Area Middle School Students Attend UA College of Pharmacy: PharmCamp Explores America's Most Trusted Profession, July 12-16
Students from four Tucson middle schools are getting a hands-on look at pharmacy careers through PharmCamp 2004 at the University of Arizona College of Pharmacy.
During the free program, July 12-16, faculty and students at the college are giving the students a look at pharmacy through interactive exercises, labs, workshops, projects and activities designed to teach the many aspects of pharmacy.
Fourteen of the sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade students chosen for the program are from Wakefield Middle School. Three students represent Pister, Roskruge and Safford Middle Schools. The 17 students are participating in a variety of interactive learning activities, including lab exercises to make lip balm and anti-itch lotion. They will take a tour of the University of Arizona campus and visit a community pharmacy and health-care clinic and a local pharmaceutical manufacturer, learning about research into new medicines and how medicines are made.
"PharmCamp makes the pharmacy profession real," said Theodore G. Tong, PharmD, associate dean at the UA College of Pharmacy and organizer of PharmCamp. "Pharmacy is among America's most trusted professions; we want to show the students that a pharmacy career is an important part of promoting good health in the community as well as how to prepare to pursue a career in the health professions."
PharmCamp is sponsored by the UA College of Pharmacy, the University of Arizona Health Sciences Office of Multicultural Affairs, UA Hispanic Alumni Association, UA Office of Early Academic Outreach, Tucson Unified School District, Basha's Community Gift Program and Aventis Pharmaceuticals, Inc.