Meet The January 2022 PharmD Student Of The Month: Emily Cofsky

Emily Cofsky

WNE CoPHS Student of the Month Spotlight:   January 2022

Emily Cofsky


Meet Emily Cofsky!  Emily is a third year PharmD student who is being recognized for her strong academic and professional performance on her fall 2021 clinical IPPE rotation, during which she had the opportunity to rotate through three faculty practice sites and demonstrated both professionalism and a strong knowledge base. Emily worked diligently to learn more each day of the rotation, and always went above and beyond what was expected of her.  Emily currently serves in a number of leadership positions in the College’s student organizations - Treasurer for Alpha Zeta Omega Pharmacy Fraternity, Student Liaison for the Student Society for Health System Pharmacists, and Secretary of the Student-Faculty Ethics Committee. She is employed as a Pharmacy Intern at the University of Massachusetts Memorial Medical Center University Campus in Worcester. Emily earned her Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy Studies at Western New England University in May 2021. She was nominated for Student of the Month by her three fall 2021 IPPE preceptors: Dr. Arin Whitman, Dr. Marissa Ostroff, and Dr. Seth Housman.    

 Interview with Emily:

 Why did you choose Western New England University?

 During my college search, I knew I wanted to attend a smaller school with a highly respected pharmacy program that would offer personalized attention to its students. I knew Western New England University was the perfect fit for me after my very first tour. The campus is beautiful and feels like a second home. I have made lifelong friends here and I wouldn’t trade my time here for anything.

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

I have had a wonderful experience in the Doctor of Pharmacy program here at WNE. Having smaller class sizes has truly made an impact on the quality of my education. I have been so grateful for the personal connections that I have made at this school, both with students and faculty. The professors are always willing to help in any way they can. I believe that the education I have received here has prepared me extremely well for my future as a pharmacist.

What are your current career aspirations?

I hope to be an inpatient pharmacist in the future. I have been working at UMass Memorial Medical Center for the past 3.5 years and I have loved my time there. I enjoy helping others in the fast-paced environment of a larger institution, as I love to stay busy during the day.

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

Follow your heart when choosing your profession. Going into college, I knew that learning about medications was something that truly interested me and that going into pharmacy would keep me engaged throughout my life. It is a challenging, yet rewarding, career that is constantly changing. If you feel that pharmacy interests you, I would definitely recommend getting an entry-level job in the field to see if it’s a good fit for you.

Emily’s Faculty Advisor Dr. David Baker, Professor of Pharmacy Administration, shared the following thoughts:

Emily is an excellent choice for the pharmacy student of the month award, as demonstrated by her excellence as a student, her commitment to the profession, and her skills as a student organization officer.  Whatever Emily takes on, she does well by seeking the necessary knowledge, and executing her actions in a precise manner.  Both our college and our profession gain from having Emily involved with them.

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