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W.Va. native, Ariz. Senator will speak at WVSOM ceremony

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Kelli Ward, M.P.H., D.O., a West Virginia native, WVSOM graduate and Arizona State Senator. Kelli Ward, M.P.H., D.O., a West Virginia native, WVSOM graduate and Arizona State Senator.
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Graduates of the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine are renowned for their excellence in delivering primary care in rural areas. On Saturday, August 24th, the next class of healers will be donning their white coats and committing to a life of service during the annual Convocation and White Coat Ceremony.

Kelli Ward, M.P.H., D.O., a West Virginia native, WVSOM graduate and Arizona State Senator, will deliver the ceremony's keynote speech. 

"We did not have a White Coat Ceremony when I was attending WVSOM. The ceremony is an important milestone in the student physician's career," Ward said in a press release. "It marks the moment when they accept the responsibility to care for others. I'm very excited to be participating in this year's event."

While at WVSOM, Ward served as the national president of the Student Osteopathic Medical Association. She completed her residency in family medicine in 1999 at Garden City Osteopathic Hospital in Garden City, Mich. 

With her mother, Lorraine Byrd, D.O., Class of 1990, she opened Lakeview Family Healthcare in Lake Havasu City, Ariz. She has served as the Director of Medical Education at Kingman Regional Medical Center since 2007. 

Ward works in the emergency departments at each facility and serves the people of Arizona's 5th Legislative District as State Senator. She is the only female Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine serving in an elected office at the state level in the U.S.

The ceremony will begin at 9:30 a.m. at the parade field on campus. It is open to the public.

Visit WVSOM online at www.wvsom.edu for more information.