Manoela Dos Santos – Mustangs Ahead

(Lakewood Ranch, FL)- This past summer 32 ambitious students participated in Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) Bradenton’s Pharmacy Exploration Academy, a one-week program that gives students the opportunity to experience an academic pharmacy school environment.

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A scene from the LECOM summer program

“I meet a lot of new people from different school but there was no one from Lakewood,” said LRHS sophomore Morgan DeGlopper, who participated in the educational camp.

The entire week was scheduled with hands-on laboratory experiments, small group projects, lectures from LECOM professionals and pharmaceutical students, and patient case discussions. “My favorite activity was the compounding lab when we completed three different labs. We made suppositories, which is a rectum medication, lip balm, and dog treats,” said DeGlopper.

Students also had the chance to tour a retail pharmacy. “There was a lot more going on than just counting pills. Pharmacists have to be very careful and constantly check their work because a simple mistake could kill someone,” reported DeGlopper.

Deglopper first became interested in this program because she has many relatives who are pharmacists, and recommends this program to anyone who is interested in the medical field.

At the end of the week students took a cumulative exam with questions about toxicology, compounding, diabetic medications, and the laws and ethics of the pharmacy industry. Deglopper scored the highest grade on the test and was rewarded a certificate.

“Overall the summer camp was a very enriching experience, but I will definitely continue to explore future career options,” shares DeGlopper.

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