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School of Pharmacy welcomes local students

November 30, 2012
The Inter-Mountain

The West Virginia University School of Pharmacy's White Coat Ceremony marked the entrance into the study of the profession of pharmacy for two local residents.

Brandon Michael Dolly of Belington is the son of Randy and Carolyn Dolly. He is a graduate of Philip Barbour High School and earned his bachelor's degree in biomedical engineering from Brown University.

Kristen Sayre of Buckhannon is the daughter of Arthur and Patty Sayre. She is a graduate of Buckhannon-Upshur High School and earned her bachelor's degree in chemistry from West Virginia Wesleyan College.

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Brandon Michael Dolly is presented his white coat by Dr. Gina Baugh, clinical assistant professor in the West Virginia University School of Pharmacy Department of Clinical Pharmacy.

The White Coat Ceremony represents compassion and dedication to the profession. The presentation signifies that pharmacy education goes beyond learning to dispense medications. As each student dons a white coat, he or she is committing to apply an empathetic approach to healthcare by improving healthcare practices and the overall well-being of patients.

"During the course of their studies, our Class of 2016 will learn how to improve the health of the patients they will serve," Patricia Chase, Ph.D., dean of the WVU School of Pharmacy, said. "The White Coat Ceremony is symbolic because it stresses to our new students the importance that they must not only obtain the pharmaceutical knowledge, skills and attitudes in their classes in order to treat their patients, but they must also be compassionate, responsible and earn the trust of their patients in order to counsel them about their health issues."

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