By: Shivani Kapadia & Nancy Simon, PharmD Candidate c/o 2016
For us, “Live from NY” was a very memorable event. It was collaboratively-hosted by the American Pharmacists Association chapters across the east coast on the morning of October 5th to celebrate the start of American Pharmacists Month.
During this event, students arrived in New York City to convey the importance of the profession of pharmacy, especially since October was American Pharmacists Month. Rutgers, Long Island University (LIU), Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (MCPHS), Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (ACPHS), University of the Sciences in Philadelphia (USP), and our very St. John‘s University (STJ) chapter raised awareness and proudly represented student pharmacists. It was an experience that we will never forget because it was an awesome opportunity to promote our profession and meet other student pharmacists. Most importantly, we wanted to emphasize our message: “Know your Medicine, Know your Pharmacist.”
At the beginning of the day, we met with APhA-ASP members and prepared to embark on our first experience of the Live from NY annual event. With our professional attire, we headed to the Today show, and mingled with diverse, motivated student pharmacists. We witnessed some of the “behind-the-scenes” operations, as well as had the opportunity see the news team in action, shake Al Roker’s hand, and spot a glimpse of Kourtney Kardashian.
When we were introduced as student pharmacists, we were very proud to cheer for the health profession that we will one day be fortunate enough to embody. Being part of APhA-ASP and attending this event exposed us to a different type of learning experience: outside the classroom. Although we are still undergraduate students, we both agree that it was a great idea to start getting involved in our pre-professional year. This was our first APhA-ASP event, and it definitely will not be our last.