Elianna Axelbaum from Sherman Oaks, Calif. recently took part in a White Coat Ceremony at St. Louis College of Pharmacy, symbolizing the first step in becoming a pharmacist. The white coat is a symbol of commitment to professionalism.
Axelbaum was one of 242 students surrounded by family, friends, and College faculty and staff during the ceremony.
"As you don your white coats tonight, I hope you will reflect on the responsibility the coat symbolizes," said Tricia Berry, Pharm.D., BCPS,'94/'95, professor and interim senior associate dean of pharmacy. "By entering covenantal relationships with patients, you will need to place their needs before your own. It will also be important to recognize the need to not only care for your patients, but to care about them, as well."
Kevin Colgan, '77, corporate director of pharmacy at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago and vice chair of the College's Board of Trustees, spoke at the ceremony. After all of the students received their coats, they recited the Pledge of Professionalism, led by third-year student Jeffrey Pasucal. The pledge, signed by all of the students, will be displayed on campus.
The class of 2017 will spend the next four years gaining knowledge and skills to prepare them to become leaders in the profession of pharmacy.
About St. Louis College of Pharmacy: Founded in 1864, St. Louis College of Pharmacy is the fourth oldest and 10th largest college of pharmacy in America. The College integrates the liberal arts and sciences with a professional curriculum and introductory and advanced practice experiences where students can develop expertise and become leaders in the profession and their communities. Beginning in 2014, the seven-year curriculum leading to a Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree will also include a Bachelor of Science degree. The College admits students directly from high school and accepts transfer students and graduates from other colleges and universities. More than 1,250 students are currently enrolled from 30 states and several countries. Additional information is available at www.stlcop.edu.