White Coat Ceremony of the School of Pharmacy
By Arjun Dutta, Dean of the School of Pharmacy, PhD, BPharm
As the School of Pharmacy prepares for its 5th white coat ceremony, it is opportune to revisit the relevance of this rite of passage for health profession students.
The white coat ceremony is a significant milestone in a healthcare student’s journey, often considered an adjuvant to matriculation. The Pharmacy White Coat Ceremony is a meaningful and symbolic event that signifies the students’ commitment to the profession and their readiness to transition into the clinical aspects of pharmacy practice. It reinforces the ethical and professional values that are integral to the role of pharmacists in providing quality patient care.
Symbolism: The white coat is a symbol of professionalism, trust, and the responsibilities that come with a healthcare career. It represents the transition from the classroom to clinical practice.
Attire: Students are typically presented with a white coat during the ceremony, which they will wear during their clinical rotations and interactions with patients.
Pledge: During the ceremony, students may recite the oath of a pharmacist or the pledge of professionalism, thus affirming their commitment to uphold the ethical and professional standards of pharmacy practice. This pledge often reflects the values and principles of the pharmacy profession.
Community Building: The ceremony can also serve to foster a sense of community among pharmacy students and connect them with the broader pharmacy profession.
Professionalism: Emphasis is placed on the importance of professionalism, communication skills, and patient-centered care, which are critical aspects of a pharmacist’s role.
Reflection: Students may reflect on their journey in pharmacy education and set goals for their future practice as pharmacists.