The Appalachian College of Pharmacy held its inaugural pharmacy summer camp, Thursday, June 23, 2016, from 9-4 p.m., for regional high school and middle school students interested in becoming pharmacists. Twenty-six attendees, from Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia, participated in the day-long camp, during which they participated in a medicinal plant walk on the campus’ grounds and gardens and mixed compounds, using a mortar and pestle, to make cough drops in the pharmaceutical compounding lab. Additionally, they obtained hands-on experience on what it is like to work in a community pharmacy and learned about career opportunities and areas of specialization within the field of pharmacy.
Dr. Susan Mayhew, Dean of the Appalachian College of Pharmacy, reflected, “We hope the experience that attendees gained today serves as a catalyst towards a career in pharmacy. The program and student response exceeded our expectations and we look forward to offering the camp again next summer.”
High school students should prepare to apply to a Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree program by completing pre-pharmacy college prerequisites that focus on the sciences and include higher mathematics (e.g., calculus). Students considering pharmacy as a career are also encouraged to obtain exposure to professional practice via job shadowing or work experience.