Miranda Galleher, a fourth-year student in the College of Pharmacy, was recently appointed to the American Society of Health System Pharmacists (ASHP) Pharmacy Student Forum as a member of the Residency Preparation Advisory Group. She shared her thoughts on the appointment with The Pulse.
How did your appointment to the advisory group come about?
I became familiar with the ASHP Student Forum through my involvement in the Student Society of Health-System Pharmacists (SSHP) and ASHP. SSHP is the student organization affiliated with ASHP. I served as the SSHP P1 representative, president-elect during my P2 year, president during my P3 year, and now immediate past-president during my P4 year.
One of the SSHP faculty advisors and my mentor, Jaclyn Boyle, Pharm.D. (’13) told me more about the Forum and encouraged me to get involved during my P4 year. After learning about the leadership opportunities available through the ASHP Student Forum, I decided to apply!
There are four different advisory groups within the forum and I decided to apply to the Residency Preparation Advisory Group, since I felt that group best aligned with my area of interest. The application selection process took about two months and I found out in July that I was chosen to be a part of the Residency Preparation Advisory Group with other students from across the country!
What do you hope to achieve through the position?
One of my goals through this position is for the other forum members and I to develop and promote valuable resources for pharmacy students interested in residency. I hope that through our efforts we will be able to help other students achieve their career goals! Applying to residency involves a lot of preparation and I hope that we can make the process as smooth as possible for students through the resources we create. I am also excited to develop my personal leadership skills and network with the other students I will be working with!
The advisory group will meet every month throughout the year, and we will be working on various projects focused on residency preparation. Our specific charges are:
- Review, evaluate and recommend updates to the ASHP Student Residency Guide
- Promote new and existing residency resources
- Highlight the diversity of pharmacy residency options available
- Promote scholarly activities, such a publication, research or presentations
Are you planning to pursue residency?
Yes, I am planning to pursue residency and will be working on my application this fall! I think that residency is an amazing opportunity to develop yourself as a clinical pharmacist while working on a multidisciplinary team to provide the best care for patients. Continued learning and teaching are very important parts of residency as well. These are all things I have a passion for, which is why I am planning on pursuing residency. I am very excited to be a member of the Residency Preparation Advisory Group and hope that this will help prepare me as a residency candidate.
After graduation in May, my biggest goal is to hopefully start residency somewhere in the Northeast Ohio area. My current areas of interest are ambulatory care and internal medicine, but I always keep an open mind about where my career might take me! I plan to earn a teaching certificate as well because I would love to have a role in academia. I’m very excited for this year and to see where my pharmacy career will begin after NEOMED. I can’t thank our amazing faculty here enough for inspiring me and helping me find my passion for pharmacy!
Watch the video: Galleher shared her thoughts on leadership in NEOMED’s Creating Transformational Leaders video campaign.