First-year medical students at the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (WVSOM) will participate in a Convocation and White Coat Ceremony that officially recognizes them as student doctors on Saturday, Aug. 27.
For most, this is the first step to achieving their dream of becoming a physician, something they have worked toward for many years. Donning their white coats symbolizes their commitment to a life of health care service. The event, which takes place in front of family and friends, will begin at 9:30 a.m. on the WVSOM parade field.
Charles Davis, D.O., will serve as this year’s keynote speaker, challenging the Class of 2020 with the importance of “clear” vision.
“I will focus on the ‘20/20’ aspect as it plays into my role as an ophthalmologist,” the 1982 WVSOM graduate said. “Also, I’ve had the privilege to perform cataract surgery in a third world country during the last year. I’m anxious to share some things I’ve learned from that experience.”
He said that the overall message he wants to convey to new students is the importance of accurate vision, “when it comes to the view you have of yourself, your purpose, your passion and your profession.”
Davis is the owner/physician of Davis Eye Center with offices in Columbus, Akron and Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, and The Center for Surgery in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. He is the vice chair on WVSOM’s Board of Governors. He was recognized by his peers for inclusion in Best Doctors in America three consecutive years, as well as awarded Teacher of the Year by ophthalmology residents in 2010.