Jacqueline Palmer is currently a Pharm D. candidate at the Earnest Mario School of Pharmacy at Rutgers University. A native of Sierra Leone, Jacqueline and her family have been in the US for about 9 years. Her family has been an incredible source of support and they believe that Jacqueline can do anything she puts her mind to; which has been a principle form of motivation for Jacqueline over the years. She will graduate in 2012 with plans to continue her educational and career goals by applying to public health graduate programs in efforts to combine her training in pharmacy with her new interests in public health affairs. Jacqueline’s career goals involve some area of health administration where she can educate communities about medications, their proper usage and wellness.
Jacqueline’s experiences this summer has built her confidence in her ability to design a research study and present findings in a comprehensive research paper and presentation. While the challenges of learning statistical tests while drafting a research project were difficult, Jacqueline appreciated the experience saying “the best thing about Project L/EARN is the support system that each student [received]…no matter what the problem, there was someone to talk to or ask for help.”
In reference to her mentor, Jacqueline was most appreciative of Dr. DeLia’s efforts to answer all her questions. His insight and knowledge on her research topic offered Jacqueline many avenues to exchange ideas various topics. In one instance Jacqueline remarks, “I told him what I’d learn so far about pharmacy, and the various cases I encountered working as a pharmacy technician; he taught me a lot about the economic aspects [of the industry] and how profit moves a lot of what takes place in the health industry.” Upon evaluation of her experiences this summer, Jacqueline advises future interns to put a lot of time and effort into the program because in the end they will be proud of what they accomplished.