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Amanda Robinson PharmD '19, Professor Jennifer Prisco, Assistant Professor in the School of Pharmacy, Allison Lombardi, Senior Assistant Director of Admission.

VIDEO: Expert Advice for Aspiring Pharmacists from the School of Pharmacy at MCPHS

  • Take it from the experts: Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (MCPHS) is the place to make an exciting future in pharmacy a reality. From our location in the Longwood Medical Area in Boston to our clinical affiliations with leading institutions, there are countless reasons to make MCPHS your future home.

    Looking for some expert insight into the PharmD program? Professor Jennifer Prisco, Assistant Professor in the School of Pharmacy, Allison Lombardi, Senior Assistant Director of Admission, and Amanda Robinson PharmD '19 recently sat down for a Facebook Live broadcast where they talked about all things pharmacy, answered commonly asked question about the PharmD program, and shared their advice for applicants.

    Robinson, who is a fifth year student in the PharmD program, started the broadcast by sharing why she chose MCPHS. “I chose MCPHS because I realized everyone [here] has a common interest," said Robinson. "It was all about making impact in healthcare and I really loved that we all had this common interest. It made connecting with friends and faculty that much easier."

    Professor Jennifer Prisco, who is an alum of the Accelerated PharmD program at the University’s Worcester campus, agreed. Professor Prisco’s role at MCPHS includes coordinating introductory and advanced rotations both inside and outside of the University, opportunities that she says are invaluable for students as they prepare for their future careers in pharmacy.

    "Many of our faculty practice right here in the Longwood Medical Area, whether it's at the Joslin Diabetes Center, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Brigham and Women's, so that's a wonderful feature at MCPHS," said Professor Prisco on the live broadcast. "Not only do we have preceptors who work full time at these locations, but we also have faculty who practice at clinical sites at these locations, and that only expands opportunities for our students."

    In the video, Robinson shared that she is already looking forward to starting her own rotations. “Starting in May, I’ll be going out on my APPE rotations," said Robinson. "The way our rotations work is that you have six block rotations; they’re each six weeks long. For my first block, I’ll be at Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge. Then, I’ll be going to Mass General, where I’ll be working with infectious disease specialists. I’m also going to be at Newton-Wellesley, which has a 12-bed ICU floor.”

    Robinson explains that she was able to tailor her clinical placements to her future career goals, something that she feels will help set her up for future success. “I was able to reach out to the University to let them know that I am interested in doing a residency post graduation in infectious disease, but also in institutional pharmacy, so they were able to help me find the sites that fit my future goals, which I really, really appreciate," said Robinson.

    Robinson, who is originally from Springfield, MA, is also completing one of her block rotations close to home, at Bay State Specialty Pharmacy. “It’s actually going to be there the rotation right before Christmas, so I’ll be able to spend some extra time with my family, so I’m very happy about that,” said Robinson.

    Professor Prisco pointed out that the University's health sciences focus is hugely beneficial for students preparing for successful future careers in pharmacy.

    "As a pharmacist, you're not in a siloed job by yourself," said Professor Prisco. "You work with other healthcare professionals for patient-centered care, and one of the great things about being a health sciences institution is that we have all of those professions right here.

    And, viewers of the broadcast even got a sneak peek at some of the exciting new additions coming to the pharmacy program.

    "I'm on both the curriculum committee and the assessment committee, so I get inside knowledge about what's coming up next," said Professor Prisco. "We are getting electronic health records in our lab. One of the best things about being a health sciences institution is that we can incorporate students from 100+ healthcare professions. We can have our PA students writing the prescriptions. We can have our pharmacy students filling the prescriptions."

    Robinson agrees: It's an exciting time to be a pharmacy student at MCPHS. "I’m really excited and I can’t wait to see what happens," said Robinson.

    The full-time, six-year Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program at MCPHS–Boston prepares students for exciting and meaningful future careers as pharmacists.