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USciences Legacy Runs Deep in PCP Student’s Family

By Lauren Whetzel-Siburkis

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Contracted Army ROTC cadets, like Kaminski, sign an enlistment contract and take an oath of enlistment.

Lauren Kaminski PharmD’21 said her choice to attend University of the Sciences was a no-brainer. After all, she said her family is living proof of the value of a USciences education and plans to follow in their footsteps.

“After witnessing the sound foundation and excellent education my father and oldest sister received from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy, I am confident that I will also be diversely prepared for my future career as a pharmacist,” said Kaminski.

The family’s patriarch, James P’81 started their legacy at USciences, said Kaminski. Her oldest sister, Jessica PharmD’13, followed suit and is now stationed in Germany as a pharmacist in the U.S. Army, while her other sister, Julia PharmD’19, is her fellow classmate at USciences.

As the youngest in her family, Kaminski credits her exposure to unique pharmacy career options to her father and sisters’ experiences in the profession. In fact, she, too, hopes to become a pharmacist in the U.S. Army once she graduates. To help prepare her for a future healthcare career in the military, Kaminski was recently accepted into the Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) through a cooperative arrangement with Drexel University.

Army ROTC is elective curriculum students take with their required college classes. This program aims to provide individuals, like Kaminski, with the tools, training, and experiences they need to become officers in the U.S. Army. Because Army ROTC is an elective, first- and second-year college students can participate without any obligation to join the service. Those who follow through the program will become a commissioned U.S. Army officer upon graduation.

kaminskiKaminski believes that her ROTC experience, paired with her pharmacy education, will bolster her efforts to become a successful pharmacist and leader in the U.S. Army within the next 10 years.

Beyond the guidance she has received from her family, Kaminski said she is grateful for her faculty mentorship with longtime pharmacy professor Dr. Daniel Hussar—who is currently in his 50th year as a full-time faculty member at the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy.

“Dr. Hussar has always made himself available to guide, mentor, and navigate me in the right direction toward reaching my future goals,” said Kaminski. “His advice and wisdom has positively impacted my entire family's experience at USciences.”

She also admires her professors’ overall passion for inspiring students of all ages and academic disciplines about the importance of healthcare delivery.

“Even in my first pre-professional year, my professors have encouraged, educated, and interacted with me and my classmates about direct-patient care and medication knowledge,” said Kaminski.

As for now, Kaminski is eager to complete her first year at USciences and looks forward to developing a unique skillset through the ROTC program.

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