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SUBJECT: Respected pharmacist to be honoured at White Coat Ceremony

DATE: Jan. 10,2017

The tradition began as a way to recognize pharmacy trailblazers.

One year ago, newly minted Premier Dwight Ball received the first honorary white coat at the School of Pharmacy’s 10th annual White Coat Ceremony. Premier Ball will present this year’s recipient with the coat on Thursday, Jan. 12.

Dr. Lisa Bishop, interim dean, says the school has many ties with the pharmacy community and believes it’s important to celebrate those collaborative relationships.

“Whether it’s by becoming a preceptor to supervise our students during their structured practice experience placements, volunteering during admissions interviews, collaborating on research projects, volunteering on school committees or contributing towards our student awards, the pharmacy community has contributed to our students’ experience in so many ways. We wouldn’t be where we are today without these partnerships,” she said.

In recent years, the pharmacy profession has shifted from a dispensing focus to a more direct, patient care role. Pharmacists today have more opportunities to apply all their knowledge and skills as medication therapy experts. This change would not have come about without the leaders who worked to make it possible.

“Pharmacy wouldn’t be where it is today without the history-makers,” Dr. Bishop continued. “The recipients of the honorary white coat exhibit the qualities we want our students to have. We want them to strive to be leaders, mentors and forward-thinkers. We want them to be inspired by the people around them, to continue that cycle and inspire others throughout their education and when they begin their practice.”

The White Coat Ceremony officially welcomes first-year students into the pharmacy profession.

The White Coat Ceremony takes place on Thursday, Jan. 12, at 5 p.m. in the Health Science Centre’s main auditorium. Reception will follow.

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For more information, please contact Heidi Wicks, communications advisor, School of Pharmacy, at wicksh@mun.ca, 777-7302 or 749-7462 (mobile).

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