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White coat campaign seeks sponsors for record-breaking class

With more than 435 students entering medical school in Wisconsin this year, it’s a record-breaking class. And thanks to the Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation’s White Coat Campaign, each of those students will receive a warm welcome to the profession.

Through the Foundation’s White Coat Campaign, physicians sponsor white coats and provide a personal note of welcome and encouragement for all incoming medical students. While the 2016 campaign is off to a good start, about 175 sponsors are still needed. In addition to individual physicians, county medical societies and health care groups are also asked to consider sponsoring one or more white coats.

Physicians can choose to sponsor a specific student, such as a relative, a former patient or someone from their community, and write a personalized message for that student. Otherwise, the white coat and message will be given to a student at random. Either way, the connection can be memorable and rewarding.

“The White Coat Campaign is a great way for physicians to show their support for the next generation, while reminiscing about their own time in school,” said Foundation Executive Director Eileen Wilson. “Students genuinely treasure the heartfelt notes of welcome, and their thank-you notes are equally appreciated by the sponsors.”

To participate, e-mail Lori Koffarnus, Foundation administrative assistant, or call her at 608.442.3721 and let her know how many students you would like to sponsor at $75 each. You also may donate online and type your message to the student in the space provided, which will be transferred to a notecard on your behalf.

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