HIGH POINT, N.C., April 30, 2019 – High Point University’s Fred Wilson School of Pharmacy hosted its inaugural Pinning Ceremony for the Class of 2020 on April 26.
More than 50 third-year pharmacy students took part in the ceremonial tradition. Each student received a pin to symbolize the transition from being primarily a didactic learner to being fully immersed in experiential education.
“It was a great moment for us to reflect back on how far we’ve come, and I’m very proud of my accomplishments from the past three years,” said Mimi Pham, a third-year pharmacy student. “Although we’re about 75% through with our doctorate degree, it feels like we’ve accomplished so much. I’m really looking forward to our rotations so I can put my skills to use.”
During the fourth year of the pharmacy curriculum, students translate the knowledge and professionalism that has been acquired primarily in the classroom into various practice settings.
“We are very proud of the Class of 2020, the School of Pharmacy’s inaugural class,” said Dr. Buddy Lingle, associate dean for student and professional affairs. “In the spirit of High Point University, they have already given many hours of volunteer service to the community. We are confident that as they complete their experiential education, they will bring the same energy and share their knowledge and skills to benefit patients in various practice settings across the state of North Carolina.”
Entering fourth-year rotations is an appropriate time for student pharmacists to embrace their role as a professional health care provider and rededicate themselves to service to patients and the community in which they practice.
Twelve third-year pharmacy students were inducted into the Fred Wilson School of Pharmacy’s Honor Society, and Dr. Kent Stewart, associate professor of basic pharmaceutical sciences, was chosen by the students as Professor of the Year.