Des Moines University & University of Iowa Medical Students Receive White Coats

Iowa Medical Society was honored to participate in a variety of recent activities welcoming hundreds of new medical students to our membership. Events were held in both Iowa City and Des Moines.

On Thursday, August 15, IMS hosted a Student and Resident Social at the Clinton Street Social Club in Iowa City. It was a fantastic evening of networking with a breadth of attendees from students, residents and practicing physicians. IMS was delighted to see so many faces at this event and it truly proved a great opportunity for students to engage with IMS, while taking a moment to unwind as they head into a new school year.


The University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine held its 25th Annual White Coat Ceremony on Friday, August 16, 2019 at the Hancher Auditorium on campus. One hundred and fifty two students participated in the ceremony. They keynote speaker was Kimberly Leslie, MD, Professor, Departmental Executive Officer, and the Jennifer R. Niebyl Endowed Chair in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Leslie’s message, “The Iowa Line”, was an inspiring message of great key physician leaders who have paved the way in medicine. It was an impactful message as the students were pledging their commitment to continuing their education and to joining this prestige profession. Following the keynote students were bestowed their white coat. The Iowa Medical Society President, Marygrace Elson, MD, MME, FACOG served as part of the ceremony, donning each student with an IMS pin welcoming them to our membership.


The following week, on Thursday, August 22, IMS hosted a Student/Resident Social in Des Moines at the IMS Headquarters. Despite having an exam the next day, it was a fun-filled evening welcoming many students from Des Moines University and students on rotation from the University of Iowa. Again, it was a great opportunity with students to interact with IMS leadership.


The Des Moines University White Coat Ceremony was held on Friday, August 23 at the Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center in Des Moines. Students from the College of Health Sciences, College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery and College of Osteopathic Medicine were honored. In total, more than 400 students participated in the ceremony. The College of Osteopathic Medicine was pleased to bestow the white coat to 218 students. Again, Marygrace Elson, MD, MME, FACOG was in attendance to personally congratulate each student and welcome them to the Iowa Medical Society.


On behalf of the Iowa Medical Society, we offer a congratulations to all of the new M1 and OSM1 students on their white coats. We also welcome them as new members of the Iowa Medical Society.

Check out our Facebook albums with photos from both ceremonies and socials:
Des Moines University
University of Iowa

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