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'Future Pharmacists Program' Debuts at College of Pharmacy

Program designed to attract more African-American and Hispanic high school students to the profession of Pharmacy

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Helen Saffran,Associate Director of Public Relations
Brooklyn Campus,
Long Island University
(718) 488-1419

Brooklyn, N.Y. – The Arnold & Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences at Long Island University’s Brooklyn Campus and the Campus’s Liberty Partnership Program debuted a “Future Pharmacists Program” this summer. It was created to expose high school students from traditionally underserved groups and neighborhoods to careers in pharmacy.

Students enrolled in the Future Pharmacists Program will continue to participate during the academic school year, and a summer program will be available again in July 2011.

“The College of Pharmacy has a significant commitment to increase the enrollment of minority and at-risk students,” said Dean Emeritus Stephen Gross with the College of Pharmacy. “The pharmacy profession provides a unique opportunity to ensure that such students gain access to the health professions so that they can serve their communities.”

Created for juniors and senior students from high schools in Brooklyn, the program is funded by the New York State Education Department. Designed by Dean Gross and Assistant Dean Lorraine Cicero, it consists of three segments: The Changing Role of the Pharmacist; Careers in Pharmacy; and Educational Preparation for Pharmacy College and Career Development.

Sessions include presentations from distinguished pharmacy practitioners; panel discussions with pharmacy students; career workshops; laboratory experiences in searching drug information databases and in preparing ointment prescriptions in the compounding laboratory.

The “Future Pharmacists Program” is presented by the College of Pharmacy in collaboration with the Haley Group and the Long Island University’s Office of Institutional Advancement and Student Affairs.

For more information about the Future Pharmacists Program, contact the College of Pharmacy at (718) 488-1004.

Arnold & Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences...
Established in 1886, the Brooklyn College of Pharmacy became affiliated with Long Island University in 1929. In 1976, the College became a fully integrated unit of the University and was renamed the Arnold & Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. One of the oldest and largest schools of its kind in the country, the College is located on the Brooklyn Campus and boasts an illustrious roster of alumni, including pharmacy professionals who are at the top echelons of their fields, and at the forefront of groundbreaking developments in the pharmaceutical industry. The College educates nearly one quarter of the pharmacists in New York State and many who find careers elsewhere.

The Brooklyn Campus is distinguished by…
dynamic curricula reflecting the great urban community it serves. Distinctive programs encompass the arts and media, the natural sciences, business, social policy, urban education, the health professions and pharmacy, and include the Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, the Ph.D. in Pharmaceutics, the D.P.T. in Physical Therapy and the Pharm.D. in Pharmacy. A vibrant urban oasis in downtown Brooklyn, this diverse and thriving campus offers academic excellence, personalized attention, small class size and flexible course schedules. In 2006, a $45-million Wellness, Recreation and Athletic Center was opened to serve the Campus and the surrounding community. In 2007, the Cyber Café was launched, providing a high-tech hot spot for students and faculty members to meet and eat.

Posted 09/16/2010

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