Interview with Mindy Lam – Pharmacist at the VA

Over winter break, I had the opportunity to interview my fellow Kappa Psi brother, Mindy Lam!  Mindy is an OSU College of Pharmacy Class of 2015 graduate, and she is currently a pharmacy resident at the Columbus VA.

Mindy Lam, PharmD

Mindy Lam, PharmD

Tell us a little about yourself!

Hi! My name is Mindy Lam. I am originally from sunny Irvine, California. I did my undergrad at University of California – Irvine and moved to Columbus, Ohio, where I completed my PharmD at OSU. I’m currently doing a PGY-1 residency at the Chalmers P Wylie VA Ambulatory Care Center in Columbus, Ohio. After completing my residency, I hope to work as an ambulatory care pharmacist.

What organizations were you involved with during your time at OSU?

I was involved in Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity and SNPhA.

Dr. Mindy Lam (top right) with her Kappa Psi lineage

Dr. Mindy Lam (top right) with her Kappa Psi lineage

What exactly is the VA?

The Veterans Affairs is a government department that is dedicated to providing medical care and services to the veterans.

Can you describe the residency program and current job responsibilities?

The PGY-1 pharmacy residency program at Chalmers P Wylie VA is focused in ambulatory care, as the facility only offers outpatient services. We manage chronic disease states in pharmacist-run clinics, such as diabetes, anticoagulation, and hepatitis C. At the VA, pharmacists are able to initiate medications, adjust doses, and order lab work, giving us the autonomy and ability to make immediate and beneficial interventions to improve patient care. We also coordinate with the medical team when additional care is needed.

What was the application process that you went through to apply like?

As with most residency programs, the application process is handled through PhORCAS, which requires a letter of intent, letters of recommendation, pharmacy transcript, and CV to be submitted. Additional requirements are specific to the residency site, such as an on-site presentation, working through a patient case, or conducting a mock patient interview.

What are the most rewarding things about working at the VA?

The most rewarding thing is being able to use my clinical knowledge to help improve the healthcare veterans are receiving, especially after everything they have done for our nation. I follow patients longitudinally throughout my residency, which allows me to build good relationships with veterans and tailor their therapy according to their needs.

What are the most challenging?

The most challenging aspect of the residency is managing many different responsibilities in a work day, especially when unexpected things pop up.

How do you think OSU prepared you for the challenges you’re currently facing?

OSU definitely taught me how to manage my time and prioritize what needed to be done. From studying, completing projects, working a job or two, on top of attending class, doing IPPE rotations, it was a constant juggle between getting things done and making sure I had time for myself.

Any last thoughts or advice?

As I’m sure you have heard before, get involved in an organization that you feel passionate about, don’t be afraid to take on new roles and responsibilities – this is your time to do it! Be flexible, as there are many ways to get to your intended goal. And lastly, have fun and explore the different opportunities.

Thanks for sharing about your experiences, Mindy!

Questions for Mindy or myself?  Email


Fall Fun in Columbus

There are lots of fun things to do in Columbus in the fall!  Here are just of few of the things going on in and around the city:

