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Alumni Spotlight: Meet Lisa Patel!

LKS spotlights student and alumni members that are making a difference in their chapters, in their communities, and in the field of pharmacy.
My most memorable LKS experience:
My most memorable LKS moment was when my chapter and I flew down to Las Vegas for the convention in 2006. We were there to learn more about the sorority, the history, and to meet sisters from other chapters. Unbeknownst to us, at the awards ceremony, we won the EFFICIENCY CUP!! We were all in complete shock, and very emotional that our chapter won such a prestigious award. Needless to say, for the rest of the trip, we were all on cloud nine. 
The advice you would give to others:
The advice I would give others is to fully explore options post-graduation while in pharmacy school. I had always wanted to go into industry, but didn’t really know what that meant. Therefore, I signed up for two industry rotations, and with my luck- both sites were cancelled prior to my rotation. Therefore, I spent my rotational year, going from site to site without feeling a connection to any of the areas of pharmacy that I experienced. I started reaching out to the class above me, that were currently in a fellowship program. I was lucky enough to have shadowed them, and learn what the industry was all about. Instantly, I found my passion, and just knew that I just had to pursue a fellowship program. Later that year, I went to Midyear, and was offered a fellowship with Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMS) in conjunction with Rutgers University. After being at BMS for 9 years and Pfizer for 3 years, I am eternally grateful. I would not have my career take any other path. I love my job, and the flexibility it allows for me to be home every day before my kids, work from home several days a week, travel the world, and the encouraging nature to always put my family first.
Why are you a lamb for life:
I am a lamb for life because I made the absolute best friends in my life through LKS, and would have never gotten through pharmacy school without them! <3 To this day, I talk to those 4 girls several times a day and have gone through several of life’s ups and downs together. The relationships formed through the sorority last a lifetime, and I will be forever grateful to LKS for being the type of sisterhood to forge that unity.
If I were not a pharmacist I would be:
Oh gosh! This is tough because anyone that knows me, knows that I LOVEE my job. My second passion has always been baking, so maybe a bakery owner?
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