Student Profile: Sha-Phawn Williams

Mylan School of Pharmacy

As a Shenley High School student, Sha-Phawn Williams always liked science and math. So it was no surprise that she chose to major in biology at Lincoln University of PA. But during her junior year at Lincoln, her uncle's experience with The Duquesne University Center for Pharmacy Care not only had a positive impact on his life, but it also opened Williams' eyes to a career path that she hadn't previously considered.

Williams, a 2017 Pharm.D. candidate in the Duquesne University Mylan School of Pharmacy Weekend Program, said that her uncle has diabetes, and he had been struggling with his condition "because he didn't have the knowledge or aid to cope with his medical situation."

"Since he didn't have insurance, he went to see a pharmacist at the Center for Pharmacy Care. He is a true testament of how much a pharmacist can impact a patient's whole lifestyle. He didn't only gain more knowledge about his diabetes, but he also no longer has to take insulin, has lost weight and has a better outlook on life," Williams said. "Seeing how empathetic and patient the student pharmacists and pharmacist were with my uncle and the impact they made on his life made me realize that I wanted to become a pharmacist and attend Duquesne University Mylan School of Pharmacy."

For the past nine months, Williams has worked as an Intern at Duquesne University Pharmacy in the Hill District. Since its inception in 2010, Duquesne University Pharmacy, one of the School of Pharmacy's five Academic Research Centers, has provided medication therapy management and health screenings to an underserved community. The pharmacy has provided Duquesne student pharmacists with a unique, hands-on educational training opportunity.

"As an intern I see first hand how Duquesne University Pharmacy has positively affected the community I grew up in, and I am extremely proud to be a part of that," Williams said.

Williams is a 2008 graduate of Schenley High School, and she is a recipient of a Pittsburgh Promise Scholarship, which is offered to Pittsburgh Public School students who meet residency, GPA, and attendance requirements.

"Pittsburgh Promise plays a huge role in my college career. I am a recipient from the first class that was offered this scholarship," Williams said. She added that she plans to help future generations of Promise scholars by assisting with fundraising and development activities.

In December 2011, three and a half years after her high school graduation, Williams received a BS in Biology with an emphasis in Chemistry from Lincoln University of PA.

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