UIW’s New School of Osteopathic Medicine Emphasizes Social Accountability

July 30, 2017

On Monday, 162 first-year medical students filed into the University of the Incarnate Word School of Osteopathic Medicine with hopes of being part of its first graduating class. They received their white coats Sunday in a traditional rite-of-passage ceremony welcoming them into the medical profession that takes a holistic approach, helping people gain a deeper understanding of how lifestyle and environment impact health, rather than just treating symptoms.

“It is vitally important that you become active in our vibrant society so that you will be able to chart the course of healthcare in your future,” said Dr. Adam Ratner, vice president of the Bexar County Medical Society, welcoming new students to the “family of physicians” during the white coat ceremony Sunday. It’s up to you … [to] be ready to do whatever it takes to become the most caring, effective, and happy physicians that you can be.”

The osteopathic medical school is located in District 3 on San Antonio’s Southside, where the population has the highest risk for health complications.

Maria Ahmad embraces her Aunt Asma Ahmad, MD following the presentation of her white coat during the ceremony.

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