Joy Snyder '21
Public Health Pharmacy Fellow
Joy Snyder Pharm.D. ’20, MPH ’21 followed her passion for science through three academic degrees. After completing an undergraduate degree in biology, she came to Fisher and completed her Pharm.D. in 2020. She is now serving as a Public Health Pharmacy Fellow and completing a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree at Fisher.
She credits Fisher’s emphasis on the importance of service for her participation in medical mission trips and local community service efforts. It was through these projects that she developed a growing awareness of health care disparities and public health both in the United States and globally.
As part of her fellowship, Synder has a range of responsibilities. She’s engaged in research and teaching at the Wegmans School of Pharmacy, conducts clinical pharmacy work at Anthony Jordan Health Center, and assists with projects at the Monroe County Department of Public Health. Snyder’s ultimate goal is to find a career where she can integrate pharmacy into public health. “Because of our training and accessibility, pharmacists are well-positioned to aid in and lead public health efforts,” she explains.
She credits the pharmacy program as a whole for “educating, supporting, and shaping” her into the pharmacist she is now. “The professors continue to support me in my fellowship and training,” she shares, emphasizing that faculty in the Wegmans School of Pharmacy are available to all alumni who have questions.
“You hear a lot about the ‘Fisher family’ and it’s true. Professors and administrators care about you not only as a student but as a well-rounded person.”
Mackenzie Roberts '19
Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Resident
No two days were the same during Dr. Mackenzie Roberts' pharmacy residency. Depending on the day, Roberts was working in a heart failure clinic, a primary care clinic, or working for GRIPA (Greater Rochester Independent Practice Association), all of which are part of Rochester Regional Health. Or she was in the classroom, teaching students at the Wegmans School of Pharmacy.
Since high school, Roberts has known she wanted a career in medicine. “I loved science and knew that I enjoyed working with people,” she shared. “I wanted to go into a career in which I could have a direct impact on patients. Pharmacy is a great fit for me as there are a variety of different positions available, and I’m able to work closely with patients and providers.”
As an ambulatory care resident Roberts worked with patients with chronic health conditions like diabetes, high blood pressure, and lung disease. She enjoys building close relationships with her patients and being a part of an interdisciplinary team helping patients effectively manage their conditions. She is grateful for the opportunity to gain experience in her residency and hopes to work in an ambulatory (also known as outpatient) setting in the future.
Roberts describes her Fisher experience as an undergraduate and later at the Wegmans School of Pharmacy as one of the best decisions she’s ever made. She appreciates the supportive faculty who mentored her during her studies. “Having small class sizes and being able to connect with the faculty was very important to me when selecting a school,” she noted.
Of all her learning experiences, she credits the rotations she completed in her final year of pharmacy school as being the most transformative. “My advanced pharmacy practice experience (APPE) rotations really enabled me to prepare for my future and helped me to hone in on the area of pharmacy that I want to pursue for my career.”
Roberts advises future Fisher graduates to stay connected with faculty members and “never say never” when it comes to educational or professional opportunities.