Unique College Program Helps Pharmacy Students Succeed

In most colleges of pharmacy, students spend the majority of their time learning in a laboratory setting before heading out for a residency to help them ‘learn the ropes’ in a real-world pharmacy. But at the Touro College of Pharmacy, students spend at least two years studying in the field where they deal directly with the population who needs them the most.

(NY Daily News) May 17th, 2012 – They did more than just count pills at the Touro College of Pharmacy in Harlem, said two members of the school’s first graduating class.

Ramya Devineni and Yakov Fattakhov highlighted their work in the uptown community as a benefit of attending Manhattan’s only pharmacy school.

“The hands-on experience makes a huge difference,” said Devineni, 27.

“We got a lot of public health experience.”

Fattakhov, 33, agreed.

“It’s a public health school,” he said. “You get to see that you’re making a difference.”

Touro College of Pharmacy, located on W. 125th St. between Frederick Douglass Blvd. and Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd., will see 63 students graduate on Thursday.

The ceremony will be held at the New York Academy of Medicine.

It’s the first graduating class for the school, which allows students to finish with two years in the classroom and two years working in the field.

The school opened in the center of Harlem in 2008, and became the first pharmacy school in the city in 70 years.

Fattakhov recalled working with Harlem United, an organization that provides HIV/AIDS services in the community. He also spent two months studying in Israel, where he researched an antidote to nerve gas.

“I learned a lot,” he said. “It was all because of this school.”

Devineni, whose father worked as a pharmacist in India, said she also enjoyed giving back to the community.

She interned at a CVS pharmacy and assisted Harlem Health Promotion Center, a public health advocacy group, where she provided content for GetHealthyHarlem.org.

“It’s not just the pills that are being counted. We don’t want to be computers or machines,” she said, adding…read the rest of this story at NY Daily News.

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