Perspectives

Student Experience
Pharmacy students discuss treatment options for a patient case in Pharmacotherapy lab.

Michael Ament (second from left) and classmates discuss treatment options for a patient case in Pharmacotherapy lab.

“At the School of Pharmacy, we build upon each other by challenging ourselves and our peers to become the best student pharmacists we can be. Classes are both demanding and engaging, seeing as we are taught about the latest advances in medicine and medication therapy by professors that are experts in their fields. We belong to a tightly knit community that strives to ensure the success of each member and to foster a robust learning environment. Even though we are constantly working hard for our education, we still find time to enjoy unforgettable experiences with each other and to build relationships that will last a lifetime.”

-Michael Ament, DPH-3

Student Experience
Mack Daeda (right) and lab partner take measurements for a lab assignment.

Mack Daeda (right) and lab partner take measurements for a lab assignment.

“When I go into the professional setting for observation and internship hours I get treated more as a peer than a student because other pharmacists recognize what a great job the UW does of preparing its students. While pharmacy school can be a lot of work, the challenge is offset by the amazing and supportive atmosphere here. All of the professors are very approachable and take an interest in not just their curriculum, but in each student as well.”

-Mack Daeda, DPH-3

Student Experience
Andrew Berti (left) works with a practice patient in Communications lab.

Andrew Berti (left) works with a practice patient in Communications lab.

“One of the features of student life that drew me to UW-Madison was the collaborative environment between students and faculty. Study groups are supported and encouraged. Outside of class, faculty and students often interact on a first-name basis and students are frequently seen on the “research floors”, working with a favorite instructor to advance one of his or her research projects. Classes here are often blended and include both online modules and in-person instruction. The use of case studies and clinical scenarios helps to focus on real-world application of knowledge, not just rote memorization.”

-Andrew Berti, DPH-3

Experience Abroad: International Rotation
Erica Wagner (3rd from left) sits with pharmacists at the clinic where she spent her 4th-year rotation in Spain.

Erica Wagner (3rd from left) sits with pharmacists at the clinic where she spent her 4th-year rotation in Spain.

“I studied abroad in Spain as an undergrad for six months. Living there opened my eyes to the ideological, political and social views of those who lived outside the United States. I enjoyed meeting new people, perfecting my language skills, traveling to diverse cities, and savoring the distinct cuisine. I enjoyed my time abroad so much that during pharmacy school, I sought out any international experiences that were available and ended up doing a 4th year rotation in Spain.

My rotation in Spain expanded my views on international medical practices and helped me understand the differences between Spain’s government-run health care system as compared to our privatized health care system in the U.S. I also improved my medical Spanish skills, which has enabled me to participate in unique opportunities in the US, such as serving as a translator between providers and patients. And later, during my residency interviews, I was told by multiple interviewers that I stood out as a candidate because of my international pharmacy experience.”

-Erica Wagner, DPH-4

Student Life: Taste of MAPP
Students Cristina Aponte (left) and Ngan Lai (right) at the Taste of MAPP.

Students Cristina Aponte (left) and Ngan Lai (right) at the Taste of MAPP.

“Taste of MAPP is an annual School of Pharmacy event that combines two of my favorite things: food and learning about cultures different from my own. This year some classmates volunteered to share their backgrounds through poster presentations that included samples of delicious cuisine.”

-Heather Hresko DPH-3

Alumni Perspective
Alumna Katie Schroeder (left) provides resumé feedback to a student Career Fair participant.

Alumna Katie Schroeder (left) provides resumé feedback to a student Career Fair participant.

“My time at the School of Pharmacy was the springboard for my pharmacy career. The education received in the classroom was applied through lab courses, practical experiences, and extracurricular opportunities. For example, I completed my first comprehensive medication review as a student volunteering through the Wisconsin Society of Pharmacy Students. And now I lead the implementation of comprehensive medication reviews in my community practice residency site. Through opportunities volunteering at free clinics throughout Madison and completing a practice experience in Thailand, my education prepared me to work with patients from diverse backgrounds and varying degrees of health literacy.”

-Katie Schroeder, PharmD (Class of 2013)