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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.

Letters of recommendation: What’s the big deal? Letters of recommendation: What’s the big deal?

Letters of recommendation: What’s the big deal?

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From the discussions I have had with student pharmacists, it seems that letters of recommendation are often overlooked, or are considered only at the later stages of the application process. There is recent literature related to residency applications in particular that highlights the importance of these documents. Many programs place a very high value on them. While you will not personally be in charge of this particular application piece, there is much you can do now to ensure those letters of recommendation are written favorably and complement your application.
Saying yes to opportunities Saying yes to opportunities

Saying yes to opportunities

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After 12 years, I finally had the chance to return to the APhA Institute on Alcoholism and Drug Dependencies, an incredible program that helps student pharmacists learn about the human toll of substance use disorders, and is also a place where student pharmacists and pharmacists can start or continue along the path of recovery. Thirteen...
The misplaced passion of a superhero The misplaced passion of a superhero

The misplaced passion of a superhero

When I was a child, my best friends wanted to be superheroes when they grew up. I wanted to be a superhero, too. But the superhero I wanted to be...
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Developing both new and seasoned APhA leaders Developing both new and seasoned APhA leaders

Developing both new and seasoned APhA leaders

Every spring, leaders from APhA’s three Academies—APhA–APPM, APhA–APRS, and APhA–ASP—and the APhA New...
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Socks n’ Sandwiches Socks n’ Sandwiches

Socks n’ Sandwiches

In the practice of pharmacy, you truly never know what to expect on a daily basis. There are always obstacles that challenge your mental and...
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A valuable partner in the opioid epidemic A valuable partner in the opioid epidemic

A valuable partner in the opioid epidemic

Did you know that, according to CDC, approximately 46 people die every day from overdoses involving prescription opioids? Or that between 1999 and...
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What it means to be a member of APhA–ASP What it means to be a member of APhA–ASP

What it means to be a member of APhA–ASP

The 2016–17 APhA–ASP theme “Together We Can” was enthusiastically embraced by the University of Missouri–Kansas City...
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Legacy has no barriers Legacy has no barriers

Legacy has no barriers

Every day, we can see the magic in the unexpected and the light in the darkness, but that depends on what perspective you choose. These words...
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Don't just be a member. Be engaged!

What does being an engaged APhA–ASP member mean to you? If you ask a group of student pharmacists this question, you will inevitably receive a variety of individualized answers. While it is important for chapter leaders to create a culture where members feel a sense of belonging, it is up to each individual member to seize the organization’s opportunities and embrace their own...

“Follow your heart”

As I have noted in friendly conversations, formal presentations, and in writing, when it comes to your “calling,” you already know what it is. Your calling is what your passion is. If you are like me, you might also be interested in what “calling” means to today’s pharmacy leaders. For Lawrence Brown, PharmD, FAPhA, Associate Dean of Students and Professor at...

Adversity helps you hear your calling

Ever since elementary school, you have been in pursuit of your calling. You have learned a range of skills and acquired various traits that have gotten you where you are today. Your decisions turned into actions; your actions set you on your own distinct path to success. But the road is not always clear and sometimes you are forced to proceed in directions unknown. No matter the path, however,...

Setbacks are opportunities to learn and grow

This year’s APhA–ASP presidential theme, “Embrace Your Calling,” really resonates with me because of my own journey to find my calling. I graduated college with an accounting degree. Thereafter, I went to law school and was admitted to the New York and New Jersey bars. A few years into practicing as an attorney, I found myself deeply unhappy in my career. I felt I was...

Fully Embrace Your Calling

In my current role as Associate Professor and Residency Program Director at the Concordia University Wisconsin School of Pharmacy, we often speak to our students about discerning their vocation (their “calling”) and how faculty, staff, and our community partners can help them in this process. Attending and graduating from pharmacy school is so much more than about becoming a...

The art of patient counseling

Eager to grow as a patient educator, I first competed in the local APhA–ASP Patient Counseling Competition in my second year of pharmacy school. I challenged myself to improve and compete every year after that. At APhA2018 in Nashville, the work of the last 4 years of pharmacy school was rewarded when I won the national APhA–ASP Patient Counseling Competition, which is supported by...

Celebrating 50 years of student-led patient care

Student pharmacists came together during the APhA2019 APhA–ASP Awards Celebration in Seattle to recognize the outstanding achievements of chapters and individuals across the country. This was a time to acknowledge the positive impact student pharmacists had not only on their local communities, but also collectively on the country.   Here is a run-down of all the action from a...
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