Pre-pharmacy and pre-health professional undergraduate students recently attended an immersion skills lab in the new pharmacy lab in the Vinardi Center, or Old Gym. The purpose of the event was to expose undergraduate students to the importance of the pharmacy profession in patient care. Sixty-five undergraduates attended, and 30 pharmacy students volunteered to act as experts while the undergraduates rotated through 20 hands-on stations, each highlighting a different area of patient care for pharmacists.
This is the second year School of Pharmacy and Health Professions (SPAHP) faculty, student leaders from the Pre-Pharmacy Club and Creighton EDGE have partnered for the program. Freshman and sophomore students enrolled in Creighton EDGE pre-pharmacy seminars attended and Mackenzie Stick, director of admissions for SPAHP, answered questions about the admissions process.
Several undergraduates commented that they were surprised “pharmacists don’t just count pills.” Pharmacy student volunteers also enjoyed the experience, with one commenting, “My favorite part of the activity was actually breaking the stereotype that pharmacy was all about counting ‘pills.’”
Another said, “This helped me realize how important it is to constantly keep teaching people that are just learning how things work. I have decided I will make it one of my duties to make sure I am teaching interns or new technicians as much as I can so that they learn as much as possible.”