Dr. Due Welcomes Inaugural Class for University of Kentucky College of Medicine’s Northern Kentucky Campus
Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Thomas Due, M.D., a hand and wrist specialist at OrthoCincy, helped welcome The University of Kentucky's inaugural College of Medicine class at the new Northern Kentucky Campus in Highland Heights.  Dr. Due is an alumnus of the medical school’s Lexington program and currently serves as an adjunct assistant professor.  Because of his teaching role and dedication to the program, Dr. Due was among those selected to participate in the inaugural White Coat Ceremony.  The presenting physicians spanned specialties, among them orthopedics, cardiology, pediatrics, and neurology.

The cohort of medical students gathered at Greaves Concert Hall for the event that marks the beginning of their medical training.  These 35 students will be the first to pursue education at UK’s new Northern Kentucky Campus this fall.  The new program is a collaboration between The University of Kentucky, Northern Kentucky University, and St. Elizabeth Healthcare.

During the ceremony, each student received their first white coat, symbolizing the compassion and humanism in practicing medicine.  Faculty and alumni presented the coats after which the students recited the Pledge of Professionalism.  This event marks the dedication and commitment of students to complete their education and training.

Given his teaching role, Dr. Due felt honored be among the alumni and faculty selected to bestow white coats on the incoming class.  “I am looking forward to being a small part of the learning and teaching environment for these outstanding students," he stated.  “Many doctors practice medicine in the area where they received their education and training.  This partnership could help us attract, develop, and retain outstanding medical talent to meet the growing healthcare demands of Northern Kentucky and Greater Cincinnati.”

The ceremony is a small way to recognize the initial class of students, but the true significance of this first cohort is much broader.  These 35 pioneers are only the beginning of what Dr. Due and many others expect to have a major impact on healthcare in our region.