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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.

APhA chief of staff: A journey APhA chief of staff: A journey

APhA chief of staff: A journey

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On my first day of pharmacy school, someone said to me, “Membership and active participation in a professional organization is the rent you pay for the space you take up in the profession.” Perhaps I took that more seriously than most, as I became that person in my class; the one who feels the need to participate in everything and run for office in every organization they belong to. To that end, I served my APhA–ASP Chapter, where I learned so much about APhA and the breadth and depth of opportunities available to me as a pharmacist. Fast forward to 2020, when the...
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Student Pharmacists The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Student Pharmacists

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Student Pharmacists

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Pharmacy school is a time of personal and professional growth. To be successful, you need to have a vision for your future. However, balancing work, family, and school responsibilities; managing personal finances and relationships; setting and achieving academic goals; and maintaining emotional and physical well-being can prove difficult. How...
Inspired by a fellow student pharmacist Inspired by a fellow student pharmacist

Inspired by a fellow student pharmacist

An inspiration to her chapter, Madeline Salsman (left; pictured with Ellie Nazzoli) has excelled in leading Operation Immunization events in the...
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Responding to an urgent community health need Responding to an urgent community health need

Responding to an urgent community health need

WSU student pharmacists are ready to test students when they return from holiday break. In early September, just after fall semester began...
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A prescription for writing as a student pharmacist A prescription for writing as a student pharmacist

A prescription for writing as a student pharmacist

Write every day, and make it a point to read daily, too. Why? The answer is simple: to fill up on knowledge is humbling. It is necessary for...
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Emerging from the darkness Emerging from the darkness

Emerging from the darkness

In September, the APhA–ASP House of Delegates passed Resolution 2020.1, which encourages schools and colleges of pharmacy to provide mental...
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Making the most of a virtual environment

It all started with a Facebook post. On July 24, I read a message written by Janan Amin, a third-year PharmD candidate at the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy, who was reaching out to find APhA–ASP Chapter members who might be interested in collaborating on planning events for American Pharmacists Month in October. At first, I wasn’t sure I should respond, but our only options this...

Pharm to table

Farm to table is a fine-dining movement that promotes fresh, locally grown food without the use of a middleman, so the food on your plate is coming straight from the source. When I think of this fresh concept, I’m reminded of my transition from a student to a practitioner in the clinical workforce. Like me, many students don’t take the time to reflect on what happens after making...

It’s a new year … with a new dress code

Interview? Presentation? Virtual rotation? Can I wear pajamas? The remote lifestyle has changed many people’s wardrobes. I no longer have to wake up early to iron out wrinkles, and it is acceptable to wear the same outfit twice. But my professional dress hasn’t changed at all. Dressing professionally gives credibility and confidence. Normal routines changed in 2020, and now that...

Our chapter rides the momentum into 2021

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...

Through the looking glass

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 transferred to the pediatric intensive care unit at...

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 start thinking critically about post-graduation career options, but I can’t help feeling uncertain at times.  For final-year student pharmacists, the fall semester can bring some unanticipated stressors. Mine have included...

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 already reflecting on your values and considering what will be important to you in your future career. Transitioning from a student pharmacist to a new practitioner can be filled with uncertainty, but here are a few tips that I have learned along the way...
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