Marietta, Georgia, January 22, 2020Life University hosted its Clinic Gateway last night at the Cobb Galleria Center to celebrate chiropractic students transitioning from the classroom to beginning their clinical experience.

“This is more than just a transformation from the student to the doctor. It’s really where you start to apply that clinical knowledge in a real-world setting,” University President Dr. Rob Scott told the assembled students, their guests and LIFE faculty. “It’s a tremendously exciting time. I want to acknowledge the great accomplishments that we are here to celebrate.”

LIFE has the largest single-campus chiropractic program in the world, as well as 15 undergraduate degrees and three graduate degrees. This event was to mark the progress of students in the Doctor of Chiropractic program who have finished their eighth quarter. These students are about to start caring for patients in the Center for Health and Optimum Performance (C-HOP) clinic, which is open to the public and sees more than 60,000 patient visits per year.

Dr. Bernadette Lavender, associate Dean of Clinics for the College of Chiropractic, led the presentation of pins to 90 Doctor of Chiropractic students.

“The gateway program has been designed to recognize and acknowledge your achievement in the Doctor of Chiropractic program,” Lavender said. “At this point in your academic career, you begin caring for others in a healthcare setting. We are here to honor you in this moment as you step into a lifetime of caring for others.”

Dr. Vince Erario represented the William M. Harris Family Foundation during the evening by sharing about Dr. Harris’ legacy in Chiropractic and his impact on Life University. “Dr. Harris used to walk this campus by wearing this red hat, so you actually knew he was around. He was a member of the Board of Trustees and a huge fan of Life University.”

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