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.

A one-in-a-million experience A one-in-a-million experience

A one-in-a-million experience

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Would you ever think as a pharmacy resident that you would have the opportunity to be involved in the care of a patient who received a second chance at life through a triple-organ transplant? I am guessing you answered no. I would have answered this question similarly, but then I discovered the endless possibilities in solid-organ transplant (SOT) pharmacy. I had the chance to assist in the care of a patient undergoing the first-ever triple-organ transplant consisting of a heart, liver, and kidney in the state of Utah. Never in a million years could I have imagined this—just...
Flex your pharmacy advocacy muscles Flex your pharmacy advocacy muscles

Flex your pharmacy advocacy muscles

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I like to think of democracy as a muscle. If you do not exercise it frequently, it will atrophy and weaken. Whether the circumstances are fighting for your basic human rights or contesting a simple parking ticket in court, every effort to flex democracy counts. It is an unspoken duty for all citizens and U.S. residents to practice it...
Student pharmacists dive into vaccinating Student pharmacists dive into vaccinating

Student pharmacists dive into vaccinating

Late in December, news broke that would change our pharmacy school careers for good: “FDA approves Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use...
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Making the most of a second chance Making the most of a second chance

Making the most of a second chance

After graduating from a 2-year program and earning my veterinary technician license, I wanted to continue my education in the hope of pursuing...
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Seizing our moment to provide quality care Seizing our moment to provide quality care

Seizing our moment to provide quality care

It is no understatement that the year 2020 presented us with challenges we did not fully anticipate. However, through every obstacle, we have come...
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Pandemic innovation Pandemic innovation

Pandemic innovation

Olivia Kinney provides a rapid antibody test for a patient at a Kroger Pharmacy in Cincinnati. The challenges of the past year have pushed the...
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EVALI: The risks of e-cigarette use

E-cigarettes, or vapes, were first invented in 2003 and have increased in popularity as an alternative to smoking. E-cigarettes function by heating an oil made of nicotine, flavorings, and other chemicals to create an aerosol that users inhale. They contain fewer chemicals than traditional cigarettes and have been marketed as less harmful. As e-cigarette use has become more prevalent, however,...

Providing health care and compassion to the underserved

The past year has undoubtedly been arduous. At times, it was tough to picture if anything advantageous would arise. As a final-year student pharmacist studying at Wake Forest Baptist Health, I want to share what I found fulfilling this year in hopes of emboldening others to search for similar opportunities. Wake Forest Baptist Health invites select student pharmacists from various...

Dare, don’t despair

Final-year student pharmacists are entering the season when we will discover what’s to come in the year ahead. Many students are matching for residency, while others are activating their plan B. Some folks are beginning the job hunt in hopes of landing their first pharmacist position, and others are looking for nontraditional pharmacist jobs. This is an exciting time of year, as we are...

Rejection is just redirection

I remember being in your shoes not long ago, worrying about application deadlines, making sure my suit still fit from last fall, and practicing all the interview questions I could get my hands on. The spring of your final year of pharmacy school is game time! You are putting all the pieces together—sometimes more than once—and landing that job you have worked so hard for. So,...

Building community with ePharmony

When The University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy prohibited in-person events because of the COVID-19 pandemic, our APhA–ASP chapter felt doomed. With our membership drive theme “Dive into APhA,” we had planned socially distanced hikes, picnics, and small group meetings to connect with our peers. These events were scrapped as we transitioned to meeting virtually, but...

What my fellowship means to me

Pharmacy runs in the Little family. Here’s Jonathan Little with Courtney, his sister and coworker at Hospital Discount Pharmacy. In May 2020, I became the fifth pharmacist in my family—all of us having graduated from the University of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy. While I have gained a lot of pharmacy knowledge and perspective from my pharmacist family members over the years, I...