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Girl Scouts Explore Pharmacy Field During Campus Visit

By Colby Gallagher

Published on May 9, 2019

West Philadelphia Girl Scouts visit USciencesExploring and learning about a field of work before getting to college can help ensure a student is on the right path, and a group of Girl Scouts from West Philadelphia were able to learn about being a pharmacist during a visit to campus in April.

Girl Scouts and their leaders from five troops came to USciences where they learned about the career options open to those with pharmacy degrees.

“Pharmacy is an expanding field with so many different career options, especially for women,” said Laura Waite, PharmD, BCPS, CLS, BC-ADM, an associate professor and director of student recruitment and engagement for the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy. “The training that Girl Scouts receive is instrumental in helping them build the qualities they will need to serve patients as pharmacists in the future, such as curiosity, empathy, compassion, and teamwork.”

The girls, who ranged from middle schoolers to high schoolers, cycled through four different stations throughout the day that featured a variety of topics from administering CPR to the use and benefit of naloxone to combat the opioid epidemic. Some lighter material was included, such as a Jeopardy-style game about careers and the use of high-fidelity simulation mannequins.

Following the event, the scout leaders thanked the pharmacy department for making time for the group.

“The girls really enjoyed themselves and learned so much; we appreciate the time and effort in making this an invaluable experience for all of the girls,” said Michelle Thornton, service unit secretary for the West Philadelphia Girl Scouts. “The leaders were just as impressed.”

2019 West Philadelphia Girl Scouts Visit

“We hoped the Girl Scouts would leave the event with an expanded knowledge of pharmacy, seeing their pharmacist as a highly-trained healthcare professional that is uniquely positioned to serve their community,” said Dr. Waite. “We also wanted them to feel empowered to help in situations where life-saving measures may be required.”

The fact that the troops were from the area surrounding campus was a benefit according to Dr. Waite, who said the day exposed the girls to the fact that they can receive world-class healthcare and science education in their own neighborhood.

“This partnership is a huge win for our university – we want them to know that the USciences community supports the West Philadelphia community, and also that we can provide them with a science education that will open doors for them all over the world without them having to leave home,” said Dr. Waite. “The USciences Opportunity Scholarship is meant specifically for students like these Scouts who have incredible potential for impact, and we would love to welcome them into our family.”

Learn more about the Opportunity Scholarship, a scholarship that helps Philadelphia students attend USciences.

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