College of Pharmacy selects first Dean’s Achievement Award recipients
By Arnessa Blanks
The Class of 2024 kicked off their first year of the PharmD program last week. New this year is the 2020 Dean’s Achievement Award, granted to students with at least a 3.5 math and science grade point average and a PCAT score of 70 or above.
“The Dean’s Achievement Award recognizes some of our top applicants, students who have not only met the highest of academic standards, but have also shown great dedication to the profession,” said Rebeca Perfecto, Director of Admissions. “These students will receive guidance from our Dean throughout their four years of pharmacy school. This is truly a unique opportunity for the students who received this award.”
Dean S. Suresh Madhavan is thrilled with the full complement of 106 students admitted to the program and said, “Our admission team and our faculty and staff have admitted a terrific class of 2024, and the talented students who have received the highly competitive Dean’s Achievements Award are a great testimony of the caliber of students who are attracted to our outstanding PharmD degree program. “
2020 Dean’s Achievement Award Recipients
The following six students were selected for the Dean’s Achievement Award, each receiving a $15,000 scholarship. These students come from diverse backgrounds and have many new opportunities and activities to look forward to as they begin their journey in pharmacy school
Beginning Pharmacy School During a Pandemic
Amidst a pandemic, students can expect their coursework to be quite different than usual with most coursework completed virtually. The Class of 2024 will only be on campus for in-person lab and skills activities about a dozen times this fall.
“I’m honestly feeling a lot better about starting pharmacy school virtually,” said Sydney Thompson. “I was definitely nervous at first because of the overall course load, but after being in communication with the cohort through group chat and being able to see that there are others that feel the same as me, I feel like, we as a group, can bring each other up and help each other out during this crazy time.”
Sydney says her peers have participated in social media exchanges so they can communicate that way, as well.
“New students will experience differences in the way in which the curriculum will be delivered – mostly online and individually rather than live and in a classroom with their peers,” said Dr. Killam-Worrall, Associate Professor of Pharmacotherapy and Associate Dean for Pharmacy Curriculum. “However, their learning and skills development will in no way be different from previous classes with the faculty and staff of the College of Pharmacy being there to help students every step of the way.”
This fall will definitely be different, but these new students are eager and excited to join the HSC College of Pharmacy.