ISPP 2015

Career Opportunities in Pharmacy
Western New England University College of Pharmacy


Seeing your pharmacist as an educator, that is the vision Western New England
University College of Pharmacy instills in its
graduates. When we look at the number of patients
engaging in self-care, they need someone to educate them about what’s best, what’s
appropriate, and what’s going to make them feel better. That’s where pharmacists as educators are successful. To impress the college’s vision, values,
and mission into learners, each class is limited to
75 learners per year. The College of Pharmacy was very deliberate in selecting a small class size that we
have here. It’s important for us to be able to develop a personalized educational program to our learners. In a
program that it really requires a lot of hard work,
you want that one on one interaction to make sure you succeed. And they can succeed in two areas. Our learners are also able to partake
in coursework for our College of Business program and
we offer a dual PharmD MBA degree and they can get both degrees in the same amount of time. Technology is also infused throughout the curriculum. During
orientation, all of our learners receive a tablet PC to enhance the delivery of our
curriculum. Our learners use the devices during
classes, out on rotations. Learners can also
review information presented in class. All lectures are captured via our system
and are available for download usually within two hours of the
completion of the lecture so students can go back and review some
of the finer points of instruction. Because the role of a pharmacist is
expanding beyond dispensing, Western New England also provide various experiential learning opportunities. Research is something that I really wanted to do and the school actually gives us the
opportunity go into research. So what end goal with this particular
experiment? Doing research in a laboratory, you are able to apply what you learn in the classroom and actually see how that plays out in a
real system. (Instruction) Students also get hands-on training in
the Secundum Artem which simulates a real-life
pharmacy. We have designed it that they get exposure to different types of pharmacy so the first part we do is community
pharmacy. After we do a couple weeks of community, we do hospital pharmacy And this is kind of a unique thing in a practice lab because not all practice labs will go ahead and give a hospital component, and so on the rotations they’re already seeing this or had exposure to this. The College of Pharmacy gives back to the community while providing interprofessional training
for learners in a unique and innovative partnership
with the supermarket Big Y. The Consultation and Wellness Center is a community resource open to the general public. Patients have lots of questions, they want their questions answered, they
want to be heard, and I feel like I can provide that bridge
between them and their prescriber. You play a huge role and that’s something
that they really really push for here is getting you to know that you’re gonna be
on board fighting for these patients, helping them work through anything that
might be going on. And they put their trust in you as the
pharmacist, that should give you the feeling of privilege. And that’s a privilege we don’t ever want you to take for granted.

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