COP grad dressed up for education

home75.jpg“It’s amazing to find out how many children don’t know what a pharmacist is,” Lauren Babits says.

Babits helped educate students in 2006 as coordinator for Katy’s Kids, a National Community Pharmacists Association program that takes pharmacy students into elementary schools to teach children about medicine.

Educating children isn’t the only thing Babits enjoyed in her extracurricular time. Before she graduated from the University of Arizona College of Pharmacy in May 2009, she was also involved with Rho Chi National Honor Society, Kappa Psi pharmacy fraternity, the Academy of Student Pharmacists, the Student Society of Health-System Pharmacists, and was the Class of 2009 vice president. She says she tried to be very involved in all of the organizations, especially participating in health screenings.

“I enjoy getting out there and interacting with patients,” she says. “It reminds me why I entered this profession and it gives me a chance to apply my studies.”

Babits, a native of Scottsdale, Ariz., decided on a pharmacy career because she enjoys the health professions. She says she has always loved the medical field and she became a certified nursing assistant during high school.

“I knew there would be a wide range of things I could do with a pharmacy degree,” she says. “You can always change or mold the profession to your liking later on. I like helping people, giving them information and finding the best treatment regimen possible.”

After she finished her PharmD, Babits moved to Seattle to begin a pharmacy practice residency at the Puget Sound Veterans Affairs Medical Center. She sees herself working in a clinical pharmacy hospital setting, because she wants to have a more direct influence on the patient’s treatment plan.

Babits also enjoys being outdoors, and being active by bicycling, hiking, running and swimming.

“I like doing a wide variety of things,” she says. “I have lots of friends in Kappa Psi. I like NCPA because you reach out to the community—it’s motivational and fulfilling."