Pharmacy Around the World

The American Pharmacists Association-Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP) hosted their first annual Pharmacy Around the World event April 27. During the event, students presented how pharmacy and medicine is different in various countries and cultures.

The presentations were given at tables spread around the room. At each table, there were also different appetizers and desserts native to that country so guests could enjoy food while being informed about the current pharmaceutical aspects of each country.

P2 chapter president Kelsey Turcotte and the rest of the executive council oversaw the event. P2 describes what year of the pharmacy program graduate students are in. For example, P1 graduates in 2018, P2 in 2017, etc. Turcotte said she thought the event was a success.

“The great thing is that it takes student pharmacists out of the classroom and puts them in front of real patients to counsel and provide various direct care or education to the community,” she said.

Matt Shidler, P2 Operation Immunization Chair, said he hoped the event would broaden guests’ perspective of pharmacy.

“[This event helps others] see how pharmacy is around the world and get a better view of

Union Students learned what pharmacy looks like in different cultures during the Pharmacy Around the World event April 27. | Photo by Kait Martin
Union Students learned what pharmacy looks like in different cultures during the Pharmacy Around the World event April 27. | Photo by Kait Martin
it instead of just focusing on the United States,” he said.

While the event was underway, those in attendance were asked to make a small $2 donation to help buy supplies for a medical mission trip to Nicaragua Union pharmacy students are taking this summer.

Turcotte was very excited about the turnout for the event. She said that she believed this event was a success and can not wait for next year to come around.

Turcotte could not stop talking about her “pharmily.”

“We have some really great students in this program,” Turcotte said.

She said she hopes there will be an even bigger turnout next year and that more of the Union community will come.

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Kait Martin, class of 2017, is a public relations major and psychology minor. The Florida native enjoys baking, drinking coffee, planning her future wedding on Pinterest and monogramming everything in sight.