Pharmacy Internship Readies Students for Job Market

Daniel James

Pharmacy student Daniel James worked in a prestigious student research fellowship in the Indiana University School of Medicine at Fort Wayne this summer. Photo credit: Scott L. Huck/Cedarville University

by Nathan Pilling, Public Relations Writer

October 31, 2012

Internships are vital to student success after graduation. Daniel James, a senior studying pharmacy, worked in a prestigious student research fellowship in the Indiana University School of Medicine at Fort Wayne this summer.

PRACTICAL EXPERIENCE

After being accepted into the internship program, students receive a preceptor for the program based on their study interests. Students then assist the preceptors with their research. James’ preceptor was Thomas Kintanar, M.D. “Dr. Kintanar allowed me to utilize my creativity and implement my own skills and knowledge to modify the research project accordingly, while offering assistance and guidance when needed,” James said.

This internship gives students the chance to collaborate with professionals in complementary fields of study. “Being interested in clinical pharmacy, I know collaboration within the health care profession is a necessity,” James said.

James said that he wanted to gain experience working with someone from a different health profession. “Because the program entailed conducting research in collaboration with a physician, I recognized this as an opportunity to become more comfortable with this type of collaboration,” he said. James worked with Kintanar to research the effectiveness of family medicine cholesterol treatment and eventually present his findings.

Each student involved in the internship is required to prepare a 10-page manuscript for potential publication and a poster for viewing. James was selected to present his work at the internship’s final reception. “It was good experience because I had never given a presentation in front of such a large audience before, and it allowed me to see some of the benefits of the time spent conducting the research,” James said.

PREPARATION FOR EXCELLENCE

The Cedarville University School of Pharmacy gives its students a unique advantage by preparing students for opportunities like this early on in their prepharmacy studies.

“Our students are engaged in a research initiative even as freshmen,” said David Ormsbee, MBA, Assistant Dean of Admission and Advancement for the School of Pharmacy. “They get exposure to research methods, the importance of research and a view of the whole process.”

Collaboration with professionals in their field gives students an edge in today’s competitive job market. The rigorous education that the Cedarville University School of Pharmacy provides is giving students like James opportunities to further their education in practical settings. Without this preparation, internships like the one James received wouldn’t be possible.

Located in southwest Ohio, Cedarville University attracts 3,400 undergraduate, graduate and online students to more than 100 areas of study. Celebrating 125 years of inspiring greatness, Cedarville is a Christ-centered learning community recognized nationally for rigorous academic programs, strong graduation and retention rates, accredited professional and health science offerings and leading student satisfaction ratings. Visit the University online at www.cedarville.edu.