The school hosted a Career Explorations Seminar Wed., Apr. 8 to highlight unique opportunities within the field of pharmacy. Students heard from three pharmacists at this last seminar: Mark O'Neill, State Board of Pharmacy Inspector, Warren Streck, Chief Pharmacist in Mail Order Services, and Mongthuong Tran, Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in Utilization Management.
A common misconception is that pharmacists are confined to the local drugstore, counting pills behind the counter. This simply isn't true. Pharmacists work in hospitals, veterinary clinics, labs and academia.
Hearing firsthand from pharmacists who are taking on these different roles within the profession allows students to see that pharmacy is a diverse career with a wide variety of options.
P2 Tyler Scholl said, "I liked the variety and unique careers of the speakers and the stories each had about how they got there."
Another student in attendance, P2 Kelsey McCreedy, said that she really liked hearing about the day-to-day work of each pharmacist because it gave her a fuller picture of what that specific career entails.
P1 Crystal Garcia said, "I liked the intimate setting, the variation in careers presented and the availability of the speakers to share information and invite us to visit them onsite. The connections to these 'out of the box' pharmacy careers seem difficult to explore on our own. Bringing the careers onto campus to the students makes them so much more accessible."
This latest seminar is the first in our Career Explorations series, so stay tuned to learn about upcoming opportunities.