BANGOR – The Husson University School of Pharmacy (HUSOP) will hold its 13e annual white coat ceremony on Sunday, October 3 at 11 a.m. at the Gracie Theater. During the ceremony, white coats worn by many health professionals and those in training, are given to first year pharmacy students. This symbolizes the beginning of the professional phase of their studies.
“The white coat ceremony dates back to 1989 and has become a tradition among pharmacy colleges / schools,” said James D. Nash, PharmD, MPH, BCPS, Dean of the College of Health and Pharmacy. “Wearing the white coat signifies for all present that the student has obtained the right to pursue a doctorate in pharmacy (PharmD) and a professional career in pharmacy.”
After receiving their white coats, Kacie Guerrette, PharmD, Assistant Professor of Pharmacy at Husson University, will guide the students by reciting “The Pharmacist’s Oath”. As part of this oath, students commit to upholding the highest standards of ethics, integrity and professionalism while providing service to the community.
Due to the pandemic, the ceremony is only open to first-year pharmacy students, faculty and staff at the Husson University School of Pharmacy, and guests with tickets. Freshmen were each given a limited number of tickets for family and friends to attend in person.
“The healthcare challenges facing Americans today have made pharmacists more important than ever as they are valued members of interprofessional healthcare teams,” said Lynne Coy-Ogan, EdD, Senior Vice President academic affairs and provost. “Pharmacists played an important role during the pandemic in communities across the United States due to their ability to administer vaccines. At the White Coat Ceremony, these students will officially join a respected and honorable career field. “
“Becoming a pharmacist requires countless hours of study, years of practical experience in a variety of clinical settings, and the ability to pass a rigorous national exam,” Nash continued. “At Husson University, we fully support students in their efforts to be successful in their careers. “
The keynote speaker at the White Coat Ceremony will be Mary Beatham, a practicing Pharmacist and Class of 2013. She will explain how the Husson University School of Pharmacy prepared her for professional success, what the ceremony of the white coat meant for her, and professionalism. She will also share some tips with students on the value of clinical placements.
Beatham is a longtime resident of Maine. She grew up in the Bangor-Brewer area and received her Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) from Husson University School of Pharmacy as part of the inaugural class of 2013.
She was the very first student admitted to the PharmD program at Husson. After graduating, Beatham worked in a community retail pharmacy where she developed a passion for rural health services and chronic care management. In 2017, she accepted the position of Director of Pharmacy at Katahdin Valley Health Center to further her professional development in ambulatory care pharmacy and to help expand access to quality pharmacy services in some of the more rural communities. and the least served in Maine. Today Beatham lives just outside Houlton where she runs a small hobby farm with her husband Christopher, two children and many animals.
The Husson University School of Pharmacy prepares students for rewarding careers in the diverse field of pharmacy through rigorous academic courses and hands-on hands-on experience. The school offers a wide range of local experiential internships, access to modern and dedicated laboratories and a strong advisor program. With one of the best student-faculty ratios in the country, students receive individualized attention from dedicated faculty from the start. Students have the option of enrolling in one of three different study programs. They include a Bachelor of Science / Doctorate in Pharmacy, Doctorate in Pharmacy (PharmD) and / or a dual Master in Business Administration (MBA) / Doctorate in Pharmacy (PharmD).
The School of Pharmacy is just one of the many schools that are part of the Husson University College of Health and Pharmacy. Others include the School of Nursing, the School of Occupational Therapy, and the School of Physiotherapy.
For more than 120 years, Husson University has shown its adaptability and strength by delivering educational programs that prepare future leaders to meet the challenges of tomorrow through innovative undergraduate and graduate degrees. With a commitment to providing affordable classroom, online and experiential learning opportunities, Husson University has become a top value in higher education. Characteristics of a Husson education include advanced knowledge delivered through quality business educational programs; health and education; pharmacy studies; sciences and humanities; as well as communication. According to a recent tuition and fee analysis by US News & World Report, Husson University is one of the most affordable private colleges in New England. For more information on educational opportunities that can lead to personal and professional success, visit Husson.edu.