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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.

Room to grow Room to grow

Room to grow

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Sarah Wheeler, on rotation. (Photo by Dan Smith, NCH) I was both thrilled and daunted to discover my first APPE rotation would be in the emergency department (ED) at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Emergency medicine pharmacy was my number one specialty of interest entering my final year of school, but with a lack of prior hospital experience, and years since my last significant interaction with children, I knew I was facing a huge learning curve.   One of the first lessons I learned on my rotation was that pediatric pharmacy is unique because the patients aren’t...
Never too late to contemplate career options Never too late to contemplate career options

Never too late to contemplate career options

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Alison, I strongly admire your willingness to take on such a concentrated APPE rotation in a neonatal intensive care unit. I personally do not have any experience with pediatrics, however, I have had some rotational experiences in adult intensive care unit settings, which I am sure are both very similar and vastly different patient care...
Catching my breath Catching my breath

Catching my breath

In order to speak honestly and openly with you, I write this column anonymously under the name “Alison.” It is my hope to provide you...
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The Operation Brain team at UT–Austin The Operation Brain team at UT–Austin

The Operation Brain team at UT–Austin

UT–Austin APhA–ASP Chapter members Helen Zhou (left) and Michelle Tran provided students with handmade anti-stress bubble wrap...
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Healing Healers promotes stress relief Healing Healers promotes stress relief

Healing Healers promotes stress relief

The first thing that went out the window was personal hygiene. When I stayed up the night before an exam, my body reflected all the usual battle...
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The SLI “pharmily” trip The SLI “pharmily” trip

The SLI “pharmily” trip

Karishma Patel (bottom left) and fellow SLI attendees enjoy a “pharmily” meal at APhA headquarters this past July. Stepping onto...
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Twenty years of developing leaders Twenty years of developing leaders

Twenty years of developing leaders

In 2001, SLI activities included an APhA egg hunt on the National Mall. This July marks the 20th anniversary of the APhA–ASP Summer...
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Addressing the mental health concerns of service members

Mental health is a hot topic of discussion within the health care community. More people are gaining access to, and taking advantage of, mental health services. As such, pharmacists will have an active and increased role in the treatment of patients going forward. The U.S. Armed Forces is a great example of this model as they have provided pathways for thousands of service members to address...

Survey says!

APhA staff members Gina Scime and Rob Hodges, along with a service dog, at the JFPS 2015 bookstore. Have you ever participated in a survey or focus group for APhA? The chances are high that you have at least been invited, as APhA conducts nearly 100 surveys and focus groups among pharmacists and student pharmacists each year. The valuable information that is gathered through research helps...

Local chapter, global outreach

Patients waited in a long line to receive health care from the Global Brigades team. Nicholas Paulson: “Student pharmacists gave medical students a crash course in pharmacy workflow. In no time, they were naturals.” This year, during the first week of June, 37 students from the Thomas Jefferson University (TJU) Jefferson College of Pharmacy (JCP), Sidney Kimmel Medical College...

Dispense compassion, not judgment

You may not give a second thought as you dispense an antihypertensive medication to an elderly patient. It makes sense, nothing out of the ordinary. But what goes through your mind, however briefly, when a woman asks for emergency contraception? When a gentleman cannot afford his opioid replacement therapy? When a young man presents a new prescription for an antiretroviral? When a mother is...

Learn. Inform. End the stigma.

Pharmacists have the opportunity to serve patients from diverse backgrounds who have unique patient care needs, both physically and mentally. Nonetheless, due to stigma, research shows that a disparity exists in the care that these two patient populations receive. APhA–ASP recently adopted a resolution at APhA2017 that calls for increased efforts to reduce mental health stigma (2017.3)....
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