Professional Class of 2025 Participates in White Coat Ceremony
Published on 09 September 2021
University of Health Sciences and Pharmacy in St. Louis welcomed 90 student pharmacists into the Doctor of Pharmacy program during the annual St. Louis College of Pharmacy White Coat Ceremony on Friday, Aug. 27.
Giovanni Pauletti, M.Pharm., Ph.D., interim dean of St. Louis College of Pharmacy, opened the ceremony by recognizing the professional class of 2025’s formal entrance into the Doctor of Pharmacy program.
Keynote speaker, Kendra Holmes, B.S. ’99, Pharm.D. ’00, CHCEM, senior vice president and chief operating officer for Affinia Healthcare and secretary of the UHSP Board of Trustees, offered congratulatory remarks to the class and highlighted the important role that pharmacists have taken on throughout the pandemic.
“As frontline health care workers we have continued to provide direct patient care while utilizing our knowledge and skills to respond to the pandemic,” Holmes said. “We have performed countless numbers of tests and administered over 108 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines nationwide. 44% of the doses administered have gone to a person from a racial or ethnic minority. We are doing our part to eliminate health disparities, and I have never been more proud to be a pharmacist.”
The ceremony continued as Gavin McRaven, professional class of 2025 president, led the class in reciting the Pledge of Professionalism.
Each student pharmacist was then invited to the stage while Besu Teshome, Pharm.D., associate professor of pharmacy practice and 2021 Joe E. Haberle Outstanding Educator Awardee; Kalyan Venkata, Ph.D., assistant professor of medicinal chemistry and 2021 Faculty Excellence Awardee; Alicia Forinash, B.S. ’00, Pharm.D. ’01, professor of pharmacy practice and 2021 Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience Faculty Preceptor of the Year Awardee; and Shane Austin, Pharm.D. ’14, adjunct assistant professor of pharmacy practice and clinical pharmacy specialist for Missouri Baptist Medical Center and Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience Adjunct Preceptor of the Year Awardee, ceremoniously helped students put on their white coats.
At the conclusion of the ceremony, student pharmacists discovered special notes of advice and encouragement in their white coat pockets. The notes were left by alumni, faculty, and friends of the University who chose to sponsor the cost of the coat.
Congratulations to the following student pharmacists!
|Amany Abdallah||Maha Abdulrazzak|
|Angeline Aby||Angel Aguirre|
|Eric Aihie||Elizabeth Allanach|
|Blake Allison||Fadeh Almsoudi|
|Dalia Alshawi||Feda Azab|
|James Bamberger||Nikhat Banu|
|Skyler Barker||Alisa Begovic|
|Mylene Bernante||Grace Beyer|
|Alyssa Bowers||Caitlin Brewster|
|Madelyn Brouwer||August Camarato|
|Mick Cavender||Sydney Cheek|
|Courtney Croghan||Erin Davis|
|Ashley Desmond||Darius Dorsey|
|Daisy Eaton||Elyse Engebretson|
|Elijah Fisher||Abbie Foote|
|Michon Forrest||Ajla Gogic|
|Armen Grigorian||Taylor Hale|
|Tyler Hedrick||Lindsey Holhubner|
|Jasmine Hunt||Alec Johnson|
|Holly Johnston||Jessica Kennedy|
|Nealee Kesler||Sean Kim|
|Jake Krekel||Dylan Lipski|
|William Lynch||Ashley McKechan|
|Alyssa McPike||Philip McRaven|
|Owen Mentzer||Levi Mills|
|Megan Moore||Madison Moylan|
|Spencer Mroz||Jennifer Nahm|
|Bajrama Nanic||Damien Nguyen|
|Jason Nguyen||Faith Oliver|
|Itzanami Osorio||Mackenzie Phillips|
|Shawn Plankey||Emily Puleo|
|Melis Ramic||Ricquel Richardson|
|Isabella Roberts||Emily Row|
|Cindy Ruzi||Sierra Sagucio|
|Caitlin Sanford||Makenzie Schierding|
|Jade Scott||Chase Selby|
|Tima Selimovic||Mikayla Sherrill|
|Simran Singh||Torin Smith|
|Brooke Sommer||Tanae Taylor|
|Clarice Tennessen||Blake Travis|
|Chelsea Turner||Ezechiel Tuyambaze|
|Daniella Underwood||Elena Vasquez|
|Amber Waters||Ashley Weir|
|Bre’Anna Wilson||Harry Woodard|
|Reginald Wright||Hyun Jae Yoo|
Watch the 2021 White Coat Ceremony