PharmAcademy

One-week Summer Program for High School Sophomores and Juniors

on the Downers Grove, IL campus

Summer 2022: SESSION NOW CLOSED to new registrants
June 27 - July 1, 2022 
9:00am to 3:00pm each day


Program Overview

Discover if Pharmacy is the Career for You

This program offers a fun and comprehensive learning experience about the diverse career paths in pharmacy from expert pharmacy faculty and practitioners. During this program, students will spend five days on the Midwestern University campus learning from Midwestern University faculty, practicing pharmacists, alumni, and current pharmacy students. This summer session will take place on June 27 through July 1, from 9:00am to 3:00pm each day, and will include interactive presentations and small group games. 

As noted in the Tentative Program Schedule, our program will cover these topics:

Activities in Pharmacy Practice:

  • Pediatric medication administration
  • Infectious diseases
  • Veterinary medicine
  • Internal medicine and cardiology
  • Oncology care pharmacy
  • Ambulatory care & diabetes
  • Substance abuse disorder
  • Community pharmacy
  • Solid organ transplant
  • Pharmacy information technology
  • Natural products
  • Pharmacy research

    Laboratory Exploration

    Additional Activities:

    • Team-building exercises/escape room
    • Games to help learn about pharmacy topics
    • Simulated hospital environment activities

    Midwestern University has been offering a summer pharmacy program for high school students for 20 years. Most of the past participants have gone on to pursue various careers in pharmacy.

    As the profession continues to evolve, there are numerous career paths in pharmacy. So each day in the program will offer different activities and discussions about various topics in pharmacy practice. 

    Pharmacy Careers

    Did You Know? Pharmacists Today...

    • Are at the forefront of healthcare and its innovations
    • Have been on the front lines during the COVID-19 healthcare crisis, as well as providing vaccinations to fight the pandemic
    • Merge science, patient care, technology, business, and math skills
    • Practice in a variety of settings including hospitals, clinics, corporate offices, etc.
    • Earn an average annual salary of $128,710, per the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2021
    • Are the medication experts on healthcare teams
    • Are one of the most highly trusted professionals
    • Have good communication, team work, and leadership skills
    • Are in demand with job security  

    A Pharmacy Career Has Many Options 

    Hospital: Emergency Medicine • Oncology • Infectious Diseases • Cardiology • Pediatrics • Critical Care • Organ Transplant • Nuclear • Specialty • Drug Information 
    Community: Chain and Independent Pharmacies • Compounding • Community Health Center • General Medicine • Long-term Care • Veterinary 
    Corporate: Pharmaceutical Research and Development • Translational Research • Information Technology • Consulting • Government Agencies 
    And many more ...

    Learn more about:

    Pharmacy as a career

    Early assurance admissions programs for high school students

    Pre-Pharmacy Course Guides (for traditional admissions)



    Eligibility

    PharmAcademy participants must have completed their sophomore or junior year in high school (graduating classes of 2023 or 2024).

    Although not required, it is recommended that students should have at least a 3.0 weighted cumulative grade-point average (on a 4.0 scale).


    Fee & Registration

    The Summer 2022 session is now closed to new registrants, and the wait list is also full. If you are interested in attending next year's summer program in 2023, please send an email with your name (student and parent names), email addresses, and year of high school graduation to Ms. Cherl Kane at ckane@midwestern.edu. We will notify you when registration opens for next year's program, which will be in approximately February of 2023.

     

    Program FAQs

    Q: What is the schedule for the program?
    Students will spend each of the five days (June 27th – July 1st) on the Midwestern University campus in Downers Grove. Each day will be filled with various fun activities that will help students learn more about a career in pharmacy. For details, see our Tentative Program Schedule.

    Q: Will parents have the chance to see what their teen has done in the program and tour the campus?
    On the final day of the program, Friday, July 1st, we will invite parents to campus for presentation of all that the students did while on campus. This visit will also include the Closing Ceremony where certificates of completion will be awarded. Afterwards, parents are welcome to speak with some of our faculty members, as well as tour our beautiful campus and its state-of-the-art facilities.

    Q: How does the registration process work?
    The Summer 2022 session is now closed to new registrants, and the wait list is also full. If you are interested in attending next year's summer program in 2023, please send an email with your name (student and parent names), email addresses, and year of high school graduation to Ms. Cherl Kane at ckane@midwestern.edu. We will notify you when registration opens for next year's program, which will be in approximately February of 2023.

    Q: What if the program is filled to capacity? How will I know and what are my options?
    In the online sign-up: when the program reaches capacity, the system will no longer accept new registrations. If you would like to be added to the wait list, please send an email to Ms. Cheryl Kane at ckane@midwestern.edu to indicate your interest in being added to the PharmAcademy’s wait list. If space becomes available, she will notify you. If you are doing registration via fax or email, then we will not process your payment until you accept an available seat in the program.

    Q: What is your cancellation policy?
    If there is a need to withdraw from the program, we ask that you notify us as soon as possible. If we receive notice of withdrawal before Friday, May 27, 2022, then we will refund all monies paid. After May 27th, we will not be able to issue any refunds. We are not able to pro-rate any fees, so the cost for each registered participant is $210, which includes all activity costs and lunch each day.

    Q: I understand from previous information that a pharmacy technician license is required as part of the program. Is this still the case?
    No, the pharmacy technician license is no longer needed. This program has a new name and a different curriculum that does not require this license. This program offers students greater insights into the many career paths in pharmacy through hands-on activities that focus on patient care and current pharmacy topics, as well as the opportunity to learn about pharmaceutical research.

    Q: How does the student get to campus?
    Very important: Transportation is the sole responsibility of the student/family. Pace bus service offers limited accessibility, so please review such schedules thoroughly. The campus is not located near the Downers Grove train station. Parents may drive their teens to campus and pick them up at the end of the day. However, due to security restrictions, parents may not spend the day on campus. Parking is free on campus, and students who drive themselves each day will be issued temporary parking passes on the first day of the program (proof of auto insurance required).

    Q: Is there any on-campus housing available for participants in this program?
    No, there is not. Participating students/parents must plan to commute daily to campus from their own home or the home of a nearby adult family member who can provide the minor with supervision and guardianship for the duration of the program’s five days. Our campus is located 20 miles straight west of downtown Chicago in the Oak Brook area, where there is an abundance of shopping, dining, and entertainment options.



    Contact Us

    Ms. Damienne Souter 
    PharmAcademy Program Manager 
    dsouter@midwestern.edu  

    Ms. Cheryl Kane 
    PharmAcademy Program Coordinator 
    ckane@midwestern.edu  

    Midwestern University 
    College of Pharmacy, Downers Grove Campus 
    555 31st Street 
    Downers Grove, IL 60515 
    630-971-6417   
    CPDG@midwestern.edu

    The Director of PharmAcademy is Sheila K. Wang, Pharm.D., BCPS, BCIDP.  Dr. Wang is an Associate Professor in Pharmacy Practice at Midwestern University, and a Clinical Infectious Disease Pharmacist at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago.


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