School Of Pharmacy PYIII Participates In APhA-ASP Summer Leadership Institute
School of Pharmacy fifth professional year student Sa'ed Al-Olimat recently represented the Duquesne Chapter of at the American Pharmacists Association Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP) at the organization's Summer Leadership Institute (SLI). The event took place in Washington, D.C. from July 13-15.
The purpose of the conference is to develop the student attendees and allow for networking and sharing of ideas and information, to not only cultivate future leaders in the world of pharmacy but to also advance the organizations that these leaders represent. Attendees participate in advocacy for the profession on Capitol Hill, discussions with staff and leaders from APhA and work to sharpen communication and team leadership skills.
"There were about 225 pharmacy students of all ages, shapes, and colors," said Al-Olimat, who serves at the International Vice President of APhA-ASP. "I was able to befriend some people in Seattle, Montana, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Puerto Rico - literally all across the states. I was originally nervous to attend this conference because I just recently became an active member in APhA and I knew I would not know a single person at this conference. Upon my arrival, I put myself out there and was able to connect with others with ease.
The SLI has been developing student pharmacists within APhA-ASP for 20 years. Sa'ed's experience with SLI brings him back to Duquesne motivated for the academic year and ready to plan events in coordination with the APhA-ASP chapter. On the agenda this autumn is a trivia night to raise money to support a local medical clinic and the School's collaborative work in Cap-Haitien, Haiti.
"I'm glad to say that I have made some lifelong friends, memories, and learned a great deal that will hopefully impact Duquesne's APhA chapter, the various organizations I am involved with, and further enhance my understanding of myself," Al-Olimat said.
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