Pharmacy Times® spoke with Jenine Abuzir, PharmD candidate at Chicago College of Pharmacy at Midwestern University, about her experience teaching in the Women’s Health elective during pharmacy school.

Abuzir’s experience with education and teaching others began in her first and second years of school. She became heavily involved with a specific student organization that showcased using and creating different health screenings for undeserved Middle Eastern communities within the Chicago area.

Further, this opportunity helped Abuzir realize her passion topic in pharmacy is cardiology. “It was something that immediately captivated me when I was learning it in school, and I knew this was something potentially I wanted to go into more long-term in the future,” said Abuzir. 

Being on the other side of the classroom showed Abuzir how much work goes into creating a lecture, which she feels her professors make look easy, considering the amount of research she conducted and thinking in the perspective of a student when creating her material. “I told my advisors I had so much more of an appreciation for what they do, because even me just doing one lecture, I thought, ‘Wow, this was a lot,’” said Abuzir.