Published September 6, 2023
Kaitlyn Healy, PharmD’25, has been selected to participate in the inaugural cohort of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) Aspiring Academics Program.
From over 200 program applicants across the country, Healy was selected as one of only 20 student pharmacists to participate in the inaugural cohort.
“I am honored to be a part of the inaugural cohort of the AACP Aspiring Academics Program,” says Healy. “Acceptance into this program means a great deal to me as I hope to have a future career in academic pharmacy.”
AACP’s Aspiring Academics Program is designed to facilitate a deeper understanding of career paths in academic pharmacy. The program engages participants through learning modules, mentorship, networking, a group project, involvement with AACP and attendance at AACP’s Pharmacy Education 2024 and the Teachers’ Seminar in Boston, MA.
At the conclusion of the program, participants will have a greater understanding of the various types of pharmacy faculty positions, the expectations of faculty scholarship, teaching and service, as well as the process and skills needed to advance in a career in pharmacy academia.
“I am excited to gain skills to become a great mentor to future pharmacy students and to learn more about the pathway to becoming faculty,” Healy adds.
AACP’s Aspiring Academics will also have the opportunity to learn from two distinct faculty member mentors, one from within their own institution (the home mentor) and one assigned by AACP (the AACP group mentor)—all while building a national network of peers interested in academia.
“The AACP Aspiring Academics Program presents a unique opportunity for Kaitlyn; it will equip her with the tools she needs to embark on her journey to a career as a clinical faculty member,” says William Prescott, Jr., PharmD, chair, Department of Pharmacy Practice and clinical professor, Division of Education and Teaching Innovation. “Kaitlyn is at the top of her class and has many character traits that will help her throughout her career as an academician and emerging leader. I am excited to serve as her mentor and can’t wait to see the impact she makes as a pharmacy faculty member down the road.”