Taking their oath

FOURTH-year Pharmacy students at UCSI University took their oath during the institution’s Pharmacy Night recently.

The oath, led by Jason Lee, was taken in front of Malaysian Pharmaceutical Society president Datuk Nancy Ho, the University’s Dean of Medical Sciences, Prof Dr Jammal Ahmad Essa, lecturers from the School of Pharmacy and their peers.

The final year students pledged to devote their professional life to serve national and international healthcare communities, and to also apply their knowledge and skills to the best of their ability to ensure optimal drug therapy outcomes.

In her speech, Ho urged all the students to continue pursuing knowledge.

The graduates will be joining a booming industry, as the government is targeting to produce more than 8,000 qualified pharmacists by 2010, with a ratio of at least one pharmacist to 3,600 Malaysians.

Lee said that he was impressed with the university’s consistent efforts in enforcing high standards for the pharmacy programme.

Pharmacy student alumni, Chia Peng Keng, who was invited to share his experience as a practising pharmacist at the Kuala Lumpur Hospital said that the most important lesson one can learn in working life is humility.

“One’s degree is not the only measurement of knowledge. You should always be willing to learn while on the job and to be humble always.”

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