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Finding “the answer” to your next interview questions
Summer brings time for relaxation, getting together with friends, and enjoying a break from school work. However, in pharmacy school, summer is a time when many of you may be embarking on either IPPEs or APPEs, or participating in an internship, pharmacy-related work, or research. As you read the…
May 18, 2018 Publication Student Pharmacist
Develop a strong foundation for communication
Quincy R. Ostrem, PharmD, MBA, is a PGY1 Health System Pharmacy Administration Resident at Banner Health in Phoenix, AZ.  
Watching a new life come into the world, only to quickly watch it be taken away, can change everything. “Alison,” you describe your experiences in labor and delivery; they are both moving and defining. Experiences like this can, in an instant, change your perspective on life and the way you…
Jan 21, 2018 Publication Student Pharmacist
Professional, and emotional, growth
In order to speak honestly and openly with you, I write this column anonymously under the name “Alison.” It is my hope to provide you with insights about rotations and the many pharmacy opportunities I encounter.   Hello, student pharmacists! Welcome back and thank you for following along on…
Jan 21, 2018 Publication Student Pharmacist
Why making a resolution matters … even if you fail
  Nimit Jindal is a third-year PharmD candidate at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy, and the 2017–18 APhA–ASP National President-elect.  
On January 1, many of you started the New Year off the same exact way. You made a New Year’s resolution in the hope that you could positively change a single aspect of your life. And yet, each and every year, it seems like that commitment is broken by January 2. Or if you are lucky, January 3.…
Jan 21, 2018 Publication Student Pharmacist
Approaches to sustainable pharmacy changes
Cynthia Bui and Carolyn Taylor are final-year PharmD candidates at the Shenandoah University Bernard J. Dunn School of Pharmacy.    
The post-anesthesia care unit (PACU) was a sauna upon our arrival. The air conditioning units were disabled during the night to conserve precious energy. The team, consisting of nurses, nursing students, surgeons, midwives, gynecologists, pharmacists, and student pharmacists gathered into a large…
Jan 21, 2018 Publication Student Pharmacist
Have a #HeartToHeart
      Temitope Oyeleke is a final-year PharmD candidate at Hampton University School of Pharmacy.
Did you know that heart disease kills more than 610,000 Americans each year, accounting for one in every four deaths? According to CDC, it is the leading cause of death among men and women. Cardiovascular disease, including hypertension and stroke, still remains the leading global cause of death at…
Jan 18, 2018 Publication Student Pharmacist
Wrapping up an encounter: The thank-you note
  Monica L. Miller, PharmD, MS, is a Clinical Associate Professor at the Purdue University College of Pharmacy, an Internal Medicine Clinical Specialist at the Eskenazi Health’s Department of Pharmacy Services, and the author of Getting Started in a Pharmacy Residency, available for purchase at a special APhA member price on www.pharmacist.com.  
Happy New Year!    There is an often-overlooked piece of an interview that I am consistently asked about: the thank-you note. I am asked questions such as: who should get one, does every member of a group interview require individual notes, when should they be sent (after a showcase…
Jan 21, 2018 Publication Student Pharmacist
The student pharmacist’s guide to professionalism
  Brandon Harkonen and Whitney Pilger are final-year PharmD candidates, and members of the Peer Advisory Council, at the University of Wisconsin–Madison School of Pharmacy.             
Professionalism in the workplace is essential in any occupation, but even more so in health care settings. However, is no  uncommon for one’s professionalism to be challenged during an academic career.   The transition from undergraduate to professional school can be especially…
Jan 21, 2018 Publication Student Pharmacist
Volunteer
Why volunteer? Are you ready to expand your impact beyond the pharmacy workplace? APhA offers a variety of opportunities for you, as an APhA member, to make a difference in your profession, expand your professional network, strengthen your leadership skills, and build your résumé. Our volunteer…
Jul 28, 2016 Basic page
Residency is a two-way street
By Lauren Bode, PharmD, BCPS, and Brandi Bowlin, PharmD
This issue, we thought feedback from two preceptors was better than one. So here are our thoughts on “Alison’s” latest diary entry. 
 Lauren Bode: “Trust your 
instincts”
 “Alison,” yes, this is such an energizing (and sometimes anxiety producing) part of the year! I am also looking forward…
Feb 01, 2018 Publication Student Pharmacist