Emma Lodl April 5, 2017

Dr. Crisafi,

I want to begin by sincerely thanking you for your generosity.  I am honored that you have chosen to help financially support my pharmacy education and I plan to use this scholarship to its full potential by immersing myself in my journey to become a pharmacist.  I greatly look forward to the next four years and am eager to accept the challenging curriculum at such an elite school.  So that you can know me on a more personal level, I would like to tell you about myself and why I chose pharmacy as my future career.

When I first started college at the University of Minnesota, I planned on becoming a veterinarian due to my interest in animals.  I shadowed a few vets and came to realize that the reality of the career wasn’t what I was expecting.  My mother is the Pharmacy Director at Aurora Grafton hospital in Wisconsin, and she encouraged me to shadow a staff pharmacist.  I was surprised at my experience with that pharmacist. I learned about his daily routine which included warfarin dosing, attending rounds with other healthcare providers, verifying IV bags and orders electronically, adjusting doses for renal functions and monitoring drug interactions.  After that experience my idea of pharmacy and the role of the pharmacist completely changed and I was incredibly intrigued by the prospect of a career in pharmacy.  After doing some research and talking to my mom, I dove head-first into pursing a career in pharmacy and have had no hesitation about whether it was the right choice.

Currently, I have over 2 years of experience as a pharmacy technician in a retail pharmacy in a low income area in Minneapolis.  I feel like this experience has been the most beneficial to my future career because I have learned so much from the pharmacists and have had the opportunity to interact with patients on a daily basis.  The patient to staff ratio at our pharmacy is not something we can boast about (we are seemingly constantly understaffed) but I believe this environment has challenged me to solve problems, multitask efficiently, and be a leader for less experienced technicians.  I have grown a lot from working at that retail pharmacy and have been able to compare the experience there with my limited experience of shadowing pharmacists in an inpatient setting.

While at the University of Minnesota, I was able to schedule several days of shadowing with different pharmacists at Fairview Hospital on campus.  Of the specialties I shadowed(ICU, NICU, infectious disease, general medicine) I found infectious disease to be the most interesting.  Although I do not yet know exactly what environment or specialty I would like to work in as a pharmacist, I am currently very interested in microbiology and infectious disease.  I am already interested in the research that the University of Florida is conducting on the disruption of biofilms on medical equipment and surgical sights.

During my time at the University of Florida Gainesville campus I plan on engaging in microbiological research and taking advantage of the many resources I will have available to me.  As I stated before, I am so grateful for your investment in my education and will do everything I can to use the money to its fully potential.  Thank you so much for your generosity.  I can say with confidence that I greatly look forward to beginning the next four years of my education and am ready to transition from a Gopher to a Gator!

Sincerely,
Emma Lodl

Emma Lodl
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