by Nathan Pilling, Public Relations Writer
Kacey Adams, a student in Cedarville’s Doctor of Pharmacy program, recently received one of six national scholarships to attend the International Academy of Compounding Pharmacists’ Conference on Capitol Hill event in Washington D.C.
The “Fund-the-Future” scholarship was awarded to Adams after she completed a rigorous application process. It covered full registration to attend the conference as well as travel and hotel accommodations.
The event, which took place in June, featured various industry speakers and networking opportunities. The seminar was also a chance for students and professionals to hear about current legal and legislative issues facing the compounding pharmacy world.
“I was interested in pursuing this scholarship so I could explore compounding pharmacy a little more,” Adams said. “Since my interest in compounding has grown, I wanted to network and learn more about the potential challenges compounders may face with new legislation and regulatory changes.”
The four-day event culminated with “Hill Day,” where attendees visited Capitol Hill to meet with House and Senate office staff to discuss the pending Senate Bill 959 (Pharmaceutical Compounding Quality and Accountability Act).
“This conference was of particular interest to me because compounding is currently facing some of its greatest challenges in this area,” she said. “Gaining this understanding as a pharmacy student will allow me to better advocate for the profession.”
Events like this help students by introducing them to professionals in their field and by giving them experience in legislative activism, a critical component to every industry – and students like Adams know that these types of experiences are critical to future career opportunities. “Professional development is important to me, and I’m always looking for new opportunities to broaden my experiences and gain new insight into the pharmacy profession,” she said.
“Just attending a conference like this as a student carries a substantial amount of weight in the eyes of future employers,” said Jeb Ballentine, Pharm.D. “Actually winning a scholarship to attend will be a tremendous addition to Kacey’s professional resume.”
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