Lauren Ostlund: Class of 2021
I was drawn to pharmacy when I experienced the differences between a poor health care team and a great one. I was able to see the role that a pharmacist can play to improve patient outcomes and experiences.
What is your favorite organization that you have ever been a part of?
My favorite organization so far is the Phillips Neighborhood Clinic. Overall, I have had great experiences with the patients I am able to serve, and I appreciate the relationships we build across programs in order to deliver quality patient care.
What is your dream job in pharmacy?
I am open to future opportunities that come my way, but right now I am excited about the possibility of becoming a clinical pharmacist.
What is your proudest accomplishment?
Last year my class voted for me to receive the Deborah A. Kasper Memorial Award. It is given to someone who contributes most to everyday esprit de corps, and I am extremely honored to have received it. I have it hanging above my desk as a reminder of the importance of leadership by showing we are all working together to achieve our goals. It is also a reminder to make sure that I share my appreciation of others - a simple act of appreciation may end up being someone’s proudest accomplishment.
What role do you think a pharmacist should play in healthcare?
A pharmacist should be a competent leader and a trusted second check. We need to feel comfortable making clinical recommendations while also making sure the patient understands and is a part of their health care decisions and goals. We are often able to bridge a gap between patients and providers.
I took an elective in Lisbon, Portugal this last summer and learned how their health care field compares and differs from the United States. I highly encourage anyone who has the chance to study abroad to jump at the opportunity!