(January 10, 2002, Gazette)
Not every gift has to have a large dollar value to be appreciated
by students. In the School of Pharmacy, students are pleased that
many community pharmacies have become involved in their education
through small, practical gifts or by providing hands-on training workshops.
For example, a few years ago Walmart started giving each pharmacy
student a certificate for CPR (cardiopulmonary resusitation),
explained Christina Tulk, who is in her final year of studies. Walmart
themselves identified the need and by giving these certificates that
company ensures that students will take the training.
Ms. Tulk said it is important to know CPR because often in a community
pharmacy it is the pharmacist who is the only one with the training.
If we can get it as a student, then we are more prepared to
start our own career. Without the help of Walmart, it might be a financial
strain for some students.
Dale Turner, also a pharmacy student in his final year, said he and
Christina have both been involved with the Pharmacy
Student Society and have found community pharmacies more than willing
to help in any way they can.
During orientation week they provide everything from promotional
items to financial help, he said. But even more important
they will come in an do actual workshop day on topics like smoking
cessation or blood glucose monitoring. Its not just the financial
help, its extra-curricular, help with the activities, and role
As part of their education, each pharmacy student does three summer
studentships of 12 weeks each.
Generally were out in the community, or sometimes in a
hospital or industry setting, said Ms. Tulk. Most students
go into the community where you interact and basically have all the
responsibilities of a community pharmacist with the exception of dispensing.
As a result of these experience, a lot of students also have the opportunity
to work part-time at the same pharmacy.
Mr. Turner said pharmacy students, like all students, really appreciate
I know for myself, the scholarships Ive received have
been really important. But in general students appreciate gifts of
knowledge and things like workshops that help them in a professional
sense these are the really useful gifts.