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Pharmacy Innovators Sign on as Virtual Mentors to Students

Magazine article Drug Topics

Pharmacy Innovators Sign on as Virtual Mentors to Students

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More than 100 pharmacist-- members of the American Pharmaceutical Association who have developed innovative practices have signed up to pass on their experience and wisdom to students through a new virtual mentoring Program.

Set up by the APhA Academy of Students of Pharmacy, the Web-based mentoring program aims to give student members a real-life look at how pharmacy is practiced in many different settings. The 100+ mentors signed up so far represent 19 different practice settings, said Eloise Thibault, APhA-ASP director for student development. Pharmacists who volunteer as mentors are screened by APhA.

The mentoring project grew out of suggestions by students looking for more career development than that being offered by their schools. The result is the virtual mentoring program that went live Feb. 1. "We're getting the word out, but we know a lot of students have been hitting the site already," said Thibault. "I honestly think students surf the Web on a daily basis. We know [the site] is being used quite frequently right now."

On the members-only mentoring section of the APhA-ASP Web page, students can click on a practice-setting icon and then check out a brief biography of a particular practitioner or look for a mentor in a state they're interested in, Thibault explained. She added that the mentoring by e-mail program isn't a job-placement or employment agency for pharmacy students; rather, it is a way for them to gather information about how pharmaceutical care is implemented and practiced in various settings.

"A student e-mails a practitioner with questions about such topics as additional training the setting requires and daily tasks involved," Thibault said. …

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