BANGOR — October is American Pharmacists Month, and Husson University pharmacy students are recognizing practicing pharmacists that take them on clinical rotations, alumni of the program, and other registered pharmacists in the state of Maine.
“We’re coming still on the midst of a pandemic, and these pharmacists have been front line individuals fighting this pandemic, and so they have been there from day one immunizing our population and getting patients hopefully to protect them from the disease that’s out there that’s impacting all of us,” said James Nash, dean of the College of Health and Pharmacy at Husson University.
Nash said about 50 students signed around 500 cards Thursday afternoon.
“These individuals are the ones that are imparting their knowledge but also guiding them to be the next generation of pharmacists and to take over the jobs that they’re in and also to work with them collaboratively once they get out,” Nash said.
Students wrote their own personalized messages inside each card.
“I want to thank them mostly for their time, stepping up and taking the time to work with us as preceptors and laying out the foundations of alumni for us,” said Brian Kuhn, a class of 2023 Doctor of Pharmacy student at Husson University.
Kuhn said most of the students have received immunization training earlier than normal because there was initially a shortage of people who could administer COVID-19 vaccinations.
“It was great to see everybody step up and all of us work together and say, ‘hey let’s be a part of this and help out as best we can,'” Kuhn said.
“It’s also very empowering to know we’re making a difference in our community and helping patients who want to get the vaccine, so we can save lives,” said Chid Ifeji, a class of 2023 Doctor of Pharmacy student at Husson University.
The students said they hope the cards make it to some of the places they’ve worked.
“So get out there and thank a pharmacist today,” Kuhn said.