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Michael Fox PharmD’20 Found Career During Clinical Experience
When deciding on a college, Michael Fox PharmD’20 knew he wanted to pursue a degree in pharmacy after seeing his dad, a pharmaceutical sales representative, working with healthcare providers.
“The way he described his interactions with healthcare providers convinced me that I wanted to pursue a career in the healthcare field,” Fox explained.
After graduation Fox will be continuing his pharmacy career at Masonic Villages Pharmacy in Elizabethtown, Pa., one of the locations where he completed a clinical rotation.
The opportunity to major in pharmacy, while playing a collegiate sport, made University of the Sciences an easy choice.
“I would say what has impacted me most was actually playing collegiate basketball,” Fox said. “Through athletics, I gained many lifelong friends and learned numerous important life skills, including time management and how to deal with hardships.”
Fox overcame multiple injuries to be a five-year member of the USciences men’s basketball team, and as someone who valued the importance of academics, he received numerous athletic accolades, most notably the 2018 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Top XVI Award presented to the student-athlete with the highest GPA participating at the finals site for each of conference’s championships.
He is most proud of being inducted into the Rho Chi Honor Society, an academic honor society for pharmacy for which he was also voted as the Vice President for the university chapter.
Fox was able to refine his interest in the specific area of pharmacy he was interested in during clinical rotations.
“My most memorable experiences related to academics were my experiences on rotations this past year,” said Fox.“The time I spent in the classroom greatly prepared me for what I would encounter at my rotation sites, and my year of rotations gave me the experience and confidence I needed to practice pharmacy. It was an extremely rewarding experience to apply all the information and all the hard work I put in over the previous five years to actual patients.”
Not only did rotations open up his eyes as to what he wanted to do, but it also connected him with his future employer.
The pharmacy is located on-site at a retirement living community that also offers personal care and nursing services. The reason he knew he wanted to pursue a career in long-term care pharmacy was due to the job variability that the career can offer. At Masonic Villages Pharmacy, he will have a wide array of responsibilities as a pharmacist, from ensuring correct and safe medication dispensing to more clinical roles such as performing medication reviews.
“I’m excited to start my career in long-term care pharmacy, and I could see myself enjoying a long career at this location and eventually taking on a leadership role,” Fox said.
Entering the healthcare right out of college can be intimidating enough, let alone in the middle of a pandemic, but Fox is confident his time at USciences has equipped him for every challenge he will go on to face.
“USciences has prepared me to be a self-taught and life-long learner,” he explained. “The skills I have learned in both research and advocating for yourself during college can be applied to the current environment. Being able to read and interpret emerging studies and guidelines for the treatment of COVID-19 helps me appropriately apply this information to my patients.”
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