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White Coat Ceremony
PLEDGE OF PROFESSIONALISM
As a student of pharmacy, I believe there is a need to build and reinforce a professional identity founded on integrity, ethical behavior and honor.
This development, a vital process in my education, will help to ensure that I am true to the professional relationship I establish between myself and society as I become a member of the pharmacy community.
Integrity will be an essential part of my everyday life, and I will pursue all academic and professional endeavors with honesty and commitment to service.
To accomplish this goal of professionalism, as a student of the Raabe College of Pharmacy, I will develop, foster, support, dedicate and maintain the highest ideals and professional attributes required of the pharmaceutical caregiver.
I voluntarily make this pledge of professionalism and will strive to uphold it as I advance toward full membership in the profession.
At this solemn, yet momentous occasion, P3 students will be asked to take an oath of Professional Commitment and receive White Coats to signify their commitment to the profession and their future patients.
This year's ceremony is on November 15, 2014, at 10:30 a.m. in the Field House of the King Horn Sports Center on ONU's campus in Ada, Ohio. Parking is free and available close to the ceremony on a first come/first served basis.
This year there will be a Mentor-Mentee breakfast in the McIntosh Ballroom at 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. After breakfast, Mentors should arrive in the Sports Center no later than 9:45 a.m. to line-up and get instructions. The ceremony will last approximately one hour.
There will be a reception (with light appetizers) and Student Organization Showcase following the ceremony in the Field House
White Coat Ceremony Keynote Speaker
Dr. Ronda Lehman to be Keynote Speaker at ONU Raabe College of Pharmacy’s White Coat Ceremony
Dr. Ronda Lehman is Chief Operating Officer of St. Rita’s Professional Services. She is responsible for operations of 21 physician office practices throughout the area of Lima, Ohio and surrounding communities. In addition, she provides leadership for integration of care across the healthcare continuum. Dr. Lehman received her BS degree in Pharmacy from Ohio Northern University, her PharmD degree from Ohio State University, and her MBA degree from Tiffin University. Dr. Lehman first started at St. Rita’s as an Intern in Pharmacy while she was a student in the Raabe College of Pharmacy. Upon graduation, she started at St Rita’s as a Pharmacist, was quickly promoted to Pharmacy Operations Manager, and then Director of Pharmacy. St Rita’s recognized her management talents and promoted her to Vice President of Operations in 2010 and then to Chief Operating Officer in 2013 – the position she holds today.
Dr. Lehman has received numerous awards and honors, including being selected as one of the 20 Most Influential Men and Women of West Central Ohio in 2008 and as the recipient of the ONU William Robinson Young Alumni Award in 2012. In addition, she has been selected as a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.
Dr. Lehman continues to be professionally involved, and has given presentations at meetings of ASHP, the American Hospital Association, and the Institute for Safe Medication Practices. She also continues as an Adjunct Faculty member to the Raabe College of Pharmacy
Dr. Lehman has been extremely active in her community. She was a member of the 2012 Allen Lima Leadership Class, and as their Chairperson in 2013, helped raise $30,000 for the Lima Habitat for Humanity. She serves as a Board member for the Lima YMCA, the Rhodes State College Development Board, and the Allen County Workforce Investment Act Board. She is also a volunteer for the Northwest Ohio Literacy Council and the Our Daily Bread Soup Kitchen.
We are delighted to have Dr. Lehman as our White Coat Ceremony Keynote Speaker!
Submission no later than: October 15, 2014
Sizing and ordering of White Coat:
September 18, 2014, 4-6 PM, Room 100
Sign the Code of Professionalism:
September 18, 2014, 4-6 PM, Room 100
What time is the ceremony?
The ceremony is November 15, 2014 at 10:30 AM in the Field House. Students and mentors need to be there at 9:45 AM. Please meet in the King Horn south gym.
What time is the Mentor-Mentee Breakfast?
Breakfast is at 8:30 a.m. in McIntosh.
Who will receive an invitation?
Your parents will receive a formal invitation in the mail the first week of October. The entire family is welcome and no tickets are necessary. Students and mentors will not receive a formal invitation. Mentors will receive e-mail notifications about the ceremony and links to this website. Please check with your mentor to make sure they received the e-mail correspondence.
Who can be a mentor?
A mentor must be a pharmacist.
What if I don’t have someone that I want to ask to be my mentor?
A mentor will be assigned to you in October.
How will the ceremony proceed?
The white coats will be passed out before the ceremony. They will be given to your mentor when you line up. This will eliminate having the stage crowded with tables for the white coats and the need to pass them out during the ceremony.
You will receive your previously signed 'Code of Professionalism' off stage. It will be in a plastic folder to keep it from getting torn or wrinkled. You will read the abbreviated oath at the end of the ceremony.
Dean Martin will give the opening and closing remarks. The entire ceremony should not last too much longer than an hour.
Is there a reception after the ceremony?
There will be a reception (with light appetizers) and Student Organization Showcase following the ceremony in the Field House.
What is the dress code for Mentees?
Dress should be professional. If you wear a suit, you should leave your jacket at home since you will be putting on and wearing a white coat. Your mentor should also dress professionally, but not in a white coat.
What is the dress code for Mentors?
Mentors are expected to have professional dress but a white coat is not necessary.
Where should the guests sit?
Programs and seating will be available for your guests in the King Horn Field House during the time you are lining up in the South Gym.