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White Coat Ceremony Held for RUSM Class of 2018

May 16, 2014

Dr. Cheau Williams and his wife Dr. Betty Koukis

Dr. Cheau Williams and his wife Dr. Betty Koukis

“You future doctors are going to make a difference in this world,” Ross University School of Medicine (RUSM) senior associate dean, Wm. Lynn Weaver, MD, told the Class of 2018 at the White Coat Ceremony on May 16. “Welcome to the first doorway you step through on your way to achieving your goal of becoming a physician.”

Dr. Paula Wales, senior associate dean for students, welcomed the group, and stated, “We celebrate your diversity.” She highlighted some interesting demographics of the group. About 57% are male and 43% female; the average age is 26, with the range from 19-59. They were born in 39 countries, with the US in the top spot with the largest number of natives, and India coming in second. Of the American students, more come from California than from any other state, and the second-largest number come from Florida, Wales said.

The event was attended by the President of Dominica His Excellency, Mr. Charles Savarin and Mrs. Savarin. Representing the prime minister of the country was the Honorable Ian Douglas, minister for tourism, and a Member of Parliament for Portsmouth, where the campus is located. “Ross University School of Medicine and Dominica share a special and unique relationship,” Douglas said. “They have forged a great partnership that continues to be very fruitful.” 

The keynote speaker was Cheau Williams, MD, MSN, a graduate of the RUSM class of 2006, as was his wife, Betty Koukis, who accompanied him. The couple met while they were medical students. They have two children. Dr. Williams is the director of urogynecology and female pelvic reconstructive surgery at Colquitt Regional Medical Center in Moultrie, GA. “I was sitting right there 11 years ago,” Dr. Williams said, pointing at his audience of students. His inspirational message to them included what he called” the three Ps – prepare, perseverance, passion.”

Alexandra Mitchell, president of the Student Government Association Honor Council led the new physicians-in-training in the Honor Pledge.

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