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PCP Student Gained 'Invaluable Learning Experience' During Rotation

By Lauren Whetzel-Siburkis

Alexander R. MicaleThis article was originally published in the fall 2014 issue of Village Voice at Masonic Villages at Elizabethtown.

“Pursuing a professional career in pharmacy and beginning my journey as a Mason have been two of the best decisions I’ve ever made,” said Alexander R. Micale PharmD’16, a fifth-year student at the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy at University of the Sciences.

He had the chance to continue his pursuit of useful knowledge in the practices and professions of Freemasonry and pharmacy during a two-week institutional pharmacy rotation at the Masonic Village at Elizabethtown’s Masonic Health Care Center in August under Donald Brindisi, who is the pharmacy manager and a member of Abraham C. Treichler Lodge No. 682 in Elizabethtown. Alex hopes to pursue a career in nuclear pharmacy after graduation in 2016.

“I saw first-hand the profound, positive effect that Pennsylvania Freemasonry has on the lives of every single resident and staff member on the entire campus,” he said.

After seeking ways he could have a positive influence on his community while being a part of an organization more far-reaching than anything his university could offer, Alex connected with David Tansey, Past District Deputy Grand Master of District A, and took the first step on his lifelong Masonic journey. He joined the Masonic fraternity on June 23, 2012, as a part of the District A and D One Day Class in northeast Philadelphia. He is a member and Chaplain of Jerusalem Lodge No. 506, Philadelphia, and the Valley of Philadelphia, A.A.S.R., and is a recipient of the 2013 Master Builders Award.

“My experiences as a pharmacy student and a Pennsylvania Freemason have gone hand-in-hand, as both set out the noble goal of helping the surrounding community,” he said. “My education as a pharmacist will allow me to work with other health care professionals to keep our community and fraternity healthy. The lessons taught a Mason act as a guiding light, allowing me to be a positive influence in the lives of every patient I will encounter in my career.”

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