Third-year pharmacy student Gregory Pon traveled across the world this summer to conduct research through the International Pharmaceutical Students’ Federation (IPSF) Student Exchange Programme.
For three weeks, Pon researched potential anti-cancer medications in the School of Pharmacy at China Medical University in Taichung, Taiwan.
IPSF is a leading international organization for promoting improved public health through education, networking and a range of publications and professional activities. The Student Exchange Programme supports student pharmaceutical interest, allowing students to discover differing practices of pharmacy and health care. Outside the classroom, students are paired with local and international roommates for an immersive experience.
While in Taiwan, Pon explored the city with local pharmacy students. Pon wanted to travel, and knew some of the language to help him communicate while working and exploring the country.
“Each night the local pharmacy students took us out to dinner, night markets, department stores and parks around the city,” says Pon. “On the weekends we also took trips around Taiwan, including Taipei and Sun Moon Lake.”
Pon encourages others to broaden their horizons, both personally and professionally. “Be open-minded to trying new things,” says Pon. “Take the opportunity to travel and learn about yourself in the process and overcome limitations. Students can gain experience in research and get up to speed quickly; all you need is a solid foundation, which Creighton University gives its students.”