RxAmbassadors



Ever wonder what it is like in a day of a life of a Pitt Pharmacy student? Have questions about how to get into the program? Do you want a tour of Salk Hall? RxAmbassadors are here to help you with all of that and more! RxAmbassadors are a group of student pharmacists dedicated to helping you on your path to becoming part of the Pitt Pharmacy community.

Our RxAmbassadors come from a variety of backgrounds, and all have different areas of interest. Come stop by Salk for a tour or to grab a cup of coffee from Rxpresso and chat with an RxAmbassador today! Information for tours can be found here, but please feel free to reach out via email to any of the RxAmbassadors listed below.

  • Rish Arora
  • Year: P3
  • Hometown: Chicago, IL
  • High School: Schaumburg High School
  • Favorite Class: Comprehensive Diabetes Management
  • Why PittPharmacy: I picked Pitt Pharmacy because I was looking for a more urban setting to start my professional student career where the city of Pittsburgh is integrated and ingrained into Pitt. Knowing that I want to pursue a pharmacy career in an inpatient hospital setting, I saw how valuable it was to have a connection with UPMC as well to help me personalize my education.
  • Email Address: raa139@pitt.edu

  • Funto Babalola
  • Year: P3
  • Hometown: Dallas, TX
  • High School: Texas Academy of Math and Science
  • Favorite Class: Pharmacokinetic and Drug Response
  • Why PittPharmacy: PittPharmacy offers a number of ways for students to personalize their education. Personally, I am interested in global health which is an area of concentration that is offered. Learning about the flexibility to customize fourth -year rotations, having the opportunity to do rotations abroad, and hearing about the faculty's commitment to helping you get where you want to be encouraged me to attend PittPharmacy.
  • Email Address: olb13@pitt.edu

  • Olivia Berger
  • Year: P4
  • Hometown: Greensburg, PA
  • High School: Hempfield Area High School
  • Favorite Class: Special Topics: Lung Transplant Research
  • Why PittPharmacy:
  • Email Address: omb9@pitt.edu

  • Jessica Hu
  • Year: P3
  • Hometown: Marlboro, NJ
  • High School: Marlboro High School
  • Area(s) of Interest:
  • Favorite Class: Cardiology
  • Why PittPharmacy: PittPharmacy has allowed me to explore the areas of pharmacy that are of most interest to me. From the very beginning, you can develop close relationships with professors, participate in their research, and work alongside with faculty and peers. You have the opportunity to personalize your education at PittPharmacy and learn from the very best!
  • Email Address: gjh24@Pitt.edu

  • Ester Hwang
  • Year: P3
  • Hometown: Boise, Idaho
  • High School: Tihmberline High School
  • Favorite Class: Pharmacotherapy of Cardiovascular Disease
  • Why PittPharmacy: I chose PittPharmacy because of all the resources and opportunities that it provides. No matter what path you want to take, PittPharmacy will helo you explore it and home in on your interests. The faculty and other students genuinely want to see you success so we allhelp each other out. I also loved the campus and the city! I enjoy my time in and outside of school -best of both worlds!
  • Email Address: veh14@pitt.edu

  • Kimberly Landsittel
  • Year: P3
  • Hometown: Irwin, PA
  • High School: Norwin High School
  • Favorite Class: Infectious Disease
  • Why PittPharmacy: I really enjoyed my undergrad experience at Pitt and was very excited to be able to stay at Pitt for Pharmacy school as well. The program has many opportunities available for shadowing, research, and many other ways to pursue your interest outside the classroom. Pitt also uses activities like SimMan and standardized patients to help students apply what they learned in the classroom in a unique way.
  • Email Address: kll61@pitt.edu

  • Erika LeBakken
  • Year: P4
  • Hometown: Daphne, AL
  • High School: Daphne High School
  • Area(s) of Interest:
  • Favorite Class: Drug Development - Rxpedition
  • Why PittPharmacy: PittPharmacy is a top 10 program with supportive faculty and staff. The opportunities at PittPharmacy are endless if you are willing to try new things!
  • Email Address: erl58@pitt.edu

  • Caleb Lynch
  • Year: P3
  • Hometown: Johnstown, PA
  • High School: Richland High School
  • Favorite Class: Pharmacotherapy of Cardiovascular Diseases
  • Why PittPharmacy: I choose PittPharmacy not only because I fell in love with the city as an undergraduate student, but also due to the vast resources we are provided with to advance ourselves as student pharmacists. With access to the city and to the UPMC Hospital systems, the possibilities for ways to gain new and worthwhile experience are endless.
  • Email Address: cfl12@pitt.edu

  • Madison McConnell
  • Year: P3
  • Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA
  • High School: Oakland Catholic High School
  • Favorite Class: Pharmacotherapy of Infectious Diseases
  • Why PittPharmacy: I wanted to find a community where I could help patients but also utilize my love of chemistry, biology and anatomy on a daily basis. PittPharmacy gives me the ability to follow my personalized path towards a fulfilling profession.
  • Email Address: mgm62@pitt.edu

  • Julianne Mercer
  • Year: P1
  • Hometown: Hempstead, NY
  • High School: Uniondale High School
  • Favorite Class: History of Black Pittsburgh
  • Why PittPharmacy: PittPharmacy provides endless opportunities to personalize your education and characterize your journey as a future pharmacists. These aspects are of many unique and exciting qualities that attracted me to the program. It's ineffable how much it has to offer. I feel beyond secure in planting the seeds of my career in Pitt's Pharmacy program. Hail to Pitt!
  • Email Address: jam486@pitt.edu

