BESt Pharmacy Summer Institute


The BESt Pharmacy Summer Institute is a six-week summer program offered by Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Express Scripts, Inc, and St. Louis College of Pharmacy.  The mission of the program is to expose and prepare multicultural students for a future career in health care, with an emphasis in pharmacy. Academics in the program focus on improving mathematics, science, language arts, and ACT/SAT skills. Students also receive exposure to the pharmacy profession through pharmacy lectures and site visits. The program also focuses on professional development, emphasizing personal brand, character, and leadership development.

The program is open to under-represented minority high school students with a 3.0 cumulative grade point average attending a St. Louis/East St. Louis city or county public school. The majority of the program is conducted on the St. Louis College of Pharmacy campus. The curriculum is developed and taught by local high school teachers and college professors. The pharmacy students at St. Louis College of Pharmacy serve as mentors and tutors to facilitate the students’ transition, help them feel welcome, and guide their development in building team-skills and working on class projects. In addition to classroom learning, students have the opportunity to visit other pharmacy practice settings: Barnes-Jewish Hospital (hospital pharmacy) and Express Scripts (managed care pharmacy). These field trips provide unique experiences for students to explore other pharmacy career paths while interacting with the pharmacists employed at the sites.


Please read the instructions and eligibility requirements at before completing the online application.  The online application is located at the provided link. 

More Information / Contact:

For more information about the BESt Pharmacy Summer Institute please visit the website at Please direct questions, requests for information, or comments to the BESt Program Directors via the contact link on the website.