Leadership, career exploration, political and professional advocacy. Donations to the College have opened my eyes to interests I would have never considered, opportunities that have made me the future health care professional I am today.
During my first year, I was able to attend the APhA Mid-Year Regional and Annual Meetings and witness students advocate for the pharmacy profession. I even stepped up to the microphone to share my viewpoint on a controversial topic. Those experiences encouraged me to develop an interest in following political issues affecting the pharmacy profession and our patients. It also inspired me to motivate students in promoting the unique value pharmacists have in public health.
Donations continued to help me understand which pharmacy career opportunities supported my skills, interests, and lifestyle. Residency showcases and career expositions uncovered unique internships, residency programs, and employers from around the country. I was even connected with an internship in Alaska where I got to learn about telepharmacy and rural health care.
Inspired by these experiences, I thought it was time I left a legacy with our College. This would be a legacy fueled by passionate student leaders making the most of their pharmacy education while in school and showcasing the pharmacist's value in providing direct patient-care services. Three students leaders and I jump started a program called Know Your Medicine (KYM), a program where students provide medication reviews and follow-up calls to underserved populations. Through our efforts, we motivated our classmates to conduct 52 medications reviews in senior centers around San Antonio and Austin.
Through donations, I was able to represent KYM at the 2013 TSHP Poster Competition. On a special note, our poster was the winner of the Student Poster Competition and galvanized students from other colleges of pharmacy to organize similar initiatives. This year KYM will be showcasing their poster at ASHP Midyear. I hope to stir more excitement on a national level about the impact student pharmacists can have in their community. Looking back, I am really grateful for the donations that have helped me realize what I am most passionate about when it comes to serving the profession and improving health care. Thank you!
-Veronica Fassio, P4
Donations to the College of Pharmacy have directly impacted me in many ways: I've received scholarship support, coordinated public health outreach activities, and participated in professional development opportunities.
What does all this mean? That I am receiving the best pharmacy education in the world, gaining experience in leadership and advocacy, and giving back to the community.
Your support has made these transformative experiences for me possible. I am particularly passionate about advocating on behalf of our noble profession. Donations that support travel stipends have allowed me to travel to many meetings including events in New Orleans and Los Angeles where I've learned about major issues impacting the entire profession and participate in activities developing the profession's platform. I even went to D.C. to lobby to our state senators!
One of my favorite experiences was running for my regional officer position, which allowed me to understand the profession on a macro level and establish friendships with students all over the country. While the in-classroom education is fundamental to my work as a pharmacist, I would not be able to become a leader and advocate for the profession without these out-of-classroom experiences. Your support has opened so many doors for me.
I look forward to continuing to learn, lead and, one day, give back.
- Kalyn Acker, P3
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