The class of 2026 from the Jerry H. Hodge School of Pharmacy at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) received their white coats at the university in a ceremony Saturday morning.
“It’s important because students become student pharmacists. By wearing the white coat, he symbolizes professionalism as well as patient care. We’ve moved from products to patients – not to say we’re not making products anymore because we’re still dispensing drugs, but we’re putting a lot more aspects of patient education, patient safety and medication safety in the program,” said Dr. Grace Kuo, Dean of the School of Pharmacy. “We want to make sure that we prepare our students well, not only academically, but also in terms of their well-being and how to deal with stress. Our commitment is very strong and we want to ensure that our students succeed.
According to the TTUHSC Jerry H. Hodge School of Pharmacy, at this annual event, freshmen recite the Pharmacist’s Oath, which is based on the Maimonides Oath and was adopted in 1983 by the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy. .
After:TTUHSC School of Medicine students receive their white coats at the ceremony
“I started down the path to medical school, but after taking the MCAT, I realized that wasn’t going to make me happy. It was more my parents’ dream than mine, so I started working in a pharmacy at Walgreens as a pharmacy technician and quickly fell in love with the profession. I also realized that being a pharmacy technician was not my full potential. It allowed me to become a pharmacist,” said Amy Cox, a first-year pharmacy student from Booker, Texas, as she received her white coat.
This ceremony is part of the school’s two-week orientation for first-year pharmacy students in pharmacy school. This orientation provides an overview of the school’s four-year Doctor of Pharmacy program.
“It’s really special that our family and friends can celebrate this with us. We had an orientation session all week, so we bonded with our classmates. Celebrating all together is really fun and exciting” , Cox explained.
There are many opportunities for pharmacists everywhere, ranging from rural communities to large pharmaceutical companies.
“I want to practice in rural areas because I’m from a very small town,” Cox said.
Lauren Cove, a Randall High School graduate and another first-year pharmacy student who received her white coat, said, “It’s something different from everything else. I wanted to break the mould. I want to go out there and educate people by helping them understand things a little better. The white coat means I’m a professional and people rely on me to be ready and able to help them, tell them what’s right and what’s wrong. I’m really proud to be here in Amarillo because it’s my hometown.”
“Being able to stay here is such a blessing. I love this place and all the hands-on learning opportunities because you can’t learn everything from just a classroom,” Cove added. “I’m excited to learn and get started.”
All of the students embarked on their journey to serve their community when the white coat was placed on them, and the oath was recited Saturday in the Harrington Auditorium of the TTUHSC- Jerry H. Hodge School of Pharmacy at 1300 S. Coulter before school and the path to their careers officially begin.