Our Dean’s Student Ambassador (DSA) Peer Mentors are happy to speak with you about their experience with the application process and what it is like to be a professional/graduate student at UB SPPS. During the fall and spring semesters, they are available in in 270 Pharmacy Building.
Monday: 11am-1pm, 4:20pm-5pm
Friday: 10am-11am and by appointment
Not sure what to ask? Here are some suggestions for questions:
- How did you get to where you are today?
- What undergraduate classes have you found interesting or useful?
- How is the PCAT? How did you study?
- What do you do in pharmacy school?
- What do you like most about the program and what do you find most challenging?
- What skills do you think are most important for this program and the profession?
- Tell me about your daily schedule.
- How does the course work compare to the undergraduate coursework?
- What special programs are offered by the school (research, collaborative degrees, etc.)?
- Do you belong to any professional organizations?
- What kinds of opportunities for employment are there in the field?
- Can you recommend other people who might be valuable sources of information?
- Are you able to work during the school year? How many hours per week do you typically work?
- What activities do you do during your spare time?
- Do you miss home? How often do you go home throughout the school year?
- How is the camaraderie within the school - does everyone get along and help each other?
- What advice can you give to the students who want to be a part of the PharmD program?
Vivian Rodriguez-Cruz, 6th Year PhD Student, Puerto Rico
Vivian is currently in her sixth year in the Pharmaceutical Sciences PhD program. Originally from Puerto Rico, she obtained her bachelor’s degree in Chemistry at the University of Puerto Rico. After obtaining this degree, she worked for a year in the Respiratory Research and Development Team at TEVA Pharmaceuticals in Miami. During her job at this company, her desire for Pharmaceutical Sciences grew and, therefore, she decided to apply to this program. Currently, she is part of Dr. Morris’ laboratory, where she conducts research on Gamma-hydroxybutyrate acid (GHB) overdose. Vivian will be happy to answer any questions and help students, especially those who are out of state.
Elizabeth Hayden, 2nd Year PhD Student, Long Island, NY
Elizabeth is a second-year PhD student at UB. She moved from Long Island to attend UB for her undergraduate degree in biomedical sciences, and left Buffalo for a year to complete her masters in Pharmacology & Medicinal Chemistry at the University of Glasgow. She is currently working in Dr. Sprowl’s lab with an interest in drug metabolism and transport. She is happy to answer questions about research and anything to do with it, including the transition from being just a student to balancing classes and a research project, putting together (and dealing with the fear of) presenting a project, and anything else to do with being a graduate student.
David Bussing, 5th Year PhD Student, Simi Valley, CA
Note in 457 PB (272 during PharmD Interview Sessions)
David is in his fifth year of the PhD program at UB. Originally from Southern California, he graduated with honors from the University of California, Santa Barbara with a BS in Pharmacology. Before attending UB, he worked for several years at Allergan, Inc. in Irvine, CA in the pharmacokinetics and translational sciences department. At UB, his research focuses on ocular disease, the pharmacokinetics of biologics in the eye, and the development of antibody drug conjugates. David is happy to answer questions from new graduate students, especially those from out of state.
Zakiya Rhodie, P2 PharmD/MPH Student, Valley Stream, Long Island, NY
Zakiya is a PharmD/MPH in Health Service Administration student. Prior to enrolling into the pharmacy school via PharmCAS, Zakiya obtained a BS in Pharmacology and Toxicology and minored in General Chemistry. She is the president of the International Pharmaceutical Student Federation (IPSF) and secretary of the Christian Pharmacist Fellowship International (CPFI). As the refugee education workshop research assistant, she organizes health literacy workshops. She has provided pharmacy services to individuals in underserved communities domestically in Wise County, VA at the largest free health clinic known as Remote Area Medical (RAM) and ,internationally, every year, with Serving in God’s Name (SIGN Inc.) to Haiti. Feel free to contact Zakiya regarding interests in public and global health, applying through PharmCAS, and opportunities in pharmacy. She is happy to receive any questions or concerns that you have!
Farin Rahman, P3 PharmD Student, New York, New York
Farin is a P3 student at the University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. She is originally from New York City. She obtained a BS in Biological Sciences from UB in June 2016 and then entered pharmacy school through PharmCAS. She served as the National Subcommittee Member for Remember the Remember Initiative through the Student National Pharmaceutical Association (SNPhA) chapter in 2018 and has also been a Dean's Student Ambassador for 3 years. She has pharmacy work experience in both the retail and hospital settings. Her goal is to do a PGY1 and PGY2 residency and work as a clinical pharmacist. She will be happy to answer any questions regarding how to do well in pharmacy school and how to prepare yourself for residency.
Destiny Osborne, P1 PharmD Student, Bronx, NY
Destiny is a first year pharmacy student at the University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. Starting in 2017, she did two years of pre-pharmacy undergraduate studies in the early Assurance program at the University at Buffalo. Destiny entered the school in 2019 and is now apart of the class of 2023. Her hometown is Bronx, NY. Destiny plans on working in a community pharmacy during school, but hopes to one day continue on to a residency during post grad. Her spare time consist of participating in professional organizations such as APhA, SSHP, PNHP, being a military member and working as a pharmacy intern at CVS. Destiny also loves to dance, bake, ice-skate and paint. She would be more than willing to answer any questions regarding the Early Assurance process or about the PharmD program.
