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.

Building communities Building communities

Building communities

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Coming from a diverse neighborhood on the East Coast, I did not know what to expect as an Asian American attending pharmacy school at the Purdue University College of Pharmacy. Upon arriving in Indiana 5 years ago, I suddenly found myself in an environment where I quickly realized my identity as an Asian American made me different. At first, it seemed as if I was different in a negative way, because I was forced to face several instances of microaggressions and racism. As time went on, however, I found a home in the Asian American community on campus and became a leader within various...
My night with “Taylor, the Latte Boy” My night with “Taylor, the Latte Boy”

My night with “Taylor, the Latte Boy”

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Growing up, I was terrible at sports. After a decade of bench-warming for church-league soccer and basketball games and feeling a little like a misfit, this nerd found her niche: musical theater. I started doing plays with a group called the Pilgrim Players when I was in sixth grade. I played Flower #3 and Milkmaid #6 in Beauty and the Beast,...
Thrust into a life and death situation Thrust into a life and death situation

Thrust into a life and death situation

Over the next year, I will share my unique experiences while on rotation. To speak honestly and openly with you, I will write this column...
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Learning through a multidisciplinary lens Learning through a multidisciplinary lens

Learning through a multidisciplinary lens

The classroom didactic portion of pharmacy school education is essential for the development of foundational pharmacy knowledge. However, in our...
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Early APPE advice Early APPE advice

Early APPE advice

Wow, “Ami,” it sounds like you had quite a humbling experience, and just at the start of rotations. I know it can be terrifying to be...
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SLI attendees experience “extraordinary things” SLI attendees experience “extraordinary things”

SLI attendees experience “extraordinary things”

Traveling from across the country, 237 student pharmacists met in Washington, DC, at the 2018 APhA–ASP Summer Leadership Institute (SLI) in...
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Flood of ideas (Online Exclusive) Flood of ideas (Online Exclusive)

Flood of ideas (Online Exclusive)

When you begin your term as an officer for your APhA–ASP Chapter, the big question is: where do you start? By beginning with a leadership...
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Young student, big ambitions Young student, big ambitions

Young student, big ambitions

After finishing the second grade in Saigon, Vietnam, my family immigrated to Vancouver, WA. Because my birthday was after September, I should have...
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Starting a new season in life

Can y’all believe this is my last installment of “On Rotation Diary”? We have spent a whole year together and I feel like we should be besties at this point! So no longer will I hide my identity from you. Though I have gone by “Alison” these past 12 months, my real name is Natalie Tucker. I am a recent PharmD graduate from the Washington State University College...

“Dear New Practitioner”

You have probably heard of the “Dear Abby” advice column. Now meet the “Dear New Practitioner” section of Student Pharmacist. As we continue to “Embrace Your Calling” throughout the year, your APhA–ASP National Executive Committee and APhA staff want you to know that you are not alone. You have numerous questions swirling around your head, both on the...

A letter to my younger first-year self

As you prepare for your new journey, it is normal to feel nervous or scared about meeting a whole new peer and faculty population, being introduced to the alphabet soup of pharmacy school organizations, and navigating the maze that is pharmacy school. You have spent countless hours consulting multiple pharmacists and online web forums for advice on how to survive the next 4 years. After all,...

Letters of recommendation: What’s the big deal?

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...

Saying yes to opportunities

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 years ago, as a student pharmacist, I arrived...

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 didn’t wear a cape nor have an alter ego, although he did often wear a mask. I wanted to be just like my dad. You see, my dad is a surgeon, and ever since I was little, I knew that he was doing the one thing that all superheroes do: he...

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 Practitioner Advisory Committee (NPAC), get together for a long weekend to plan for the upcoming year. During this time, they focus on developing goals and objectives that will guide APhA toward achieving its vision of inspiring, innovating, and creating...