The Pharmacy Career Representatives program is a volunteer service and leadership experience for current students in the college's Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences (BSPS) and Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) programs.
Career Representatives help plan and implement workshops and events throughout the year, including career fairs, networking events, tours, and employer information sessions.
The representatives also produce and present workshops for their peers, including:
- Bringing it All Together: Strengths & Online Presence
- Presenting Pediatric Pharmacy
- Find Your Fit with DiSC
- Trips and Tricks for Scoring a Stellar Position
- Recipe for Success in Networking
- Culturally Sensitive Pharmacy Care for the Transgender Patient
Meet our Career Representatives:
Olivia Dunning, fourth year BSPS student
I am a senior in the BSPS program and plan on going to pharmacy school to become a community pharmacist at Walgreens. In my free time I love to golf, go to movies with my mom, hang out with my family and watch Netflix. I am involved in Ohio Union Activities Board (OUAB) and MedLife on-campus. I became a Career Representative because Leigh and Natalie were so helpful in finding me a pharmacy technician job and networking with professionals when I first joined the BSPS program. Career services offers so many opportunities to succeed and prepares you for a future in pharmacy and I am excited to extend those services to other students!
Kayla Effinger, third year PharmD student
I am originally from central Indiana and I attended Bowling Green State University for my undergraduate degree where I studied Biology and was a member of the swim team. After graduating pharmacy school at Ohio State, I hope to obtain a residency with the goal of pursuing a career in either ambulatory care or clinical pharmacy. I am currently an intern at Walgreens pharmacy and I often volunteer at the Columbus Free Clinic. In my free time I love to exercise, explore the Columbus food scene and travel. I am passionate about being a Career Representative because I enjoy networking with pharmacy professionals and engaging with other students.
Lauren Johnson, second year PharmD student
I love to swim, pet dogs and anything that involves Ohio State. The university has presented me with many opportunities to get involved and learn about pharmacy in a hands on way. Traveling to Switzerland in Spring 2016 and leading a Buck-I-Serv in Winter 2015 are just two examples of this. Currently, I work as a Pharmacy Intern at Equitas Health. I love working with people, especially in a clinical setting. For the past three years, I have been fortunate enough to be a Career Representative, which has allowed me to make connections and learn about the actual job side of pharmacy. My suggestion for current or incoming students is to get out there and don't be afraid to talk to people about opportunities!
Jessica Martz, first year PharmD student
Being a Pharmacy Career Representative has been a great experience, allowing me to work with new people and gain professional skills. I have learned a lot about the work that goes into preparing events and presentations, and it has been valuable to work with a group that includes undergraduate and professional students, as well as Leigh and Natalie. We all have different ideas and insights, and can learn a lot from each other. My advice for current and incoming students is to try something new! Having a job as a student is rewarding and to students who worry about being too busy, I would say that sometimes having a job can make the rest of a student's day or week more productive and organized!
Kajal Parbhoo, third year BSPS student
After graduating from pharmacy school, I would like to become a pharmacist and to be able to use my knowledge of Spanish to assist patients of various backgrounds. Additionally, I hope to continue pursuing my other interests such as Bollywood dancing and traveling to different countries around the world. Being a Pharmacy Career Representative has been such a wonderful experience, getting to work with Leigh and Natalie to put on events and workshops that benefit students by allowing us to interact with different professions within the pharmaceutical field. I am always happy to help students prepare for these career events and find opportunities in the field that they're passionate about!
Liz Posney, second year PharmD student
I am the Leadership Ambassador for Kappa Psi, a College of Pharmacy student ambassador and a Rho Chi mentor. I am undecided on which area of pharmacy I would like to pursue, but the Career Representatives program gives countless opportunities to network and learn about different careers in pharmacy while also planning career workshops and events. Currently, I hold an intern position at Mount Carmel West, and when I’m not working I can be found running, doing yoga, crafting and exploring Columbus. Feel free to contact me with questions or suggestions for Career Services!
Parichehr (Pie) Shoureshi, third year PharmD student
I love patient care and making everyone I work with happy at the end of the day. I am currently working as an intern at OhioHealth Grant Medical Center and I am a Program Outreach Coordinator for Student Society of Health-System Pharmacists (SSHP). I am a very passionate individual who is known for being humorous, positive and encouraging. My goal is to pursue residency to make an impact on patient care and pharmaceutical practice. I am happy to be contacted about possible positions, collaboration opportunities or if you need to talk about anything!
Gina Zamary, second year BSPS student student
I am a second year student in the BSPS program. My career goal is to complete a PharmD program and at least one year of residency. I am still unsure about which area of pharmacy I want to pursue, but I am interested in a few areas such as ambulatory care, clinical and pediatric. Besides pharmacy, I love running, learning about all things health and fitness, trying new restaurants and coffee shops and playing with my dog. I am also involved in CHAARG at Ohio State, which is an organization that promotes health and wellness for women. I became a Career Representative to meet more students and faculty in the College of Pharmacy and to learn more about the field of pharmacy while developing leadership and networking skills.