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UM Student Pharmacist Accepts Mayo Clinic Internship

Posted on: February 20th, 2019 by tressa

February 20, 2019

By Whitney Tarpy

OXFORD, Miss. – Jontae Warren, a second-year student at the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy, accepted a summer internship through the Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences in Rochester, Minnesota.

The internship will give Warren experience in the clinical/outpatient setting as he rotates through six pharmacies during the 10-week stint. Warren will counsel patients, review prescription orders, participate in pharmacists’ interventions and provide drug information to health care providers as part of an interdisciplinary team.

Jontae Warren

Jontae Warren

“I was very excited and relieved,” Warren said upon hearing the good news. “I hope to take what I have learned inside the classroom and apply it, as well as build on my knowledge in the practice setting. In addition, I hope to use this as a networking opportunity to gain new mentors and meet pharmacy students from across the country.”

Warren is the second Ole Miss student pharmacist in three years to earn the nationally competitive Mayo Clinic internship, as Anna Crider completed it in 2017. He said that Ole Miss Pharmacy instilled in him that the patient comes first, helping prepare him for this experience.

“Since starting pharmacy school, I have always been taught that the patient should be right in the center of his or her care,” Warren said. “I believe that this lesson has prepared me for my internship because no patient is the same. It is very important to know how to provide individualized care to the patient and include them in the decision making of their health at every step of the way.” 

The Booneville, Mississippi, native keeps a busy extracurricular life. Along with memberships in numerous national pharmacy organizations, Warren serves in official roles for the Ole Miss Office of Pre-College Programs, Phi Delta Chi pharmacy fraternity and the student organization PediaRebs.

He interned last summer at Carilion Clinic in Roanoke, Virginia, and continues to gain experience at Walgreens Pharmacy in Batesville, Mississippi.

Adam Pate, clinical associate professor of pharmacy practice, worked with Warren on his resume and interview skills. Pate noted that Warren’s determination and work ethic has allowed him to take advantage of many opportunities through pharmacy school.

“Jontae, as with many of our students, is willing to put in the work. He shines a great spotlight on Ole Miss Pharmacy because he embodies what I want to see and cultivate in our future pharmacists,” Pate said. “Jontae has a bright future, and I’m excited to say I’m a small part of his growth in pharmacy and future career.”