Sara Thompson, a fourth year pharmacy student at Belmont University, was recently chosen as a Walmart Scholar by the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP). The scholars program recognizes select students and their faculty mentors in an effort to strengthen the recipient’s skills and commitment to a career in academic pharmacy. Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Dr. Edgar Diaz-Cruz serves as Thompson’s mentor.
In speaking of Thompson Dr. Diaz-Cruz said, “It is refreshing to see such maturity, determination, and passion for academic pharmacy and patient education in a pharmacy student.” Thompson is interested in medical Spanish and health disparities as experienced in the Hispanic community. After pharmacy school, Thompson said she plans to pursue a residency with a teaching certificate program and ultimately join academia as a faculty member in pharmacy practice.
In addition to its recognition, the Walmart Scholar program provides scholarships to student-faculty pairs to attend the AACP annual meeting and Teachers Seminar, recently held in National Harbor, Maryland.