Mylan School of Pharmacy Celebrates Feast Day of Saints Cosmas and Damian
On September 26, approximately 50 students, faculty and staff representing the Duquense University Mylan School of Pharmacy gathered to attend a Noon Mass in celebration of the Feast of the patron saints of pharmacy, Cosmas and Damian. Following the Mass, Rev. Daniel Walsh, C.S.Sp. led the congregation from the Duquesne University Chapel to the rotunda of the Bayer Learning Center, where he blessed the statues of Saints. The bronze statues are a reminder to students and visitors of that dedication these saints had to the health professions.
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 Mylan 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
I promise to devote myself to a lifetime of service to others through the profession of pharmacy. In fulfilling this vow:
I will consider the welfare of humanity and relief of suffering my primary concerns.
I will apply my knowledge, experience, and skills to the best of my ability to assure optimal outcomes for my patients.
I will respect and protect all personal and health information entrusted to me.
I will accept the lifelong obligation to improve my professional knowledge and competence.
I will hold myself and my colleagues to the highest principles of our profession's moral, ethical, and legal conduct.
I will embrace and advocate changes that improve patient care.
I will utilize my knowledge, skills, experiences, and values to prepare the next generation of pharmacists.
I take these vows voluntarily with the full realization of the responsibilty with which I am entrusted by the public.
Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic research universities for its award-winning faculty and tradition of academic excellence. The University is nationally ranked by U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review for its rich academic programs in nine schools of study for nearly 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and by the Washington Monthly for service and contributing to students' social mobility. Duquesne is a member of the U.S. President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for its contributions to Pittsburgh and communities around the globe. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges acknowledge Duquesne's commitment to sustainability.