Following tradition, the TTUHSC School of Pharmacy jump-started the new school year with its boot camp orientation, held the first two weeks of August to prepare incoming students for their first year of classes and to provide them with an overview of the school’s four-year doctor of pharmacy (Pharm.D.) program. The highlight of boot camp is the annual 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.
The DFW White Coat Ceremony included 48 incoming students and was held Aug. 4 at the UT Southwestern Excellence in Education Auditorium. It was the inaugural white coat event for the DFW campus, which has trained TTUHSC third- and fourth-year pharmacy students since 1999, but is for the first time offering all four years of the school’s program.
The White Coat Ceremony for Abilene’s 36-member Class of 2022 took place Aug. 5 at the historic Paramount Theatre in downtown Abilene. Amarillo’s 72 Class of 2022 members attended the Amarillo ceremony Aug. 12 at the Globe-News Center for the Performing Arts. Walgreens Boots Alliance sponsored all three ceremonies.
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.
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