PCP Student Has Developed a Keen Interest in the Business Side of Pharmacy

Written by Lauren Whetzel-Siburkis
Published on November 24, 2015

Princy JohnPrincy John PharmD’17 touts a laundry list of accomplishments as a pharmacy student and leader at University of the Sciences. Over the past four years, she has completed competitive pharmacy internships, organized the University’s annual Pinkathon fundraiser, and served as a student ambassador.

“USciences is filled with valuable experiences and if you are motivated to put yourself out there and make the most of every opportunity, you will have a lot to gain in return,” said John. “I cherish my faculty and staff mentors who have motivated me and believed in me throughout my college journey.”

John has particularly enjoyed her freedom to explore the different avenues of pharmacy through various courses and professional organizations offered on campus. By doing so, she developed a keen interest in the business side of the pharmaceutical industry and decided to pursue a minor in pharmaceutical and healthcare business.

As a pharmacy intern with Hahnemann University Hospital, John provides assistance in the compounding, preparation and distribution of medications, under the direct supervision of a registered pharmacist. She also performs tasks related to the daily operation of the pharmacy.

Last summer, John gained a unique set of skills as a clinical intern for a New Jersey-based healthcare communications firm, P-Value Communications. She was able to share her pharmacy and healthcare education with her team members so that they were able to understand the subject matter and develop successful marketing materials for their clients. John said she was oftentimes asked to explain diseases and conditions, interpret technical data, and conduct literature searches for her team.

Beyond her feats as a student-pharmacist, John said she is proud of the role she has played in organizing the Pinkathon event to raise money for breast cancer research.

“This event is truly a symbol of collaboration on campus because it continues to unite hundreds of USciences students from different campus organizations for the sole purpose of raising money for the Linda Creed Foundation,” she said.

She also remains active in several of USciences’ student-chapters of professional organizations, including Drug Information Association, American Pharmacists Association-Academy of Student Pharmacists, and American Society of Health-System Pharmacists.

For now, John is focused on completing her doctor of pharmacy degree in 2017 and hopes to someday work for a pharmaceutical company where she can combine her dual interests in pharmacy and business.


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