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Student Pharmacist

Written by student pharmacists for student pharmacists, Student Pharmacist magazine provides the latest on career preparation, leadership, legislative activities and advocacy efforts, patient care projects, APhA–ASP Chapter innovations, life on rotation, tips from new practitioners, and more.

From bench to bedside From bench to bedside

From bench to bedside

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PharmD degrees offer expansive and diverse career opportunities, and this career flexibility was one of the aspects that sparked my initial interest in the profession. I have always had an interest in research, and I knew that I wanted to pursue a career that encompassed it. Starting as a lab assistant at age 15, I realized that benchwork was unlike any science I had ever been exposed to. As I continued being involved in research through college, I worked in various labs gaining a background in cell culturing, biotechnology, and animal models. When I transitioned into pharmacy school, I...
Impacting (and saving) lives through naloxone training Impacting (and saving) lives through naloxone training

Impacting (and saving) lives through naloxone training

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ETSU’s Dawnna Metcalfe educates students on the misuse of prescription medications. For several years, East Tennessee State University (ETSU) has been a leader in naloxone training. The ETSU APhA–ASP Chapter has strived to train as many individuals as possible on recognizing an opioid overdose, the proper use of naloxone, and...
Personal experiences drive involvement Personal experiences drive involvement

Personal experiences drive involvement

OSU’s Danielle Powall (left) and Emily Enslen present at the 2019 APhA Institute. Through Generation Rx at The Ohio State University...
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‘Look for every opportunity’ ‘Look for every opportunity’

‘Look for every opportunity’

UMKC receives the 2017-18 APhA-ASP Generation Rx National Award at APhA2019. The Generation Rx chairs at the University of...
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My intangible stress ball My intangible stress ball

My intangible stress ball

Comfortable enough to request a selfie with the audience? The ‘Fearlessly Authentic’ Alicia Bautista has become ‘in tune’...
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Make yoga your prior commitment Make yoga your prior commitment

Make yoga your prior commitment

Here demonstrating the ‘Upward Facing Dog’ pose, Jennifer Schweiger urges everyone to give yoga a try. As a student pharmacist...
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How my pharmacy curiosity was awakened How my pharmacy curiosity was awakened

How my pharmacy curiosity was awakened

It was a cold, rainy evening when I visited my friend Cindy at the hospital. Her room was dark with a tiny strip of light coming in from the...
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Welcome to the new SPM Welcome to the new SPM

Welcome to the new SPM

What a year it has been for APhA–ASP! We kicked things off with a memorable 50th anniversary celebration at APhA2019 in Seattle. Then on...
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The unmet need for pharmacist-provided patient care within EMS

Emergency medical services (EMS) fill the gap between home and hospital health care and are a critical but underappreciated part of the U.S. health care system. Today, EMS is a dynamic field of prehospital care with an ever-expanding scope of practice. As a student pharmacist who is also a certified emergency medical technician (EMT–B), I recognize the unmet need for pharmacist-provided...

Enjoying the moment

As I stepped up behind my fellow Patel classmate, I could see her head slightly turn as she glanced over into the crowd to smile at her family. Then suddenly she was gone, halfway across the stage. What’s that thumping sound? Why are my hands so sweaty? My heart was fluttering and pounding in my chest as I stepped up onto the stage and handed my little flashcard over to the dean of...

How will you define ‘Fearlessly Authentic’?

A ‘Fearlessly Authentic’ leap of faith led Eric Dobberpuhl (center) to successfully seek a position on the 2019–20 APhA–ASP NEC. By Eric Dobberpuhl The beauty of this year’s APhA–ASP presidential theme “Fearlessly Authentic” is that you can cater it specifically to yourself. To me, being “Fearlessly Authentic” means embracing my...

SLI attendees prepare to make a true difference

It was a successful day on Capitol Hill as 191 SLI attendees advocated on behalf of the pharmacy profession. By Matthew Broadwater The APhA–ASP Summer Leadership Institute (SLI) is a unique, one-of-a-kind experience. This past July, a total of 240 APhA–ASP Chapter leaders across all eight regions came together to further nurture their professional development and leadership...

‘Pura vida’ in Costa Rica!

It was an unforgettable PARS experience for Susan Garcia. By Susan Garcia “Pura vida” is the Costa Rican phrase for “living life” and is used as a common form of welcome, celebration, and of course, living life to the fullest! Just like every other student pharmacist, I took great interest in doing study abroad and/or mission trips to experience the glories of...

Set yourself up for career success

An open mind, great timing, and some luck have served Jessica Marx well during the early part of her pharmacy career. By Jessica Marx, PharmD At 16 years old, I applied for a part-time job at the CVS down the street that was looking for a cashier. At the time, I had absolutely no idea how much this part-time job I took for a little extra cash would help to shape my entire...
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