Pharmacy students kick off career by receiving their first white coat at ceremony

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Seventy-five new student pharmacists from 17 states across the nation began their pharmacy career on Friday, Aug. 17, by receiving their white coats, a symbol of their professionalism and integrity.

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Dean Roger L. Davis, together with the faculty and staff of the Lipscomb University College of Pharmacy, welcomed the student pharmacists and their guests to the Class of 2016 White Coat Ceremony in Willard Collins Alumni Auditorium.

Traditionally, health care students mark the transition from general to clinical studies with a white coat ceremony, where friends and family can celebrate. Lipscomb hosted guest speaker Dr. Jonathan B. Perlin, president of clinical and physician services and chief medical officer, at Hospital Corporation of America at the ceremony and treated the newcomers and their families to lunch in Allen Arena.

Perlin provides leadership for clinical services and improving performance at HCA’s 163 hospitals and more than 600 outpatient centers and physician practices. He gave the students his perspective on professionalism.

Then all of the Class of 2016 recited the oath of a pharmacist.