Pharmacists admitted during the National Day
As people across the country recognize National Pharmacy Day today, WSU pharmacy students are back in swing with the new semester.
Ultimately a pharmacist’s job is to help patients through their various treatments, said Shane Fontes, a pharmacy student.
“Unlike a doctor, pharmacists are able to administer these medications further and know what works and what doesn’t,” he said. “After the disease is actually diagnosed, we can take it from there.”
Likewise, pharmacy student Dana Raburn said pharmacists are able to provide support to patients and other health care workers.
Raburn began earning a pharmacy degree after working as a veterinary technician for 20 years. She said some of her professional goals include helping women during pregnancy, as well as minor women recover from addiction.
Pharmacy student Puneet Kaur said that a family friend first introduced her to the idea of going to pharmacy school.
“I am from Punjab, India, and I only came to the states five years ago,” Kaur said. My father’s doctor was my introduction to pharmacy. He told me a lot of good things about him.”
After graduating, Kaur said she got a job that lined up to work as a retail pharmacist.
“Being a pharmacist, you have a lot of options,” Kaur said. “I feel that with experience, you can do great things in the future.”
Fontes said he was inspired to enter the pharmaceutical industry as a child after seeing his mother working as an ultrasound photographer.
“Seeing that made me really want to be involved in healthcare,” Fontes said. “I was really impressed with the pharmaceutical angle.”
Aisha Zeb, a pharmacy student from California. She said she chose to become a pharmacist because of her interest in the healthcare industry.
Zeb said that in addition to medical experience, students should also try to gain driving experience.
It will help you feel more comfortable, too,” Zip said. “Experience does not have to be related to pharmacy.”
The best advice she could give students, Raburn said, is to follow those who are already working in the field.
“Make sure that’s what you want to do,” Raburn said. Moreover, do not be afraid to drive. Don’t take yourself too seriously. Don’t be afraid of failure. It’s never too late to start.”