Why did you choose to attend UK for pharmacy school?
After attending UK for undergrad, there was never any doubt that the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy was my top choice for pharmacy school. With a perennially top-five nationally ranked program in-state, I never felt the need to look elsewhere. As a lifelong Kentucky resident I knew I could not only stay close to home, but also receive an outstanding pharmacy education.
What benefits/opportunities do you feel you’ve gotten from attending UK that you maybe wouldn’t have had if you’d gone elsewhere?
The University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy produces a differentiated graduate as a result of the opportunities and benefits available to current students. The numerous dual-degree programs available have given me the opportunity to pursue the PharmD and MBA concurrently, while still finishing both degrees in four years. The College also enables students to strengthen their leadership and interpersonal skills through many student organizations. As a member of professional organizations, like the American Pharmacists Association, I have the ability to advocate for the advancement of pharmacy practice and participate in patient care projects throughout the Lexington community.
What is the best thing about being a UKCOP student?
The faculty and facilities at the College are second to none. Professors, many of which are UK alums, genuinely care about each student and their education as a future pharmacist. Lexington is a great college town with many activities to participate in outside of the classroom, like UK athletic events and horse racing at Keeneland. On that note, $5 student tickets to UK Men’s Basketball for four years are never a bad thing.
Did you work or volunteer in a pharmacy before enrolling at UKCOP or do you work now? If so, what type of setting?
Currently, I work as a pharmacist intern at a local community pharmacy in Lexington. Before enrolling in pharmacy school, I was able to gain valuable insight into the practice of pharmacy by volunteering at multiple community and hospital pharmacies.
David’s Words of Wisdom
My advice to those students considering pharmacy schools would be two-fold. First, take time to get some sort of work, volunteer, or shadowing experience before applying to pharmacy school. Secondly, each pharmacy school is somewhat different in what they offer. By doing some research and visiting pharmacy schools beforehand, you can find the program that fits your individual needs best and ensure you make the most of your pharmacy education.
Are there any areas of pharmacy that you’ve learned about thus far in your career that you are interested in pursuing?
Although I do not know what area of pharmacy I will pursue after graduation, the profession of pharmacy has many versatile career paths. Community, clinical, and managed care pharmacy are the areas I am most interested in currently.