AHEC has helped me ignite my passion for working in the health care industry. It has afforded me many opportunities that I would not have otherwise been exposed to.
I have always been searching for a career where I could help others. However, it wasn’t until I worked as a summer intern at Futrell Pharmacy and the Rural Health Group that I truly found my passion in life and realized how I could best serve others. I was offered these amazing opportunities through Dr. Debby Futrell. Dr. Futrell has been very supportive of me in my personal and academic life and I view her as a mentor who has motivated and encouraged me to pursue a career in healthcare.
As my work at Futrell Pharmacy in Littleton, NC progressed, my knowledge of the clinical side of being a pharmacist grew as I began mixing and dispensing medicines. Just as importantly, my awareness of the patient-focus mindset of a pharmacist also grew as I began developing relationships with patients at the pharmacy. I observed the pharmacist dealing with challenging issues with quick thinking and precise execution. I also admired the pharmacist’s and the staff’s compassion towards the patients and the excellent collaboration of the team to better serve the patient.
This experience sparked a passion in me about the field of pharmacy, which was further enhanced when Dr. Futrell provided me the opportunity to work with Dr. Jane McCaleb. Dr. McCaleb showed me a different side of pharmacy. I absorbed everything that Dr. McCaleb taught me as we reviewed medical histories of patients. These experiences made me realize how diverse and dynamic the field of pharmacy is. I realized that upon obtaining my PharmD, I would have numerous pathways to explore within the field. I realized how health care is constantly evolving and pharmacy is at the center of it. My curiosity was ignited and I was even more motivated than ever to explore a career in pharmacy.
In addition, I had the opportunity to prepare high school students for the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam on behalf of Area L AHEC. I loved the experience of working with students who have a similar passion as me and are eager to learn. Not only did I teach others during this experience, but I also received great advice from the facilitators and teachers in Area L AHEC.
I can confidently say that the opportunities and experiences that have led me to where I am today can be attributed to Area L AHEC. I am very grateful for these experiences. AHEC has made an incredibly positive impact in my life, not only professionally, but also personally. I am very fortunate to have been involved with Area L AHEC, and I have thoroughly enjoyed spending time with the members of the organization and learning from each of them. I am excited to continue my journey in becoming a pharmacist and a leader in health care.”