Countless people across the nation and the world desperately need specialized medical attention, but simply do not, or cannot, get proper care. That’s why Patricia Klein is seeking her doctorate in pharmacy at the University of Cincinnati. Her nurturing spirit and determination to serve have already taken her across the globe. But without the assistance of the Plough Scholarship and the Wilfred S. Pahner Pharmacy Scholarship through UC’s College of Pharmacy, Patty says the unique experiences she’s had would not have been possible.
A Cincinnati native and Oak Hills grad, Patty was offered the opportunity to take some international internship rotations soon after her enrollment at UC. Scholarship money helped pay for her flights. “I was able to do (a rotation) in Honduras,” she remembers vividly, “and I was able to practice pharmacy in a highly underserved rural area with no access to resources.”
Since Patty doesn't have to constantly worry about her financial situation, she says she has more time to devote to her education and to volunteering. Once a week on Thursday nights, she and some other medical students run a clinic at the Drop Inn Center in downtown Cincinnati. “We don’t have much, but we show up every week, and we sit down and talk to the guys down there. It’s really a good experience for us to learn where our patients are coming from and the hardships they face.”
Patty is involved in several campus organizations, including student government and as the speaker coordinator for the American Society of Health System’s Pharmacists (ASHP). In that particular position she says, “I basically found people who are doing cool things that you wouldn’t necessarily associate with pharmacy. When people think of pharmacists, they automatically think of CVS, Kroger, Wal-Mart . . . they don’t think Children’s Hospital, or a poison center, working for P&G or the myriad of other things pharmacy grads do now.”
After the completion of her internship rotations, including one at the US Food and Drug Administration, Patty decided she was meant to be right here in Cincinnati. And with the assistance of her program, she has already gotten a jumpstart on her career. Upon graduation this spring, she will be a pharmacist at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital’s Drug and Poison Information Center. “Finding a job as a public health pharmacist, I found that I can still do all the things I’ve always wanted to do— like be down in the trenches helping people on a day-to-day basis.”
Patty feels the positive impact of financially supporting scholarship programs is immeasurable. “Remember that we all start somewhere, and not having to worry about where your next paycheck is going to come from really makes a difference.”