May 1, 2018
By Whitney Tarpy
OXFORD, Miss. – Alex Gochenauer and Erin Hoevelmann, both University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy students, were each named recipients of the Pharmacists Mutual Community Pharmacy Scholarship.
Gochenauer and Hoevelmann were selected based on their interest in practicing pharmacy in an independent setting, a community setting or in an underserved community. The scholarship is given to just 20 recipients each year nationwide
“Offering clinical services in the community setting is of particular interest to me, as this gives pharmacists the opportunity to be more involved in providing health care to patients,” Hoevelmann said.
Now in her second professional year, Hoevelmann has gained insight into community pharmacy through research and volunteering. The St. Louis native recently presented her UM Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College thesis on pharmacists’ willingness to offer rapid diagnostic testing as a research poster at the American Pharmacists Association annual meeting.
Hoevelmann is also active in the local community through service projects with the pharmacy student group Prescription for Service and nonprofit organization More than a Meal.
Third-year student Gochenauer hopes to one day work in an independent compounding pharmacy that focuses on veterinary pharmacy practice. Originally from Republic, Missouri, Gochenauer has served in leadership roles in the student chapters of American College of Veterinary Pharmacists and National Community Pharmacists Association. She also recently earned scholarships from NCPA and American College of Apothecaries.
“During my first year in pharmacy school we had an assembly from the Professional Compounding Centers of America, which prompted my interest in compounding and led to my taking compounding courses,” Gochenauer said.
David D. Allen, dean of the School of Pharmacy, said the school was “very proud” of Hoevelmann and Gochenauer.
“Erin and Alex are two of our consistently high-performing and service-minded student pharmacists,” Allen said. “They demonstrate the drive to learn and the compassion for patients that every great pharmacist possesses.”