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QU-CPH Celebrates its 12th Annual White Coat Ceremony and CCAPP Accreditation Renewal | Qatar University

QU-CPH Celebrates its 12th Annual White Coat Ceremony and CCAPP Accreditation Renewal

CCAPP Accreditation Renewal

Qatar University College of Pharmacy (QU-CPH) held on 24 September 2018 the 12th Annual White Coat Ceremony in which 31 new pharmacy students, class of 2022, took the symbolic Oath of a Pharmacist and donned the pharmacist’s White Coat in front of an audience of more than 300 invited guests and well-wishers.

During the event, QU-CPH celebrated the renewal of its accreditation by the Canadian Council for Accreditation of Pharmacy Programs (CCAPP) for another 5 years. The College of Pharmacy at Qatar University is the first international program to be awarded full accreditation status by CCAPP (Canada) since 2009. The renewal certificate was handed to QU President Dr. Hasan Al-Derham by Executive Director for CCAPP Dr. Wayne Hindmarsh. Dr. Hindmarsh also delivered a keynote speech entitled: ‘Professionalism in Pharmacy Practice’.

The event also featured the distribution of Ebn Sina Medical Scholarship Awards to the students who achieved high GPA in addition to those with the most promising potential in their upcoming academic years. The students are: PharmD student Dima Kawas, MSc student Ola Hussein, fourth year student Aya Maklad, third year student Soumaya Koraych, and second year student Menatallah Rayan.

During the event, a special recognition was held for the four students who participated and won 10 awards in the 64th International Pharmaceutical Students’ Federation World Congress (IPSF) that was held this year in Mendoza, Argentina with participants from 60 countries around the world. The four participating students are Iqrah Qurishi, Ikram Zouch, Sara Aldali and Sara Thiab.

The event was attended by Canadian ambassador H.E. Mrs. Stefanie McCollum, Dr. Hassan Al Derham, President of QU, Vice President for Medical and Health Sciences Dr. Egon Toft, Vice President for Medical and Health Sciences and Dr. Mohammad Diab, Dean of College of Pharmacy. First year students, their families and QU-CPH faculty and staff also attended the event.

Dr. Mohammad Diab, Dean of the College of Pharmacy said, “Today we are welcoming the newest class of students and their families to the 12th annual White Coat Ceremony. The white coat symbolizes the highest ideals of pharmacy and is a reward for passage to the college. The core values of the College of Pharmacy are mainly professionalism, respect, commitment, impact, innovation and partnership. In our college we work really hard to prepare our students to provide optimal pharmaceutical care and advance health care outcomes, and to serve as a pharmacy resource for Qatar, the Middle East and the world.”

Dr. Wayne Hindmarsh said, “I would like to add my congratulations to the students within the College of Pharmacy for taking this step in their Pharmacy Career. The White Coat ceremony signifies entry into a health profession and with that the obligations of a profession. The College of Pharmacy at Qatar University has an excellent record of producing great graduates with the knowledge to provide excellent pharmaceutical health care to the citizens of Qatar. The Canadian Council for Accreditation of Pharmacy Programs is pleased to see the continued excellent growth of the College through the leadership by both the faculty and University administration. CPH is a College for which Qatar University can be proud of.”

Dr. Alla El-Awaisi, Assistant Dean for Student Affairs, commented, “The theme for the World Pharmacist Day, celebrated tomorrow, is focused on the pharmacist being the medication expert sharing their knowledge with their patients and other members of the healthcare team. Therefore, our students who are future pharmacists have an exciting road ahead of them where they will acquire the knowledge, the skills and the professional attitude to be able to provide the best quality of care to their patients by being outstanding pharmacists and an active integral member of the healthcare team.”

Ruba Sulaiman, First year professional year pharmacy student said, “The journey of a thousand miles begins with a step, and today marks the start of our journey as pharmacists, with our white coats ceremony. We are aware that is a great responsibility and we know perfectly well that we are capable of carrying it. We are proud of what we have achieved.”

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  • Dr Hassan Al Derham welcoming new students
  • New students in their white coat
  • During the oath
  • Group photo