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Student Pharmacist Magazine

Student Pharmacist is written by student pharmacists for student pharmacists, and 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.

Staying in the know has never been easier Staying in the know has never been easier

Staying in the know has never been easier

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It’s 6:30 am. The alarm goes off, signaling the start of the day. In mere moments, blue light from the phone casts upon the face of the student pharmacist. Still on his side, the student pharmacist watches as streams of information and media scroll across the phone screen. There are 8 notifications, 1 friend request, 2 messages, 10 e-mails, 2 direct messages, 12 unread texts, 136 likes, and 22 retweets. At 8:17 am, the student pharmacist waits for the lecture to begin. E-mails? Check. Texts? Up to date. What salad dressing are you? Where is your dream vacation spot? What dog breed...
Be an advocate for patients Be an advocate for patients

Be an advocate for patients

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In the United States, there are more than 700,000 physicians, almost 3 million nurses, and approximately 300,000 pharmacists, according to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics.  These statistics alone should be reason enough for all pharmacists and student pharmacists to participate in professional advocacy and get involved in a...
APhA Institute experience will benefit my community APhA Institute experience will benefit my community

APhA Institute experience will benefit my community

While at the 2018 APhA Institute on Substance Use Disorders in Salt Lake City, UT, I heard many reasons why people wanted to attend. Some...
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The final two The final two

The final two

“36-year-old female, 27 weeks pregnant with multi-drug resistant tuberculosis. Resistant to isoniazid, ethionamide, pyrazinamide and...
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Keep your connection to the pharmacy community Keep your connection to the pharmacy community

Keep your connection to the pharmacy community

Hi, “Ami”! As a preceptor and a new practitioner in community pharmacy, I truly resonate with your rotation reflection. I, too, fell...
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Online Exclusive: Some fees have “DIRe” consequences Online Exclusive: Some fees have “DIRe” consequences

Online Exclusive: Some fees have “DIRe” consequences

In the 15-year timespan from 2003 to 2018, one in six rural independent pharmacies had closed their doors for the last time.1 Speculation may...
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Online Exclusive: Avoiding FOMO and other career advice Online Exclusive: Avoiding FOMO and other career advice

Online Exclusive: Avoiding FOMO and other career advice

Welcome back. I, and my colleagues, hope you enjoyed the article on nontraditional avenues of pharmacy practice in the January-February issue of...
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Online Exclusive: Next steps

As I left off before the holidays, I had just wrapped up my last pharmaceutical industry fellowship program interviews at the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting & Exposition. A silent cloud fell over the life of “Ami” as employers regrouped to discuss the next steps for their candidates. I was walking along Santa Monica pier when I received my fourth and final onsite interview...

Online Exclusive: Trust the process

Hi Ami! It sounds like you have had an exciting and meaningful experience at Midyear and throughout the interview process. My number one piece of advice to mentees as they go through it is “trust the process,” whether it be the Match, fellowships, or landing your first job as a pharmacist.  This can be a stressful time, with a lot of unknowns. There is no right or wrong...

Pharmacy history at your fingertips

When the subject of pharmacy history comes up in conversation, my first impulse is always to open up APhA Historian George Griffenhagen’s fantastic book 150 Years of Caring: A Pictorial History of the American Pharmaceutical Association. When I flip through the pages, I marvel at how far the profession and APhA have come over the years. Then I focus on my favorite part, which is the...

A half-century of creating leadership opportunities for student pharmacists

It was different times for pharmacists and pharmacy in the 1960s; the name of the medication rarely appeared on the prescription container label unless specifically requested by the prescriber, and pharmacists were not to discuss therapy with patients, deflecting all such questions back to the physician. Patient-centered thinking was just beginning to be adopted by the profession and...

Significant policy debate through the decades in the student HoD

You know you are chronologically old when a colleague invites you to provide a retrospective of APhA–ASP events as you’ve seen them throughout your years with APhA–ASP. The perspective is part insider and part outsider, just as Tinkerbell said to Peter Pan: “You know that place between sleep and awake, that place where you still remember...

The journey continues

When APhA–ASP, previously the Student American Pharmaceutical Association (SAPhA), was born in 1969, it created a home for student pharmacists across the country. Student leaders and their supporters advocated for this Academy long before its birth, and voices grew over time. The Academy has become what it is today because of fearless leaders. Among those leaders are some of the most...
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