2017 Ton Hoek Scholarship Recipient

Valerie Nolt

University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy

 

Valerie Nolt graduated from the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy. During that time, she was actively involved with the International Pharmaceutical Students’ Federation (IPSF) through the American Pharmacists Association – Academy of Student Pharmacists.

Her first exposure to international pharmacy was through the IPSF Student Exchange Program (SEP) in Ankara, Turkey (blog: septurkey.weebly.com) at Hacettepe Üniversitesi Hastaneleri under the mentorship of pharmacists excited to share their practice and culture. This experience fostered a research project surrounding the differences in international pharmacy practice, Clinical Pharmacy Practice and its Relation to Healthcare Expenditure. She also spent time volunteering with the organization Global Links in Pittsburgh, PA that recycles unused medical supplies from hospitals around the city for developing countries. Her interest in global pharmacy practice continued to grow, and the following summer she practiced pharmacy in Lisbon, Portugal (blog: appeportugal.weebly.com) by arranging a new advanced pharmacy practice experience site between the University of Pittsburgh and the Universidade de Lisboa, with an emphasis in research and development. Subsequently, she had the opportunity to pursue a leadership role within IPSF as a member of the Development Fund Committee, charged with reviewing grant applications for member organizations, projects, events, and SEP. She is currently serving a second term on this committee.

At the present time, Valerie is completing a Post-Graduate Year One Pharmacy Residency at the University of Kentucky. She recently traveled to the Retalhuleu area of Guatemala with several other pharmacists through the organization Faith in Practice to provide medical care to rural small villages. Outside of IPSF, Valerie is actively involved with the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists as a member of the New Practitioner Forum Career Development Advisory Group. She has a passion for connecting and inspiring people as well as sharing best practices and professional successes. Valerie plans to continue her residency training specializing in the area of pediatrics.