Education For America's 'Most Trusted Health Professionals' Begins with White Coat Ceremony

Education For America's 'Most Trusted Health Professionals' Begins with White Coat Ceremony

Oct 20, 2003 6:00 PM

Students entering the Doctor of Pharmacy program at the University of Utah will begin their education officially at the College of Pharmacy's White Coat Ceremony this Friday.

Mary Anne Koda-Kimble, Pharm.D., professor and dean of the College of Pharmacy at the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF), will give the keynote address Oct. 24 at 4 p.m. in the U College of Pharmacy auditorium.

Koda-Kimble's lecture, "In Pharmacists We Trust," will explore attributes and characteristics that make pharmacists the most accessible and trusted health professional. "For 10 consecutive years America's pharmacists have topped the Gallup Poll list of businessmen and professionals, including clergy, for their 'honesty and ethical standards,'" Koda-Kimble said.

Koda-Kimble, an expert in diabetes care, is a clinical pharmacy leader and was elected a member of the National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine in 2000. Pharmacy programs at UCSF and the U of U rank first and second, respectively, in research funding from the National Institutes of Health.

This year's 45 students entering the doctorate of pharmacy program will complete their degrees in 2007. Many have earned undergraduate degrees in chemistry, microbiology, exercise physiology, and recreational therapy. Also, six members of the class are accomplished musicians and will perform at the ceremony. The event is the culmination of National Pharmacy Week.

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