Pharmacy Perspectives - Fall 2012 - (Page 7)
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What makes a great speech?
Is it the content, the delivery, or the charisma of the speaker – or all of the above? Those of us who attended this year’s commencement ceremony had the opportunity to witness a great speech. Class president Eric Johnson’s commencement speech was funny. It was moving. But most of all, it was inspiring. It drew the listener in with humor and empathy and then compelled the audience to act. Because it was truly special, we thought you might enjoy it. Take a moment to read his speech. It doesn’t disappoint.
What a great day to become doctors right?
When I was a senior in high school, my school caught on fire… On a test day none the less….I know, pretty awesome right? I watched from across the street as thick black plumes of smoke billowed from one of the buildings. Like any other teenager, this was secretly what I wanted, but for some reason, it didn’t feel right… almost like I expected it to be more or feel different. Regardless, watching this occur confirmed a number of things for me: • I DO have the ability to start fires with my mind; • If you hope and pray for something hard enough, it will come true; • When the culminating event occurs, often it feels surreal or anticlimactic… almost like today. I almost can’t believe this is the end; the final requirement in the obtainment of our doctor of pharmacy, the coup de grace for four years of hard work. Throughout pharmacy school, I always imagined I would know everything there is to ever know about the practice of pharmacy at the conclusion of my education. That miraculously, I would be instilled with the wisdom the faculty and my preceptors so effortlessly wielded. Even as I went to bed last night, I assumed that today I would wake up a clinical savant such as Dr. Fish… but with more hair. When, this morning, I was unable to recite, from memory, the entire IDSA guidelines for skin and soft tissue infections, I realized I was not the pharmacological sage I assumed I would be. Had I done something wrong? Was my approach incorrect? Where was the conflagration of knowledge that I expected by graduation? I almost felt let down. And then it dawned on me, that this is not the end, but in many ways the beginning. That we were never intended to be omnipotent practitioners at the end of pharmacy school, but rather given the tools to grow. Pharmacy school didn’t give us the fire I expected. It only gave us the matches. It’s up to us to master the use of them.
Regardless, today is a day all of us have been anticipating since matriculation; a validation of our hard work, and a celebration of a job well done. Parties are planned, photos will be taken, and for one whole day we will require those around us to refer to us as doctor. Today is our day. I encourage my classmates to revel in their accomplishments, graciously accept those weighted envelopes from out-of-town relatives, and pull up a chair on cloud nine. However, tomorrow is another day. Our parties can only last so long. Eventually we must get down to work. And there is much to be done. We join a healthcare force at a most interesting time. The role of a pharmacist continues to expand in both the inpatient and outpatient setting. The clinical work and patient care we will complete as professionals was only dreamt about 30 years ago. We stand on the shoulders of giants and follow the paths of pioneers in care we will provide. But we mustn’t be content. We cannot be happy to simply occupy a position. To do so would be a disservice to the faculty that has trained us, as well as the decades of pharmacists before us that made the conscious effort to advance the profession. There is no doubt in my mind that every one of these graduates is trained to a capacity beyond what they may initially practice. We have been given a set of skills with the belief that the role of a pharmacist is expanding, and an increase in clinic responsibility is in our future. While this is the hope, it is anything but guaranteed. We must earn this further responsibility, and take active steps to acquire it. I am reminded of a quote by an American President that said, “Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change we seek.” I urge my classmates to heed those words, and be the vehicles of growth and development, regardless of their area of practice. We must continue to LIFT up our profession… To be mentors to future generations of pharmacists... And to provide the best care possible. Now is our time. So regardless of your feeling today, do not think of this as the end, but rather the beginning. Use your skills to ignite your fire so all may bask in its glow. Congratulations class of 2012.
TOP 10 GREATEST SPEECHES OF ALL TIME
1 Martin Luther King, Jr. “I Have A Dream” 2 John Fitzgerald Kennedy Inaugural Address 3 Franklin Delano Roosevelt First Inaugural Address 4 Franklin Delano Roosevelt Pearl Harbor Address to the Nation 5 Barbara Charline Jordan 1976 DNC Keynote Address 6 Richard Milhous Nixon “Checkers” 7 Malcolm X “The Ballot or the Bullet” 8 Ronald Wilson Reagan Shuttle ‘’Challenger’’ Disaster Address 9 John Fitzgerald Kennedy Houston Ministerial Association Speech 10 Lyndon Baines Johnson “We Shall Overcome”
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Pharmacy Perspectives - Fall 2012
Pharmacy Perspectives - Fall 2012
Pharmacy Perspectives - Fall 2012
Pharmacy Perspectives - Fall 2012 - Contents (Page 1)
Pharmacy Perspectives - Fall 2012 - Dean’s Message (Page 2)
Pharmacy Perspectives - Fall 2012 - Dean’s Message (Page 3)
Pharmacy Perspectives - Fall 2012 - Centennial Scholars (Page 4)
Pharmacy Perspectives - Fall 2012 - Centennial Scholars (Page 5)
Pharmacy Perspectives - Fall 2012 - Commencement (Page 6)
Pharmacy Perspectives - Fall 2012 - Commencement (Page 7)
Pharmacy Perspectives - Fall 2012 - Commencement (Page 8)
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Pharmacy Perspectives - Fall 2012 - Faculty (Page 16)
Pharmacy Perspectives - Fall 2012 - Faculty (Page 17)
Pharmacy Perspectives - Fall 2012 - Tributes (Page 18)
Pharmacy Perspectives - Fall 2012 - Tributes (Page 19)
Pharmacy Perspectives - Fall 2012 - Tributes (Page 20)