  • Highball – Oct 23-24, 2015
    • “HighBall is the nation’s fiercest costume party. Staged in the fashion capital of Columbus, this yearly event for the Halloween season bridges runway style with the culture of the Short North Arts District. Be a part of the HighBall street spectacle and model yourself on High Street. At HighBall, you are what you wear.”
  • Circleville Pumpkin Show – Oct 21-24, 2015
    • Circleville is just 30 minutes south of Columbus!  The famous Pumpkin Show offers “Amusement Rides, Games, Two Parades Daily (except Saturday), Exhibits, Arts & Crafts, Food, Food & More Food!”
  • North Market Flea Market Sundays – Last one Oct 25, 2015
    • “North Market and Columbus Flea present Market Flea on Sundays starting June 7th, running through October. Market Flea is located at North Market’s outdoor pavilion and will showcase the best-in-class artisans, vintage sellers, jewelry designers, crafters, artists and furniture makers.”
  • Leeds Farm – Sept 19 – Oct 31, 2015
    • “We feature fall family fun on the farm. Spend the day getting plenty of fresh air and having fun as a family in our many barnyard and outdoor activities for the young and young at heart. Select the perfect pumpkin from the thousands we grow right here on our farm. Marvel over blue pumpkins, fairytale pumpkins, exotic shapes of gourds and more.
    • Don’t miss feeding the goats and visiting the pigs. Listen for donkeys to bray or feed the fish from our pond dock. We’ve got enough farm and fun activities to keep your family moving all day, including our Back 40 barnyard activities, hayrides, farm animals, and farm pond.
    • Educational school tours and private parties are available. Leeds Farm is located in Ostrander, Ohio, between Marysville and Delaware on State Rt. 36.”
  • Pigeon Roost Farm
    • “This year we celebrate our 35th year of Farm Family Fun in Hebron, Ohio!  PumpkinFest is open every day, from September 12 through November 1, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.  Lots of great fun for the whole family, with giant slides, challenging mazes, a new fort, and some of the most fantastic displays of pumpkins you’ll ever see.”
  • Ohio Renaissance Festival – Sept 5 – Oct 25, 2015
    • “Thrill…Feast…Watch…Shop…Explore…Enjoy!  Forget your cares and step back in time to this 30-acre re-created 16th Century English village and enjoy over 400 years of fun in a single day! The festival offers something for everyone featuring nearly 100 shows daily on 11 stages, over 135 unique arts and crafts shops, hearty food and drink, games of skill and human-powered rides to amuse all ages.”
  • Cedar Point Haunt
    • Fridays: 6pm – Midnight
    • Saturdays: 11am – Midnight
    • Sundays: 11am – 8pm
    • Open 11am-10pm on October 11th
  • Columbus International Festival – Nov 7-8, 2015
    • “The 2015 Columbus International Festival will continue a 60 year tradition of bringing together the diverse cultural community in Central Ohio. We are proud to present many new and exciting features such as:
      • Live cultural entertainment and fashion show
      • Ethnic foods and cooking demonstrations
      • Free festival “Passport” and global activities for kids
      • Parade of Nations, Sat & Sun, 3 p.m.
      • Free flu shots, eye, dental and other medical screening free of cost
      • Children’s activities and arts & crafts, free of cost
      • Naturalized Citizenship Oath Ceremony by a federal judge at our CIF stage”


National Mental Health Awareness Week: Dealing with Stress

Are you stressed?

A recent American College Health Survey found stress, sleep problems, anxiety, depression, interpersonal concerns, death of a significant other and alcohol use among the top ten health impediments to academic performance.

Being a pharmacy student can be exhausting!  There’s a lot of pressure to be exceptional academically, personally, and professionally.  Taking some time for yourself each week is incredibly important so that you don’t burn out.

What can you do?  Set aside time to relax and recuperate! Create a positive state of mind to foster creativity, stress relief, and connectedness with your support groups.

Try these stress management tips:

  • Recognize the warning signs of stress, such as anxiety, irritability and muscle tension so that you can step back if you have too much on your plate
  • Learn problem-solving skills so that you can anticipate challenges and cope with setbacks
  • Practice relaxation skills, such as yoga, stretching, massage, deep breathing or meditation
  • Engage in regular physical activity or exercise
  • Eat well and limit alcohol and caffeine
  • Get adequate sleep – make it a priority!
  • Get encouragement from supportive friends, family, and mentors
  • Don’t be afraid to take a break and breathe
  • If you ever feel like you need help – please reach out!

If you are experiencing personal problems or situational crises, please contact:

  • The College of Pharmacy Office of Student Services: Room 150 Parks Hall (614-292-5001)
  • OSU Counseling and Consultation Services (614-292-5766) for assistance, support and advocacy (this service is free and confidential)
    • Visit for additional information on their services, including group counseling and workshops
    • Open 9a-4p M-F
    • CCS services are free up to 10 sessions per academic year, and those with student insurance are eligible to be seen with a co-pay thereafter

Each student has a student mentor that is specifically trained to help you cope with all the stress that being a pharmacy student might bring.  Also, all the faculty at the College of Pharmacy are caring and understanding.  They really want students to be healthy and happy so that they can perform at their maximum potential.  In the Office of Student Affairs, Joe Orozco ( and Kelly Crum ( are available resources.  We also have an on-site counselor at the Student Affairs office, Shawn Levstek, Psy.D.  Shawn presents programs geared toward improving stress management, improving coping mechanisms, and overall wellness, and is at our college on Tuesdays and Friday, located in 138B Parks Hall. If you are interested in counseling or have any questions for him, contact Dr. Levstek by email anytime at

The Ohio State University College of Medicine has a list of Columbus Community Mental Health Resources on their website.

If you need immediate assistance:

  • Life threatening emergencies
    • Go to nearest ER or call 911
  • Suicidal Ideation
    • Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255
    • 24/7 suicide hotline at 1-800-784-2433
    • Columbus hotline 614-221-5445
    • OSU Emergency Dept. 614-293-8333
  • Netcare Access Crisis Hotline: 24 hour mental health and substance abuse intervention 614-276-2273

Special thanks to Kiersten Pasternak for the mental health resource information.

