Enthusiasm is contagious, and leadership seems to be as well within the James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy.
This year, third-year PharmD student Rachel Brewer joins a long legacy of students and faculty who serve or have served in leadership positions with the American Society of Health System Pharmacists (ASHP).
“UC is known across the country as a place that develops strong leaders,” says Brewer, who was appointed in March to serve a one-year term on the ASHP Student Forum Executive Committee.
ASHP is a 35,000-member national professional association that represents pharmacists who practice in hospitals, health maintenance organizations, long-term care facilities, home care and other components of health care systems.
Brewer was among nearly 100 applicants vying for five spots on the organization’s student committee, which advises the board of directors on matters relevant to the future of pharmacy as a profession.
“It’s such a good way to network with leaders across the country,” Brewer says. “There are mentors who help you determine what area of practice you want to be in, and you also help to shape the future of the health care system as a whole.”
Brewer has also received an ASHP Student Leadership Award for 2008–09.
She says her faculty mentors at UC, who hold leadership positions in the organization (Wayne Conrad, PharmD, Teresa Cavanaugh, PharmD, and Jill Boone, PharmD), prompted her to broaden her involvement in her chosen profession.
“I have no doubt that Rachel’s input at the national level will contribute to the continued advancement of the profession of pharmacy,” says Cavanaugh. “Rachel’s passion for the profession, her vision of future practice, ability to motivate her peers and all that she has accomplished at the local level have put her in the national spotlight, where I know she will shine.”
Adds Brewer: “The faculty and our dean have always encouraged leadership and involvement on a national level. We continue to build on the strong leadership we’ve had in the past, and the bar keeps rising.”