IACP Student Member Spotlight: Loren Madden Kirk, PharmD Candidate
IACP is pleased to debut the first in a series of IACP Student Member Spotlights - focusing on the future of our pharmacy compounding profession - our Student Members!
- Tell us about yourself, what pharmacy school are you attending, and what year do you expect to graduate?
Hello, my name is Loren Madden Kirk, and I am a student at the Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy, East Tennessee State University, scheduled to graduate in 2015.
- Why did you choose Pharmacy School?
I chose pharmacy school in an effort to avoid the blood, guts, and gore of veterinary medicine. The clinical applications and therapeutic value of the preparations formulated and made in the filtered-air, highly regulated, clean environments seemed very appealing to this organized and analytical student.
- What is your best or most interesting rotation (good or bad experiences welcomed)?
Although I have completed only a few rotations as a second year student pharmacist, I enjoyed the brief time I spent at a Walgreens community practice setting. I was exposed to additional interpretations of compounding.
- What do you want to do when you graduate?
When I graduate, I will be looking to obtain a position that balances quality control and assurance initiatives with advocacy of the profession.
- What do you think the biggest difference in pharmacy practice will be in the next 10 years?
I believe the biggest difference in pharmacy practice will be the scope of it. With the concerted efforts of pharmacy associations across the country, the practice of pharmacy will soon expand to include prescriptive authority and a significant increase in patients' access to pharmacists' care.
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