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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.

Socks n’ Sandwiches Socks n’ Sandwiches

Socks n’ Sandwiches

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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 emotional capabilities. Pharmacists and student pharmacists continually face adversity in their practice setting, whether it be inpatient or outpatient, and yet always manage to find their way through for the sake of the patient. At times, the focus may be spent so much on drug therapy problems and insurance issues that the patients’ personal adversity is not recognized. Some patients have gone through numerous hardships in their lives while...
A valuable partner in the opioid epidemic A valuable partner in the opioid epidemic

A valuable partner in the opioid epidemic

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Did you know that, according to CDC, approximately 46 people die every day from overdoses involving prescription opioids? Or that between 1999 and 2016, more than 200,000 people have died from a prescription opioid overdose? With statistics like these, it is understandable that the current opioid crisis in the United States is all over the...
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! Don't just be a member. Be engaged!

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...
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“Follow your heart” “Follow your heart”

“Follow your heart”

As I have noted in friendly conversations, formal presentations, and in writing, when it comes to your “calling,” you already know...
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Adversity helps you hear your calling Adversity helps you hear your calling

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...
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Setbacks are opportunities to learn and grow Setbacks are opportunities to learn and grow

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...
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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...

Continue connecting

“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,...

About to make the leap

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 hopes of starting a PGY1 this coming year. In the...

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 pharmacists do this every day in some type of way, either individually or with peers at their schools. So why not take it a step further and bring the forces together? As chapter leaders at four different schools that are geographically close within Region...

A commitment to communities

In February, the University of Wisconsin (UW)–Madison School of Pharmacy held its first ever Community Service Challenge (CSC), a competition between teams of 2 to 4 people to log the most community service hours in 1 month. The idea was conceptualized by a group of second- and third-year student pharmacists as an event to engage all student organizations and help volunteers develop...
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