No Need to be Nervous: My First Rotation

As a fourth year pharmacy student from University of Missouri – Kansas City, I did not know what to expect IMG_3641when walking into the Missouri Pharmacy Association (MPA) on the first day. Having the MPA as my first rotation made me a little nervous, as I knew my fellow student pharmacists were starting somewhere they had at least some experience in. Needless to say, I did not need to be nervous at all. The whole MPA staff, as well as Dr. George Oestreich and Dr. Jennifer Kemp-Cornelius, have welcomed me and are excited to see me learn and grow through the next month of my rotation.

As a native from a small town outside of Jefferson City, known as Mary’s Home, my interests while in pharmacy school have always been directed to bringing my knowledge and experience back to my community. I’m excited to see that here at MPA, they are so goal oriented by getting many independent & community pharmacist active in their association. Their mission statement is:

“The Missouri Pharmacy Association promotes and protects the role of pharmacist as the medication expert in patient care relationships, and as an integral part of the health care team. The unified voice for Missouri pharmacist.”

This being said, MPA plays an important role in every Missouri pharmacist’s life. They dedicate themselves to providing a voice for pharmacists in this profession by interacting with the state legislature. The MPA participates in the legislative process to promote and maintain our profession in the state, as well as many other important duties in the pharmacy field.

After only being here a day, I can already tell that this is going to be a great opportunity for me to learn more about the pharmacy profession. Through the next month I will be attending many meetings, such as those with the MO HealthNet Prior Authorization Committee, as well as a live Extension for Community Health Outcomes (ECHO) clinic with the Missouri Primary Care Association (MPCA). I am eager to learn more about the association and share my experience with you as I go through my first rotation.


Olivia Schwaller

Pharm.D. Candidate 2016

UMKC – School of Pharmacy

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