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Foundation’s White Coat Campaign is underway

It’s White Coat Campaign time! With a $75 donation to the Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation, physicians may provide a white coat and message of encouragement to a first-year medical student attending school in Wisconsin.

Through the Foundation’s White Coat Campaign, all first-year medical students in Wisconsin receive their first white coat and a note from the physician who sponsored it. In return, they are asked to send a message of thanks to their sponsor. It’s a gesture that is very much appreciated by the students.

“Thank you very much…As a first generation college student, my parents and I appreciate your generosity and value all acts of support throughout my journey,” wrote a student from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health (UWSMPH) Class of 2021.

The campaign offers a unique opportunity for physicians from different generations to connect and allows practicing and retired physicians to make a difference in the lives of medical students.

“Thank you so much for sharing your story with me,” wrote another student from the UWSMPH class of 2021. “My grandmother was a pathologist and my mother a PA, so I too am surrounded by family in the medical field. I am grateful for the mentorship and sponsorship I am already receiving from physicians like you.”

White coat ceremonies for the UWSMPH and the Medical College of Wisconsin campuses are in July and August and sponsors are needed for more than 430 students. If they wish, physicians who participate may request to sponsor a specific student or a student attending a specific school.

To learn more about the campaign or to make a donation online, click here or email campaign coordinator Lori Koffarnus. If you have been involved in recent years, watch your mail for an invitation to participate again this year.

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