Vermont Business Magazine Dr Sarah Scarpace Peters, PharmD, MPH, BCOP, gave the keynote address at the Vermont campus of the Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (ACPHS) white coat ceremony for incoming Doctor of Pharmacy students last week. Peters was among the 300 individuals invited by the Office of Vice President Joe Biden to participate in the Cancer Moonshot summit held earlier this year in Washington, DC. In addition to her faculty role at ACPHS, she is President of the Hematology/Oncology Pharmacy Association (HOPA), a national association that seeks to optimize the care of individuals affected by cancer.
“It’s an honor to talk with new students about how the role of pharmacist has grown exponentially in the last 20 years, and how as medication safety experts they will have a tremendous impact on preventing hospital readmissions,” Peters said. “Pharmacists are not just behind the counter, but work closely with physicians and employ strategies to help patients’ adherence to medication therapies.”
The White Coat Ceremony is held annually for first year Doctor of Pharmacy students. During the ceremony, students are presented with their white coats by members of the faculty. The ceremony concludes with the students reciting the Pledge of Professionalism.
“Presentation of the white coat is an outward sign that symbolizes their internal transformation from pharmacy student to student pharmacist,” noted Dr. Robert Hamilton, Pharm.D., MPH, Interim Dean of the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.
Pictured here are the Vermont PharmD students who have just received their white coats. Students attending ACPHS’s Vermont campus are from 20+ states across the US, and numerous countries including China, Philippines, Vietnam, Korea, Nigeria, Ghana, Canada, and Trinidad and Tobago.
Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Founded in 1881, Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences is a private, independent institution with a long tradition of academic and research excellence. Ranked #1 value-added college in the country, ACPHS is committed to educating the next generation of leaders in the health care professions and translating scientific discoveries into therapies that benefit humankind. The College opened its Colchester Campus in 2009; it remains the only Doctor of Pharmacy program in the state of Vermont. The school’s main campus is located in Albany, New York. For more information about ACPHS, visit us at www.acphs.edu or Facebook.
Source: August 30, 2016 (Colchester, VT) – Albany College of Pharmacy