March 2, 2017
By Meredith Parker
OXFORD, Miss. – Anna Crider, first-year UM pharmacy student, accepted a pharmacy inpatient summer internship through the Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences in Rochester, Minnesota. Mayo Clinic and St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester partner to allow interns exposure to clinical pharmacy while they gain a better understanding of the pharmacist’s role and intervention in the hospital setting.
“The course work and the rigor of it at our pharmacy school has really made me confident in my ability to say ‘Yes, I can compete on a national level across all pharmacy schools,’” Crider said.
During the 10-week internship, Crider will spend time collecting medical histories of patients and work under pharmacists in the central dispensing unit.
Crider’s academic and thesis adviser, Erin Holmes, credits this internship offer to the extensive education at UM’s pharmacy school.
“The Mayo Clinic pharmacy internship is, without question, one of the most prestigious summer internship programs in the country,” Holmes said. “For one of our students to be selected for this internship validates the high standards expected in our program and quality of our training. Anna is truly deserving of this opportunity as she is extremely bright, very hardworking, has a passion for learning and is always seeking ways to grow professionally.”
Aside from her role as a first-year pharmacy student, Crider works as a pharmacy technician in the Oxford community. She is a member of the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College where she is working on her thesis, “Mississippi Pharmacists’ Perceptions and Knowledge of ADHD in Children.” Crider is also active in community service organizations such as Relay for Life and RebelTHON.
A native of Brentwood, Tennessee, Crider will graduate with a B.S in Pharmaceutical Sciences in May 2017. She plans to pursue a critical care pharmacy role in a clinical setting after completing her residency.
“I hope to be able to serve patients and be an advocate for them in their time of need,” she said.