Beth Travers: Working with the professors is one of my favorite parts of pharmacy school. If you are interested in a specific area of practice, chances are we have a professor who works in that area. All of the professors are always willing to talk with you, and give you advice about classes, rotations, or your future career.
The School of Pharmacy sets you up with a mentor, who is a great resource when you’re first starting. As you progress through the program, you’ll begin to find mentors who work in the area of pharmacy you intend to pursue. All of the professors are so friendly and you get to know many of them on a personal basis, it’s nice to be able to just walk into a professor’s office and have a conversation.
Many of the faculty also work on research, in addition to teaching and working at their clinical practice sites. They are always looking for people to help them with these projects and it’s a great way to gain experience as a student. Professors work on projects that appeal to a wide variety of interests; there’s clinical research, lab research and even writing journal articles.
The best advice I can give is to talk to the professors, get to know them and make connections. Pharmacy is a small world and you never know who might be able to help you get where you’re trying to go.