Rural Pharmacy Experience A Tool For Students

Anson Plaza Pharmacy has welcomed approximately 24 Texas Tech pharmaceutical students over the past 3 years to train there.
Anson Plaza Pharmacy has welcomed approximately 24 Texas Tech pharmaceutical students over the past 3 years to train there.

Over the past three years Anson Plaza Pharmacy has worked in conjunction with Texas Tech School of Pharmacy to offer 4th year pharmacy students a rural pharmacy experience. Approximately 24 students from Texas Tech have done their internship at the pharmacy. Most of the students had not had experience in a rural community setting. The students are on a six week rotation. During their rotation they work alongside the pharmacist and get hands-on training.

Presently Brandon Pajestka, a fourth year student, is doing his internship at Anson Plaza Pharmacy. Pajestka is 25 and is from Temple, Texas. He graduated from Texas A & M at College Station with a degree in Biomedical Science and is now a student of Texas Tech School of Pharmacy. Pajestka had been interested in health for a number of years and decided the pharmaceutical field was one which he wanted to pursue. He has been welcomed by all the customers of the pharmacy. This is his first time in a small community and he was very taken by how everyone seemed to know one another and were friendly. Pajestka feels that his experience at the pharmacy has been very beneficial to his training and that everyone there is wonderful.

“My experience at Anson Plaza Pharmacy has been a great one. Everyone has been very nice and welcoming to me,” stated Pajestka. Pharmacist Kelly Stovall enjoys having the students in her pharmacy. She feels good about the learning experiences they obtain. Stovall also gains useful updates in pharmacy through working with the students and enjoys sharing with students the experience of working in a small town rural pharmacy setting. “My pharmacy is here to serve our community. I love being able to offer our customers personalized service. They aren’t a number to us. They are family. I want Anson Plaza Pharmacy to offer the best customer service available.” said Stovall. She hopes that the students that work and train in her pharmacy will not only learn about the pharmacy aspect of the pharmaceutical business but they will also learn the value of customers and how important it is to appreciate them.

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