And as always, I’m here and happy to help.  Email me at!


OSU COP Annual APhA-ASP Career Fair!

Who: All OSU College of Pharmacy students

What: Meet and network with pharmacy employers in Columbus!  Companies represented include: Companies attending include: CVS, American Red Cross, Mayo Clinic, Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Ohio Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists, Ohio Health, Rite Aid, Target, The Centers for Families and Children, Walgreens, and more!

Where: Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center -2201 Fred Taylor Drive Columbus, OH 43210

When: Sept 24, 2015 from 4-7pm (some interviews start at 3pm)

Why: This is a great opportunity to explore what jobs Columbus has to offer pharmacy students.  Many different hospital and community pharmacies are represented at the Career Fair, and several conduct interviews (apply for an interview beforehand).  You can ask questions and learn about different internships and fellowships available to you.  Also, there is free food, free parking, raffles and prizes, and you get Professional Development hours.  🙂

Send your questions to!


College of Pharmacy Student Organizations

Pharmacy Council

Website: Carmen website, under “ongoing” – P1 students will be given access

Purpose Statement: We are an umbrella organization for all student pharmacy organizations and classes. We serve as the liaison between student organizations and between students and faculty. We organize fundraising, oversee class events, provide social interactions, and assist in recruitment events.

Why Join: Every student is already a member of Pharmacy Council! Our general body meetings are every other Thursday in Parks 107 during professional hour (11:30-12:30), and are open to all members of the College of Pharmacy. Leadership opportunities are definitely available to P1s—each class elects a president, vice president, secretary/treasurer, two class representatives, PharmD representative, and IPC representative.  P1 elections will take place at the beginning of the school year.


Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP)


Purpose Statement:  The purpose of AMCP is to provide students with an overview of managed care pharmacy and the pharmaceutical industry as potential career paths. The OSU AMCP chapter shares the national organization’s mission of providing accurate and cost effective healthcare measures for patients. It combines clinical aspects of medications with sound business and economic models to make decisions for populations of patients.

Major activities:

-Pharmacy & Therapeutics Competition (2 elective credit hours)

-Managed Care Panel

-Future in 4 Minutes Networking Event (collaboration with APhA)

-Medicare Part D Presentations

-Managed Care and Industry Guest Speakers

Why Join:

AMCP is a great organization to be involved in! Our goal is to help you explore areas of pharmacy that are new and innovative. The ability to combine clinical knowledge with business rationale allows pharmacist to provide care to populations of patients and make an impact on a bigger scale. As students, we are rarely exposed to managed care pharmacy in the curriculum so AMCP tries to fill this gap by providing informative meetings and bringing guest speakers in the field to shed some light into this emerging field of pharmacy. If you have an interest in business, industry, or research, AMCP can provide you with the knowledge and connections to find the career path in pharmacy that is best suited for you!


American Pharmacist Association Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP)


Purpose Statement: The mission of the American Pharmacists – Association Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP) is to be the collective voice of student pharmacists, to provide opportunities for professional growth, and to envision and actively promote the future of pharmacy.

Major Activities: Career fair, American Pharmacists Month, Operation Immunization, Operation Heart, Operation Diabetes, and many more

Why Join: APhA-ASP offers numerous opportunities for students to reach out into their community and practice what they have learned in the classroom through our 9 Patient Care Projects as well as many different professional development opportunities. These opportunities bring us into all different age groups and areas of the community ranging from elementary aged children to the elderly to the underprivileged.


The American Society of Consultant Pharmacists (ASCP)


Purpose Statement: ASCP members manage and improve drug therapy and improve the quality of life of geriatric paents and other individuals residing in a variety of environments, including nursing facilities, subacute care and assisted living facilities, psychiatric hospitals, hospice programs, and home and community-based care. In addition, pharmacy student members of ASCP demonstrate their identification with and support of ASCP’s mission and vision to serve seniors wherever they reside.

Major activities: Fracture risk assessments for seniors, generationRx presentations on medication management, ASCP social, and meetings on various topics of senior care and consultant pharmacy.

Why Join: As one of the smaller organizations in the college, we are a close-knit group of people passionate about senior care and consultant pharmacy. Come find out more about the issues facing older adults, the most complex patients in America, while enjoying good food during our meetings every other Wednesday!


