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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.

Rediscovering my purpose in Peru Rediscovering my purpose in Peru

Rediscovering my purpose in Peru

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Our APhA–ASP Chapter at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy is connected with an organization, Casa de Salud Peru, founded by a fellow pharmacist, Kerrylyn Rodriguez. Each summer, she takes a group of individuals, most but not all of whom are health professionals, to Iquitos, Peru, to provide basic health care services to the locals. The clinics provide consults with a Peruvian doctor, “pharmacy” services, reading glasses, fluoride treatment, dental care, and health screenings such as blood pressure and glucose. When I committed to go on last...
APhA–ASP and IPSF: A valuable partnership APhA–ASP and IPSF: A valuable partnership

APhA–ASP and IPSF: A valuable partnership

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The International Pharmaceutical Students Federation (IPSF) is the leading international advocacy organization for student pharmacists. Representing more than 350,000 student pharmacists and recent graduates in 90 countries worldwide, IPSF was founded in 1949 by eight member organizations from Europe and Australia, making it the oldest...
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 Staying in the know has never been easier

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...
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Be an advocate for patients Be an advocate for patients

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...
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APhA Institute experience will benefit my community APhA Institute experience will benefit my community

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...
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The final two The final two

The final two

“36-year-old female, 27 weeks pregnant with multi-drug resistant tuberculosis. Resistant to isoniazid, ethionamide, pyrazinamide and...
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Keep your connection to the pharmacy community Keep your connection to the pharmacy community

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...
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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...

Online Exclusive: Avoiding FOMO and other career advice

Welcome back. I, and my colleagues, hope you enjoyed the article on nontraditional avenues of pharmacy practice in the January-February issue of Student Pharmacist. Now, as promised, we have some advice for you about exploring your interests and the profession.  You are an individual I have done my due diligence when it comes to really thinking about what makes me happy, regardless of...

Online Exclusive: Next steps

As I left off before the holidays, I had just wrapped up my last pharmaceutical industry fellowship program interviews at the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting & Exposition. A silent cloud fell over the life of “Ami” as employers regrouped to discuss the next steps for their candidates. I was walking along Santa Monica pier when I received my fourth and final onsite interview...

Online Exclusive: Trust the process

Hi Ami! It sounds like you have had an exciting and meaningful experience at Midyear and throughout the interview process. My number one piece of advice to mentees as they go through it is “trust the process,” whether it be the Match, fellowships, or landing your first job as a pharmacist.  This can be a stressful time, with a lot of unknowns. There is no right or wrong...

Pharmacy history at your fingertips

When the subject of pharmacy history comes up in conversation, my first impulse is always to open up APhA Historian George Griffenhagen’s fantastic book 150 Years of Caring: A Pictorial History of the American Pharmaceutical Association. When I flip through the pages, I marvel at how far the profession and APhA have come over the years. Then I focus on my favorite part, which is the...

A half-century of creating leadership opportunities for student pharmacists

It was different times for pharmacists and pharmacy in the 1960s; the name of the medication rarely appeared on the prescription container label unless specifically requested by the prescriber, and pharmacists were not to discuss therapy with patients, deflecting all such questions back to the physician. Patient-centered thinking was just beginning to be adopted by the profession and...
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