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 pharmacy profession is changing from year to year, evolving to meet today’s growing demand for patient-centered care. At St. Louis College of Pharmacy, your pharmacy education will be changing right along with it.
Your classes and training will reflect the latest professional developments. And for good reason: your pharmacy practice professors are an active part of patient-care teams, helping develop pharmacy’s new role in the national health care system. Our pharmacy practice faculty members interact continually with patients, caregivers, and other health professionals, spending roughly 60 percent of their time at their hospital, clinical, or community pharmacy practice sites. You’ll learn from practicing pharmacists who regularly apply—and adapt—their knowledge and skills to serve patients in real-world situations.
So chances are that your professor’s discussion of drugs suitable for people with diabetes brings a picture of a patient, or perhaps a few patients, to his mind’s eye. And you may well have a pharmacist whom you recognize from the classroom at your side during your advanced practice pharmacy experiences. It makes a difference.
Our practicing faculty members also make a difference in the profession. By practicing pharmacy at high levels, our faculty members help raise the level of pharmacy practice in the community at large. For example, more than two dozen of our professors have earned board certification as pharmacotherapy specialists, a designation that indicates their strength in direct patient care.
STLCOP Assistant Professor P. Benjamin Erwin and Associate Professor Alicia Forinash also have been designated board-certified ambulatory care pharmacists, specialists in preventive and chronic care medications. Faculty members who have won national awards for their practice include Associate Professor Brenda Gleason, who completed the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) Academic Leadership Fellows Program for the 2011-2012 academic year and Assistant Professor Clark Kebodeaux, who was named to the inaugural class of the National Association of Chain Drug Stores Foundation’s Faculty Scholars Program.
As meaningful as they are, what matters most to us aren’t the specific awards and recognition our practicing faculty members receive. It’s what those awards signify that counts—which is our commitment to assuming a hands-on leadership role in building our profession’s future.