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.

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“Alison,” congratulations on reaching a huge milestone—graduating from pharmacy school! According to the U.S. Census, only about 2% of the adult population has a doctoral degree. You and the Class of 2018 have worked so hard to achieve this. Take a moment to celebrate this great accomplishment. And to those of you who went through the residency match process, congratulations! For those who did not match with a program, your career was meant to go in a different direction. It’s okay. I chose not to pursue a residency and have not regretted my decision. Residency...
About to make the leap About to make the leap

About to make the leap

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Hello, student pharmacists! A genuine thank you for continually following along during my APPE journey! Graduation is approaching and I cannot believe this year full of 40-hour work weeks and projects galore is coming to an end … finally! However, as you know, I am a glutton for punishment and opted to go through the Match process in...
Four chapters, one goal Four chapters, one goal

Four chapters, one goal

All APhA–ASP Chapters share a common goal: to provide care to patients and the community while advocating for the profession. Student...
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A commitment to communities A commitment to communities

A commitment to communities

In February, the University of Wisconsin (UW)–Madison School of Pharmacy held its first ever Community Service Challenge (CSC), a...
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Flourishing hope Flourishing hope

Flourishing hope

This past December, I was not entirely sure what to expect during my medical mission trip to bustling Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, but knew I was...
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A sense of normalcy to help ease the suffering A sense of normalcy to help ease the suffering

A sense of normalcy to help ease the suffering

"Tzeva Adom, Tzeva Adom” blares over the loud speakers across the whole city. Men, women, and children have 15 seconds to run to the...
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Finding “the answer” to your next interview questions Finding “the answer” to your next interview questions

Finding “the answer” to your next interview questions

Summer brings time for relaxation, getting together with friends, and enjoying a break from school work. However, in pharmacy school, summer is a...
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A prescription for better policy A prescription for better policy

A prescription for better policy

When I got into pharmacy school at the University of Cincinnati James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy in 2016, the last thing I imagined was getting...
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Policy on!

For the past 2 years, pharmacy policy and advocacy have been my life. I dedicate my free time to the advancement of the pharmacy profession and patient care without even thinking twice. After witnessing the policy open hearing at my first Midyear Regional Meeting (MRM), I just couldn’t stop myself from diving in and learning more. I saw that the policy process within APhA–ASP...

Five financial steps to take as a student pharmacist

Pharmacy graduates today are facing the unprecedented financial situation of coming out of school with an average debt load greater than $160,000. So, despite making a six-figure salary, many pharmacists feel like they are living paycheck-to-paycheck. That’s why more than ever, you, as a pharmacy professional, have to take control of your money or it will take control of you. The team...

The five-dollar bribe

“A 6-year-old will do anything for $5,” my mom must have thought to herself as she slid the $5 bill across the kitchen table 19 years ago. That’s all it took to get me to join my sister and cousins at the McAleer School of Irish Dance in Wilmington, DE, where we learned from the same instructor who taught my mom and her sisters how to dance. Soon after, my dad built a wooden...

Meet your 2018–19 APhA–ASP National Executive Committee

Nimit Jindal, President Hi everybody! I just want to say I am so honored and humbled to serve as your APhA–ASP National President this year. I was born in the beautiful Cataract City, Niagara Falls, Canada, in 1995, and immigrated to the United States in 1998. I attended Morris Hills High School in New Jersey, and after I graduated, I went to Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey...

Is there a new practitioner in the house?

The APhA Student & New Practitioner Development Department strives to enhance the professional and personal development of student pharmacists while in pharmacy school so they are prepared for the first day of their new careers and beyond. This is accomplished through providing tools and resources, both online and during live meetings. We also rely on the help of new practitioner...

An investment mentality

Recently, I had the opportunity to write an article for the February issue of Transitions, titled “Finding your best ‘yes’ as a new practitioner.” Shortly thereafter, I was asked to write a version for Student Pharmacist, since juggling responsibilities and opportunities is something that I struggled with far before adding the PharmD to the end of my name. My hope is to...

Connections and community

There are few experiences in my time as a student pharmacist that have had as forceful an impact on me as the APhA Annual Meeting & Exposition. I could never pinpoint exactly what draws me back each year, until APhA President Nancy Alvarez, PharmD, provided her opening address in Nashville. APhA’s Annual Meetings are about connections and the community. I am reminded of the new...