LECOM School of Pharmacy Hosts Career Day
Prior to starting their Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPE), students meet with employers

Student pharmacists from the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) had the opportunity to participate in job and residency interviews with representatives from leading pharmacy chains, retailers, grocers, and hospitals during the School of Pharmacy’s annual Career Day.

Adaeze Okoye and LECOM's other second-year student pharmacists had the opportunity to interview with leading pharmacies and hospitals.

As second-year students prepped for their final exams before embarking on their Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPE), they took time to meet with prospective employers and discuss their credentials. Walmart, Target, Rite Aid, CVS, Walgreens, Giant Eagle, and Weis were among the companies represented at Pharmacy Career Day.

Ashley Maffet, a second-year student pharmacist, expects to transition into a position with Giant Food, LLC, a chain with more than 150 full-service pharmacies in the Mid-Atlantic region. Maffett has worked at Giant for seven years as both a pharmacy technician and pharmacy intern, an experience that motivated her to pursue a career in pharmacy.

“I like helping people and I’m excited about the thought of being able to work more with patients as a pharmacist, in terms of counseling and making recommendations,” she said. “The past two years of coursework have prepared us well academically and professionally.”

Angela Banks, another second-year student pharmacist, had interviews with several of the national chains during Pharmacy Career Day. She may opt for a position with a small, family-owned chain near her hometown of Roaring Spring in central Pennsylvania. She too is excited for the challenges that lie ahead.

“I very much enjoy the interaction with patients and the counseling aspect of pharmacy,” Banks said. “It’s exciting to be able to take what we’ve learned and apply it.”

Second-year student pharmacist Julie Smithson was upbeat after interviewing with three of the national pharmacy chains. “I had very good, positive conversations,” said Smithson, of Youngstown, N.Y. “I was able to draw upon a number of experiences in answering the questions.”

Jenna Krause, Emily Bohlender, and Julie Tuck were among the participants in LECOM's Pharmacy's Career Day.

Joseph Yeager, another second-year student pharmacist, had several interviews during Pharmacy Career Day. He also has an admissions interview with LECOM’s College of Medicine. Regardless of the path he chooses, Yeager is ready and enthusiastic to begin the Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences.

“The first two years of the program have fully prepared us for this moment and being able to start rotations,” said Yeager, who will begin at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, Pa. “For me, the rotations will be a valuable opportunity to better know the areas where I need to improve as well as my strengths.”

The LECOM School of Pharmacy is a nationally recognized leader in the evolution of pharmacy practice. The School emphasizes collaborative practices, community service, dedication to the profession of pharmacy, diversity, excellence in scholarship and teaching, integrity, leadership, life-long learning, professionalism and continuous quality improvement.

LECOM’s campus in Erie offers one of the few accelerated, three-year Doctor of Pharmacy programs in the country. Students interested in a more traditional, four-year program leading to the Pharm.D. degree may attend LECOM’s campus in Bradenton, Fla.

July 18, 2014
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