Buckeyes Without Borders


Purpose Statement: BWB is a Graduate/Professional Global Health Student Organization which brings together 10 different health care programs at OSU to spread awareness and better global health locally, regionally, and internationally.

Major activities:

-Nicaragua Medical Brigade

-Rwanda Service Trip

-Health Professionals Summit

-Panel Discussions

-Monthly Dinners

Why Join: Not only does Buckeyes Without Borders give you an opportunity to travel abroad and volunteer, in this organization, you can better patient care for those in need while gaining experience working in interprofessional groups.



The College of Pharmacy Chili Cook-Off at The Ohio State University

Website: hp://

Purpose Statement: The purpose of the Chili Cook-Off is to bring together students, staff and faculty at The Ohio State University in order to organize and produce an annual event that benefits a local charity. Through bringing people together in the Ohio State Community for a common cause, the Chili Cook-Off is also designed to raise awareness for social issues by holding events throughout the year. With numerous informational and fundraising events, the Chili Cook-Off unifies its members with a focus on their common purpose.

Major activities:

-Annual chili cook-off

-3-on-3 basketball tournament

-Trivia quiz night

-Corn hole tournament, and more

Why Join: The Chili Cook-off allows students to organize an event that brings together students, staff, and faculty at The Ohio State University as well as the Columbus community. This is a great way to give back to the community and support a local charity. As a member, you will have the opportunity to build relationships with other students, staff/faculty, alumni, local business people, and other important community members. Multiple leadership positions will be available each year.



Generation Rx Collaborative


Co-Advisors Name & email: Ken Hale (, Nicole Kwiek (

Description: The Generation Rx Collaborative will function as a collaboration of Generation Rx initiatives within existing student organizations at The Ohio State University, and serve as a conduit through which interested students can get involved in Generation Rx activities. The mission of our organization is to enhance medication safety amongst various populations and to fight the increasing misuse and abuse of prescription and over-the-counter drugs through educational prevention, both locally and globally.

Why Join? The Generation Rx Collaborative is a great way for students to create their own project ideas (or participate in our numerous existing projects) to combat prescription drug abuse and spread awareness across OSU, Columbus, and potentially statewide/nationwide. Our organization will only be able to thrive and make a difference with the help of a group of passionate students that want to make an impact. If you share this passion, please join The Generation Rx Collaborative! We would love to hear your ideas and help execute your vision on how we can help spread awareness to help educate the public on the growing prescription drug abuse/misuse epidemic.


Kappa Psi

Purpose Statement: Our fraternity strives to advance the profession of Pharmacy educationally, fraternally, and socially. Our objective is to conduct a fraternal organization for the mutual benefit of the brothers and our profession. We instill the ideals of our fraternity, industry, sobriety, fellowship, and high ideals throughout our daily lives. We help serve the Columbus metro area through community projects and events. We learn from our past, ourselves, and our peers, while passing on the great tradition of Kappa Psi to future brothers.

Major activities: Helping Hands Clinic, Fall/Spring Province Assembly, Color Run, Rush events

Why Join: Kappa Psi is an organization that is built on brotherhood. We gather to build life-long relationships that flourish inside and out of the classroom/workplace. Kappa Psi is also the organization of organizations. We gather students from all facets of the pharmacy profession and unite to promote each other and the projects we work on. This is a group that you’ll belong to beyond professional school. Kappa Psi for life.


P.A.C.E. (Pharmacist and Academics for Communication in English)

Purpose Statement: P.A.C.E. is a student-run organization which is dedicated to helping non-native and native English speakers practice and improve their professional conversation skills in English through health and academic topics essential for the pharmacy profession. P.A.C.E. aims to help pharmacy and graduate students build confidence in effective communication, both in patient care and interprofessional settings, practice correct pronunciation of health care terms, explore different communication styles and techniques, and improve constructive feedback skills.

Major activities: Conversation Partners, General Body Meetings, Local Ethics, Group Dinners

Why Join: P.A.C.E. is a great way to improve your communication skills and learn from other students from different backgrounds and different years in pharmacy school. Each member is a part of a conversation group that meets weekly and discusses various topics. Together we better our communication and expand our knowledge to better our patients.



Phi Lambda Sigma National Pharmacy Leadership Society (PLS)

Website: national website:


Advisor name and email: Dr Bella Mehta;

Purpose Statement: Phi Lambda Sigma is The National Pharmacy Leadership Society. Our mission is to support pharmacy leadership commitment by recognizing leaders and fostering leadership development.

