The School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences hosts White Coat Ceremony for first year students

By Patel Yesh Dineshbhai

The USIU-Africa School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (SPHS) in collaboration with the Pharmacy Students Association (UPSA) recently held a momentous White Coat Ceremony to warmly welcome the incoming first-year Pharmacy students. This cherished event took place at the university grounds and was graced by distinguished representatives from various pharmacy sectors.

The White Coat Ceremony is a significant rite of passage in the field of pharmacy, symbolizing the beginning of students professional journey, it emphasizes the importance of professionalism, ethics and the responsibility that comes with being a healthcare provider.

The event was attended by esteemed guests including representatives from the Director of Pharmacy Practice and Pharmacy and Poisons Board, the Pharmaceutical Society of Kenya, the Dean of SPHS, Prof. David Ombengi (USA), the Deputy Vice-Chancellor Academics- Transformational Teaching, Learning & Research, Prof. Amos Njuguna and several faculty members.

Dr. Francis Ndemo, the Dean of the School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, delivered an inspiring message underscoring the critical role of professionalism in the pharmacy field, setting the tone for the incoming students’ academic journey.
The UPSA club Patron, Dr. Ermias Terefe, extended a warm welcome to the new students, ensuring they felt embraced and part of the vibrant pharmacy community at USIU-Africa.

Prof. Amos Njuguna stressed the importance of aligning with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). He highlighted how USIU-Africa’s faculty is committed to equipping students with the knowledge and skills needed to contribute significantly to achieving these global goals and making a lasting impact in the pharmacy field.

The ceremony of donning the white coats was officiated by distinguished faculty members, including Dr. Larry Kimani, Dr. Max Muniafu, Dr. Amsalu Defergsha, and an esteemed alumnus, Dr. Gitau. Dr. Larry Kimani also led the students in taking the pledge of professionalism, emphasizing the ethical foundations of their future careers.

Prof. David Ombengi elaborated on the evaluation of pharmacy practice in the USA and how USIU-Africa can aim to learn from international best practices to position Kenya as a leader in pharmacy practice, thinking ahead of other nations by two decades. He emphasized the shift from traditional pharmacy to pharmaceutical care, highlighting the importance of patient-centered healthcare.

We extend our heartfelt congratulations to the incoming pharmacy students. As they embark on this transformative journey, we have no doubt that they will make a significant mark in the field of pharmacy and healthcare, guided by the values and principles instilled during this meaningful White Coat Ceremony. We wish them success and fulfillment in their pursuit of excellence in pharmacy.

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