JONESBORO, AR – New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine at Arkansas State University will host its annual White Coat Ceremony on Thursday, Aug. 11, to honor the NYITCOM at A-State Class of 2026. The event will be held at 5 p.m. at the Fowler Center on the A-State campus and will recognized NYITCOM at A-State’s newest class of student doctors who recently arrived in Jonesboro to begin their medical education.
“The white coat ceremony itself is intended to establish a point in time in which the student crosses over into a new role as a student doctor,” said Shane Speights, D.O., Dean of NYITCOM at A-State. “It is a very special time when we commemorate the beginning of the students’ medical school journey and celebrate our incoming class alongside their family and friends.”
After receiving their medical white coats, the Class of 2026 will take the white coat student oath. Speights as well as Nicole Wadsworth, D.O., Dean of NYITCOM, will speak at the ceremony. Masks will be required for all attendees.
For more information, please contact NYITCOM at A-State at 870-972-2656.
About NYITCOM at Arkansas State University: New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine at Arkansas State University, located on A-State’s Jonesboro campus, is dedicated to improving access to health care for the underserved and rural populations in Arkansas and the Mississippi Delta Region. Arkansas annually ranks near the bottom among states in overall population health status due to low health indicators including obesity, hypertension and diabetes. The state also ranks near the bottom of states in the number of active physicians per capita and in the number of primary care physicians. NYITCOM at A-State was established in 2016 with the mission of meeting the need for more physicians in this medically underserved area.