Delaney Laham, a 2021 Doctor of Pharmacy candidate, was named a 2019 AACP Walmart Scholar, one of only 85 pharmacy students across the nation to receive the award. The award is targeted to students with a strong career interest in academic pharmacy, and the scholarship program strengthens the recipient’s skills and commitment to academic pharmacy through participation in the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) Annual Meeting.
The application focuses on the student’s academic performance and includes letters from both the student and his or her mentor. Kevin Fuji, PharmD, associate professor of pharmacy practice and director for the Center for Health Services Research and Patient Safety, described his mentorship of Laham as well as a long-term plan that would facilitate training dedicated toward a future career in academic pharmacy. Laham also wrote an essay demonstrating her understanding of academic pharmacy.
Laham and Fuji will attend the 2019 AACP Annual Meeting July 13-17 in Chicago. The award provides $1,000 support for the student’s registration for the meeting, participation in a Teachers Seminar, and travel/housing costs. While the program traditionally has focused on students entering the final year of their doctoral education or post-graduate training, Laham received the award entering her third year. “I think this speaks to her clear passion and drive for a career in academic pharmacy,” Fuji noted, “and the benefits of the structured mentoring relationship she and I have built together.” Learn more about the award and program here.
Mike Brown, a 2021 Doctor of Pharmacy candidate, received the Veterans Affairs Learning Opportunities Residency (VALOR) internship through the Kansas City Veterans Affairs (VA). Brown was the only pharmacy student accepted this year in the prestigious competitive program. The VALOR Program is an internship program designed to attract academically successful students in Doctor of Pharmacy programs to ultimately work at VA facilities as clinical pharmacists.
The program gives outstanding students the opportunity to develop competencies in clinical pharmacy at an approved VA health care facility. Opportunities for learning include didactic or classroom experiences and competency-based clinical practice with a qualified pharmacy preceptor. Brown was appointed a full-time job during the summer and on weekends during the academic year. This gives him significant clinical experience that is highly synergistic with his Doctor of Pharmacy training.
Brown is interested in a career in pharmacy informatics and given the VA’s heavy use of health information technology, this experience gives him a leg up on achieving his future goals. Learn more about the program here.