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QU-CPH celebrates 14th Annual White Coat Ceremony virtually | Qatar University

QU-CPH celebrates 14th Annual White Coat Ceremony virtually

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Qatar University’s (QU) College of Pharmacy (CPH) Professional Year 1 students marked a significant milestone in their education and training through the 14th Annual White Coat Ceremony today, where 35 students recited the ‘Oath of a Pharmacist,’ and received their white coats in a virtual ceremony blended between prerecorded videos and live presentations.
The students promised to uphold the values of integrity, ethical behavior and practice of the pharmacy profession. The ceremony was conducted virtually with a live stream available on YouTube.
The event started with opening speech from QU-CPH Assistant Dean for Student Affairs Dr. Alla El-Awaisi followed by welcoming remarks from the Chairman of Aamal Company Q.P.S.C HE Sheikh Faisal bin Qassim Al-Thani, Canadian Ambassador to Qatar HE Ms. Stefanie McCollum, QU President Dr. Hassan Rashid Al-Derham, QU Vice President for Medical and Health Sciences Dr. Egon Toft, and QU-CPH Dean Dr. Mohammad Diab. Dr Mohammad Diab also presented on the college’s achievements over the previous academic year.
H.E Sheikh Faisal bin Qassim Al-Thani spoke at the event where he welcomed the CPH Year 1 students and applauded distinctive students on their achievements. He also stressed on the importance of this profession and how recently all healthcare professionals joined their efforts and were frontlines in the fight against the current pandemic COVID-19 supported by the tremendous efforts of Hamad Medical Corporation to control the spread of COVID 19 in Qatar under the wise direction of Qatar’s Government.
Dr. Hassan Al-Derham addressed the students at the event saying, “It is a great privilege to be able to witness the 14th Annual white coat ceremony, which is a significant rite of passage for our students and symbolizes what they have accomplished and what they will accomplish in their bright futures ahead. There is no better time to show our respect to students who enter health fields than now -during a global pandemic- which has highlighted the need for qualified professionals in health care. This pandemic has illustrated to us the urgent need to reshape our priorities in the medical fields. Our students are in a precarious but exciting position to pave the way for transforming research, collaborations and innovations to meet the needs of an evolving world.”
“Today we recognize these students as they enter a rigorous but honorable program in which they will bear the responsibility of helping and caring for others. They join a community of health care professionals dedicated to the cause of serving the public and advancing medical knowledge. Finally, QU is committed to provide our society with a high level of graduates that can impact their communities in critical times,” he added
Dr. Egon Toft said, “An important milestone has been reached for the incoming batch of pharmacy students. Graduates at the College of Pharmacy have an international reputation of being advocates and game changers in the profession of pharmacy”. He advised the student to: ‘Stay dedicated and focused to do the best that you can in your studies and you will reach far in the College.”
QU-CPH Dean Mohammad Diab addressed the incoming students, “The White Coat is a ritual of passage at the College of Pharmacy, welcoming new student pharmacists into our professional program, and helps prepare them for the responsibilities and privileges that await them. The Oath we recite together with the students marks their first responsibility as Pharmacists, committed to improving patient care. Our vision is to graduate students who are able to advance healthcare in Qatar and the world through excellence and innovation in pharmacy education, research and service. Due to COVID-19, we were not able to prepare an actual event yet were very keen on continuing this tradition. Thanks a lot to all those who worked and collaborated towards a successful event.”
Dr. Peter Jewesson delivered the keynote speech in which he discussed the importance of the White Coat Ceremony which recognizes the transition of young students to healthcare professionals in training, the achievements of the College in recent years and the importance of pharmacists in tackling the Coronavirus pandemic. Dr Peter commented: “What a great honor it was to participate in this year's annual White Coat Ceremony. This event is a great tradition to mark the beginning of the student's journey towards becoming a highly valued health care professional. Hosting this event for 14 consecutive years, despite obstacles such as the current pandemic, is a testament to the College's commitment to providing a high quality experience for its gifted students. My congratulations to the Class of 2024, to their families and to the College for making this journey of discovery and personal growth possible. A proud day for the University and a proud day for the country.”
Dr. Alla El-Awaisi said, “The Annual White Coat Ceremony is considered a milestone for first-year students as it marks their official joining to the program and a start of their journey in the college. Wearing white lab coats and reciting the ‘Oath of a Pharmacist’ shows pharmacy students’ commitment to integrity, honesty, professionalism and service to others. I am certain that with their journey with us, they will be outstanding students and pioneer graduates in the field of pharmacy.”
First-year pharmacy student Ms. Reenad Khalid Alyafei said, “With the support and assistance of our family and the College, we are here today to document our first exciting step in the College of Pharmacy. We recognize the role played by the College of Pharmacy graduates so far, especially in tackling the COVID-19 pandemic, reminding us of our human duty and our first goal is human life. Qatar deserves the best of its people and each of us here is of great importance in building a promising future for our homeland and making Qatar among the most advanced nations.”

During the ceremony, The Annual Ebn Sina Awards to the highest achieving students was announced for each professional undergraduate and postgraduate year: CPH PharmD student Sara Aldali, MSc pharmacy student Sourour Idoudi, Professional year 4 Menatallah Rayan, Professional year 3 student Ruba Sulaiman and Professional year 2 Emelith Cerbito. The ceremony concluded with a video from the Class of 2024 sharing their joy of being admitted to the College of Pharmacy and what it means to be joining the pharmacy profession.

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