Student Spotlight – Manoj Patel
Name/Class: Manoj Patel, HSC College of Pharmacy – Class of 2023
Manoj is employed as a pharmacy intern in a retail and community setting. He first started out in his pharmacy as a certified pharmacist technician, but after completing his first-year with HSC College of Pharmacy, Manoj earned his pharmacy intern license and immunization administration certificate. He credits the College of Pharmacy for the skills needed to appropriately counsel patients during a stressful pandemic.
How has COVID-19 affected your position in the pharmacy?
In my position during COVID-19, I’ve noticed that patients are looking toward pharmacies for general advice as well as to receive vaccines. Personally, I have seen a huge increase in patients wanting to get vaccinated not only for their safety but as well as the safety of their loved ones.
What is the most rewarding part of your position during the pandemic?
The most rewarding part of my position is knowing how to utilize what I am learning in my health science classes and effectively applying it to my practice. I have been able to confidently answer my patient’s questions and give recommendations. It is a great feeling to be able to successfully help my patients navigate through this stressful pandemic.
What has this experience taught you about being a pharmacist?
This experience has taught me that pharmacists are essential in public health in that their broad scientific knowledge in various health topics can be helpful in guiding and protecting the community.
Interviewed and compiled by Haley Barnes, Class of 2024