Kelsey Barrus, P1 PharmD Student, Randolph, NY
Kelsey is a first year PharmD student with a BS in biology with a minor in chemistry from Houghton College. She did research during her undergraduate years in microbiology and hopes to find a research program to enter here at UB SPPS. She has also worked at CVS Pharmacy as a pharmacy technician since 2017 and has gained valuable experience in community pharmacy. Her goal is to continue with the company and become a community pharmacist. She is willing to answer any questions regarding pharmacy school or work experience, so feel free to reach out!
Maura Mullen, P1 PharmD Student, Poughkeepsie, NY
Maura is a P1 (first professional year) student. Maura earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a minor in Public Administration from SUNY Geneseo. She applied to the PharmD program via PharmCAS and prepared for the PCAT during her gap year. She has worked as a certified pharmacy technician and an administrative assistant at a medical practice. Maura is involved in the Student Society of Health System Pharmacists (SSHP) and the American Pharmaceutical Association Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP). She is happy to answer any questions or concerns regarding the PharmCAS application process, interviews, or the PharmD program at UB.
Samantha Mei, P1 PharmD Student, Long Island, NY
Samantha is from Long Island, New York. Before attending the University of Buffalo, she completed her degree in Bachelor of Science in Biology at Stony Brook University. She currently works at CVS Pharmacy and is hoping to specialize in pediatrics in the future. She is involved in many student organizations at UB such as SSHP, APhA and PPAG. She is happy to answer any questions about the PharmD program and about UB itself.
Nathan Webster, P1 PharmD Student, Corning, NY
Nathan is in his second semester of the P1 year. He was a PharmCAS applicant and received his Bachelor's in Biochemistry at Hobart and William Smith. There, he played football, did organic chemistry research, and was apart of a fraternity. If you have any questions feel free to email him!
Morgan Beres, P1 PharmD Student, Fort Myers, Florida
Morgan is a P1 (first professional year) student starting her second semester in the UB School of Pharmacy. She was a Dean’s Student Ambassador (DSA) Peer Mentor last semester, and she would continue to assist again. She was born in Buffalo, New York but grew up in Fort Myers, Florida. She moved back to Buffalo for high school and decided to apply to UB for pharmacy school. She has worked in an independently owned pharmacy in Orchard Park for 5 years now. She applied to UB School of Pharmacy through the 2+4 Early Assurance Program. She has plenty of experience in adjusting to different cities and schools and can provide insight for any new students who are coming into or thinking of applying to the PharmD program through Early Assurance.
Charmie Patel, P1 PharmD Student, Toronto, Canada
Charmie is in the first professional year or P1 of the PharmD program at UB. She completed her Bachelor’s of Science in Biomedical Science at Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada. She completed her PCAT after her third year of undergrad and applied to pharmacy during her fourth year. Although a Canadian, she is a recent immigrant of the United States. She has gained great insight and experience by volunteering in multiple departments at a local research hospital working alongside a range of health professionals. Furthermore, she has worked as a tutor of STEM related classes at a local tutoring center. Outside of school, she loves to travel and explore new places. At her short time at UB, she has discovered that UB’s SPPS is a land of opportunities for those seeking them and she is excited to explore. She is open to answer any questions future students may have.
Melissa (Lissa) Stein, P1 PharmD Student, Webster, NY
Lissa is a first-year pharmacy student, originally from Webster, NY. Prior to entering the program, she received her Bachelors of Science in Pharmacology and Toxicology from UB in 2018. As an undergraduate, she competed as a varsity coxswain for the school’s D1 women’s rowing team from freshman year up until the end of the program her junior year. She also worked as a home-care aid for various families in the Buffalo and Rochester area. During her senior year, the pharmacology classes quickly became her favorite and she starting looking into a career in pharmacy, speaking with and shadowing multiple different types of pharmacists. After graduation, she decided to take the PCAT and apply to UB for Fall ’19, while also working full time in the labs at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, NY. She’d be happy to help answer any questions about the application process, UB, or the Buffalo area!
Autumn Spyhalsky, P1 PharmD Student, Kingston, NY
Autumn is in her P1 year of the PharmD program. She was admitted to the University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences through the Early Assurance Program. Autumn aspires for her future endeavors in Pharmacy to be centered within Hospital Pharmacy; however, she is exploring all opportunities within the field. She is interested in pursuing the Pharmacometrics and Personalized Pharmacotherapy MS dual degree program in her P3 year. She serves as the P1 Liaison for Pharmacists Association of Western New York (SPAWNY) and the Pediatric Pharmacy Advocacy Committee (PPAG).Autumn is eager to answer any questions you might have about the beginnings of Pharmacy School!
Sara Salah, P1 PharmD Student, Syracuse, NY
Sara is a first year student in the PharmD program at UB. Prior to entering pharmacy school, she majored in Pharmaceutical Sciences here at University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. She took the PCAT the summer prior to her third and final year of undergraduate studies via PharmCAS. Sara was involved in the Experiential Learning Network where she was a Team Leader for the resident hall organizing events and was involved in a project that helped raise funds for refugee families in need in the Buffalo area. She is also bilingual (Arabic being her first language). She is happy to answer any questions regarding the PharmCAS and PCAT application process as well as the PharmD program.