UA College of Pharmacy Hosts White Coat Ceremony; Pharmacy Students Mark Dedication to Patients, Duty to Profession

UA College of Pharmacy Hosts White Coat Ceremony; Pharmacy Students Mark Dedication to Patients

UA College of Pharmacy Hosts White Coat Ceremony; Pharmacy Students Mark Dedication to Patients, Duty to Profession

University of Arizona College of Pharmacy students in the Class of 2003 will participate in the College's second annual white coat ceremony, marking their transition from academic training to clinical practice.

The College of Pharmacy White Coat Ceremony will be held Thursday, April 25, 5-6:30 p.m. in University Medical Center's DuVal Auditorium, 1501 N. Campbell Avenue.

The keynote speaker will be Raymond L. Woosley, M.D., Ph.D., vice president for health sciences at the University of Arizona Health Sciences Center.

"The White Coat Ceremony represents the student's dedication and commitment to the practice of pharmacy," said Professor Ted Tong, Pharm.D., associate dean for academic and student affairs. "Students in the class of 2003 organized the event to honor the professional standards they will uphold as they begin their fourth and final year of pharmacy training at clinical sites across Arizona."

During the ceremony, pharmacy students will take a pledge of professionalism and don white coats for the first time, acknowledging their entrance into the pharmacy profession and their duty to their patients and colleagues.

Founded in 1947, the University of Arizona College of Pharmacy was the first of the health professions represented at the University. Today it is ranked among the top ten colleges of pharmacy in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. The College also ranks second in the nation in total research expenditures from the National Institutes of Health.

The College is home to four internationally recognized Centers of Excellence: The Arizona Poison and Drug Information Center, The Center for Toxicology (including the Southwest Environmental Health Sciences Center and the Superfund Basic Research Program), The Center for Health Outcomes and PharmacoEconomic Research (including the Division of Pharmaceutical Policy and the Division of HIV Policy and Outcomes Research) and the Arizona Center for Phytomedicine Research, dedicated to the study of dietary supplements.

Editors Note: Media are welcome to attend this event, which is for family and friends of the College of Pharmacy Class of 2003. Participants will be available for interviews following the ceremony. To arrange an interview, contact David Von Behren, (520) 626-3389 or pager 694-4480, #1138.