Conference Offers Learning Opportunity for P3 Student

October 18, 2017

This fall, Michelle Ubowski, a third-year student in the Wegmans School of Pharmacy, had the opportunity to network and learn from industry professionals thanks to a travel grant from the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP).

Students Michelle Ubowski (P3), Nick Polito (P4), and Bethany Lane (P3) represented the Wegmans School of Pharmacy at the American College of Clinical Pharmacy’s annual meeting.

Students Michelle Ubowski (P3), Nick Polito (P4), and Bethany Lane (P3) represented the Wegmans School of Pharmacy at the American College of Clinical Pharmacy’s annual meeting.

The grant, which was offered through ACCP’s pharmaceutical industry practice and research network, helped Ubowski offset the cost of attending the association’s annual meeting, held this October in Phoenix, Arizona.

While there, she was able to explore her interest in the field of pharmacogenomics by attending a session focused on implementing the concept into clinical practice.

“I really enjoyed this session because it focused on the practical, this-is-actually-how-it-is-being-used-in-the-real-world examples, instead of just theory,” she said, noting that the conference underscored how what she is learning in the classroom will translate into clinical practice. During a poster session, she also learned of a pharmacogenomics certificate program that can be completed fully online.

An active member of the School of Pharmacy community, Ubowski is no stranger to the ACCP, serving as the volunteer chair of the executive board for Fisher’s student chapter. She is also the P3 representative on the School’s Curriculum Committee and P3 events coordinator for the Pharmacy Student Government Association. In addition to being a member of the American Society of Health System Pharmacists, she conducts research under the direction of Dr. Lipika Chablani.

Ubowski’s career goals include working in clinical development in the pharmaceutical industry, organizing and running trials of new medications and championing the use of pharmacogenomics in drug development.

The conference, she said, is one stepping stone to achieving that goal.

“Specifically in pharmacy, attending national conferences like this allows us to make connections across the country that can also turn into clinical rotation experiences during our experiential year,” she said.