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6 things we discovered about studying pharmacy

22 May 2017
We asked to film a pharmacy student, this is what happened
Filmed in one single shot, we asked Gloria Mirzaei a Bachelor of Pharmacy student 15 questions about studying pharmacy at the University of Sydney – why she chose it, what she likes about it and what surprised her most about University.

15 questions with Gloria Mirzaei

An undergraduate Bachelor of Pharmacy student

Here are some of the things we discovered about Gloria and her experience at the University of Sydney.

On gaining industry experience

Only two years into the four-year Bachelor of Pharmacy degree and Gloria is already gaining real-world work experience and networking with professionals and patients in her chosen field. Since 2011, Gloria has been working part-time at Chemist Warehouse, one of Australia's largest retail pharmacy groups.

On why she chose a career in pharmacy

A pharmacy degree opens up a variety of career options – registered pharmacists can work in hospital pharmacy, community pharmacy, for pharmaceutical companies and at academic institutions in research positions. No matter where registered pharmacists work, they are an integral part of the healthcare system.

On university life

When we asked Gloria what surprised her most about university she said, "I get treated like an adult here". The student experience at university is a time to learn, change, grow and, for recent high school graduates, it's often an opportunity to become a more independent adult.

On university lecturers

It's true! Dr Nial Wheate, Senior Lecturer and Course Coordinator for the Bachelor of Pharmacy, is not only approachable and happy to answer any of his students' questions but he was also willing to feature in this video. Nial is one of the many highly-respected academics and industry experts that teach pharmacy at the University of Sydney.

On her favourite thing about studying pharmacy

From the first year of the Bachelor of Pharmacy degree, students have access to the latest technology, facilitates and teaching laboratories. In the state-of-the-art facilities, Gloria, and her peers, learn how drugs are developed and how medications affect the human body. Hands on lab work is one of Gloria's favourite aspects of studying pharmacy.

On her 10-year plan

When Gloria is a registered pharmacist she hopes to own her own pharmacy. Pharmacists supply and dispense medications and related products, and they also provide health advice. This makes community pharmacy an important part of primary healthcare as pharmacists are often the first point of contact for people seeking counsel about their health, sometimes before a GP.

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