On Tuesday, 158 members of the class of 2016 received their white coats and school pins and recited the Oath of the Pharmacist during the Temple University School of Pharmacy’s annual White Coat Ceremony. The event serves to welcome future pharmacists into the school and the pharmacy profession.
“The white coat denotes trust, and that is a key element in any health profession, especially pharmacy,” said School of Pharmacy Dean Peter H. Doukas. “People trust in what the pharmacist does and what the pharmacist provides for them.”
Alumnus Calvin Freedman, '61, delivered the keynote address, titled “The Politics of Pharmacy,” and was honored with the 2012 Distinguished Pharmacist Practitioner Award.
Student awards included the 2012 United States Public Health Service Excellence in Public Health Pharmacy Practice Award, which was presented to Leda Ramoz, '14, who founded the Medicinal Garden Alliance to promote natural product awareness and the benefits of a healthy lifestyle to the Philadelphia community. The Student Health Care Professional Award was awarded to student speaker Molly Hayes, '13.
A reception followed the ceremony, during which the School of Pharmacy Alumni Association gave each incoming student a reusable water bottle and the Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association gave out bookmarks.
The ceremony held special significance for first-year pharmacy student Danielle Tomko, who was presented with her white coat by her father, Joe Tomko, a clinical pharmacist at the Lehigh Valley Health Network.
“Dean Doukas was talking about rituals, and this was a ritual for us,” she said. “It was nice to have dad pass the torch.”
“I did not come to Temple to make my dad proud,” she added. “I came to Temple because I am proud of everything that he’s done and I want to emulate that and hopefully carry that through in my generation.”