Amelia Barber
Doctor of Pharmacy 

Peoria, Illinois

What are you doing post-graduation?
I will complete a PGY1/2 Health System Pharmacy Administration and Leadership residency program at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. 

How did Butler support you in finding this opportunity?
Butler professors and pharmacy preceptors were instrumental in obtaining my residency position. Informational sessions hosted by the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Residency and Fellowship Committee in the months leading up to match day allowed me to feel confident and prepared while navigating the residency application process. I also relied heavily on support from my mentors through letters of recommendation and interview prep as well as help identifying programs that best aligned with my goals and values. 

How did Butler prepare you for this next chapter in your life?
Butler’s emphasis on experiential education prepared me to transition from Pharmacy student to new pharmacist. I participated in a wide variety of Advanced Pharmacy Practice experiences at multiple health systems throughout the country. Butler also provided leadership experiences and research opportunities that helped me grow in areas that I will utilize throughout residency.

What are your long-term career goals?
My long-term career goals include serving as a member of a pharmacy leadership team focused on medication use policy at an academic medical center, precepting pharmacy students, and becoming more involved in advocacy for pharmacy practice through professional organizations at the state and national level. 

What are you going to miss most about your time at Butler?
I will miss the close community and relationships the most. It is so evident how all of the Butler faculty truly care about their students and want to see them succeed and this translates to how students interact and bond with one another. 

What advice would you give a first-year student as you reflect on your time at Butler?
Student organizations provide so many great opportunities to make a difference for your peers and your community. Find what you’re passionate about and get involved!