As part its annual boot camp orientation period, the TTUHSC School of Pharmacy welcomed its 157-member Class of 2021 into the pharmacy program with White Coat Ceremonies at the Abilene and Amarillo campuses. The ceremony for Abilene’s 41-member class took place Aug. 6 at the historic Paramount Theatre in downtown Abilene. Amarillo’s 116 Class of 2021 members attended the Amarillo ceremony Aug. 13 at the Amarillo Civic Center Grand Plaza. Walgreens Boots Alliance sponsored both ceremonies.
The School of Pharmacy’s two-week boot camp prepares incoming students for their first year of classes and provides them with an overview of the school’s four-year doctor of pharmacy program. The highlight of boot camp is the White Coat Ceremony, where the incoming students receive their traditional white pharmacy jackets, recite the Oath of a Pharmacist for the first time and sign the Pharmacist Code of Conduct.
As a universally recognized symbol of health care, the pharmacy white coat encompasses all aspects of pharmacy and the delivery of pharmaceutical care. For incoming students, receiving the white coat is a reminder of the commitment they are making to an honorable and trusted profession.
The Oath of a Pharmacist is based upon the Oath of Maimonides and was adopted by the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy in 1983. The Pharmacist Code of Conduct defines the roles and responsibilities of pharmacists and forms the basis for student conduct when they interact with patients and colleagues during their years in the TTUHSC pharmacy program and after they graduate and enter the profession.