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Core Value: Professionalism

Posted on: July 25th, 2018 by tressa

July 25, 2018

This is part seven of an eight-part series, as the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy focuses on its eight core values.

“The values we uphold are the heart of who we are, the Ole Miss Pharmacy phamily, a community of educators, researchers and student pharmacists working together for our community, our patients and our profession.” –Dean David D. Allen

Learn more about the mission, vision and core values of Ole Miss Pharmacy:


Professionalism:  We foster, encourage, and expect the active demonstration of structural, attitudinal and behavioral attributes of a profession and its members. We believe that there are certain professional attributes that are fundamental to our functioning as learners, educators, researchers, scholars and practitioners of pharmacy. These attributes include a service orientation, one in which the needs of others are put above personal needs; caring; respect for others; accountability to our stakeholders and responsibility for one’s action; and integrity, honesty, and ethically sound decision making.


Student pharmacist Will Haygood on professionalism…

Will Haygood

“Our administration and faculty talk a lot about professionalism from the beginning of pharmacy school in our orientation. As students, we are all expected to act like professionals in everything that we do. One of the most tangible ways that we display professionalism is with the dress code. We are expected to dress up with our white coats everyday. In addition to looking like professionals, we are expected to act like professionals. This means having integrity and displaying an attitude of service. 

“I am currently serving as the student body president-elect. In this role, I get to serve all of the students in the School of Pharmacy here on the Oxford campus. In addition to serving the students, the other student body officers and I are over the pharmacy student organizations. We have so many organizations for pharmacy students to get involved with, which cover the many fields of pharmacy that students can enter upon graduation. Next year, I will transition into the student body president position in Jackson.”


Professionalism at Ole Miss Pharmacy…

Ole Miss Pharmacy Student Appointed Speaker of National Pharmacy Society

Regan Tyler and Kathy Lee BarrackApril 9, 2018

OXFORD, Miss. – Regan Tyler, a third-year student at the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy, was elected as Phi Lambda Sigma’s Speaker of the House during the organization’s national meeting, held in conjunction with the American Pharmacists Association annual meeting Mar. 16-19 in Nashville, Tennessee.

Phi Lambda Sigma is a pharmacy leadership society that aims to develop leadership qualities among student pharmacists in order to strengthen the future of the pharmacy profession.

Read more: “Ole Miss Pharmacy Student Appointed Speaker of National Pharmacy Society”

Pharmacy Group Earns ASHP Professional Development Award

Allie Funderburk and Mary O'KeefeDecember 19, 2017 

OXFORD, Miss. – The University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy student chapter of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists earned ASHP’s Outstanding Professional Development Project Award for its work at the Oxford Medical Ministries Clinic.

The group was among 28 national recipients of the award, which third-year pharmacy students Allie Funderburk and Mary O’Keefe accepted at the ASHP Midyear Student Showcase in Orlando in early December. The UM student chapter of ASHP volunteered at OMM every Tuesday of last year, with two students assisting in filling prescriptions each week. OMM provides services to uninsured and employed patients, and is regularly staffed with volunteer physicians and nurse practitioners from the community.

Read more: “Pharmacy Group Earns ASHP Professional Development Award”

State Organization Awards Three UM Pharmacy Professors

September 4, 2017

OXFORD, Miss. – Three University of Mississippi professors from the School of Pharmacy’s Department of Pharmacy Practice were honored at the annual Mississippi Society for Health-System Pharmacists meeting.

Laurie Fleming, clinical associate professor at the pharmacy school, was the Health-System Pharmacist of the Year Award winner, chosen for her outstanding service, collaboration and significant contributions to the profession.

Read more: “State Organization Awards Three UM Pharmacy Professors”

View more of our core values series

Week of June 11: Collaboration

Week of June 18: Creativity

Week of June 25: Excellence

Week of July 2: Knowledge

Week of July 9: Leadership

Week of July 16: Learning

Week of July 23: Professionalism

Week of July 30: Social Responsibility