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Alumni Spotlight: Meet Jacqueline Chirico!

LKS spotlights student and alumni members that are making a difference in their chapters, in their communities, and in the field of pharmacy.

Tell us about yourself:

I joined the Alpha Pi chapter of LKS in the Fall of 2011. LKS was one of my favorite memories from pharmacy school, and I held various positions from treasurer to orientation leader to sisterhood development chair, while acting as a fundraising and community service committee member and a mentor to younger sisters (both formally and informally). I graduated from St. John’s University College of Pharmacy in 2016 and continued on to pursue a PGY-1 at Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia, PA. I went on to complete a PGY-2 in Health-System & Practice Administration at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore, MD. I currently work as a pharmacy operations manager at the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore in the Bronx, NY. The leadership skills I gained through LKS have really prepared me to take on a career as a pharmacy leader, and I have gained so much from being an LKS sister!

Outside of pharmacy, my hobbies include baking/cooking, traveling, trying new things (like axe throwing!) and spending time with family, friends, and my fiance and our dog!

I joined LKS because:

I loved the feeling of sisterhood that I felt at my first recruitment event. The bond LKS sisters have can’t be broken, and I loved the idea of being a part of a group of women who elevated each other throughout pharmacy school and beyond. There is a very clear mentoring mindset in LKS, and I appreciated all of the guidance I received and I try my best to pay it forward with the next generation of pharmacists that look up to me for advice. I wouldn’t be where I am today without my network of LKS sisters who have paved the path for me.

My most memorable LKS experience:

I have so many memorable LKS experiences, so it is hard to choose just one! If I had to pick, I would say that my favorite would be our initiation ceremony for new members. It is one night where sisters from each year come together to not only welcome our new sisters, but also to look back on the history of LKS to formally induct them into the chapter. I have always enjoyed performing the initiation ceremony and passing along the traditions that make our organization so great!

 Career plans:

I am just settling into my current job right out of residency, so for now I see myself continuing to grow as an operations manager. Aside from operations, I am also interested in medication safety and informatics/automation, so who knows where these skills will take me in the future! Within the next five years, I hope to foster change and advancement at my current institution, while continuing to develop as a new practitioner. I would like to be more involved in pharmacy organizations on both a local and national level, and I hope to continue to mentor LKS sisters as they progress in their pharmacy careers.

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