Rachael Richter: This past summer I had an amazing opportunity to intern with Indian Health Services through the Public Health Commissioned Corps. At my intern site in Arizona, I counseled every patient with a new prescription, worked on interprofessional teams tackling important health issues in the community, and updated nurses and health technicians on medication changes within the national formulary.
Though I only spent six weeks at the health center, it was the most influential educational experience of my life so far. It gave me an opportunity to see a completely new perspective in health care and what it means to be a professional. Part of the Duquesne University School of Pharmacy’s curriculum focuses on serving the underserved; having this additional experience in an underserved community reminded me of the influence that we can have on our patients.
Duquesne University has given me the opportunity to learn and explore many different fields related to pharmacy. This was very important to me because going into school I knew that I did not want a traditional pharmacy career. Opportunities are out there for both pharmacists and students!
One piece of advice I would give any student entering pharmacy school is to stay open-minded and search for unique opportunities. Do not limit yourself to one field until you have explored others. Finally, stay true to what it means to be a professional and serving those who need it the most.