"I loved being a part of the community and directly involved with the healthcare of our patients. Additionally, I loved the versatility of the career, and I wanted to learn about the different pathways I could take in the pharmacy profession."
Why did you choose pharmacy as a career?
Initially, it was my experience in a small community pharmacy (Kines Family Pharmacy) near my hometown that solidified my interest in pharmacy. I loved being a part of the community and directly involved with the healthcare of our patients. Additionally, I loved the versatility of the career, and I wanted to learn about the different pathways I could take in the pharmacy profession.
Why did you choose WVU?
Growing up in West Virginia, WVU was always a top choice for me. Knowing that I could stay in-state and attend a top tier pharmacy program made WVU an easy decision.
Did you have an “a-ha!” moment when you knew pharmacy was the right major for you?
As I entered the second year of the curriculum, when therapeutics classes started, it became clear that pharmacy was the right choice for me. The information we were learning became so impactful. Around the same time, I began the joint PharmD/MBA program and discovered many of the different ways to combine my two interests of healthcare and business.
Did you participate in any student organizations or clubs while at WVU?
During my undergraduate studies, I was on the executive board of the Mountaineer Maniacs. Once I entered pharmacy school, I was involved with American Pharmacists Association, Rho Chi Society, and Industry Pharmacists Organization.
What piece of advice would you give the incoming class?
Get involved and learn about the different areas of pharmacy. It’s a versatile field and there are numerous paths, some of which you’ll enjoy more than others. Identifying this early makes it easier to set a direction and develop a course to get where you want to be after graduation.
I’m sure it’s been different ending your education at home under quarantine. How have you adapted?
Fortunately, I finished my degree requirements on March 18. My education wasn’t affected by the changes in course delivery. I am disappointed about not having traditional graduation but elated to see that ‘flattening the curve’ has been effective.
What are your plans after graduation? Or what would you like to do with your pharmacy degree?
I have accepted a Graduate Fellowship in Medical Affairs with Taiho Oncology, Ltd. I am excited to launch my career in the pharmaceutical industry with a patient-focused pharmaceutical company.
Coronavirus has shown us the very best of health care professionals in trying times. What drew you toward a health education?
Initially, I loved being able to interact with patients and help them with their medications. Once in pharmacy school, I discovered the pathways in the pharmaceutical industry and the ability to be on the frontiers of healthcare. Being a part of the drug discovery process is an exciting and rewarding experience.