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‘Friend of the Student’ Helps Launch Pharmacy Careers

Posted on: August 10th, 2020 by pmsmith

August 10, 2020

Laurie Fleming

Laurie Fleming

Making the transition from pharmacy school to a pharmacy career can be a big challenge. Pharmacy students not only need to complete a challenging curriculum, they need to gain real-world experience alongside as well.

Fortunately for Ole Miss Pharmacy students, Laurie Fleming is here to help. As the pharmacy school’s director of experiential programs and experiential affairs, Fleming plays an important role in helping students get the practical experience needed to launch their pharmacy careers. During her time as director, Ole Miss students have participated in some of the most prestigious pharmacy practice experiences in the nation.

For her efforts, Fleming has been selected as a 2020 Friend of the Student. Get to know her the in the Q&A below:

Tell us about your responsibilities with the School of Pharmacy.

I began as the Director of Experiential Education and Professional Experience Programs in 2018.

When did you begin working with the School of Pharmacy?


What has been the most satisfying aspect of your work?

Witnessing the personal and professional successes of our students and residents.

What is the best professional advice you’ve ever received?

Pharmacy is an extremely small world. The person that you are interacting with could potentially either be or know your future boss.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

Spend time with my pharmacist husband, Josh, and our three-year-old, Garrett. We call ourselves the “Three Musketeers”, and there is never a dull moment at our house.

Is there anything else you’d like us to know?

I am so honored to have been recognized in this way. Interacting with our students gives me great joy, and it means more than you know to be recognized in a way that demonstrates that they may know this as well.