Our Goals:

  1. Promote opportunities and rewards for leadership in the profession of pharmacy
  2. Acknowledge leadership achievement and award membership to leaders recommended by the society
  3. Enhance the talent, skill, and effectiveness of leaders for the profession of pharmacy
  4. Support and encourage sustained leadership commitment

Major activities: PLS holds an annual leadership symposium to help students develop and strengthen their own leadership skills and styles. To supplement the symposium we will be hosting other events and bringing in speakers throughout the year to discuss their leadership stories and different approaches to leadership.

Why Join: Leadership has become one of the most important attributes to success in both your professional and personal lives. PLS provides an environment for you to explore different leadership styles, develop your skills, and network with the other future leaders of pharmacy.




Purpose Statement: PODEMOS is an inter-professional organization focused on providing medical care to rural villages in Honduras by sending medical, pharmacy, and dental students on medical brigades twice a year. Throughout the year PODEMOS holds a variety of events to raise money to support our trips.

Major activities: International medical brigades, Fundraising Events and Socials

Why Join: PODEMOS provides a unique opportunity for students to utilize their knowledge of pharmacy to help provide care to underserved populations in Honduras. Students get the chance to work alongside medical students, dental students, and medical providers to enrich their own knowledge and make professional connections. PODEMOS also provides a range of leadership opportunities for members to get more involved in the organization.


OSU Rho Chi Society-Upsilon

Advisor: Dr. Nahata,


Purpose Statement: Rho Chi society encourages and recognizes excellence in intellectual achievement and fosters fellowship among its members. Further, the society encourages high standards of conduct and character and advocates critical inquiry in all aspects of pharmacy. The society further encourages high standards of conduct and character and fosters fellowship among its members. The society seeks universal recognition of its members as lifelong intellectual leaders in pharmacy, and as a community of scholars, to instill the desire to pursue intellectual excellence and critical inquiry to advance the profession.

Major Activities: P1-P4 survival guides, Mentor-mentee program, Pocket guides

Why Join: Rho Chi is built upon academic and experiential achievement. Students are selected amongst their peers to be invited into the society. It is a great honor to receive recognition and should be strived for throughout the P1 and P2 year. Members of the society work together to help other classmates, develop leadership skills, and provide a means for fundraising and developing different ideas.


Student National Pharmaceutical Association (SNPhA)


Purpose Statement: SNPhA’s mission is embracing diversity to serve the underserved

Major activities: SNPhA Carnival, Shot@Life Champion Summit, Asian Health Fair, Walmart/Sam’s Club Health Fair, Culture Potluck

Why Join: With over 10 health initiatives, SNPhA truly is all encompassing to every realm of pharmacy. Just in this last year, SNPhA participated in over 50 events, serving over 2000 patients. From heart health, to diabetes, to immunization, to community outreach, SNPhA provides every opportunity to get involved and become a leader, including creating a health initiative of your own. Not only will you grow to love our passion to serve, but will also find in SNPhA, we are family.


OSU-SSHP Student Society of Health-System Pharmacy


Purpose Statement:

To make students aware of the areas in pharmacy practice in health care settings

Encourage proper use of medicines in the general public

Encourage members to participate in the activities of the local (COSHP), state (OSHP), and national organizations (ASHP) of health-system pharmacy

Promote participation in service activities throughout the community and encourage student participation in professional development activities

Major activities:

Clinical Skills Competition

Mock Residency Interviews

Midyear to Match Series


Residency 101

Why Join: Joining SSHP will behoove you by providing several networking based programming as well as professional development opportunities. For example, we hold monthly CE dinners with our local affiliate chapter, COSHP. With an SSHP membership, your meal is free and the chance to meet local pharmacists is priceless. If you are considering residency this is definitely the group for you. SSHP aims to give its members the tools and skills needed to land a spot post graduation. Not sure about residency or even what area of pharmacy you would like to practice? Attend our general body meetings to hear about exciting prospects in this field from hospital specialty pharmacists, residents, and many more! Our members are more than happy to answer questions – do not hesitate to find out more of what SSHP can do for you!


Talent Show Association (TSA)

Contact information for membership: Meghan Nestleroth (nestleroth.3)

Purpose Statement: To promote growth and relationships between faculty, staff, and students through the production of an annual talent show.

Major activities: Annual Talent Show

Why Join: You should consider joining because we are a small organization that you can easily get involved with and have your voice heard. We are a fun group of people who work hard to showcase the talented people of our college. Every year, the funds raised from the talent show are donated to a local pharmacy related charity of our choice. By joining TSA, you can help provide healthcare to those who cannot afford it.


