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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.

Understanding the meaning of “Sleepless in Seattle” Understanding the meaning of “Sleepless in Seattle”

Understanding the meaning of “Sleepless in Seattle”

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I could feel the excitement in the air as everyone awaited the clock to reach 9:30 am. It was a cool, clear Thursday morning in Seattle, a city now filled with the enthusiasm and eagerness of student pharmacists, patiently awaiting what had been pitched to them as the most memorable experience of their professional academic journey. For someone like myself, who had yet to attend an APhA Annual Meeting & Exposition, the anticipation and curiosity of what to expect over this weekend built exponentially.
I wish I knew: Graduation edition I wish I knew: Graduation edition

I wish I knew: Graduation edition

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A sad, but true, fact of life is that learning the “hard way” is oftentimes the only way. People don’t tell you important details and it makes life a whole lot harder than it needs to be. As graduation 2019 is upon us, I am hoping to correct that by sharing a few things I wish people would have told me before I graduated.
Considerations for renting versus buying a home Considerations for renting versus buying a home

Considerations for renting versus buying a home

When I talk with student pharmacists about their financial goals and aspirations, purchasing a home is typically near the top of the list....
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Promoting diabetes awareness to the world Promoting diabetes awareness to the world

Promoting diabetes awareness to the world

Since 2016, the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy APhA–ASP Chapter has set up a photo booth in the atrium of our school on...
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It starts with one It starts with one

It starts with one

We bide by three pillars at The University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) College of Pharmacy APhA–ASP Chapter: advocate for the...
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Rediscovering my purpose in Peru Rediscovering my purpose in Peru

Rediscovering my purpose in Peru

Our APhA–ASP Chapter at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy is connected with an organization, Casa de Salud Peru,...
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APhA–ASP and IPSF: A valuable partnership APhA–ASP and IPSF: A valuable partnership

APhA–ASP and IPSF: A valuable partnership

The International Pharmaceutical Students Federation (IPSF) is the leading international advocacy organization for student pharmacists....
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Where are they now? Where are they now?

Where are they now?

(Oregon State University) 1983–84 SAPhA Vice President I am the Senior Vice President responsible for Moda Health’s (Portland, OR)...
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Staying in the know has never been easier

It’s 6:30 am. The alarm goes off, signaling the start of the day. In mere moments, blue light from the phone casts upon the face of the student pharmacist. Still on his side, the student pharmacist watches as streams of information and media scroll across the phone screen. There are 8 notifications, 1 friend request, 2 messages, 10 e-mails, 2 direct messages, 12 unread texts, 136 likes,...

Be an advocate for patients

In the United States, there are more than 700,000 physicians, almost 3 million nurses, and approximately 300,000 pharmacists, according to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics.  These statistics alone should be reason enough for all pharmacists and student pharmacists to participate in professional advocacy and get involved in a pharmacy association. As health professionals,...

APhA Institute experience will benefit my community

While at the 2018 APhA Institute on Substance Use Disorders in Salt Lake City, UT, I heard many reasons why people wanted to attend. Some expressed an interest in working within the field of substance use disorder, while others referenced personal experiences with addiction affecting family members, friends, or even themselves. According to the U.S. Surgeon General’s Report on...

The final two

“36-year-old female, 27 weeks pregnant with multi-drug resistant tuberculosis. Resistant to isoniazid, ethionamide, pyrazinamide and rifampin. What can we administer? Additionally, she is an undocumented immigrant with no insurance coverage. “Yes, the diagnosis code. We cannot bill to Medicare Part B without the diagnosis code on the script.” “The new shingles...

Keep your connection to the pharmacy community

Hi, “Ami”! As a preceptor and a new practitioner in community pharmacy, I truly resonate with your rotation reflection. I, too, fell in love with the fully accessible provider role of pharmacists that inspires unique relationships with patients. I have experienced the powerful impact of that very tangible relationship with many of my patients in my practice. When I was a student...

Meet your 2019–20 APhA–ASP National Executive Committee

Hi all! I am a final-year student pharmacist at Drake University College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences in Des Moines, IA. Signing up for APhA–ASP 5 years ago was one of the greatest decisions of my college experience, and I feel so fortunate to serve as your APhA–ASP National President. I became involved in Generation Rx as a first-year pre-pharmacy student. APhA–ASP...

Online Exclusive: Some fees have “DIRe” consequences

In the 15-year timespan from 2003 to 2018, one in six rural independent pharmacies had closed their doors for the last time.1 Speculation may point to many potential reasons, but there is one practice that undeniably hinders small pharmacy operations: direct and indirect remuneration (DIR) fees.  Imagine you are selling candy bars at a local food stand, and you are dealing with Company...
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