Meeting the challenges of the Doctor of Pharmacy program at the University of Iowa can be daunting. Students must navigate course work, career decisions, and professional development while also trying to meet classmates and make friends.
The UI College of Pharmacy has adopted a practice to help: mentorship.
Every student accepted into the UI PharmD program is assigned three mentors—peer, faculty, and professional—to provide guidance, advice, and assistance from a real-world point of view. Older students, faculty, and alumni volunteer to be mentors, and matches are made randomly, except when a professional mentor can be located close to a student’s hometown, says Barbara Kelley, director of external relations who oversees the professional mentorship program at the UI College of Pharmacy.
“Mentorship helps students make connections,” Kelley says. “Pharmacy is a network-focused profession, and connections can make all the difference.”