For the second year in a row, greater Boston area high-​​school stu­dentswill learn first-​​hand what the phar­macy pro­fes­sion is really like. Held at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity, the second annual “Phar­macy Summer Expe­ri­ence” is a four-​​day camp that wel­comes teenagers who want to get a glimpse into thee­d­u­ca­tion and career options in the field of phar­macy. The pro­gram was cre­ated by Northeastern’s School of Phar­macy fac­ulty mem­bers, phar­ma­cists, and phar­macy stu­dents to increasea­ware­ness of the oppor­tu­ni­ties within the field of pharmacy.

Last year’s camp was a huge suc­cess and cre­ated a demand for us to do it again this year,” says Yolanda Hardy, pro­gram orga­nizer and Assis­tant Clin­ical Spe­cialist in Phar­macy Prac­tice at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity. “Most high school stu­dents don’t know much about the phar­macy pro­fes­sion and may not con­sider it for a career. This summer pro­gram gives them enough infor­ma­tion about this field to help them make an edu­cated deci­sion when it comes to applying to college.”

Par­tic­i­pating stu­dents can expe­ri­ence what it’s like to be a phar­macy stu­dent in col­lege by attending classes them­selves. They learn how med­ica­tions work, how they are devel­oped, and how phar­ma­cists counsel people on the cor­rect way to take them. This year, orga­nizers added an extra day for a shad­owing expe­ri­ence, where stu­dents get to shadow local phar­ma­cists while they are working.

Orga­nizers are hopeful that, in addi­tion to appealing to stu­dents inter­ested in sci­ence and health­care, the pro­gram ulti­mately will increase the pres­ence of cur­rently under­rep­re­sented groups in the phar­macy profession.

This year’sPharmacy Summer Expe­ri­ence Camp starts with the opening ban­quet on Sunday, July 29 and ends on Thursday, August 2. For more infor­ma­tion, please con­tact Renata Nyul at 617–373-7424 or at r.​nyul@​neu.​edu.

About North­eastern

Founded in 1898, North­eastern Uni­ver­sity is a pri­vate research uni­ver­sity located in the heart of Boston. North­eastern is a leader in inter­dis­ci­pli­nary research, urban engage­ment, and the inte­gra­tion of class­room learning with real-​​world expe­ri­ence. The university’s dis­tinc­tive coop­er­a­tive edu­ca­tion pro­gram, where stu­dents alter­nate semes­ters of full-​​time study with semes­ters of paid work in fields rel­e­vant to their pro­fes­sional inter­ests and major, is one of the largest and most inno­v­a­tive in the world. The Uni­ver­sity offers a com­pre­hen­sive range of under­grad­uate and grad­uate pro­grams leading to degrees through the doc­torate in six under­grad­uate col­leges, eight grad­uate schools, and two part-​​time divi­sions. For more infor­ma­tion, please visit www​.north​eastern​.edu.