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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.

Our chapter rides the momentum into 2021 Our chapter rides the momentum into 2021

Our chapter rides the momentum into 2021

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The year 2020. Need I say more? The last calendar year challenged APhA–ASP Chapters in unforeseen ways. Game plans that we had successfully implemented in the past were no longer an option. Mainstay events had to be scratched entirely. Any plans of incoming chapter executive boards needed a rethink. Legendary NCAA basketball coach John Wooden said, “If we fail to adapt, we fail to move forward.” The success of chapters all over the country this fall embodied these words. At the Albany  College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (ACPHS), we adapted and we...
Through the looking glass Through the looking glass

Through the looking glass

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In 2020, Martin Bailey was on the other side of the patient care experience. He persevered through the pandemic and is ready for a brighter 2021. If you’ve ever seen a commercial about Humira, chances are you’ve probably heard of ulcerative colitis (UC) or Crohn’s disease (CD). I was diagnosed with UC at age 11 when I was...
Asking yourself the tough questions Asking yourself the tough questions

Asking yourself the tough questions

Hello again, “Kelsea” here! I am optimistic about my future as a pharmacist as I begin my fifth rotation of the year and...
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Rotations: An unspoken interview Rotations: An unspoken interview

Rotations: An unspoken interview

Advice from Douglas Tam (center): ‘Live in the moment, as learning never ends!’ Hey, Kelsea! I am happy to hear that you are...
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Doing well for patients … together Doing well for patients … together

Doing well for patients … together

Student pharmacists often hear about career options in either the community or hospital/institutional settings. But one option that is often...
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Pharmacists’ value recognized during pandemic Pharmacists’ value recognized during pandemic

Pharmacists’ value recognized during pandemic

Advocacy comes in many forms, and no matter the role you play, Meg Freiter advises to always keep your patients in mind. One of the first...
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Mentorship: A tale of two halves Mentorship: A tale of two halves

Mentorship: A tale of two halves

A new program spurred a mentor–mentee relationship between Zoona Ahmad (left) and Madi Eberle, which has also helped them both grow as...
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The miracle of solid organ transplantation The miracle of solid organ transplantation

The miracle of solid organ transplantation

Thanks to organ donors, the Olhausen’s are elated to continue gathering for family events, from weddings to fishing, with Dad. According...
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Soak up the knowledge

Gathering information from multiple platforms has led led to positive momentum in Emily Lothspeich’s life. During the summer of 2019, I drove 30 minutes both ways to my first-year professional student institutional IPPE. This car ride seemed like lost time for productivity in my eyes, so, per recommendation from my older sister, I started listening to the podcast Choose FI. To be...

The value of versatility

Each day, Justin Bladecki finds himself benefitting from his breadth of experience. I joined the Army National Guard while I was still in high school and deployed to Iraq at the end of 2004, the same year I graduated. Overseas, I served as a combat engineer and heavy equipment operator. One of the interesting things that I learned as an engineer in the National Guard was how much more...

Navigating residency preparation virtually during COVID-19 (Online Exclusive)

COVID-19 has impacted nearly all areas of pharmacy education, forcing academic institutions to use alternative means to continue classes and clinical rotations. These transitions led to technology challenges, learning barriers, and missed opportunities, causing added stress and anxiety. Some APPEs were canceled; others were replaced with a virtual course, and some continued as...

Advice on becoming a community-based pharmacist practitioner

Community-based pharmacy practitioners always have the eye of the tiger. Hello, future colleagues! Are you ready for virtual residency showcases? That is the reality this year. While your road to residency will be different from my experience, I can say I am a proud PGY1 community-based residency graduate, and perhaps you will be one day as well. How did I choose my program? Where did it...

Networking's new normal

Brooke E. Kulusich (left): ‘Now that many are Zoom-friendly, it presents an incredible opportunity to transcend geographic barriers and interact with peers, mentors, and speakers regardless of their locations.’ With regional and national meetings gone remote, highly-anticipated experiential rotations canceled, and long-distance travel limited indefinitely, it seems that...

What are your plans after graduation?

Get the most out of your rotations and don’t stress about the future, advises Susan Dembny. The question asked most often to students on APPE rotations is, “What are your plans after graduation?” This question is well meaning, as it is asked so a rotation can be tailored to building skills that will prepare the student for their future career. For students like me who do...

Growing your grit to emerge as a leader

Amidst a pandemic, student pharmacists are enduring the challenges of learning and applying clinical knowledge in an environment unlike anything anyone has experienced before. The current situation has presented an uprooting of all previous plans that has resulted in the questioning of how to move forward with intended goals. The ability to grow through this time of uncertainty may be the...
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