PharmD IV Paper Seminar

Despite many moans and groans, all of the PD IVs recently returned to campus during winter break for 2 days of PharmD IV Paper Seminar. During this seminar each student gave a presentation on their research paper. It was a rough transition back to the classroom, but it was so great to see all of the wonderful work that my classmates have been doing. There were so many interesting research topics from antibiotic use in foreign countries, to the use of pre-exposure HIV prophylaxis (PrEP), to ergonomic studies of med delivery within hospitals. The hard work that everybody put into their research was highlighted during these presentations.

I, like most of my classmates, was very nervous about delivering my presentation. My topic was “A Review of Hormone Replacement Therapy in Gender Transitions.” As gender transitions become more common, the need for competent providers is growing, however education is lacking from healthcare curricula. My paper was a brief overview of the different pharmaceutical options used to help people in their transition. I thought my presentation went well, and I was relieved that it’s over.

At no point did I expect a wonderful little surprise in my email that night when I got home. Dr. Paul Ranelli, PhD, MS, a professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Pharmaceutical Sciences was kind enough to reach out to a PharmD-grad student in the Social & Administrative Pharmacy (SAPh) program who also has interest in transgender health. During these past 4 years, I’ve heard a million times about how small the world of pharmacy is, and it’s so wonderful to be a part of a school where the professors are really interested in the students’ passions and do what they can to connect students and help them pursue their passions. I want to thank Dr. Ranelli for getting us in contact. I think the quote below sums up how I feel, and I hope this ripple is the start of a wave of positive change to help make access to healthcare more accessible for those in need.


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