ACPHS In The News

Career Pathways Abound!

March 26, 2023

Dr. Katie Cardone and Bernie Tyrrell joined President Tofade at the recent APhA Meeting and Exposition in Arizona. 

Last July, the College was charged with developing and advancing a fellowships program available to both ACPHS students and students from around the globe. A fellowship is a competitive training program with excellent job prospects for a student and serves as a talent pipeline for companies.

With the hard work of many of our faculty and staff, as well as the expertise of Bernard Tyrrell, an industry veteran who has built successful and sustainable fellowship programs at Mass College of Pharmacy and the Keck Graduate School, ACPHS is making great strides toward this charge.

To date, the College has established fellowships in partnership with BeiGene, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Curia Global and Crinetics. These industry and corporate partners have to date committed just over $1M to partnering with ACPHS.

ACPHS on Display

This past weekend, ACPHS put its burgeoning fellowships program on display at the 2023 APhA Annual Meeting and Exposition in Phoenix, Arizona. With support from the faculty, staff and students onsite at the event, the College hosted another opportunity for prospective fellows and organizations to learn about the ACPHS and its fellowship offerings.

Our faculty and students also made headlines at APhA’s event. Dr. Lauren Bode was named to serve on the organization’s Board of Trustees. Dr. Bode, whose research and practice interests intersect within diabetes prevention and management, chronic disease management and population health, will be an excellent addition to the organization’s efforts. Dr. Bode, whose practice site is at the University of Vermont Department of Family Medicine, has also been a tremendous resource to our Vermont students.

Dr. Lauren Bode is named to the APhA Board of Trustees. 

In addition, Raia Weathers, a P2 student in the pharmacy doctorate program, represented ACPHS in the National Patient Counseling Competition. She was among more than 115 students from around the country who competed. At the March 24 competition, Weathers put her hand in a bowl to blindly choose a prescription medication for which she would provide counseling to an actor playing a patient. Of the list of 10 drugs she could have received, “it was the one I was most nervous about,” Weathers conceded.

While Raia did not make it to the next level, she said that competing and attending the conference were invaluable experiences. She was able to network and learn about pharmacists’ varying roles in different states. Mingling with a group from APhA-ASP Operation Diabetes cemented her career plans.

“Being here and engaging with everyone in Operation Diabetes has opened me up to pursuing pharmacy in endocrinology,” Weathers said.

P2 student, Raia Weathers, represented ACPHS in the National Patient Counseling Competition.