White Coat Ceremony celebrates Doctor of Pharmacy students’ Entry into Practice

Birzeit University Faculty of Pharmacy, Nursing and Allied Health Professions held  its Annual “White Coat Ceremony”  for Doctor of Pharmacy students on June10, 2016. A white coat is presented to third-year students as a symbol of the beginning of their practical training.Students gathered in the presence of the university President Abdel Latif Abu Hijleh, Pharmacy, The Faculty  Nursing and Health Professions Dean  Mounir Qazzaz , families and a number medical institutions guest.After being "coated," students recited a Code of Honor acknowledging their acceptance of the obligations of the medical profession.Abu Hijleh talked about the importance of this specialization, which  contributes to applied research in pharmacy, where  pharmacists will have the expertise to elevate the level of medical care in Palestine, and reduce the costs of the medical and pharmaceutical industry.Abu Hijleh assured that this ceremony is the inception of a new academic and practical journey. “ By reciting the oath, students are making a commitment to henceforth maintain a professional attitude and to demonstrate compassion, respect and altruism with their future patients and the community.”Director of Doctor of Pharmacy Program Lina Adwan spoke about what it means to be a professional doctor pharmacist and how students can get the best out of their education in their training programs.