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Oath to pharmacy for students drawn up at Huddersfield

A special oath to pharmacy has been drawn up by staff at the School of Pharmacy at the University of Huddersfield and was read by 210 students working towards the MPharm degree at a ceremony on Friday 8 October 2010

By Benedict Lam

A special oath to pharmacy has been drawn up by staff at the School of Pharmacy at the University of Huddersfield and was read by 210 students working towards the MPharm degree at a ceremony on Friday 8 October 2010.

The ceremony, which will now take place annually, was inspired by the “white coat ceremony”, which is a long-standing tradition at schools of pharmacy and other health disciplines in the US. Rachel Airley, senior lecturer at Huddersfield who previously taught in the US, said these ceremonies were highly enjoyable and memorable experiences for the students.

The oath was devised to make students aspire to the highest ethical standards while pledging to keep abreast of the latest scientific developments in pharmacy and ensure that the profession stays at the frontier of medical advances. It also took into account the code of ethics for pharmacists.

 

The University of Huddersfield oath to pharmacy

I pledge my commitment to a lifetime of service to others through the profession of pharmacy. In fulfilling this vow as a pharmacy professional I will always make patients my first concern; use my professional judgement in the interests of patients and the public; show respect for others; encourage patients and the public to participate in decisions about their care; develop my professional knowledge and competence; be honest and trustworthy and take responsibility for my working practices.

In addition to these I will help maintain the place of the profession of pharmacy at the frontier of medical advance, by promoting the involvement of pharmacists in pharmaceutical research and development. I hereby make a declaration of pride as I embark upon my career in pharmacy at the University of Huddersfield and I will forever be an ambassador. I take these vows voluntarily with the full realisation of the responsibility with which I am entrusted by the university, the public and my peers.  

 

 

Citation: Tomorrow's Pharmacist URI: 11030979

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