The Student National Pharmaceutical Association (SNPhA), a Student affiliate of the National Pharmaceutical Association (NPhA), selected Ja’Miera Stuart, Phyllisa Best, and Ashlei Yates, to serve on the SNPhA Medical mission trip to Nairobi, Kenya this summer, May 30th through June 6th.
These Florida A&M University College of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences, Institute of Public Health students are three out of 11 students chosen that represent colleges of pharmacy throughout the country. On the trip, each student will spend each day providing medical care to the people in various villages in Nairobi, Kenya. As pharmacy students, they will be filling prescriptions and counseling patients on their prescriptions. They will also assist physicians in conducting comprehensive exams, including blood pressure and blood glucose testing.
“I hope to gain a greater understanding of the healthcare system in Nairobi, Kenya, and how the government regulates their healthcare,” said Ja’Miera Stuart, a P3 student from Miami, Florida. “Attending this mission trip aligns with my short-term goals, which will aid me in achieving my long-term goal of working on an international platform as a pharmacist.”
“I am very excited about this trip. I attended a medical mission trip during my time as an undergrad student at FSU, and it was an amazing opportunity. I believe I can be of more use during this trip since I am now a pharmacy student,” said Ashlei Yates, a P2 student from Bristol, Florida.
“This opportunity will allow me to be more culturally competent, build clinical skills, and enhance my communication skills,” said Phyllisa Best, a P3 student from Bolton, North Carolina. “It will help me to be able to know how to apply for traditional pharmacy roles, and it will be a great learning experience overall.”
To be selected for this trip, pharmacy students submitted essays explaining their participation within SNPhA and how this trip will aid them in achieving their long-term goals as individuals and pharmacists.