LECOM Pharmacy and Medical Students Receive White Coats

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Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine medical and pharmacy students marked their transition from classroom study to clinical education at the Harvest Centre in Bradenton, Fla., as students received their white coats – symbols of trust between doctor and patient, of compassion, and of the purity of a medical professional’s purpose.

During two ceremonies, 117 School of Pharmacy students and 164 College of Medicine students in the Class of 2014 pledged to uphold professionalism and competence in the presence of their families, faculty members and peers.

Laurence Namdar, PharmD, LECOM Class of 2010, addresses the School of Pharmacy Class of 2014.

The White Coat Ceremony initiates aspiring health care professionals into a commitment to the highest principles related to the practice of medicine and pharmacy. The White Coat Ceremony marks the student's entrance into the health care professions with all of the traditions,accomplishments, rights and profound responsibilities to humankind. The students are now ready to embark on the highest quality in medical education as they start work with physicians and pharmacists in clinical courses and practices where they will learn more about how they can partner with their patients on a pathway to better health for their lifetimes.

Laurence Namdar, PharmD, a 2010 graduate of the LECOM School of Pharmacy, gave the keynote address. Dr. Namdar, a community pharmacist at CVS Caremark Pharmacy in Flagler Beach, Fla., noted the key role pharmacists play in caring for patients.

“You will be working with patients who now more than ever, need your help,” said Dr. Namdar. “They will be emerging from the valleys of the lowest points of their lives to come see you, the pharmacist, cloaked in your white coat, to seek your educated and professional opinion.”

Hershey Bell, MD, MS, Dean of the LECOM School of Pharmacy, led the class of 2014 in the Pledge of Professionalism.

Trent A. Mascola, DO, a 1999 LECOM graduate, was the keynote speaker for the college of Osteopathic Medicine ceremony. Dr. Mascola, a board-certified family physician from Venice, Fla., completed a family practice residency at Meridia South Pointe Hospital in Cleveland, OH. He is clinical director of Aston Gardens Assisted Living Facility and is in private practice in Venice.

LECOM faculty member Patrick Leary, DO and wife Linda, watched their son Joseph receive his white coat during a ceremony in Bradenton, FL.

"You will bring hope to countless lives; let hard work and optimism be your guide as an osteopathic physician," said Dr. Mascola.

Dr. Mascola was introduced by Silvia Ferretti, DO, Provost, Senior Vice President and Dean of Academic Affairs.

Robert George, DO, associate dean of academic affairs, led the osteopathic medical students in the Osteopathic Oath of Commitment. Special guests for the ceremony included Karen J. Nichols, DO, president of the American Osteopathic Association, Linda F. Delo, DO, president of the Florida Osteopathic Medical Association and William Silverman, DO, a member of the AOA Board of Trustees.

The Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine and LECOM School of Pharmacy offer innovative and affordable education in osteopathic medicine and pharmacy. From campuses in Erie, Pennsylvania, Greensburg, Pennsylvania and Bradenton, Florida, LECOM provides student-centered pathways to prepare the next generation of healthcare professionals. Prepare yourself for medicine as your life’s profession.

January 24, 2011
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