White Coat Ceremony
The Oath of the Pharmacist
At this time, I vow to devote my professional life to the service of all humankind through the profession of pharmacy.
I will consider the welfare of humanity and relief of human suffering my primary concern.
I will apply my knowledge, experience, and skills to the best of my ability to assure optimal drug therapy outcomes for the patients I serve.
I will keep abreast of developments and maintain professional competency in my profession of pharmacy.
I will maintain the highest principles of moral, ethical,and legal conduct.
I will embrace and advocate change in the profession of pharmacy that improves patient care.
I take these vows voluntarily with the full realization of the responsibility with which I am entrusted by the public
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) 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.
How do I register my mentor?
Please see the link above.
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 immediately following for you and your guests. There will be light appetizers.
What is the dress code?
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.
Where should the guests sit?
Programs and seating will be available for your guests during the time before the ceremony while you are lining up.