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Publish Date: 10/02/02
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College of Pharmacy Welcomes Students with White Coat Ceremony

Cincinnati--Incoming students at the University of Cincinnati (UC) College of Pharmacy participated in the fourth annual White Coat Ceremony on Tuesday, September 24. The ceremony welcomed 69 new students into the College of Pharmacy.

The ceremony is the culmination of a two-day orientation program in which students acclimate themselves to the university and build relationships with fellow College of Pharmacy students and faculty. "The White Coat Ceremony is held to recognize the transition these students are making into the profession of pharmacy," explained Robert Lee, PhD, associate dean of the College of Pharmacy. "We want to instill in them a sense of esteem for their profession and their role as patient care managers."

William Fant, PharmD, assistant dean of the College of Pharmacy presided over this year's ceremony, presenting the students with white coats. In addition to receiving their white coats, the incoming students recited their new class creed. Each year, the incoming students develop a class creed during the orientation program to express the beliefs, principles and commitments of that class as it embarks upon the study of pharmacy at UC.

"This is an exciting time for the field of pharmacy. The profession is moving away from simple drug distribution, a count and pour, lick and stick procedure, toward patient care management, including providing ongoing drug therapy management, teaching patients survival skills, including making healthy food choices and creating a workable medication schedule," Dr. Lee said. "The orientation program in which the students develop a class creed and the white coat ceremony where the students recite their new creed, help our incoming class understand the importance of patient care as the focus of pharmacy."

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