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Gatton College of Pharmacy creating training resource

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JOHNSON CITY (Sept. 10, 2015) – The Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy at East Tennessee State University’s Delta Epsilon chapter of the academic honor society Rho Chi recently received a grant to help create a valuable resource for students.

The $500 grant, obtained by assistant professor and the ETSU chapter co-advisor Dr. Cortney Mospan, will allow the college to create an online arena in which fourth-year pharmacy students at ETSU can log in for guidance in finding post-graduation training positions.

The project is being called the “Online Residency Preparation Site Sponsoring Applicant Success.”

“It will focus on how to find information about programs, how to apply, how to develop a curriculum vitae, how to write a letter of intent, interview etiquette,” Mospan said. “We didn’t have many resources to navigate these types of things. With this, faculty, past graduates and pharmacists in the community will post resources, offer advice and record an info session on the different topics.”

Since fourth-year students sometimes are completing Advanced Practice Pharmacy Experiences, or clinicals, out of the area, it is crucial that the resource be offered online, Mospan noted.

“Most of our students complete their rotations within the Tri-Cities area, but some complete rotations across the border in North Carolina or in other parts of the country. They’re not always able to get to the college at a specific meeting time,” she said. “This way, students can go to it at their own leisure, when it fits their schedule.”

The Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy has a higher percentage of students matching with residency positions than the national average and Mospan hopes the new resource will further bolster that success.

She expects the training site to be up and running by mid-October.

Early next year at the Rho Chi Society’s annual meeting, the ETSU chapter will be recognized for its efforts to launch the program.

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