Meet The July 2021 PharmD Student Of The Month: Sabrina Gaffney

Sabrina Gaffney

Student of the Month Spotlight: July 2021

Sabrina Gaffney, PY4 Doctor of Pharmacy Candidate from Bohemia, NY

Meet Sabrina Gaffney!  Sabrina is a fourth year PharmD student who currently serves as Secretary for the WNE PharmD Class of 2022. She is being recognized by her peers for providing excellent service to her classmates for offering “behind the scenes” work to ensure her cohort had a smooth transition into advanced experiential rotations by organizing carpooling, housing, and communications to faculty preceptors. Sabrina has an interest in pharmacy-based immunization delivery and has presented her research at the 2019 American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy Annual Meeting in Chicago. She is employed at Costco in Holbrook, New York. Sabrina completed her pre-requisite coursework at WNE and earned her Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy Studies degree in May 2020. She was nominated for Student of the Month by her classmate, Valerie Amedeo.  

 Interview with Sabrina:

 Why did you choose Western New England University?

I originally started at WNE as an undergraduate in the Pre-Pharmacy program. When I shadowed a student during an admitted students day event, I knew I could see myself fitting in and thriving as a student here. WNE was far enough away from home to enjoy the full experience of being away at college, but also provided the comfort of a community that made attending here feel like a home away from home. When applying to pharmacy school, I knew I wanted to stay at WNE because of all of the positive experiences and memories I had been able to make over the years as an undergraduate student.

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

All of the faculty and staff for the Doctor of Pharmacy program are extremely eager to help students excel and have a wealth of knowledge to share from various backgrounds and specialties. There are also so many ways to get involved in extracurricular activities and build leadership skills. I have had so many opportunities to challenge myself to develop my clinical skills and to grow- both professionally and personally. The college has done a great job and adapted to the ever-changing field of pharmacy with new technologies and ways to implement learning, both prior to and amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

What are your current career aspirations?

I currently hope to be an Ambulatory Care Pharmacist and am open to pursuing a faculty position at an institution. I am interested in various fields within pharmacy and excited to see how my upcoming clinical rotations shift my focus and career plans after I graduate. I am also interested in pursuing a Community-based PGY1 Residency upon graduation.

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

Pharmacists are the most accessible members of the healthcare field. You must be willing to advocate for your patients to help them receive the best possible care. Always remember that what might only seem like a small or simple gesture to you, might actually mean the world to your patient. In terms of education, my best advice to someone considering pharmacy would be that you must be willing to put the work in to be successful. Pharmacy school is not easy, but if you lead with your passion for learning and your determination to succeed, you will not be disappointed. Don’t be afraid to ask for help if you need it! Get involved and build relationships with your peers, faculty and staff along the way; together, anything is possible.

Sabrina’s Faculty Advisor, Dr. Diptiman Bose, Associate Professor of Pharmacology shared the following thoughts:

As her advisor, I have observed that Sabrina has not shied away from challenges. She has worked diligently and tirelessly to earn the respect of her fellow classmates and the faculty.  I am happy that Sabrina is receiving this award!!

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