May 2, 2013

Student Profiles – Rachael McCaleb ’14

Rachel M
Hometown: Little Rock, Ark.

Undergraduate degree/university: Bachelor of Science in Biology/Arkansas State University – Jonesboro 

Background & Reason for Choosing Pharmacy
After finishing my degree at ASU, I worked for a year as a research technician in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at UAMS.   After that I made the decision to pursue the pharmacy profession because it allows me to combine problem solving skills with patient interaction.   I knew I wanted a career in the medical field and wanted to work with other health professionals to improve patient care.   The scope of pharmacy continues to expand and is allowing pharmacists to use their knowledge in a variety of settings.   I believe the opportunities for pharmacists are endless.

Choosing UAMS & Opportunities It Provides
Since I am from Little Rock I enjoy being back in my hometown.  UAMS provides an opportunity for interprofessional networking since there are several other medical disciplines on campus.   Also, the College of Pharmacy faculty is very invested and proactive about their students’ success.

Plans after Graduation
I plan to complete a residency in ambulatory care after I graduate.   I would like to work in an independent pharmacy or work in an academic setting like UAMS.

Advice for Prospective Students
My advice would be to get involved in the pre-pharmacy organization at your school.    It will give you a better understanding about the profession of pharmacy and will also help you get to know some of your potential classmates that might work with you in the future.

Leadership Roles
American Federation for Medical Research- Southern Society for Clinical Investigation Student Research Award, CVS Caremark Scholarship Recipient, UAMS APhA-ASP Patient Counseling Competition Runner-Up, UAMS College of Pharmacy Dean’s List, UAMS College of Pharmacy Summer Research Fellowship, UAMS Academy of Student Pharmacists P1 Student of the Year, UAMS 12th Street Health and Wellness Center Student Advisory Board Chair 2012, First Year Orientation Committee for Class of 2015 and 2016, UAMS Associated Student Government – Vice President and Treasurer, Academy of Student Pharmacist- Vice President of Patient Care Projects