The Ohio State University Chapter of Universities Allied for Essential Medicines


Purpose Statement: UAEM serves nationally and at Ohio State to promote access to medicines and medical innovations in low- and middle- income countries by changing norms and pracces around academic patenting and licensing, ensure that university medical research meets the needs of people worldwide and empower students to respond to the access and innovaon crisis.

Why Join: As committed students from all over the world who passionately believe in social justice and health equity, we find it unacceptable that millions of people do not have access to essential medicines. We are particularly concerned about people in developing countries who disproportionately affected by the access to medicines crisis. Universities have a social pact with society and, as educational and research institutions, they have a responsibility to promote and manage the deployment of innovations for the public benefit. In no field are the moral imperatives to do so as clear as they are in medicine.


Vaccinate Knowledge

Contact information for membership:  “Daniel” Min Chul Shin at or

Purpose Statement: To promote growth and relationships between faculty, staff, and students through the production of an annual talent show.

Major activities: Currently creating an infograph and distributing information using a social media website

Why Join: The number of people who are refusing vaccination, either for themselves or their children are growing every day. To combat this issue, many people have sent out their own message on why people should vaccinate. While in good intention, many of these messages are just too aggressive. Vaccinate Knowledge is an organization with two purposes.
1. To discover new ways to reinsure that vaccine is safe and effective. These messages should be educational, catchy, simple and welcoming.
2. To help students prepare (or vaccinate) with knowledge of vaccination, so that they can discuss with patients about any questions he or she may have.
Another smaller purpose is a program used to target student population at Ohio State. Students at the Ohio State have low vaccination rate.


Veterinary Pharmacy Alliance (VPA)

Why Join: We are a brand new interprofessional organization between the Colleges of Pharmacy and Veterinary Medicine. The goal is to educate veterinary students and pharmacy students about each professions’ training as it pertains to veterinary pharmaceutical care. These two professions have more contact than most think, particularly in the community and compounding pharmacy settings.



Overview of the Profession: What is Pharmacy?

According to the Ohio Revised Code, the practice of pharmacy means…

“Providing pharmacist care requiring specialized knowledge, judgment, and skill derived from the principles of biological, chemical, behavioral, social, pharmaceutical, and clinical sciences.”

Then, how is “pharmacist care” defined in the State of Ohio?

Pharmacist Care

  • Interpreting prescriptions
  • Dispensing drugs and drug therapy related devices
  • Compounding drugs
  • Counseling individuals with regard to their drug therapy, recommending drug therapy related devices
  • Assisting in the selection of drugs and appliances for treatment of common diseases and injuries
  • Providing instruction in the proper use of the drugs and appliances
  • Performing drug regimen reviews with individuals
    • Discusses all of the drugs that the individual is taking
    • Explaining interactions between drugs
  • Performing drug utilization reviews (DURs)
    • Occurs when the pharmacist determines that an individual with a prescription has a drug regimen that warrants additional discussion with the prescriber
  • Advising an individualized therapy
  • Acting pursuant to a consult agreement with a physician to practice medicine and surgery or osteopathic medicine and surgery, if an agreement has been established with the physician
  • Engaging in the administration of immunizations

What is Pharmacist Provider Status?

  • Pharmacists are currently not listed as providers in Medicare Part B
  • This limits Medicare beneficiaries from being covered for pharmacy services in outpatient pharmacy settings, and limits pharmacists from being compensated for their services
  • Achieving provider status is important because pharmacists play an important role in improving patient health outcomes and reducing overall healthcare costs
  • Without provider status, the beneficial services that pharmacists provide are less accessible to patients
  • Currently, there is a movement to win provider status for pharmacists in the US

As a Pharmacy Student, What is the Role of a Pharmacy Intern?

Assisting a pharmacist with technical functions, perform the following professional functions under the direct supervision of a pharmacist:

  • Sale of schedule V controlled substances
  • Receipt of oral prescriptions
  • Transfer of a prescription copy
  • The act of patient counseling pursuant to paragraph
  • Administration of approved immunizations
  • Documentation of informed consent to administer immunizations

Potential Career Pathways

  • Community
  • Hospital
  • Mail Order
  • Managed Care
  • Academic
  • Consultant
  • Home Infusion
  • Anticoagulation
  • Integrative
  • Nuclear
  • Federal

Board Certified Pharmacy Specialties

  • Ambulatory Care
  • Critical Care Pharmacy
  • Nuclear Pharmacy
  • Nutrition Support Pharmacy
  • Oncology Pharmacy
  • Pediatric Pharmacy
  • Pharmacotherapy
  • Psychiatric Pharmacy

The above lists aren’t comprehensive, and the opportunities for pharmacists are endless!  Contact me at with any questions! 🙂


Doctor of Pharmacy Admissions

Hi everybody!  Applying to pharmacy school can be very stressful, so here I tried to explain the best way to go about applying to OSU’s PharmD program.  Hope this helps!

