School Of Pharmacy To Celebrate Feast Day Of Saints Cosmas And Damian

Cosmas And DamianOn Tuesday, September 26, faculty and staff representing the Duquesne University School of Pharmacy will gather to attend a Noon Mass in celebration of the Feast of the patron saints of pharmacy, Cosmas and Damian. The Mass, which will be celebrated by Rev. Daniel Walsh, will be followed by a prayer service in the Bayer Learning Center Rotunda, where replicas of the saints can be found. The statues have been dipped in bronze and spotlights have been erected to make them more visible to students and visitors to the building.

Saints Cosmas and Damian were twin brothers of Arabian descent and devout Christians. The collaboration of the health professions, Pharmacy and Medicine, is nowhere more strikingly portrayed than by Damian, the apothecary, and Cosmas, the physician. As stated by J. Douglas Bricker, Ph.D., Dean of the School of Pharmacy, the saints "dedicated their lives to helping those who could not afford medical attention, and it fits very well with the mission of Duquesne University, as well at the mission of the School of Pharmacy, which is to improve health outcomes in patients in the community.

"When student pharmacists enter the rotunda, they will see the statues of the patron saints of pharmacy, Cosmas and Damian, and above the statues, the inscription of the Oath of a Pharmacist. It may be evident to them that the Oath of a Pharmacist today is really embedded in the roots of pharmacy throughout antiquity."

Oath Of A Pharmacist:

At this time, I vow to devote my professional life to the service of all humankind through the profession of pharmacy.

I will consider the welfare of humanity and relief of human suffering my primary concerns.

I will apply my knowledge, experience, and skills to the best of my ability to assure optimal drug therapy outcomes for the patients I serve.

I will keep abreast of developments and maintain professional competency in my profession of pharmacy. I will maintain the highest principles of moral, ethical and legal conduct.

I will embrace and advocate change in the profession of pharmacy that improves patient care.

I take these vows voluntarily with the full realization of the responsibility with which I am entrusted by the public.

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