HSOP Welcomes Class of 2023

Groupof students take the oath of a pharmacist The Class of 2023 takes the Oath of a Pharmacist.

August 21, 2019

AUBURN, Alabama – The Harrison School of Pharmacy’s Class of 2023 joined the Auburn Family on Friday, Aug. 16 as friends and family joined the incoming student pharmacists at the 2019 White Coat Ceremony at The Hotel at Auburn University & Dixon Conference Center.

The White Coat Ceremony, one of the most anticipated milestones in a pharmacist’s path, signified the end of orientation week and the beginning of the four-year journey of pharmacy school. The presentation of their own white coats, used to recognize health care professionals throughout the world, represents the next crucial stage of their education in which they will actively engage with patients and other professionals.

The Harrison School of Pharmacy is thankful to McKesson, a leading healthcare company for wholesale medical supplies & equipment, pharmaceutical distribution, and healthcare technology solutions, for its support of the White Coat Ceremony. Additionally, the School would like to thank individual coat sponsors for showing their support of pharmacy’s next generation.

At the Harrison School of Pharmacy, faculty members view student pharmacists as junior colleagues in the profession of pharmacy. Thus, the presentation of the white coat symbolizes their formal induction into the profession of pharmacy.  While the students are still trainees, the event symbolizes their entry into the profession of pharmacy.

“The White Coat Ceremony is especially meaningful. It is a symbolic event in which members of the Class of 2023 are inducted into our profession as student pharmacists and junior colleagues,” said Dr. Richard Hansen, dean of the Harrison School of Pharmacy. “Today, they begin a journey that will culminate in their becoming health care professionals, full-fledged pharmacy colleagues and caregivers to their patients.”

The students arrived on Monday, Aug. 12 for registration and spent the week in orientation. Each day of orientation carried with it a central theme, such as teamwork, communication, advocacy, self-assessment, and mentoring. Students learned how each of these themes applied to their role as a pharmacist and their relationship with their patients. The week culminated Friday evening with the annual White Coat Ceremony.

Students were coated by faculty of the Harrison School of Pharmacy along with individual coating sponsors. The Oath of a Pharmacist was administered to the class by Aaron Bissell, president of the HSOP student council and a member of the Class of 2021.

The Class of 2023 is made up of 148 students with 124 on the Auburn campus and 24 on the Mobile campus. The group brings a diverse background to HSOP as the class is made up of students from 10 different states, including Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, New York and North Carolina. Members of the class also come to Auburn from 24 different colleges and universities.


About the Harrison School of Pharmacy

Auburn University’s Harrison School of Pharmacy is ranked among the top 20 percent of all pharmacy schools in the United States, according to U.S. News & World Report. Fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), the School offers doctoral degrees in pharmacy (Pharm.D.) and pharmaceutical sciences (Ph.D.) while also offering a master’s in pharmaceutical sciences. The School’s commitment to world-class scholarship and interdisciplinary research speaks to Auburn’s overarching Carnegie R1 designation that places Auburn among the top 100 doctoral research universities in the nation. For more information about the School, please call 334.844.8348 or visit http://pharmacy.auburn.edu.

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Last Updated: August 21, 2019