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Full Circle: The journey from pharmacy camp to pharmacy faculty

From pharmacy camp to pharmacy student to pharmacy faculty member, Dr. Michelle Serres, PharmD ’10, has experienced it all. A clinical lecturer in the Department of Pharmacy Practice, she is an example of a true success story for the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. As a high school student, she had an aptitude for science and math that drew her to participate in Pharmacy Summer Camp. More than the introduction to a career, camp was a bonding experience with like-minded students who were experiencing, for the first time, a slice of college life. Pharmacy Summer Camp, which has been sponsored by Walgreens since 2001, solidified pharmacy as a career choice for Serres. A Toledo native, it was a natural choice for her to select The University of Toledo.

During her undergraduate years, Serres prepared for the competitive application process for the professional division. Meanwhile, she worked in a pharmacy and developed an appreciation for community pharmacy, in particular. The fast pace and diverse activities of a community pharmacy, including patient care, were appealing to her.

Serving as a teaching assistant during her P3 year, along with her subsequent residency training at WW Knight Family Medicine Center, allowed her to envision a future that involved both patient care and teaching. Serres earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree in 2010.

After completing her residency, Dr. Serres returned to The University of Toledo as a clinical practitioner for diabetes patients, further honing her patient education skills. Now part of the experiential education program for Doctor of Pharmacy students, Dr. Serres helps to coordinate Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences (IPPEs) for students in the professional division. She is able to share her experiences and help student pharmacists become adept practitioners. Having been a pharmacy student at UT, she understands fully the journey her students will take as they prepare to improve the human condition.

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is the Scientific Editor and College Communicator for The University of Toledo College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. She is a triple alumna of The University of Toledo with master's degrees in English and Education and a graduate certificate in Patient Advocacy.
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