Record-Breaking Turnout for TUSP's 2019 "Mentor Night"

64 volunteer mentors and 88 students turned out for "Mentor Night" on Wednesday, March 20, 2019. The Temple University School of Pharmacy chapter of the Student Society of Health-System Pharmacy (SSHP) hosts the event annually at the Student Faculty Center on the Health Sciences Center campus.

The event opened with a greeting from Mai Le, SSHP President, and fellow executive committee members, Kyle Lamb and Rohit Reddy. The students dedicated the event to Dean Peter H. Doukas, Ph.D. to recognize his support of the event during his last year as dean. Dean Doukas followed the students with an introduction describing the event as a "celebration of humanity," during which mentors come back and generously and dutifully share their wisdom to prepare and encourage members of the pharmacy workforce of the future. Marvin Mandel, President of the Temple University School of Pharmacy Alumni Association, gave an additional greeting on behalf of the organization, which sponsored the event.

The main feature of the Mentor Night is group discussion sessions. Mentors and students are grouped by area of expertise and interest, respectively, in pharmacy. 2019 topics included academia, ambulatory care, community, consulting, home infusion, hospital, industry, informatics, managed care, medical cannabis, and pediatrics. The event agenda also included a casual dinner reception, curriculum vitae review and open networking sessions, and closing remarks by faculty advisors, Dr. Justina Frimpong and Anisha Grover.

The 2019 Mentor Night drew the largest crowd to date. The mentors complimented the students on a successful event and many vowed to return in 2020. Students, while not required to attend, came prepared to make the most of the opportunity and reported gaining a number of new professional contacts and plentiful high-value guidance.

Check out photos from the eventĀ here.