“You help people with disabilities turn them into abilities,” said Earl Fogler, instructor in the Master of Science in Orthotics and Prosthetics Program, to the group of students in the program who recently commemorated their passage from didactic training to clinical training at a White Coat Ceremony.
The White Coat Ceremony is a symbol of the transition into the healthcare arena and to becoming healthcare providers. As much as it is a celebration of the completion of didactic training, it is also an important reminder of the responsibilities that come with being a healthcare provider.
“It’s a symbol of your entry into the profession and your transition from student to professional,” said Dr. Alicia Monroe, provost and senior vice president of academic and faculty affairs at Baylor.
She led students in taking an oath at the ceremony, which also included remarks by faculty members in the program as well as the MSOP class president, Tyler DeLeo.
“I’m grateful to call you my friends and proud to call you my colleagues,” said DeLeo to his fellow classmates.
Jared Howell, director of the MSOP program at Baylor, thanked the students for choosing to do their orthotics and prosthetics training at Baylor and reminded them that they had an opportunity to do well by doing good.
After completing their didactic training, students in the MSOP program enter the 18-month clinical residency and research portion of the program, where they provide full-time care to those needing their service under the direct supervision of an assigned clinical preceptor.