Gregory School of Pharmacy Students Commit to Serving with Excellence

1/13/2020

Maryam Saleh Alamoudi, Class of 2022, and Beverly Francis, Class of 2020, outfit Anjali Talwar, Class of 2023, with her white coat during an affirmation ceremony on Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020.Lauded by their professors, peers, family and friends, 60 first-year pharmacy students pledged to be ethical pharmacists who care compassionately for their patients and advance the profession.

They did so during the Lloyd L. Gregory School of Pharmacy’s affirmation ceremony Saturday in the DeSantis Family Chapel. Atlantis Pharmacy and the Palm Beach County Pharmacy Association sponsored the ceremony.

The students “are committed to serving others with compassion and excellence,” in keeping with the school’s overarching mission of educating ethical, professional pharmacists, said Dean Dr. Jeffrey Lewis.

He praised the family, friends and faculty in attendance for loving, praying for and encouraging their students.

“They are going to be better pharmacists because of you,” Lewis said.

Class of 2023 President Alex Shantiai led the students in reciting the oath of a pharmacist, after which students were outfitted with their white coats. Dr. Andria Church, assistant professor and class adviser, oversaw the presentation of the coats.

More than a school uniform or work attire, the coats are symbolic, said Dr. Jonathan Jackson, assistant dean for students and assistant professor. Earlier in the academic year, Jackson wore his white coat to the pharmacists’ servant leadership course. Students described people who wear white coats as having professionalism, integrity, leadership, compassion and expertise in medication and as being a source of help.

“These words now describe you,” Jackson said, adding that the coats will change the way they are seen by others.

Fellow pharmacy students Beverly Francis, president of the class of 2020; Darrius Preston, president of the class of 2021 and Maryam Saleh Alamoudi, president of the class of 2022, helped their peers put on their coats.

Lloyd L. Gregory School of Pharmacy Dean Dr. Jeffrey Lewis and Dr. Andria Church, assistant professor and Class of 2023 adviser, applaud students after they were outfitted with their white coats. They received the coats during an affirmation ceremony Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020, in the DeSantis Family Chapel.Keynote speaker Dr. Sarah Reeg Haley, Pharm.D. ’15, urged students to think of the white coats as a mantle of responsibility — for their patients, themselves and their profession. Haley, a Walgreen’s pharmacist in Tampa, Florida, won the Florida Pharmacy Association’s Pharmacists Mutual Distinguished Young Pharmacist Award in 2019.

A pharmacist’s first and foremost responsibility is to patients, Haley said. She urged the students to be unafraid to answer God’s call to pray with a patient or offer other comfort, encouragement or expertise.

“My patients have such a high level of trust in me as their pharmacist,” Haley said.

Quoting 1 Timothy 4:12, Haley instructed the rising pharmacists to conduct themselves in such a way that no one looks down on them because they are young. They should seek out and seize new opportunities during their pharmacy training, she said.

“A rotation is truly what you make of it,” Haley said.

During a rotation, she observed one open heart surgery and was so fascinated that she asked her preceptor if she could watch others. Her preceptor gave her the go-ahead to sit in on whatever surgeries she wanted.

Haley developed a passion for legislative advocacy during her time as a Gregory School of Pharmacy student — a passion that she’s since nurtured in current pharmacy students on the west coast of Florida, where she now lives. She advised the first-year students that it is their duty to advocate for the profession.

“Nobody else is going to speak up for you,” Haley said.

Jackson reminded them of their responsibilities at Palm Beach Atlantic.

“Here at the Gregory School of Pharmacy, you are expected to be a servant leader who puts the needs of others first,” he said.

The Lloyd L. Gregory School of Pharmacy Class of 2023: 

  • Rebeca Arias Perez
  • Khallid Benson
  • Ian Brown
  • Thomas Brown
  • Brandon Bryant
  • Jose Centeno
  • Christine Chalhoub
  • Sandy Chery
  • Jessica Chollman
  • Brandon DeJesus
  • Nicole DiMarco
  • Eduardo Elias
  • Jessica Falero
  • Genesis Garay
  • Stephanie Gurumendi Geigel
  • Alina Hung
  • Alexus Johnson
  • Aura Johnson
  • Brooke Johnson
  • Gloria Kljucevic
  • Taylor Laabs
  • Lang Le
  • Dushane Lea-Hing
  • Kareen Livits
  • Krizia Machado
  • Jenny Maghinay
  • Kara Marchetti
  • Shay Marchionne
  • Timothy Marler
  • Shannon Martin
  • Tara-Talisa McIntosh
  • Kristina Meyers
  • Rachel Mon
  • Hana Naamani
  • Vincent Nguyen
  • Ayokunmi Olowodola
  • Nathalie Ortiz
  • Ernesto Perez
  • Lindsey Pinder
  • Alexander Puig
  • Claudia Reyes Estevez
  • Ginette Riche
  • Alexander Rivera
  • Elizabeth Rodriguez
  • Xochilt Rodriguez
  • Chaz Russo
  • Jamie Saltmarsh
  • Rachel Serrano
  • Alex Shantiai
  • Tyi Shim
  • Emmanuel Stavrakis
  • Courtney Stetson
  • Anjali Talwar
  • Isaac Tapia
  • Shailyn Torres
  • Oscar Vega González
  • Samantha Vivas
  • Vilmar Vixamar
  • Stephen Waldman
  • Amyn Zaher Saleh

Photo 1:  Maryam Saleh Alamoudi, Class of 2022, and Beverly Francis, Class of 2020, outfit Anjali Talwar, Class of 2023, with her white coat during an affirmation ceremony on Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020.

Photo 2: Lloyd L. Gregory School of Pharmacy Dean Dr. Jeffrey Lewis and Dr. Andria Church, assistant professor and Class of 2023 adviser, applaud students after they were outfitted with their white coats. They received the coats during an affirmation ceremony Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020, in the DeSantis Family Chapel.