White Coat Ceremony
During this prestigious occasion, students receive their pharmacy coats, signifying the beginning of the professional program and their first steps toward their careers in pharmacy.
The providing medication therapy services program permits pharmacists to obtain a “certificate of medication therapeutic plan authority” from the Missouri Board of Pharmacy that enables them to enter into a collaborative practice with a physician. The new Missouri rules went into effect on Aug. 31, 2012, and are the most dramatic and empowering amendments ever made to the Pharmacy Practice Act in the state. Future implications for the College, Missouri pharmacists, and Missouri patients are meaningful and unprecedented. Erika Michalski, director of the office of continuing professional development, coordinated the CE program. “Dr. Terry Seaton was instrumental in the design of the program and served as its moderator,” said Jack Burke, director of pharmacy practice. “His experience during the development of the original legislation and regulations was evident.” Additional pharmacy practice faculty who provided their expertise included Amie Brooks, Matthew Pitlick, Erica Pearce, Theresa Prosser, Scott Vouri, and Amy Drew.
The St. Louis College of Pharmacy Office of Continuing Professional Development fosters lifelong learning opportunities for pharmacists on a regional level. Programming is designed to develop excellence in all areas of pharmacy practice by promoting optimal patient outcomes and cultivating interprofessional approaches in relevant health science areas. As such, the Office of Continuing Professional Development provides a wide variety of programs for pharmacists in a variety of practice settings. Programs are held on campus, around the region, and online to help meet the educational needs of our stakeholders.
STLCOP’s Office of Continuing Professional Development also collaborates with other healthcare educators to develop cutting edge programming provided to offer development opportunities for joint audiences. For a list of upcoming Continuing Education programs, please visit: www.stlcop.edu/ce.