Michelle Tran is pursuing her Doctor of Pharmacy Degree at the University of Minnesota – College of Pharmacy with an expected graduation date of May 2018. In her undergraduate years, she studied Biomedical Engineering at the University of Minnesota – College of Science and Engineering.
Since the start of her pharmacy career, Michelle has been extremely involved in her community and various professional organizations. She not only holds formal leadership positions, but also deeply engages in her daily activities and whatever she commits herself to doing. She strives to make improvements in the College of Pharmacy and her surrounding community. As the current student chapter Phi Lambda Sigma (PLS) president, she has been working on implementing the first annual “Leadership and Networking Symposium” for the college as a formal event to help instill positivity and promote networking strategies. In addition, Michelle became involved in her community by volunteering at a free student-run clinic for underserved patients called the Phillips Neighborhood Clinic. Through associate board positions at the clinic, she has promoted student development, advanced pharmaceutical care roles, and interprofessional collaboration.
As the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP) liaison to the Minnesota Pharmacy Student Alliance (MPSA), she has also implemented a new mentorship and research program to support students becoming involved in research. She has strived to positively impact the pharmacy profession by advocating for improved changes through leadership. In previous terms, she has served on the executive board as the Vice President of Communications for MPSA in 2015-2016. She has been an active and engaged member in various organizations, both on a national and local level. Advocacy, involvement, and community outreach in the profession are all vital factors to Michelle for the advancement and engagement of student pharmacists and practicing pharmacists in the profession.
Michelle has had a wide variety of pharmacy internship experience which has helped her in becoming a well-rounded and experienced healthcare professional. She always aims to learn the most she can and actively seeks to expand upon her clinical knowledge at her current hospital internships at both Abbott Northwestern Hospital and the University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital. She also serves as a clinical innovation associate at MyMeds, a digital health company that uses technology to address medication non-adherence.
To continue her learning and advance her training, Michelle aims to complete a residency upon graduation. She is dedicated in her own growth and development to become a purposeful and engaging leader as a future practitioner. To fulfill her goals in improving patient care and pharmacy innovation, Michelle will continue to utilize her diverse experiences to develop and expand pharmacy practice.