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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.

Pharmacy benefit managers: Why so much attention? Pharmacy benefit managers: Why so much attention?

Pharmacy benefit managers: Why so much attention?

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You are interning at a community pharmacy. You get a prescription for a blood pressure medication for a commercially insured patient. When you run the claim, you find that the patient’s insurance prefers mail order and the patient will have to pay a $20 co-pay to get it filled at your pharmacy as opposed to $0 co-pay for mail order. The patient takes the prescription back to fill with the mail order and avoid the co-pay. But now you are left wondering, “How did that happen? Why the difference in co-pay?”
Approaches to sustainable pharmacy changes Approaches to sustainable pharmacy changes

Approaches to sustainable pharmacy changes

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The post-anesthesia care unit (PACU) was a sauna upon our arrival. The air conditioning units were disabled during the night to conserve precious energy. The team, consisting of nurses, nursing students, surgeons, midwives, gynecologists, pharmacists, and student pharmacists gathered into a large circle to join hands for a brief prayer and then...
Why making a resolution matters … even if you fail Why making a resolution matters … even if you fail

Why making a resolution matters … even if you fail

On January 1, many of you started the New Year off the same exact way. You made a New Year’s resolution in the hope that you could...
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Turning an unconventional passion into a unique career path Turning an unconventional passion into a unique career path

Turning an unconventional passion into a unique career path

I still remember the nervousness I felt the night before my pharmacy school interview. I was convinced the admissions committee would want to know...
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Wrapping up an encounter: The thank-you note Wrapping up an encounter: The thank-you note

Wrapping up an encounter: The thank-you note

There is an often-overlooked piece of an interview that I am consistently asked about: the thank-you note. I am asked questions such as: who...
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Motivated pharmacy pioneers wanted Motivated pharmacy pioneers wanted

Motivated pharmacy pioneers wanted

Palliative care is a subspecialty of internal medicine that focuses on providing relief from the symptoms and stress associated with a serious...
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The student pharmacist’s guide to professionalism The student pharmacist’s guide to professionalism

The student pharmacist’s guide to professionalism

Professionalism in the workplace is essential in any occupation, but even more so in health care settings. However, is no  uncommon for...
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A new view A new view

A new view

The first contingent of University of South Florida College of Pharmacy student pharmacists to attend the APhA Institute (from left): Matthew...
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In a world full of cancer, positivity is the cure

During the fall semester of my second year as a student pharmacist, my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer. On the day that I was to receive the news, I walked around with a horrible feeling in the pit of my stomach. When I got to work that day, my little sister called to tell me that our parents were acting strange and left to take a drive. At that moment, I knew my mom had received bad news...

Have a #HeartToHeart

Did you know that heart disease kills more than 610,000 Americans each year, accounting for one in every four deaths? According to CDC, it is the leading cause of death among men and women. Cardiovascular disease, including hypertension and stroke, still remains the leading global cause of death at 31%, per the World Health Organization. In the United States, someone has a heart attack every...

A party for the children

Think of your childhood for a moment. Remember all of those family vacations, club soccer games, and endless trips to the playground? Think of how much those happy memories shaped you into the person you are today. These memories probably had a huge influence on your life and could have easily had an impact on your decisions regarding pharmacy school. Now imagine that all being stripped away...

A personal battle became my legacy

When my high school friends were learning how to drive, I was sitting through hours of chemotherapy. While they attended Sadie Hawkins dances, I received blood transfusions. I was 16-years-old and I had just been diagnosed with cancer. But I was lucky. I had a favorable prognosis. Unfortunately, the same couldn’t be said for several of the middle-aged and senior patients with whom I...

A change in perspective

In March 2016, as I was preparing to graduate from The University of Tennessee (UT) College of Pharmacy, I thought that the biggest challenges in my life were behind me. I had survived a tough curriculum at UT and rigorous rotations, and I was excited to finally step into my new role as a clinician and discover what the future held. While I had cast myself as a pharmacist, it turned out life...

Growing pharmacist roles in Beijing

Taylor Naberhaus on her first day at the Peking Union Medical College Hospital. In late summer, I had the opportunity to spend 4 weeks learning from the pharmacists at Peking Union Medical College Hospital (PUMCH) in Beijing, China. During this time, I learned how the following qualities of Beijing are integrated into pharmacy practice and allow the pharmacists to effectively serve the...

APhA at its (grass)roots

Growing up, my parents always listened to NPR in the car, whether I liked it or not. Frequently, the evening news was on in the background during dinner. These habits wore off on me over time and followed me to college. While there, I tried to stay informed about what was happening in the world and I started to think, “Hey, I have opinions about some of this. Maybe I should do something...
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