From the beginning, Shivali Singh knew she would one day find herself in the medical field. As she progressed through high school and college, she fell in love with science and knew a career in pharmacy was for her.
Now, the rising fourth-year Northeast Ohio Medical University College of Pharmacy student is preparing for the rotation of her dreams — at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in Silver Spring, Maryland. Singh was among pharmacy students from across the country selected to complete a month-long Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (APPE) at the FDA.
“I’m honored to have the opportunity to see a different side of pharmacy practice and approach to patient centered care,” says Singh, who will spend time working at the FDA’s headquarters this summer.
Building a foundation for research
During her time at NEOMED, Singh has seized opportunities to familiarize herself with the world of research.
Most recently, she conducted research on prevalence, predictors and trends of opioid prescribing for lower back pain in emergency departments with Mate Soric, Pharm.D., and students from NEOMED’s Student College of Clinical Pharmacy chapter. Shivali also worked with Cynthia King, Pharm.D., a clinical assistant professor of pharmacy practice, to look at the implementation of an integrated team model and the effects on diabetes management and hemoglobin A1c levels in underserved patient populations.
In her fourth year, the pharmacy student will also complete a number of additional APPE rotations, which she believes will serve her well.
“Building connections with others in my field and developing my experience- that is what energizes me most. I’ve been studying and learning, and the thought of applying and expanding my clinical knowledge to the real world is fulfilling. I’m looking forward to the process and journey. ”