By: Tasnima Nabi, Associate Student Editor
St. John’s University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences has collaborated with the Union Square Academy of Health Sciences (U. S. A.) to prepare high school students for the pharmacy profession. This partnership is one of the many projects of the “Urban Pharmaceutical Care, Research and Education Institute,” led by Dr. Conry, which helps educate and prepare high school students interested in pharmacy-related careers.
The Union Square Academy of Health Sciences was launched in September 2012 to provide career and technical education along with practical experience to high school students before choosing to pursue dental or pharmacy school. Associate professors Sharon See, Pharm.D., BCPS; Regina Ginzburg ’99P, ’01Pharm.D.; and John Conry ’96P, ’98 Pharm.D., from the Clinical Pharmacy Practice Department at St. John’s University, helped Bernardo Ascona, principal of the Union Square Academy, develop a pharmacy-based curriculum. Students familiarize with the profession by touring pharmacies, shadowing faculty, and meeting with Pharm.D. student mentors.
Dr. Zito, Acting Dean of the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, explains that the collaboration allows for St. John’s University and the Union Square Academy to foster the shared mission of educating and providing opportunity to diverse communities.
Visit the following website for more information: http://www.stjohns.edu/academics/undergraduate/pharmacy/about/pharmacy_launches.stj and http://unionsquareacademy.org/