On Wednesday, February 15th , the New York City Society of Health-System Pharmacists (NYCSHP) Mentoring Committee returned to Harlem Renaissance High School. Approximately 15 students attended, some of which were familiar faces from the previous session. Amber Johnson, Pharm.D., BCPS, led the “Donuts and Conversation” activity with assistance from Jason Babby, Pharm.D., Adam Chin and Diana Duong, Pharm.D. Candidates, Touro College of Pharmacy.
The main activity required students to pick questions out of a bag and to answer them. Some of the questions included, “Who is your favorite recording artist?” and “Who is someone you look up to and why?” Some student answers sparked important conversations that led to the type of struggles that they are currently facing when studying and preparing for the regent exams. During Q&A, the students asked how they should pursue a career. Each NYCSHP member and school faculty member shared their own unique experiences in how they got to where they are now. A lot of the students had so many wonderful ideas for their career choices and other projects they would like to have on the side.
The third mentoring event took place on March 6 th at Vanguard High School. Amber Johnson, Pharm.D., BCPS, Nidhi Saraiya, Pharm.D, Sherin Jacob, Pharm.D. spoke about medication safety and the appropriate way to take prescription pain medications and the dangers associated if taken incorrectly.
Pharmacists explained the importance of following instructions and being a good role model. The session ended off with a quick team-based quiz with prizes to emphasize important points. The students stimulated conversation with curious questions or comments, which made the discussion fun and interactive!
The school faculty at Harlem Renaissance and Vanguard were very pleased with the level of engagement the students took and they look forward to organizing future events with NYCSHP!
Adam Chin, Pharm.D. Candidate 2018
Diana Duong, Pharm.D. Candidate 2019
Sherin Jacob, Pharm.D.
Amber Johnson, Pharm.D., BCPS
Jason Babby, Pharm.D., BCPS