Changing Faces of Pharmacy students

Changing Faces of Pharmacy Program

Overview

In recognition of its mission as a Catholic, Vincentian, metropolitan,  and  global and University, the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (CPHS) created the Urban Pharmaceutical Care, Research, and Education Institute in 2004. 

The Urban Institute is an institute without walls. It is an “umbrella” for programs that provide students, faculty, pharmacists, physician assistants and other health-care providers with the opportunity to research and better understand how health-care needs are affected by the environmental, socioeconomic, and cultural characteristics of New York City’s diverse communities, especially its low-income and immigrant populations.

Consistent with its mission, the Urban Institute has developed opportunities for CPHS faculty and students to engage with New York City middle schools and high school students to increase awareness of the pharmacy and health sciences professions.

In response to this need, the Urban Institute has developed its flagship educational outreach program, the “Changing Faces of Pharmacy.” This innovative enrichment program for high school students with an interest in pharmacy and/or health care introduces and broadens their  understanding of the pharmacy profession and pharmacy curriculum by pairing them with current Doctor of Pharmacy students.

The Changing Faces of Pharmacy Program requires high school students to apply for admission. This program is free of charge to all students accepted into the program. Accepted students will participate in a semester-long longitudinal program. Parental/guardian permission is a required component of the application. The students are then assigned a mentor who is currently enrolled in the Doctor of Pharmacy program.

Students have the opportunity to participate in select programming throughout the academic year at St. John’s University. The Changing Faces pf Pharmacy Program was launched in 2012 and has been offered on an annual basis since that time. The Changing Faces Program has been met with great success and enthusiasm by participants. The Urban Institute is very excited and proud to announce it has recently partnered with Cureatr, Inc. to assist with program funding to enhance the Changing Faces program. 

Application Process

Applications are being accepted now and the deadline is March 15th. 

Criteria for High School Students

  • You must be a full-time high school student with an interest in pursuing a career in health care.
     
  • You must be able to commit to attending the full program and be available for periodic communication/meetings with your student pharmacist mentor.
     

  • High School students must attend all of the following events:
    Virtual Orientation: Saturday, March 20, 10 a.m.–Noon
    Virtual Campus Tour: Saturday, April 3, 10 a.m.–Noon
    Virtual Pharmacy Profession Panel: Saturday, April 17, 10 a.m.–Noon (Pharmacists and students will discuss the various disciplines within the field of pharmacy).
    Virtual Graduation Ceremony: Saturday, May 1; 10 a.m.–Noon

  • You must submit a completed parental consent and acknowledgement form.
     

Application for High School Students

Eligibility Requirements for Student Pharmacist Mentors

  • Mentors must be Doctor of Pharmacy students in their P1–P4 years who are in good academic standing (with a grade point average of 3.0 or above)
     

  • Mentors must attend all of the following events:
    Virtual Orientation: Saturday, March 20, 10 a.m.–Noon
    Virtual Campus Tour: Saturday, April 3, 10 a.m.–Noon
    Virtual Pharmacy Profession Panel: Saturday, April 17, 10 a.m.–Noon (Pharmacists and students will discuss the various disciplines within the field of pharmacy).
    Virtual Graduation Ceremony: Saturday, May 1; 10 a.m.–Noon
     

  • Prior to the start of the program, mentors are required to complete the Mentor Training Program with Hira Shafeeq, Pharm.D., B.C.P.S., Chair, Changing Faces of Pharmacy Program Committee, and Assistant Clinical Professor.
     

Application for Mentor

Virtual Orientation: Saturday, March 20, 10 a.m.–Noon
Virtual Campus Tour: Saturday, April 3, 10 a.m.–Noon
Virtual Pharmacy Profession Panel: Saturday, April 17, 10 a.m.–Noon (Pharmacists and students will discuss the various disciplines available within the field of pharmacy).
Virtual Graduation Ceremony: Saturday, May 1; 10 a.m.–Noon

More Information

John M. Conry, Pharm.D., B.C.P.S., AAHIVP

Director of Urban Institute
Clinical Professor and Chair, Clinical Health Professions Department
College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
718-990-2486
[email protected]

Manouchkathe Cassagnol, Pharm.D., B.C.P.S.

Assistant Director of Urban Institute
Associate Clinical Professor
Assistant Dean of Service Programs
College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
718-990-5374
[email protected]

Hira Shafeeq, Pharm.D., B.C.P.S.

Chair, Changing Faces of Pharmacy Program Committee
Associate Professor Industry Professional
College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
718-990-8920
[email protected]

 

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