BIDDEFORD – The University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine (UNECOM) announces the following first-year students participated recently in the College’s annual White Coat Ceremony to formally recognize the transition students make from laypersons to those assuming the responsibility of physicians. Abigail Hansen, daughter of James and Julie Hansen of Kingfield, Beth Grimaldi, daughter of Marco and Nancy Grimaldi of Jay, Michelle Mosher, daughter of Nye and Sheryl Mosher of Wilton.

The evening ceremony was held at the Holiday Inn by the Bay in Portland on Thursday, Oct. 6. The White Coat Ceremony was an idea conceived by the Arnold P. Gold Foundation to create a psychological contract for professionalism and empathy in medicine. The first White Coat Ceremony took place in 1993 at Columbia’s College of Physicians and Surgeons. Since then, more than 100 other medical schools in the U.S. and abroad have initiated a similar ceremony.

Michael Sumner Stevens of West Minot recently graduated summa cum laude, with a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering technology: from Wentworth Institute of Technology.

Jay Michael Verrill of Auburn; Nathan Maxime Brawn of Topsham, qualified for the spring semester Dean’s List, at Babson College which recognizes outstanding student scholarship.

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