by Stephen Vodhanel, PhD
Student orientation for the class of 2017 began Monday, September 16th, with a warm welcome from Linda Williams, MS, associate dean of student affairs and admissions. The week long student orientation at the School of Pharmacy is a tradition aimed at informing the students about the many topics necessary to be successful at Loma Linda University.
Following a devotional by the Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Services, Dr. Rick E. Williams, Dean Hughes addressed the subject of professionalism with a lecture to the PY1 class reminding students that "your professional life starts today.” Dean Hughes stressed the importance of establishing professional relationships through the journey of education at the university.
During the week, student pharmacists will receive CPR and First Aid training which will be utilized during APhA Immunization certification training, be introduced to the PharmD curriculum, learn about various professional pharmacy organizations, and receive a historical review of the university conducted by LLU historian and author, Dick Schaefer.
Dean Hughes finished the welcome greeting with a discussion about Loma Linda University's values, and the meaning behind the J-CHIEFS acronym in particular:
Students will also enjoy an off-campus retreat at Camp Cedar Lakes in the nearby San Bernardino mountains. Located one hour from campus and above the 6,000 foot elevation, student pharmacists will enjoy cool autumn weather. The overnight retreat has meetings and events, and also provides everyone with a relaxing opportunity in which to meet classmates and the many people associated with the School of Pharmacy.
The entire School of Pharmacy welcomes the Class of 2017!
Photo: Dean Billy Hughes and the School of Pharmacy Class of 2017