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New pharmacy students donning the White Coat after taking their oath at Qatar University’s College of Pharmacy.
Doha: Qatar University’s College of Pharmacy (CPH) held its 6th annual White Coat inauguration ceremony recently. The symbolic event included the taking of the Oath of a Pharmacist by 24 new pharmacy students and donning the pharmacist’s White Coat in an inspirational ceremony attended by more than 260 people.
Assistant Dean for the College Banan Mukhalalati welcomed the attendees who included QU Acting Vice President and Chief Academic Officer Dr Mazen Hasna; Primary Health Care Pharmacy Director Dr Mahmoud Al Mahmoud; Hamad Medical Corporation Pharmacy Consultant Dr Michael Fahey, Clinical Pharmacy Specialist at the National Centre for Cancer Care and Research (NCCCR) Dr Shireen ElAzzazy, representatives from HMC, Primary Health Care, Ebn Sina Medical, Well Care Group, College of the North Atlantic Qatar, CPH students and their families, CPH faculty, alumni, staff, and well-wishers.
Acting Dean Khalifa explained how the college is continuing its dynamic plan to meet the healthcare needs in Qatar, in line with the National Vision 2030.
He said: “We offer multi-career paths for our students so they can influence the future in community pharmacy, primary health care clinics, hospitals, academia and research. Our partners in these professions participate with us to celebrate the future leaders of Qatar as they embark on their educational and clinical training.”
He added that the programme for pharmacy development has been enriched by the 560 weeks of on-site training provided by its healthcare partners. This ensures that QU students are well-positioned to make a difference from the first day of their careers.
CPH Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies, Dr Mohamed Izham Mohamed Ibrahim, said: “We continue to see very capable students applying to the College of Pharmacy. This is another exciting year for the College as we are not only cloaking our sixth incoming class but we also have two BSc (Pharm) and our first Doctor of Pharmacy graduates now working to deliver advanced healthcare in Qatar.”
He continued to explain how this year the Masters programme in pharmacy (MSc (Pharm)), which is the first masters program in health sciences in the country, is expected to graduate its first class to further meet Qatar’s health science research needs.
First-year Qatari pharmacy student Shorouk Abdelkader said: “I am very pleased to be part of the pharmacy profession. Upon wearing the white coat I am now a member of the healthcare team and I promise to do my best for society. I take my vows I recited seriously. I am grateful to my family for their continuous encouragement and they are very proud of my accomplishments.”