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White Coat Campaign

White Coat Campaign
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Each year, with the help of physicians throughout the state, the Foundation is able to provide a white coat and personal message to every first-year medical student who attends school in Wisconsin. The White Coat Campaign provides a wonderful opportunity for physicians from different generations to connect and allows practicing and retired physicians to make a difference in the lives of medical students.

Individual physicians, county medical societies and health care groups are asked to sponsor one or more white coats. In addition to covering the cost of the coat, the sponsoring physician has the opportunity to write a quick note of welcome and encouragement to the student. That note is given to the student when they receive that first white coat. Students also receive a pre-addressed blank notecard and are asked to send a note of thanks to their sponsoring physician.

To see some of the inspiring messages of encouragement that your colleagues shared with the incoming class, click here.

2018 White Coat Campaign
Thank you to all who participated in the 2018 White Coat Campaign. In late spring of 2019 the Foundation will again seek physicians to sponsor white coats and provide personal messages of encouragement for all students entering medical school in Wisconsin next year. In addition to the approximately 380 students at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) in Milwaukee, the Foundation will also be seeking sponsors for 25 students enrolled at the MCW campus in Green Bay and another 25 students at the MCW Central Wisconsin campus.

To participate in the 2019 White Coat Campaign, email Lori Koffarnus or call her at 608.442.3721. Please note the number of students you would like to sponsor in your email. The requested donation is $75 for each white coat.

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