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Pulse The News from Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences April 2011 By the Numbers 4 Graduates Find Success by Following Different Paths Residency and Fellowship The Road Less Traveled: Naturopathic Medicine Point to Academic Career For Pharm.D. students looking to gain more specialized experience after graduation, the answer may lie in the form of a fellowship or residency (or both). Jessica Adams, Class of 2009, is one recent graduate who decided on this path. She elected to forego more lucrative employment opportunities upon graduation and is now pursuing an HIV pharmacology fellowship at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill’s Eshelman School of Pharmacy. Jessica Adams ’09 Much of her work is clinical research, involving patient screening, enrollment, follow up, and data analysis. She also works in an HIV clinic and teaches a course called “Problems in Pharmacotherapy.” Adams began her fellowship in July 2010 and will continue there for two years. She chose the fellowship because of her interest in HIV and the positive HIV research experiences she had with ACPHS faculty members. “There are very few fellowships that deal with HIV research specifically, and I wanted to be in an academic program that was associated with a pharmacy school so I could gain teaching skills and also be able to work in an HIV clinic where I could continue to practice clinical skills that I had learned in my prior residency,” Adams said. “These few years at a reduced salary are worth it to me to pursue a career that better suits my interests long term.” Many career paths exist for ACPHS graduates, regardless of their program of study. For those who decide not to immediately enter the workforce, graduate education is a popular choice, but very few have taken the path of Ronak Patel. Beginning this fall, the B.S. student in Pharmaceutical Sciences will begin pursuit of his Naturopathic Doctorate (ND) at Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine (SCNM) in Tempe, Arizona. Patel originally saw himself pursuing an M.D., but he changed his mind after learning about career opportunities in naturopathy and shadowing a naturopathic doctor near his home in Connecticut. It’s a “natural” fit for someone whose two sisters are also involved with 2 Find out why these students are smiling See Naturopathy Continued on page 4 First Master’s Student Completes Successful Thesis ACPHS announced in 2008 that it would be enrolling students in its first graduate program, a master’s degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences. Earlier this year, Florian Radu made history as the College’s first master’s gradate when he successfully presented and defended his thesis. Pharmaceutical Sciences Chair Bill Millington describes Radu as “a quintessential academic.” He’s a hardworking one too. Radu completed the four-year bachelor’s program in pharmaceutical sciences in three years and did his master’s in about a year. “His thesis defense was basically Ph.D.-level,” Millington said. “People on his thesis committee challenged his science, and he rose to that challenge.” Making the accomplishment even more impressive was the fact that he finished his thesis work while in his first year of study at Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine in New York City. Radu’s thesis, titled “The Effect of Antioxidants on the Response of Rabbit Urinary Bladder to In Vitro Ischemia/Repertusion,” was done with Pharmaceutical Sciences Professor Bob Levin See Medical School See Adams Continued on page 5 medicine (one is a doctor and one is a nurse). Pharmaceutical Sciences Chair Bill Millington said Patel’s research and enterprise led him in this direction. Ronak Patel ’11 “Ronak figured out what he really wants to do as a career,” Millington said. “He’s been successful in pursuing it, and I think success will continue in his work. What could be better than that?” Florian Radu ’11 with thesis advisor Bob Levin on 3 Reflections Japan’s recovery Continued on page 4 tips from 5 Study the experts


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