Student pharmacists to take oath at DKICP White Coat Ceremony

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Date: Thursday, October 3, 2013
Contact: Alyson Kakugawa-Leong, (808) 974-7642

For Immediate Release

Student pharmacists of the Class of 2017 will recite the “Oath of a Pharmacist” in front of their peers, professors, community and families at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy White Coat Ceremony, to be held on Sunday, October 13 at 3 p.m. in the UH Hilo Performing Arts Center. The event is open to the public.

The Class of 2017 is the College’s seventh class of students and the first to take the oath under the name of the late senator from Hawaiʻi, Daniel K. Inouye. The ceremony is a rite of passage into clinical practice for students entering their first year in the professional program to affirm their commitment to professionalism, respect, integrity and compassion.

In addition to remarks by UH Hilo Chancellor Don Straney and DKICP Dean John M. Pezzuto, the students will be addressed by community leaders, including Inouye's former Chief-of-Staff Pat DeLeon and Hawaiʻi County Mayor Billy Kenoi.

Students also will hear from Lucinda Maine, executive vice president and CEO, American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP), and Mike Hoskins, RPh, Mina Pharmacy, who is the 2013 Preceptor of the Year. In attendance also will be four pharmacy residents from O`ahu and Kaua`i, who will be recognized this year.

The event is sponsored by Walgreens. Bill Hose, Walgreens marketing vice president, will make a presentation.

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