Timeline Prior to Enrollment

Begin the application process 12-18 months prior to the intended enrollment date.  The Ohio State Doctor of Pharmacy program operates on rolling admission. Review of applicants begins in September. Interviews occur between January and March. Applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible after the opening of the PharmCAS application on June 1.

18-14 months: Begin preparing for the PCAT by reviewing your course material. Take at least one official PCAT Practice Test, and study using course notes, purchased study guides, the PCAT Prep Class, or the Kaplan PCAT Test Prep.

15-10 months: Apply through PharmCAS and submit your official transcripts and PCAT scores directly to PharmCAS. After applying through PharmCAS, eligible applicants will be asked to complete a supplemental application directly with Ohio State.

10-5 months: Ohio State will conduct interviews with competitive candidates and will notify these candidates of admission decisions.


The Application Process

1.  Take the Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT), a standardized test that is divided into 6 separate sections:

    1. Verbal
    2. Biology
    3. Reading Comprehension
    4. Chemistry
    5. Quantitative Ability
    6. Written Essays

2.  A bachelor’s degree in any major is required for admission to The Ohio State University Doctor of Pharmacy program.  Prerequisite Courses:

General Requirement Description Ohio State Course Number
Human Anatomy/lab Anatomy 2300 or 3300 or EEOB 2510
Introductory Biology/lab Biology 1113
General Chemistry/lab Chemistry 1210-1220
Organic Chemistry/lab Chemistry 2510, 2520, 2540, and 2550
Calculus Math 1151
Statistics Statistics 1450 or 1350
Basic Microbiology/lab Microbiology 4000
Physics/lab (regular or calculus based) Physics 1200-1201

3.  Complete the Pharmacy College Application Service (PharmCAS).  Send three letters of recommendation directly to PharmCAS, following the directions on their website to submit these letters.

4.  Make sure you have a strong and well-rounded application that accurately reflects you.  The admission committee consists of faculty and staff will use the following criteria to review candidates:

    1. Performance in prerequisite course work
    2. Cumulative and science grade point averages (Effective 11/1/14, minimum overall GPA required is 2.70 for autumn 2015 admissions.  Average GPA for our most recent admitted cohort was 3.52; range of GPAs was 3.00 – 4.00.)
    3. Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT) scores (minimum composite percentile of 50 with a typical competitive range of 60-99)
    4. Pharmacy experience
    5. Full disclosure of prior misdemeanor or felony convictions
    6. Personal statements completed by the applicant
    7. Extracurricular leadership and work experience
    8. Letters of recommendation
    9. Personal interviews

5.  Complete the Supplemental Application.  Upon submission and verification of your PharmCAS application, candidates will be emailed by Ohio State to create an Ohio State user ID and account login information. The following day you will have access to the supplemental application through the Applicant Center.  The supplemental application will ask you to answer basic personal information and complete two short essay questions. Those questions are:

    1. Describe your interest in the PharmD program at The Ohio State University (250 words or less).
    2. What strengths do you possess that you believe will help you achieve academic success in the Ohio State PharmD program (250 words or less)?


International Applicants

Ohio State does accept international applicants for the Doctor of Pharmacy program. International applicants are encouraged to apply early to allow time for transcripts to be reviewed.

Key information for applicants with international coursework:

  • Send your original transcripts directly to the Graduate and Professional Admissions Office in a sealed envelope.
  • English language proficiency tests are required for all students who graduated from an institution in a non-English speaking country. International candidates will need to submit test scores for Test of English as a Foreign Language or Michigan English Language Assessment Battery scores for non-native English speakers (minimum TOEFL score of 577 for the paper-based test or 90-91 for the computer-based test or MELAB of 84)
  • If accepted international students will need to complete a financial review prior to being able to matriculate to the program.


For other questions pertaining to the application process for the PharmD program, please e-mail



Summer in Columbus

It’s Summer and You’re in Columbus! Now What?

Columbus is the place to be!  I moved to Columbus, Ohio in the fall of 2010, and though I’ve only been here for less than 5 years, I call Columbus “Home.”  Columbus in the summer is alive with a vibrant array of activities to do, places to eat and shop, and festivals to attend.  Here is my top list for the best of Columbus!


