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Membership Spotlight-Michelle Knizner- 9-13-2021

09/13/2021 11:50 AM | Steve Glass (Administrator)

VSHP Membership Spotlight

Michelle Knizner


What initially motivated you to join VSHP?

I joined VSHP through VCU’s Student Chapter of Virginia Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists (SVSHP) during my P1 year. Since I have work experience in retail pharmacy, I wanted to learn more about clinical and health systems pharmacy. Our SVSHP chapter offers a shadowing program and various pharmacist panels, so I have learned more about clinical pharmacy positions. Throughout school, I have enjoyed becoming more involved with VSHP and SVSHP, as I have had the opportunity to gain leadership experience, participate in Legislative Day, present at the VSHP Fall Seminar, and join the Mentorship Program.


What school are you attending and what year? 

Virginia Commonwealth University School of Pharmacy, Class of 2022 (P4)


Do you currently work in a pharmacy and if so what practice setting?

I have been working for the CVS SimpleDose Pharmacy (retail practice setting) in Ashland, VA for over a year. As one of two interns at this site, I have learned more about the operations behind compliance packing and have contributed to the dispensing process at the high volume store. Prior to working at the CVS SimpleDose, I worked at Kroger for 4 years as a pharmacy technician and intern. 


What advice would you give to a P1 student or someone interested in pharmacy school?

My advice for students just starting their pharmacy journey is to become involved in organizations and to gain hands-on experience. Working, volunteering, and/or shadowing in the field of pharmacy you are interested in helps you to learn and verify your interests. 


Do you have any special interests or hobbies outside of work?

Outside of work and school, I enjoy running, golfing, watching baseball, and trying new restaurants.


What is your favorite place to vacation?

I enjoy spending time at the beach, and I have had the opportunity to travel to Florida throughout pharmacy school!


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