by Michaela Carpenter, Public Relations Writer
Cedarville University’s School of Pharmacy seeks to not only train students well academically, but also to prepare them for professional success in a variety of settings. As part of this process, third-year professional pharmacy students will participate in the fifth annual business and etiquette dinner on April 16.
Meijer sponsors the event each year for the pharmacy’s business and leadership class. Meijer presents a business issue, and students are divided into teams of five or six to develop a proposal for how to address it. In addition to practicing business and dinner etiquette at the event, each team of students is given time to pitch its idea to the Meijer representatives and faculty members who attend.
This year students have been charged with the task of finding ways to make pharmacies operate in a way that is more efficient and, therefore, more cost effective.
For Dr. Ginger Cameron, assistant professor of pharmacy practice, one of the best parts about teaching the class and hosting the event is the opportunity to help pharmacy students think in new ways that will be beneficial for them in a professional setting.
“Our pharmacy students are in the same building for all of their classes and with each other for all of their classes. They don’t get a lot of exposure to non-pharmacy ways of thinking,” said Cameron. “So when you put them in an environment when suddenly they do — and the way that business people think is so starkly different — that’s good for them. It’s really good for them to be able to see that.”
Located in southwest Ohio, Cedarville University is an accredited, Christ-centered, Baptist institution with an enrollment of 3,963 undergraduate, graduate, and online students in more than 150 areas of study. Founded in 1887, Cedarville is recognized nationally for its authentic Christian community, rigorous academic programs, strong graduation and retention rates, accredited professional and health science offerings, and leading student satisfaction ratings. For more information about the University, visit www.cedarville.edu.