Meet The December 2020 Pharmacy Student Of The Month: Shannon Bailey

Shannon Bailey

Student of the Month Spotlight:  December 2020


Meet Shannon Bailey!  Shannon is a fourth year PharmD student who has held leadership positions in the WNE chapters of the American Pharmacists Association (president), Phi Lambda Sigma Pharmacy Leadership Society (secretary/treasurer), and Phi Delta Chi Pharmaceutical Fraternity (scholarship chair). Shannon has presented faculty-mentored research posters at the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy National Meeting and the American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists Mid-Year Meeting, and was one of the College representatives at this month’s American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists Clinical Skills Competition. Shannon was also the Massachusetts representative at the National Association of Chain Drug Stores congressional pharmacy advocacy event (“RxImpact Day”) on Capitol Hill in Washington DC in 2019. She currently works as a pharmacy intern at Holyoke Medical Center, and aspires to complete a pair of post-graduate residency programs. Shannon’s success in school can be attributed to her active involvement in student activities; during the 2019-2020 academic year she was recognized as both the Member of the Year of our chapter of the American Pharmacists Association and was the recipient of the Pharmacy Student Governance Association’s Student Service Award. Shannon was nominated for Student of the Month by Associate Professor Dr. Shannon Kinney.

Interview with Shannon:

Why did you choose Western New England University?

Initially, I chose Western New England University because of the small class sizes, beautifully maintained campus, and well-known reputation. Before deciding to apply early decision for the Pharmacy program, I toured a couple of different pharmacy schools to ensure I could find an environment where I could be successful and ultimately happy. I decided to stay at WNE  because of the individualized attention I received, the positive class culture, and the relationships I was able to build with my peers and the faculty.

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

I’ve been incredibly lucky to learn as a student pharmacist at WNE. Outside of the challenging curriculum, there are many opportunities for involvement in various clubs and organizations, providing students the freedom of spending time in their areas of interest. Student leadership is valued and encouraged. I felt like I was able to invest time in programs and events that were meaningful to me, and I was supported by the school. The small class sizes have allowed me to work closely with and develop relationships with many faculty members. I also appreciate how the curriculum has been developed to support pharmacists as we transition into more clinical roles in the future. Additionally, there is a positive classroom culture among students. When I was looking at programs I wanted to go somewhere where the students helped each other succeed and I feel like I found that here.

What are your current career aspirations?

My current career goals are to complete an acute care PGY1 pharmacy residency and then a PGY2 pharmacy residency specializing in pediatric pharmacy. Ideally, I would love to be a pediatric clinical pharmacist and faculty member at an academic institution. Specifically, I am interested in pediatric genetics and cystic fibrosis. Once I’ve become an experienced pharmacist, I would like to take some time to work or volunteer abroad where there is reduced access to essential healthcare. 

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

I would advise a student to think critically about what roles they’re looking forward to playing in healthcare and to what limit they are willing to go to help people. On top of seeking provider status, pharmacists have been gaining additional front-line responsibilities as we progress through the current public health crisis, which should be taken into consideration. I would tell the student to work hard, become as adaptable as they are able, and to be kind whenever they can. Accept help when it is offered, and know your limitations. If the student is willing to put the time and effort into not only doing the work, but into caring as well, I’d tell them that they should absolutely pursue this profession.  

Shannon’s Faculty Advisor (Shannon Kinney, PhD, Associate Professor of Pharmacology), shared the following thoughts:

“Shannon has been very successful in our program academically. She is tireless in her service to the community, college, and the profession, from volunteering two summers ago to work with seriously ill children at a Serious Fun camp in Ireland to currently serving as the Phi Lambda Sigma Pharmacy Leadership Society Regional Liaison. Not only does Shannon deserve such an award from her many accomplishments, but she is truly a caring person who treats others with respect and kindness.”

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