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Pathways to Pharmacy Students Explore the Profession

Who would have ever thought being a pharmacist would entail squirting a rhino with eye drops from a Super Soaker water gun? Last week, a group of high school juniors, seniors and recent graduates learned the ins and outs of what it takes to be a pharmacist at NEOMED’s 2017 Pathways to Pharmacy, a work-based look at the pharmacy profession.

The 11 students and recent grads registered for the program were guided by upper classmen and faculty from the College of Pharmacy, including assistant professors Fady Abdlrasul, Pharm.D., and Timothy Ulbrich, Pharm.D.

In just one of the jam-packed days of hands-on activities and workshops, students learned about over-the-counter medications, the importance of financial responsibility for new graduates with student debt, how to create their own topical cream, and more—including that fun fact about how to treat a rhino’s eye disease. Each session proved to show the potential future pharmacists a different view of pharmacy—and where they might fit in.