Meet The May 2022 PharmD Student Of The Month: Mackenzie Leisure
WNE CoPHS Student of the Month Spotlight: May 2022
DOCTOR OF PHARMACY GRADUATE, MAY 2022, of Monson, MA
Meet Mackenzie Laisure! Mackenzie is a 2022 PharmD graduate who is being recognized for her strong academic achievements and leadership within the College and profession. Mackenzie served as Co-President of the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists, New Member Educator and Philanthropy Chair of the Alpha Zeta Omega Pharmaceutical Fraternity, and Peer Advisor to incoming Pharmacy students. Her summary of the 2021 Updated GOLD Guidelines for COPD was published in the July 2021 issue of U.S. Pharmacist. Working with several faculty members on research projects, she presented at the AACP Midyear 2021 Conference on the prevalence of diabetes distress among people with Type 2 Diabetes in a Pharmacist-run Community Care Clinic and evaluated high school students’ opinions of a virtual pharmacy summer camp. She is employed as a pharmacy intern at Walgreens in Monson, MA, and will be starting a PGY1 residency program at Johnathan M. Wainwright Memorial VA Medical Center in Walla Walla, Washington. Mackenzie earned her Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy Studies at Western New England University in May 2020 as well as her PharmD this May 2022. She was nominated for Student of the Month by her peers, Autumn Kelley and Brittany Henault.
Interview with Mackenzie:
Why did you choose Western New England University?
I attended WNEU for the Pre-Pharmacy program, so it was a no-brainer to apply to their PharmD program. In hindsight, I am so glad I decided to pursue WNEU because I have met some lifelong friends and amazing professors over my 4 years in the Doctor of Pharmacy program!
Please share your thoughts about the pharmacy program at Western New England University.
The COPHS provides unique experiences and tailors the program toward your interests. For example, I was able to complete an ambulatory care APPE rotation at the Indian Health Service in Toppenish, Washington - an experience I will cherish forever. The professors within the COPHS also genuinely care about you and your success. Thank you to the professors who have provided me with opportunities and mentorship to help get me where I am today!
What are your current career aspirations?
After graduation, I will be pursuing my dream ambulatory care residency at the Jonathan M. Wainwright VA Medical Center in Walla Walla, WA. I am very passionate about working within the VA system and hope to remain at the VA as an ambulatory care pharmacist after completing my residency. Later in my career, I would like to be involved in academia to help mentor and teach future generations of pharmacists.
What advice would you provide to a student considering pharmacy for a career?
Take every opportunity to interact with your classmates and faculty. Having a strong support system is essential to being successful in pharmacy school. Be as involved as you can and make those connections!
Mackenzie’s Faculty Advisor Dr. Courtney Doyle-Campbell, Clinical Associate Professor of Ambulatory Care, shared the following thoughts:
Mackenzie brings positivity to the classroom and patient encounters. Her sincerity and compassion are apparent in her patient counseling, and with her intelligence, she will be an excellent pharmacist. Mackenzie has always been willing to share her knowledge and talent, dedicating her time to ASCP and AZO. She has grown into an adept clinician in the past four years, and her future is bright!
Learn more about the opportunities available to our students by visiting our student organizations page here.