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Summer Courses Introduce Students to St. Louis College of Pharmacy and Pharmacy Career Choices

Published on 04 August 2015

This summer the campus of St. Louis College of Pharmacy was teeming with activity. As final touches were being put on the College’s new 213,000-square-foot academic and research building and library, students as young as 12 were being introduced to campus and the wide range of pharmacy careers.

New Visitors

For the first time, middle-school students from the Ranken Technical College Summer Adventure Academy visited the College. The camp focuses on hands-on activities for students in middle school. While on campus, the group learned how to compound calamine lotion. Each camper left with the results of their work.

“The trip to St. Louis College of Pharmacy was the highlight of our campers' week,” says L. Allison Givens, MSW, LCSW, sociology instructor at Ranken. “The hands-on experience was priceless! The word trituration was also a hit.”

Givens says many campers had enough lotion to last through out the week. She also appreciated the patient, inclusive teaching by instructor Rhonda Bilger.

High School Programs

Walgreens-St. Louis College of Pharmacy Career Explorers Diversity Outreach ProgramTwo programs for high school students returned to campus this year. The BESt Pharmacy Summer Institute is a collaboration between the College, Barnes-Jewish Hospital, and Express Scripts. It is designed to expose and prepare local multicultural students to health care careers. For six weeks, groups of rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors spent time in the classroom working to improve skills such as test taking. Friday afternoons were reserved for field trips or guest speakers. Since the BESt program began in 2008, all of the attendees have been accepted to college, 93 percent chose health care, and 65 percent pursued pharmacy.

Students in the Walgreens-St. Louis College of Pharmacy Career Explorers Diversity Outreach Program split their time between the College and a Walgreens pharmacy. Their four weeks of class work centered on learning about the wide variety of pharmacy career options. Field trips included visits to the Saint Louis Zoo hospital, a community pharmacy, and a specialty pharmacy.

Application Information

Applications for the 2016 BESt Pharmacy Summer Institute will be available on Dec. 31, 2015. Students interested in the Walgreens Career Explorers program can find more information here.

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