Pharmacy students chosen to represent US in student exchange program

Second-year pharmacy students, Pavun Patel and Jessica Humenik have been chosen to represent the United States in the American Pharmacists Association-Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP) International Pharmaceutical Students’ Federation (IPSF) Student Exchange Program.


The IPSF Student Exchange Program is designed for students to gain pharmacy experience in countries all over the world. Students can be placed in community pharmacies, hospital pharmacies, wholesale pharmaceutical companies, or with private or government health agencies. As a general rule, countries can only send as many students as they accept. The United States has 35 host sites this year; therefore, only 35 student pharmacists in the nation were selected to be sent to study and practice abroad.


“The fact that both of us were selected for this opportunity speaks volumes about the incredible and unique program here at the College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences, as well as the faculty and administration who support the students in becoming better leaders and pharmacists,” said Patel.


Patel will travel to Singapore this July to work in the pharmaceutical industry at Quintiles Asia. She will gain experience in the role of a pharmacist in clinical research trials. She holds a bachelor’s degree in pharmaceutical sciences and a master of science in clinical research, both from Campbell University’s College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences. Humenik will travel to Romania in July to work in community pharmacy for about a month.


“I chose to apply for the opportunity to practice abroad because the pharmacy profession is global,” said Humenik. “I think it’s going to be an amazing experience to see the similarities and differences in community pharmacy in Romania.”


Patel and Humenik will return from their academic ventures before the start of the fall semester. Both students will graduate with a doctor of pharmacy in May 2016.