Student Café: Building a Professional Network During a Pandemic

November 4, 2020

Pharmacy students answered the question “Have you been able to build a professional pharmacy network during the pandemic?” The video is one part in the Pharmacy Times Student Café series.

Students at Midwestern University, Chicago College of Pharmacy—John Rubino, Hannah Noxon, and Amy Kallo—answered the question “Have you been able to build a professional pharmacy network during the pandemic?” The video is one part in the Pharmacy Times® Student Café series.

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This is a partial transcript. View the video for the students' full responses.

John Rubino: It’s definitely been one of those areas that I feel has been affected pretty heavily because [those professionals] aren’t necessarily part of our Midwestern campus and they are not giving those office hours or presenting a live lecture. It is a little more difficult to interact with them.”

Hannah Noxon: “I worked in community pharmacy for 5 years, but now I work in a hospital setting as well. I’ve been able to interact with the new pharmacist that I work with and actually do medication reconciliation in the emergency department [ED]. I get to talk to the ED pharmacists, and the doctors and the nurses.”

Amy Kallo: “When I were to continuously show up for my shift [as a pharmacy intern at Northwestern Medicine] and prove that I am a health care worker and I am here to help [during a pandemic]…It definitely showed something to my pharmacy manager. Building that relationship with my pharmacy manager definitely helped me out if I were to pursue a residency with Northwestern Medicine.”