Sarah Powell: School Of Pharmacy Takes On Italy (Part 1)

Through a student exchange program with the University of Perugia in Italy, several Duquesne University School of Pharmacy students complete experiential education rotations with a focus on global pharmacy in Italy every year.

Additionally, every summer Dean J. Douglas Bricker leads a group of students on a trip across Italy for two weeks to learn about the Italian healthcare system and experienc a new culture. Sarah Powell, a School of Pharmacy Student Diplomat, participated in the Summer 2016. Read about Sarah’s experience over the next week!

Sarah Powell: This summer, I had the opportunity to travel to Italy for the study abroad program offered by the School of Pharmacy. It is a two-week excursion spanning 11 cities. One the trip, we experienced Italian culture and learned about the healthcare system. We visited community and hospital pharmacies and two pharmaceutical manufacturers. We participated in a simulated patient-based learning case with students from two schools of pharmacy in Italy. The trip was a great mix of learning and getting to see the beautiful and historic country.


Sistine Chapel Ceiling
Sistine Chapel Ceiling

We spent the first three days of the trip in Rome, where we were immersed in the Italian culture. The first night we spent in Rome, we explored the Vatican and had a guided tour of the Vatican Museum and the Sistine Chapel.

Vatican Square.
Vatican Square.

Our second day in Rome was filled with a great deal of walking and site-seeing. The health app tracker on my iPhone said we walked 21 miles that day! First, we climbed the 551 steps to the dome on top of St. Peter’s Basilica, which overlooks the Vatican and the entire city. We visited the church inside of St. Peter’s as well. After, we set off to see some of the most famous sites in Rome. We stopped at different Piazzas, which are little city squares with various restaurants and places to shop.

The First Gelato Stop.
The First Gelato Stop!
Dean Bricker.
Dean Bricker.
The Pantheon.
The Pantheon.

We made a quick stop to get gelato for the first (of many) times on the trip. We made sure to follow Dean Bricker waving his Duquesne flag, so we would not get lost.

The Pantheon was our first stop. It is an engineering marvel because of the hole located in the top of the structure. We then went to the Trevi Fountain, which was packed with tourists. We had to fight to get a spot right in front of the fountain, but it was worth it. The Trevi fountain was so much larger than I was expecting. That night, fellow School of Pharmacy student Nicole and I set out to explore Trastevere, which is a small college-like town on the outskirts of Rome that was filled with restaurants and gelato places to enjoy.

School Of Pharmacy Students At The Trevi Fountain! (L–R: Nicole Mirguet, Mary Kimmel, Kayla King, Rachael Gerstein, Sarah Powell)
Pope Francis II.
The Colloseum. (L–R: Kayla King, Rachael Gerstein, Nicole Mirguet, Sarah Powell)
The Colosseum. (L–R: Kayla King, Rachael Gerstein, Nicole Mirguet, Sarah Powell)

The next day was an early but exciting morning, because we Pope Francis II give mass. It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and we were within five feet of the Pope after mass concluded. This was an amazing experience because we were only expecting to see him wave from his window overlooking the Vatican. We then visited a few different churches on our way to the Colosseum. The Colosseum was my favorite site in Rome. It is amazing how it was built so many years ago, because it is larger than most modern stadiums.

After that, we strolled through the Roman Forum that was adjacent to the Colosseum. We then went to dinner and visited the famous Pittsburgh Steelers bar in Rome.

Ancient Roman Ruins.
Ancient Roman Ruins.

Check back tomorrow for more from Sarah!


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