The second annual ‘White Coat’ ceremony was recently held by the Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Lagos (UNILAG), Idi-Araba, with a massive turnout of students and academic staff.
L-R: Dr Rebecca Soremekun, lecturer, Clinical Pharmacy and Biopharmacy, University of Lagos; Pharm. Joseph Oiseoghaede, secretary, National Association of Pharmacists in Academia (NAPA); Prof. Bola Silva, head of department, Pharmaceutics and Pharmaceutical Technology; Prof. Olukemi Odukoya, dean of the faculty; Dr Bola Aina, lecturer, Clinical Pharmacy and Biopharmacy; Pharm (Mrs) Ogochukwu Amaeze, NAPA financial secretary; Pharm. Amina Oyawaluja, lecturer, department of Pharmacognosy; Pharm. (Mrs) Fatima Ikolaba, NAPA treasurer during the White Coat ceremony.
Addressing the 175 pharmacy undergraduates at the ceremony which took place at the school auditorium on 13 March, 2015,Kayode Olatunji, one of the four 300 level students with distinction brought to educate the 2014/2015 intakes on achieving excellence in pharmacy education, charged them to brace up for the challenges ahead.
Olatunji, in his keynote address,counselled the students on the need to define what they aimed to achieve the moment they gained admission to study Pharmacy.
“By now, you should have decided what you want to become the moment you graduate. Whether you hope to sell drugs, go into academia, work in hospitals and so on,” Olatunji said, adding that “studying pharmacy is very stressful; but you shouldn’t allow the stress to get to you. You must remain focused, read to understand and avoid cramming.”
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