Class of 2018 student pharmacists put on their white coats

The students of the UCSF School of Pharmacy’s incoming class—whose countries of origin range from Rwanda to Iran and who hold degrees in subjects from biology to biochemistry and from psychology to accounting—put on their white coats for the first time on October 10, 2014, in an afternoon ceremony signaling their entry into the profession.

The 122 student pharmacists of the Class of 2018 were joined by family and friends, as well as by School alumni and faculty “coaters,” in a packed Cole Hall on the UCSF Parnassus campus.

Dean B. Joseph Guglielmo, PharmD, and UCSF Pharmacy Alumni Association President Robert Levin, PharmD, welcomed the audience. Alumnus and faculty member Marilyn Stebbins, PharmD, and fourth-year student pharmacist Timothy Mok presented remarks.

The newly coated student pharmacists closed the ceremony by taking, in unison, the Oath of a Pharmacist, led by Vice Dean and alumnus Sharon Youmans, PharmD, MPH.


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The White Coat Ceremony is a meaningful yearly tradition in which the School welcomes first-year student pharmacists as colleagues dedicated to patient care. During this event, pharmacy alumni present entering students with a white coat, the symbol of clinical service and care. Facing the audience together, the newly coated students take their pledge of professionalism—the Oath of a Pharmacist.

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Students applaud a keynote speaker at the White Coat Ceremony on October 10, 2014. Left to right: Kyle Brown, Christine Boulous, Jacquelyn Boudle.


Jeffrey Kim, a student in the Transitions of Care clinic, was recognized during the School of Pharmacy White Coat Ceremony as an exceptional student who wasn't afraid to innovate and think outside the box.


Class of 2018 student pharmacist Tuba Nemati is white-coated by Glenn Yokoyama, associate professor of Clinical Pharmacy.


Mercy Tang takes a crowd selfie with her fellow student pharmacists, after the White Coat Ceremony. Left to right: Jefferson Cua, Mercy Tang, Kimmy Tam.

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Class of 2018 student pharmacists celebrate after the White Coat Ceremony on Friday, October 10, 2014.


About the School: The UCSF School of Pharmacy is a premier graduate-level academic organization dedicated to improving health through precise therapeutics. It succeeds through innovative research, by educating PharmD health professional and PhD science students, and by caring for the therapeutics needs of patients while exploring innovative new models of patient care. The School was founded in 1872 as the first pharmacy school in the American West. It is an integral part of UC San Francisco, a leading university dedicated to promoting health worldwide.