Seniors at Innovation Central’s Academy of Health Sciences & Technology celebrated a white coat ceremony on Monday, September 21 at 10:20am. Seniors with a GPA of 2.75 or higher to earn their coat. 40 students received a coat at the first ever White Coat Ceremony at the school. The idea was to emulate the same ceremony held at many medical school orientations across the country for incoming first year med students. MSU's College of Human Medicine celebrated a similar event two weeks ago during their orientation events.

The white lab coats are a donation from Spectrum Health and have the school’s logo embroidered on them. The length of the lab coat determines the experience of the doctors. A short coat is for a first year student, and as they progress through the years, the longer the lab coat gets. Teh students at Innovation Central received a full length coat to mark that it is their final year of the program and to signify their accomplishment within the Academy of Health Sciences & Technology.
At the ceremony, students heard from Dr. Kendall Hamilton, an orthopedic surgeon specializing in sports medicine. Doctor Hamilton received his undergrad degreee from Indiana University and attended their medical school as well. He worked alongside team physicians in Houston, working with athletes from the Houston Texans, Houston Rockets, Houston Astros and some D-1 universities. He is currently a surgeon with The Spectrum Health Medical Group on Lake Dr.


Cassandra Hankins and Mark Lubberts form the Spectrum Health Healthier Communities, and members of the Academy of Health Sciences & Technology Advisory Council, were also present at the event.


Next month the Juniors with a 2.5 GPA or higher will be receiving AHST scrub shirts to recognize their accomplishments.