From teacher to student to pharmacist: Dr. Monica Zorman protects patients at Rocky Mountain Poison & Drug Safety

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Monica Zorman was a high school teacher in Georgia when a student asked her what careers he could pursue in chemistry. It wasn’t the first time she was asked this question, and she knew pharmacy was a solid option for students interested in science. 

This time, though, she took a deeper look into the profession, looking for what the student would need to get started in the field. As she researched, she started to realize that pharmacy might make a good fit for her, too.  Read More

Stanislava Manojlovic poses for a photo with her nephew, Maksim Morris, May 24 after the 2019 Comm

Stanislava Manojlovic, previously a refugee, overcomes obstacles to earn PharmD

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Stanislava Manojlovic poses for a photo with her nephew, Maksim Morris, May 24 after the 2019 Commencement Ceremony.

 

Stanislava Manojlovic’s dream of becoming a pharmacist started when her mother was injured while tending to sheep. Her family didn’t have any other access to medical care, and her ankle, cut by a leash, was starting to get infected.

So Manojlovic’s neighbor, a pharmacist, cared for her mother until she was healed. Read More

Alum Sandra Leal, recently named APhA president-elect, realizes the ‘American Dream’

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Note: This story was originally published in the Winter | Spring 2019 edition of Pharmacy Perspectives. Since its publication, Dr. Sandra Leal was named president-elect of the American Pharmacists Association.

When Sandra Leal was growing up in Nogales, Arizona, her family depended on pharmacists across the border in Mexico for medical care. Today, Dr. Leal,PharmD, MPH, FAPhA, CDE, has devoted most of her career to helping underserved, low-income patients access quality health care from pharmacists. Read More

4th graders inspire future pharmacists

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Approximately 280 4th graders from local elementary schools in Aurora visited campus over winter break to participate in the award-winning and ever-popular event called “Pharmacist for a Day.” A spin-off of the Service Learning Program, this event is a way to engage youth in health education while providing pharmacy students the opportunity to develop their skills as healthcare professionals. Translating pharmacy education into something that is both accessible and meaningful to diverse groups of children proves to be a valuable exercise in effective communication.

“This program is a great opportunity to introduce kids and elementary school teachers alike to the field of pharmacy in a fun, safe environment,” said Patricia Meyer, IPPE Student Coordinator. “The kids really enjoy digging in to the science activities and while we don’t know if this translates into them pursuing pharmacy as a career, it’s always good to increase awareness of pharmacy as a health profession.” Read More

Life Experiences Shape Future

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When Erlynn Frankson was a teen, her grandfather moved in with her family so her mother could take care of him. “She was a nurse and the most equipped of her five siblings to be his caregiver,” says Frankson.

Frankson experienced palliative and hospice care on a personal level. It’s what she came home to after school every day and shaped who she is today. “I saw suffering and it stuck with me 10-20 years down the road.” Read More

Coming Full Circle

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Having spent the last seven years earning his PharmD through the Distance Degrees & Programs, Lokendra Upadhyay is ecstatic to be able to spend his weekends not studying.  “For me, it’s been a great investment of time and energy,” says Upadhyay.

Twenty-five years ago, Upadhyay had the opportunity to tack one more year onto his BS and obtain his PharmD from CU but declined. “I was ready to get out and start earning money. In retrospect, it would have been a lot easier, but then I wouldn’t have all my life experiences,” says Upadhyay. Read More

Mead Family

Pharmacy Family Learns Life Lessons and Skills by Building Houses Together

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Sue and Tim Mead (CU Pharmacy alums ’79 and ’75 respectively), together with their daughters, have built a strong family bond by building houses for others. “In addition to learning how to roof, stucco and cut wood, the experience taught us how to give back, to see that we are part of a bigger world, and to reflect on how much we have,” says Sue Mead. Read More