Alicia Yeh ’15 is one of only four students nationwide recognized for their outstanding academic achievements and leadership abilities. Her commitment to excellence and her devotion to the pharmacy profession have manifested in the form of the highly prestigious American Pharmacists Association (APhA) Student Leadership Award of which she is a recipient. Yeh was accepted to the doctor of pharmacy program as a 2+3 pre-pharmacy student and has exemplified her leadership qualities in the many student organizations she is a part of. Entering her final year of pharmacy school, Yeh has already demonstrated her capabilities and is on her way to becoming a front runner in the development of the pharmaceutical industry.
Yeh has clearly earned her place as the APhA Student Leader; she is a great advocate for shared experiences in student organizations throughout campus and has joined several associations to invigorate her academic journey. Yeh says, “There are so many opportunities to get involved at Pacific, and my experiences here have really shaped me to be a better student and leader. I’m always learning and growing, whether in the classroom or during practical outreach.” Yeh has been strongly involved with several on-campus professional organizations such as the Academy of Student Pharmacists (ASP) for which she is Vice President of Professional Affairs. ASP provides opportunities for student pharmacists to get more involved by providing patient care projects, community outreach, and professional development. As VP, Yeh has been able to become a positive example for her fellow colleagues. She shares, “I am touched when first year students tell me I’m the reason they decided to get involved. One student has even called me her ‘pharm role model.’”
Yeh is also the coordinator for SALUD Outreach, an organization that coordinates events that allow the community to receive free health services such as screenings for blood pressure, cholesterol, and diabetes. Not only that, but Yeh is also a part of all four pharmacy organizations on campus, the California Society of Health-System Pharmacists (CSHP), National Community Pharmacist Association (NCPA), American Society of Consultant Pharmacy (ASCP), and Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP). She is also involved with the Rho Chi Honor Society, and the Phi Lambda Sigma National Pharmacy Leadership Society. Yeh doesn’t stop there either; she has also attended several conferences including the NCPA Convention, APhA Annual, and the California Pharmacists Association (CPhA) West Coast Pharmacy Exchange. Her participation in these organizations has helped her excel far beyond that of the typical student.
As for being the recipient of the APhA Student Leadership Award, Yeh is overwhelmingly grateful. She says, “I’m so honored to receive this national recognition. It serves as a personal reminder that I’m headed in the right direction. I really enjoy giving back to the School and profession, but each initiative can be a hit or a miss, so it’s nice to know that others appreciate what I’m doing.”
If Yeh could give students some advice, it would be this: “Take advantage of the opportunities presented to you. There are so many ways to make a difference on campus, in the community, and in the professions of pharmacy; all you have to do is get involved.” True to her own words, Yeh has used many of the resources that Pacific has provided to her and urges others to do so as well, “The friends, service opportunities, and leadership that Pacific has provided for me have made my time here priceless.”