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Elisa Torres, PharmD '17

PGY-1 pharmacy resident at the VA Connecticut Health Care System

“The connections I made with faculty were extremely influential in my success, giving me the utmost support to reach my personal goals.”

Hometown:
East Meadow, NY

Why did you choose pharmacy?
I was drawn to the growing opportunities in pharmacy and the ability of pharmacists to create close relationships with both patients and providers. It is very empowering to see the leadership and passion pharmacists have for their profession and patients.

Describe your experience at the UB School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences:
UB SPPS has opened many doors for me and provided me with a solid foundation to take on my APPE rotations in a variety of settings and future endeavors in pursuing a pharmacy residency. Although UB SPPS has always challenged me, I am leaving with more confidence, skills, and people I know I can depend on even after I graduate.

What are you doing after graduation?
This upcoming year, I will be moving on to post-graduate training at the VA Connecticut Health Care System as one of their pharmacy residents. I am excited to learn even more as a pharmacist and participate in projects, leadership, and research.

How did UB SPPS help you attain this position?
UB SPPS ensures you set high goals for yourself in this competitive field while providing opportunities that match your interests. The connections I made with UB SPPS faculty were extremely influential in my success, giving the utmost support to reach my personal goals.

Advice for future UB SPPS students:
Pharmacy is a small world and the relationships you create with every professional matters, so take the time to get to know everyone because it is those connections that could be more helpful than you think later on. During your time as students, step out of your comfort zone every chance you can; unique opportunities are always available, big or small, and you would be surprised what they may lead to.

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