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Dr. Shannon Stresses Compassion and Self-Care at White Coat Ceremonies

October 03, 2018

DrShannon_KYCOM_Whitecoat_10042018AACOM President and CEO Stephen Shannon, DO, MPH, was asked to serve as a keynote speaker this year for several osteopathic medical school white coat ceremonies. At the University of Pikeville-Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine (UP-KYCOM), Dr. Shannon welcomed the class of 2022 and encouraged them to maintain their compassion for their patients and each other as they embark upon their training.

“You're going to get tired and frustrated, and you're going to doubt yourself from time to time,” Dr. Shannon said. “Remember the personal characteristics that moved you to follow this path, and the empathy you have for your patients who will rely on you.”

In addition, Dr. Shannon stressed for students to rely upon their communities for help and support throughout their studies. “Hold tightly to your family. Hold tightly to your friends, your trusted classmates and colleagues, and to your own inspirational foundations,” he told UP-KYCOM students. “Lean on them when you need support through stressful times.”

Dr. Shannon also returned to his alma mater, the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine (UNE COM), to address students at the school’s 22nd annual white coat ceremony in Portland, ME.

“It is an honor to be asked to return to the institution where I trained and spent many years of my career to speak to you about the important journey upon which you have embarked,” he said.

Dr. Shannon also highlighted the importance of innovation and maintaining their sense of empathy as they become doctors.

“To become a physician,” he continued, “there are many things you will need to know. But you should always keep in mind that there are many ways of knowing. You will come to understand that the delivery of health care for the people in our communities takes many things, including leadership, teamwork, a commitment to implementing best practices, and a focus on discovering new knowledge. But to truly make a lasting impact on the health of your patients, you must learn to know them, to communicate, respect, and treat the whole person.”

Dr. Shannon and Jane Carreiro, DO, Vice President for Health Affairs & Dean of UNE COM.


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