College of Pharmacy

Student Spotlight – Abriana Palumbo

Name/Class: Abriana Palumbo, HSC College of Pharmacy, Class of 2023 Abriana Palumbo Photo

Hometown: Bedford, TX 

Abriana Palumbo is a pharmacy technician at a hospital where she is helping administer COVID-19 vaccines. After gaining over four years of hospital experience, she has decided to take the clinical pharmacy route after completing the PharmD program. She is excited to learn more in upcoming rotations the next few years that will help her select a specialty.  

How has COVID-19 affected your position in the pharmacy? 

My position has changed from being a normal technician to also picking up shifts to prepare vaccines at our hospital. We have been dealing with new schedules and determining how many doses need to be drawn and when.  

What is the most rewarding part of your position? 

The most rewarding part of my job is seeing people’s sighs of relief and excitement when they receive their vaccine. 

What has this experience taught you about being a pharmacist? 

This experience has taught me that being a pharmacist is more than the typical everyday pharmacist job. There is much more behind the scenes like coming up with procedures for vaccine clinics and staying on top of scheduling. It has allowed me to learn more about reading literature and following medications through trials.