In preparation for the College of Pharmacy’s 2021 Convocation, we’re highlighting a few of our many extraordinary graduates.
One of those outstanding students, McKenzie Stratton, shared with us some advice and memories that she collected during her time at the College of Pharmacy.
Name: McKenzie Stratton
Hometown: Scottsdale, AZ
Q: What inspired you to pursue your PharmD?
A: Pharmacy has been in my family! My grandpa owned a pharmacy and my mom works in the pharmaceutical industry. My mom’s work in the biopharmaceutical industry inspired me to pursue a PharmD and help serve patients with rare diseases.
Q: What have you accomplished during your studies that you are proud of?
A: I’ve really enjoyed my year of clinical rotations and feel that I’ve been able to make a positive impact on patients. It has been a unique opportunity to start rotations during the COVID pandemic, and I am grateful to be part of a profession serving patients every day.
Q: What are your other plans for after graduation?
A: I will be starting a fellowship in US Medical Affairs at Biogen after graduation. I am excited about this next chapter and look forward to moving to Cambridge, MA!
Q: What is your favorite memory from school?
A: Through my involvement in the Arizona Pharmacy Association Student Chapter, I was able to attend the NACDS RxIMPACT Day on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. I had the opportunity to meet with Arizona legislators to discuss provider status for pharmacists and other current pharmacy issues. It was an amazing experience to advocate for the profession of pharmacy.
Q: Do you have any words of advice for students who may be thinking about pursuing their PharmD?
A: I would say explore traditional and non-traditional roles for a PharmD. Throughout my year of rotations, I’ve been exposed to many different areas of pharmacy and there are so many great opportunities out there for PharmD’s.