  • Kathy Monangai
  • Year: P3
  • Hometown: Roseland, NJ
  • High School: The Academy of Saint Elizabeth
  • Favorite Class: Literature and Film to Understand Patient-Practitioner Experiences
  • Why PittPharmacy: I fell in love with Pittsburgh during my undergraduate years here. I knew I wanted a pharmacy program that had a teaching hospital associated with it, opportunities to specialize my coursework for a pediatric pharmacy career, and other reputable health sciences programs at the university to collaborate with.
  • Email Address: kem173@pitt.edu

  • Hailey Mook
  • Year: P2
  • Hometown: Erie, PA
  • High School: McDowell High School
  • Favorite Class: Pharnacist Patient Care
  • Why PittPharmacy: PittPharmacy is a top rated program and the alumni are successful individuals in the world of pharmacy. There is so much tradition found in the university and in the School of Pharmacy that it felt right to continue my education here at Pitt. You are given so many opportunities to personalize your education, whether it's through research or through unique experiences, you are fully able and supported to become the kind of pharmacist you want to be with unlimited support.
  • Email Address: hnm14@pitt,edu

  • Alyssa Pagliaro
  • Year: P4
  • Hometown: Lansdale, PA
  • High School: Mount Saint Joseph Academy
  • Favorite Class: Critical Care/Nephrology
  • Why PittPharmacy: I chose PittPharmacy because of the ample opportunities to cater my education to my own personal need through research and the many student organizations. Faculty help their students success us unmatched. Pitt was the first school I visited; nothing I saw after could measure up to it! H2P!
  • Email Address: amp209@pitt.edu

  • Megha Patel
  • Year: P3
  • Hometown: Harrisburg, PA
  • High School: Middletown Area High School
  • Favorite Class: Cardiology
  • Why PittPharmacy: I wanted to have direct patient care contact while also being able to use my clinical knowledge.
  • Email Address: map273@pitt.edu

  • Spencer Schlecht
  • Year: P3
  • Hometown: Marion, OH
  • High School: Hilliard Davidson High School
  • Favorite Class: Drug Discovery/Pharmacy Innovations
  • Why PittPharmacy: PittPharmacy stuck out to me not only as a top ten school, but also as an institution that valued Innovation and opportunity for willing students. I did not know what I wanted to do going into pharmacy, and still don't know frankly, but I know that surrounding myself with the right people is what I need to do to find success and is why I'm here today!
  • Email Address: sgs38@pitt.edu

  • Julianne Slomer
  • Year: P3
  • Hometown: Butler, PA
  • High School: Knoch High School
  • Favorite Class: Self Care
  • Why PittPharmacy: Pitt ranked among the most prestigious pharmacy school in the country! I knew Pitt would offer me the best opportunities and experiences to become a successful pharmacist and innovator, so it was an obvious choice.
  • Email Address: jes230@pitt.edu

  • Leia Stephenson
  • Year: P2
  • Hometown: Warren, NJ
  • High School: Watchung Hills Regional High School
  • Favorite Class: Principles of Drug Action
  • Why PittPharmacy: I choose PittPharmacy because there are many opportunities to personalize your education within the curriculum as well as through extracurricular activities. After only one year in pharmacy school, I have been able to take two elective classes, perform research and have many direct patient interactions. The freedom and opportunity you have to explore your interests make PittPharmacy one of best pharmacy schools around.
  • Email Address: ljs93@pitt.edu

  • Melanie Umbaugh
  • Year: P2
  • Hometown: DuBois, PA
  • High School: DuBois Area High School
  • Area(s) of Interest:
  • Favorite Class: Pharmacists Patient Care
  • Why PittPharmacy: I was very impressed by the direct patient care experiences that are embedded in the PittPharmacy curriculum from the very first semester. I also liked the connection with UPMC, The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.
  • Email Address: msu1@pitt.edu

  • Shannon Ye
  • Year: P4
  • Hometown: Oakdale, PA
  • High School: West Allegheny High School
  • Area(s) of Interest: Community Pharmacy, Healthcare Innovation
  • Favorite Class: Self-Care
  • Why PittPharmacy: Ever since 5th grade, I have aspired to become a pharmacists, and when the time came to look for colleges, PittPharmacy was at the top of my list. As one of the top pharmacy schools in the nation, not only do we provide a rich education with real-life experiences, there are also various area of concentration, professors who genuinely care about your future goals, and numerous student organizations that promote the advancement of our profession. PittPharmacy is the place to personalize your education.
  • Email Address: shannonye@pitt.edu

  • Benjamin Yoder
  • Year: P4
  • Hometown: Nescopeck, PA
  • High School: Central Columbia High School
  • Area(s) of Interest: Oncology
  • Favorite Class: Cardiology
  • Why PittPharmacy: I decided to come to Pitt for pharmacy school because Pitt had all the perks of a city without being directly downtown. PittPharmacy was also an accelerated program so once I got the guarantee I knew for sure this is where I wanted to be. Finally, Pitt has such a diverse campus with so many different opportunities that it was easy to find friends who shared my interest which ranged from greek life to the arts.
  • Email Address: bay13@pitt.edu

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