Tennessee Pharmacists Association

August 2020

Kim MasonHello, TSHP! I am so thrilled to be a part of this important organization and honored to serve each of you over the coming year. The last few months have been full of strain and confusion, both in our professional lives and our personal lives. While many of our struggles are never-before seen, some of them have been around for many years in the public sector. As professionals, we have a duty – and indeed took an oath – to devote ourselves to serving others. I am astounded at how incredibly relevant the Pharmacist Oath is for us in this very time. Have you read back over your oath recently?

Oath of a Pharmacist
Revised 2007 and approved by the American Pharmacists Association

“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 responsibility with which I am entrusted by the public.”

Let’s each take up a renewed commitment to honor this oath and the patients we serve! Together, we make a great team!

Kim Currie Mason, PharmD
TSHP President, 2020-2021

Executive Director, Pharmacy & Research
University of Tennessee Medical Center
Knoxville, Tennessee