president and CEO of the Association of American Medical Colleges.

Members of the NSU MD Charter Class recite the modern Hippocratic Oath

The White Coat Ceremony also served as the official welcome for the charter class of 53 M.D. students, who are enrolled in the new NSU Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Allopathic Medicine (NSU MD), which received preliminary accreditation from the Liaison Committee on Medical Education in October.  With this addition, NSU is now home to the only D.O. and M.D. programs in Broward County. The NSU Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine is the largest medical school in Florida. It offers one of two D.O. programs in the state and one of 34 in the U.S.  NSU MD is home to the eighth M.D. program in Florida and one of 151 in the nation.

These achievements will spark major growth and opportunity with NSU’s projected $5 billion economic impact in Florida by 2020 and help bring us one step closer to being a nationally recognized, top-tier university of teaching, research, service, and learning.


NSU MD Charter Class

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