Meet The May 2021 Pharmacy Student Of The Month: Megan Pantos

Megan Pantos

Student of the Month Spotlight:  May 2021

MEGAN PANTOS, DOCTOR OF PHARMACY GRADUATE, MAY 2021 FROM RUTLAND, MA

Meet Dr. Megan Pantos!  Megan is a 2021 PharmD graduate who has served in leadership roles in the WNE chapters of the Academic Pharmacists Society (President) and Phi Delta Chi Professional Pharmacy Fraternity (Alumni Liaison), and was inducted into the College’s chapter of Phi Lambda Sigma Pharmacy Leadership Society. She has presented seven research posters at various regional and national pharmacy organization conferences, and authored a research paper on pathophysiology published in the November 2020 issue of the American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education. In 2017, Megan was awarded the Skookum Award of Excellence by WNE, the highest honor bestowed to undergraduate students at the University. Megan has served as a Resident Advisor and as the graduate student representative on both the University’s President Search Committee and Board of Trustees Student Affairs Committee. She is employed as a pharmacy intern at Health Alliance Hospital in Leominster, Massachusetts, and will be starting a PGY1 residency program at UConn Health at John Dempsey Hospital in Farmington, Connecticut at the end of June. Megan was nominated for Student of the Month by Department Chair and Associate Professor of Pharmacology, Dr. Daniel Kennedy.

Interview with Megan:

Why did you choose Western New England University?

I first looked at Western New England for the pre-pharmacy program. I was drawn in upon learning that students who start in the pre-pharmacy program are guaranteed a seat in the pharmacy program as long as they maintain the required grades and pass the admissions interview. When I saw the great community at the University and non-competitive nature the pharmacy program, I knew that Western New England was the right place for me.

Please share your thoughts about the pharmacy program at Western New England University.

The Doctor of Pharmacy program at WNE is like none other! All of the professors know your name and genuinely care about you as a person. The support structures in place at WNE ensure all students who put in the necessary effort will be successful. It is easy to make connections on this campus that will last a lifetime. 

What are your current career aspirations?

 I would like to become a clinical pharmacist in a hospital setting while also having the opportunity to teach. I love the idea of putting my clinical knowledge to use as part of an interprofessional team and also pass on my knowledge to future pharmacy students.  Earning the PharmD degree was the first step; I am looking forward to starting my PGY1 residency next month. 

What advice would you provide to a student considering pharmacy for a career?

 Learn all of the career opportunities that are available in pharmacy, and be willing to think outside of the box! Pharmacy school will challenge you – it will take hard work and perseverance – but it will be more than worth it! 

Here’s what our faculty are saying about Megan:

Megan’s Faculty Advisor (Dr. Seth Housman, PharmD, Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice) “Megan was an active student during her time in Pharmacy school. She provided multiple services to the College and University, which in no doubt, improved the quality.”

Megan’s Research Supervisor (Dr. Daniel Kennedy, PhD,  Department Chair and Associate Professor of Pharmacology) “Megan is one of those students who helped make WNE a better place due to her many contributions to the campus and the University.  She made an indelible mark within the pharmacy program as the graduate representative to the President Search Committee, her work as a teaching assistant and mentor, and her research productivity.  She was always there to help and support other students, and will leave a strong legacy behind her as she moves on to residency.”  

Joshua J. Spooner, PharmD, MS, Assistant Dean and Professor “Megan is a remarkable young professional who was able to not only juggle academics, extracurricular activities, and employment, but excel in all three fields. She is destined for a bright future; I am excited to watch her begin her career.”

Learn more about the opportunities available to our students by visiting our student organizations page here.