UCSF student pharmacist becomes agent of change

In his academic journey at UCSF and nationally as a student pharmacist leader, Ashish Patel, creates lasting connections between his peers and the underserved, while paving the way for greater diversity within the profession. In his wake:

  • a group of 30 UCSF student pharmacists gives back to fifth-graders at the Rosa Parks Elementary School in San Francisco's Western Addition neighborhood some of the science education lacking in their curriculum
  • underrepresented San Francisco Bay Area minority high school students learn about health care careers through exposure to science, and skill development in writing, interviewing, and presentation techniques.

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About the School: The UCSF School of Pharmacy aims to solve the most pressing health care problems and strives to ensure that each patient receives the safest, most effective treatments. Our discoveries seed the development of novel therapies, and our researchers consistently lead the nation in NIH funding. The School’s doctor of pharmacy (PharmD) degree program, with its unique emphasis on scientific thinking, prepares students to be critical thinkers and leaders in their field.