Columbus is beautiful!

For the Foodie:

North Market is simply one of my favorite places to walk around and try new things, including some of the best of Columbus.  Don’t miss out on Pistacia Vera, Jeni’s, and Hot Chicken Takeover!


North Market in the Short North

Tensuke Express is a gem if you love Japanese food and are on a budget!

Northstar Cafe is my go-to restaurant.  They have three Columbus locations – Easton, Beechwold, and Short North.  Meeting a friend from out-of-town and need a place to eat?  Northstar is always my first choice.


Northstar Cafe at Easton Town Center

 Katalina’s Corner Cafe is one of my favorite breakfast places.  They are famous for their Nutella-filled Pancake Balls and their Sweet ‘N’ Spicy Bacon.  Their Mazatlan Slow-Roasted Pork and Egg sandwich is worth every penny.  Oh and don’t forget their tacos!  Mmm so good.


Pulled Pork Tacos from Katalina’s

Wolf’s Ridge Brewing is my favorite place to brunch in Columbus.  Everything on the menu is mouthwatering and their beermosas and bloody mary’s are on point.


Wolf’s Ridge Brewing


Bloody Mary from Wolf’s Ridge Brewing

Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams is the most famous place for dessert in Columbus!  They have the most unique flavors of ice cream – my personal favorites are Goat Cheese with Red Cherries and Yazoo Sue with Rosemary Bar Nuts.


Jeni’s Ice Creams at Easton Town Center

 Pistacia Vera in German Village has the best macarons.


Pistacia Vera in German Village


Macarons at Pistacia Vera


For the Coffee Lover:

Fox in the Snow Cafe is the trendy new place to get coffee.  The cafe is a renovated garage decorated with lots of green living things.  They have the best egg sandwich and pastries.


Fox in the Snow Cafe


Inside Fox in the Snow Cafe


Latte at Fox in the Snow Cafe

One Line Coffee is a beautiful cafe in the Short North.  The owner is truly passionate about coffee.

The Roosevelt Coffeehouse is great place for coffee downtown that is dedicated to fighting global injustices, such as lack of clean water, hunger, and human trafficking.  Try their iced coffee!

Stauf’s Coffee Roasters is a hotspot for coffee in Columbus.  The Grandview location can get quite crowded, and they recently opened a new shop in German Village near Pistacia Vera.


For the Nature Lover:

Goodale Park is a grassy, relaxing park near downtown.

The Olentangy River Trail is the most popular running and biking trail in Columbus.

Columbus Park of Roses is a beautiful park with over 12,000 roses.  The roses are typically in full bloom from mid-June through mid-September.

The Franklin Park Conservatory boasts breath-taking botanical gardens, glasshouses, plant collections, and art collections.


Franklin Park Conservatory


Franklin Park Conservatory


For the Festival Lover:

Columbus Arts Festival – June 12-14, 2015

Columbus Pride Festival – June 19-21, 2015

Comfest – June 26-28, 2015

Red White and Boom – July 3, 2015

Jazz and Rib Fest – July 17-19, 2015

The Ohio State Fair – July 29- August 9, 2015

Columbus Food Truck Fest – August 14-16, 2015


For the Explorer:

 Easton Town Center is my favorite mall in Columbus (there’s also Polaris and Tuttle).  It’s a beautiful outdoor mall, perfect for both casual window shoppers and serious spenders.


Easton Town Center

Short North Gallery Hop is a celebration of the downtown Short North shops the first Saturday of every month from 4pm-10pm, although the festivities often run much later!  Shops are open late and there are special events, food, drinks, performers, and art gallery exhibitions.


Short North at night in Columbus

The Columbus Museum of Art has free admission on Sundays and features a variety of exhibitions.

The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is a nationally acclaimed zoo and a great way to spend a summer day!  Recently, a tiger just had triplets.  On a hot day you can also head over to the water park Zoombezi Bay right next door and cool down!

COSI is a fun, hands-on science museum for children and adults alike!


COSI – Columbus


Scioto Mile – Columbus


Columbus at Night


One of my fellow Student Ambassador Coordinators, Megan Johnson says for the sports and music fans: In the summer we have the Columbus Crew games (professional soccer) and Clippers games (minor league baseball), and Columbus hosts a number of concerts at Nationwide Arena, The Schottenstein Center, the Newport, and the outdoor LC pavilion.

I would love to chat and give more suggestions on how to get to know Columbus!  Email us at!