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October is American Pharmacists Month

Published on 30 September 2015

American Pharmacists Month at St. Louis College of Pharmacy gets off to a sweet start with a celebration in the lobby of the College’s new Academic and Research Building. Hundreds of cookies shaped like a pharmacists’ white coat are sure to be a hit with students, faculty, and staff. During the month, the College’s unique spirit of fun, involvement, and hard work will be shown by the wide array of activities planned.

STLCOP C.A.R.E.S. (Community Awareness Reaching Everyone in St. Louis) will be held on Saturday, Oct. 3. Since its inception in 2001, the annual day of service has grown into one of the College’s signature events. Hundreds of students will participate. Undergraduates will participate in service projects in the community, and students in the professional program will provide free health screenings at numerous pharmacies in the area.

From the real world to online, students will also learn about the importance of networking and marketing themselves for their first position. An event in the first week will focus on what’s new with the networking website LinkedIn. After polishing their profile pages, students will then have an opportunity to talk face-to-face with experts in sessions devoted to networking and developing proper introductions and an elevator speech.

“The role of pharmacists is rapidly expanding, which opens up countless exciting career paths,” says Kilinyaa Cothran, director of professional student affairs. “Finding that fulfilling career starts with putting your best foot forward. Meeting pharmacists and decision makers in the profession opens students up to possibilities they may not have otherwise thought of.”

The month wraps up with an opportunity for students to learn more about their future during a career panel sponsored by the College’s Student Alumni Association. Past speakers at this annual event included alumni from a wide range of practice settings including the pharmaceutical industry, regulatory agencies, and researcher institutions.

“Hiring managers know graduates of the College are practice and team ready, and able to meet the challenges and position themselves for success,” says Cothran. “Sometimes all it takes to land in the ideal location is making that first connection.”

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