I am currently a P3 student at Ferris State University in Grand Rapids, MI. I’m a member of SMPA, APhA, and ASHP. I attend the MPA ACE each year and am looking forward to revisiting Detroit again this February. I also attended the ASHP Midyear Meeting this past December and had a blast learning more about residency programs and sitting in on continuing education lectures. I’m a student intern at Healthsource in Saginaw, MI. This health-system is unique because it focuses on recovery. There are 3 units: long-term care, behavioral medicine, and medical rehabilitation. I am able to work with each of these units and continue to gain valuable experience and knowledge in this position that I will be able to use in the future through my APPEs and into my career. In my free time, I have been (slowly) learning how to play guitar. I also like to paint and get crafty when I have the time.
Why did you join LKS?
I joined LKS because I wanted a network of women who were as serious about pharmacy and the journey to become a pharmacist as I was. I was happy to discover there were many other perks that came along with this membership, including leadership opportunities, social events, professional development, and even an intramural volleyball team. Throughout my membership in the Alpha Iota chapter of LKS, I’ve been a part of many committees and have held the positions of President and Winter Formal-Retreat Chair. I absolutely love being a member of this organization and have gained invaluable leadership, organization, and communication skills. I was also able to attend the convention this past summer in Atlanta, GA.
Most memorable LKS experience?
It is difficult to define my most memorable LKS experience. I am stuck between all of the experiences I had as President of the chapter and all of the connections I have made with my sisters. As President, I was able to lead meetings, coordinate chapter activities, and moderate judiciary board meetings. This position helped me reach a level of leadership ability I had not thought I could accomplish before. I am sure that I would not be the leader I am today without this opportunity. As a sister, I have made very strong relationships with other like-minded women who are serious about their future and their love for pharmacy. I have had access to mentors that have been a wonderful resource to me, and I happily jumped at the opportunity to mentor two of my own “little sisters.” These girls have become some of my best friends, and I am excited to see what the future will bring us.
Next year, I will be a part of the DIRECT APPE program at Munson Medical Center in Traverse City, MI. The program is meant to prepare students for residency programs, and I plan to use this experience as I apply for a residency position next year. I am still looking at my career options, but my main interests are emergency medicine and academia. Through my experiences next year, I hope to clarify my career path. I have hopes to someday teach or precept my own students and would also like to learn more about pharmacist roles in the emergency department as I test out my passion for this area of practice.