First- and second-year PharmD students encouraged to join learning community

All P1 and P2 PharmD students are invited to join the Student Pharmacist Learning Community, offered by the Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences to optimize student success during their first two years of their professional program.Student pharmacist white coats

The learning community is operated by P3 PharmD students chosen for their academic, professional and leadership abilities. This year’s peer mentors are Brooke PennyCailyn Evans and Emily Meredith. The faculty coordinator is Clinical Professor of Pharmacy Practice Victoria Tutag Lehr.

Peer mentors will hold in-person office hours weekly during the organizational hour in addition to virtual meetings each Wednesday from 6-7 p.m. on Zoom. Individual mentor weekly schedules with room assignments and the Zoom meeting link will be sent to students' WSU email accounts and posted on the Learning Community Canvas site. 

In-person peer mentor sessions 
Tuesday: 11:30 a.m.-12:20 p.m. – Brooke Penny 
Thursday: 11:30 a.m.-12:20 p.m. – Cailyn Evans 
Friday: 11:30 a.m.-12:20 p.m. – Emily Meredith 
WSU Applebaum room location TBD

Virtual peer mentor sessions
Wednesday: 6-7 p.m. on Zoom (all three peer mentors will hold sessions)

Learning community mentors are trained by Wayne State’s Academic Success Center and committed to serve as peer resources about the program and the pharmacy profession, including assisting P1s and P2s with study skills, strategies for selecting professional organizations and leadership experiences, and general information on balancing the demands of the program with their personal and social lives.

The learning community also hosts extra review sessions prior to exams. Tutors from the pharmacy honor society, Rho Chi, will partner with the learning community mentors to ensure that all students have academic support. Rho Chi is comprised of students whose GPA is within the top 20% of their class.

The program, in operation since 2009 and evolving over time to best meet students’ needs, is supported by the WSU Applebaum Department of Pharmacy Practice, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences and the Dean’s Office.

Interested first- and second-year students should plan to attend the Student Pharmacist Learning Community Orientation on Monday, Sept. 20, from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Watch your inbox for an invitation with location details.

For more information, write to a peer mentor — Brooke Penny, Cailyn Evans or Emily Meredith — or contact Dr. Tutag Lehr

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