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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.

An instant connection at MRM2018 An instant connection at MRM2018

An instant connection at MRM2018

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Have you ever attended a meeting and kept noticing that almost everyone there had huge smiles on their faces, and when you talked to them, it felt like you had known each other forever, like an instant connection? Well, that is what I experienced when I attended my first Midyear Regional Meeting (MRM) this past fall. Traveling to the Region 6 MRM in St. Louis, MO, was one of the best decisions I made in 2018. I have made the most amazing friends throughout my time as an APhA–ASP member, and it is a great feeling knowing that you can visit with others who share the same passion....
Keep an open mind Keep an open mind

Keep an open mind

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First off, congratulations on your interviews and your decision to attend the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting & Exposition. It’s a great way to explore many different postgraduate opportunities all in one place. I too interviewed at Midyear and many residency programs, so I understand wanting to be as prepared as...
Making moves Making moves

Making moves

have never felt so included and excited to provide my clinical knowledge to help expedite the patients’ roads to recovery as I did on my...
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Exploring non-traditional avenues of pharmacy practice Exploring non-traditional avenues of pharmacy practice

Exploring non-traditional avenues of pharmacy practice

While in pharmacy school, a research opportunity focused on cystic fibrosis brought me together with student pharmacists in different stages of...
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Craft your philosophy statement in seven steps Craft your philosophy statement in seven steps

Craft your philosophy statement in seven steps

Do you ever feel anchorless in the choppy waves of pharmacy school? I know the statement sounds oddly poetic, but that is how I have felt in the...
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The path less traveled The path less traveled

The path less traveled

If someone had asked me when I started pharmacy school, “Do you see yourself working and living in Washington, DC?,” I would have...
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A little empathy goes a long way A little empathy goes a long way

A little empathy goes a long way

The subject of addiction is a hotly contested, highly polarized debate. There are two main schools of thought: the disease model (genetics and...
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The struggle to practice healthy behaviors is real The struggle to practice healthy behaviors is real

The struggle to practice healthy behaviors is real

Sleepless nights, endless cups of coffee, and exercise long forgone. For many student pharmacists, this is simply a way of life. The stress of...
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Saying “I do” in year two

On May 31, 2017, my then-boyfriend, Ben, got down on his knee and asked me to spend the rest of my life with him. I of course said yes! … and so began the wedding planning. I was starting pharmacy school in August, so I had a good 2 months to get everything ironed out. For our wedding, we picked a summer day in 2018. That way, I would be off from school and wouldn’t have any exams...

Forever patient, future pharmacist

For the rest of my life. Forever. The realization of the permanence of my disease brought forth the tears I had worked hard to suppress. I fell apart right there in the pharmacy line. Even with dozens of potential witnesses, no one looked at me. The chaotic sounds of the surrounding pharmacy began to retreat from my ears as they became distant and muffled. The people around me, proffering no...

What do you want to do?

“I don’t think you’re going to finish the PhD program.”   I still remember the ironically-timed thunder that sounded right after these words came out of Susan Lever’s, PhD, mouth (my University of Missouri graduate school research advisor). I nervously shifted in my chair across her desk, thinking about ways to explain. Explain the reason I wasn’t...

Your passion will reveal itself over time

“Ami,” can you believe that you are already roughly halfway through your APPE rotations? The time passes quickly, making it challenging to get as much as possible out of every month. While you may feel disillusioned with some aspects of the process, you are doing an excellent job taking active steps to maximize your own experience and maintain a positive, open-minded...

Take the time to know you

What a treat it was for Ami Simunovich, PharmD, JD, and I, two APhA–ASP National Executive Committee members who hail from Rutgers University, to sit down for a friendly conversation on embracing your calling and advice for today’s student pharmacists. Ami, the 2003–04 APhA–ASP Speaker of the House and current Chief Regulatory Counsel at Becton Dickinson and Company in...
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