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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.

Set yourself up for career success Set yourself up for career success

Set yourself up for career success

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An open mind, great timing, and some luck have served Jessica Marx well during the early part of her pharmacy career. By Jessica Marx, PharmD At 16 years old, I applied for a part-time job at the CVS down the street that was looking for a cashier. At the time, I had absolutely no idea how much this part-time job I took for a little extra cash would help to shape my entire trajectory. I loved my job as a cashier. I would get to know the regular customers who would come in for their daily newspaper and gallon of milk. I remember the day when the pharmacy in the back was short...
Fall football tailgate recipes Fall football tailgate recipes

Fall football tailgate recipes

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By Abigail Takacs Saturdays in the south are a tradition like no other. At the University of South Carolina, student pharmacists are just like every other Gamecock (our school nickname) when Saturday rolls around. While pharmacy school itself is a huge commitment, student pharmacists across the southeast, like myself, also have another...
How I forget about the world for awhile How I forget about the world for awhile

How I forget about the world for awhile

Whether it’s some ‘me time’ or ‘classmate time,’ Kristin Burge knows mental health should not be taken for...
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The concept of self-advocacy The concept of self-advocacy

The concept of self-advocacy

For Kelsey Melgaard (fourth from left), self-advocacy has supported her successes and made disappointments easier to move on from. By Kelsey...
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The ‘what if’ of MRMs The ‘what if’ of MRMs

The ‘what if’ of MRMs

MRMs have always been special to Nancy Alvarez: as a student, APhA–ASP leader, faculty member, and on the APhA Board of Trustees. Here she...
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Where are they now? Where are they now?

Where are they now?

Jonathan Marquess (Mercer University) 1991–92 APhA–ASP National President My wife, Pam, and I are the owners of 10 community...
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Notable APhA–ASP policies through the decades Notable APhA–ASP policies through the decades

Notable APhA–ASP policies through the decades

When you think of the word “policy,” what are some words that jump immediately to mind? Perhaps “rules” or...
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Fear held me back, but not for long Fear held me back, but not for long

Fear held me back, but not for long

As a student pharmacist, I was hopelessly indistinguishable from the rest. I remained in the shadows of my peers who received better grades, who...
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Success does not come as a one-size-fits-all

One of the commonalities student pharmacists have all experienced is the gut-wrenching feeling of failure. We have failed exams, failed relationships, and failed to take proper care of ourselves (who needs sleep, anyway?). Unfortunately, all of that is to be expected; failure comes with the territory of entering a competitive graduate program. Something I was not prepared for, however, was...

Sharing my passion for pharmacy and life

If you approached me in August 2014 during my first days of college at Drake University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences and told me that I would be where I am today, I would have thought you had me mistaken for a different student. Yet here I am, having completed the last of my didactic coursework and headed for rotations as a highly involved student, both inside and outside of the...

Real-world skills on display during international outreach trip

There are a variety of ways that students can bolster their professional backgrounds. The University of Florida (UF) provides unique opportunities that prepares students to be leaders in pharmacy when we go outside of our comfort zones and bring health care to other parts of the world. Since 2003, UF has worked directly with health professionals and students from the Universidad Autónoma de...

‘Advocate for yourself ‘cause no one else will’

Current student pharmacists and pharmacists alike are aware of daily challenges the profession faces. At Harding University College of Pharmacy, we have a unique opportunity to get involved in advocacy at the state level. This past year, the four of us took the reins in our Political Advocacy course and did exactly what Arkansas State Sen. Ron Caldwell once encouraged us to do: “Advocate...

Student researchers shine in Seattle

The APhA Annual Meeting & Exposition is always a showcase of student accomplishments. From patient care to advocacy initiatives, student pharmacists have an unbelievable impact on communities and the profession. This past March, more than 200 projects were presented by student pharmacists through APhA’s Contributed Papers Program, and several were chosen for recognition due to...

SLI inspires and molds future chapter leaders

APhA–ASP was built on a legacy of leadership. Throughout the existence of the Academy, student pharmacists have helped contribute to making the practice of pharmacy what it is today. The Academy has helped develop and mold leaders through intentional programming, opportunities, and structure. Let me take this opportunity to share with you one of the greatest secrets to how our Academy...

Embrace the opportunity to provide effective patient counseling

One of the major aspects that drew me toward a career in pharmacy was the opportunity to educate and interact with patients. This passion motivated me to compete in the local APhA– ASP Patient Counseling Competition during my third year of pharmacy school at the University of Missouri–Kansas City (UMKC) School of Pharmacy. I knew that this would be a great opportunity to help...
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