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Achieving Independence

Achieving Independence is student competition designed to foster the budding entrepreneurial spirit among  pharmacy students to one day own their own pharmacy!  The program was developed in 2009 as a way to encourage creativity and interest in pharmacy ownership. In 2010, the first competition with only three schools was held and Wilkes University emerged as the winner.  This year, 2016, five schools of pharmacy participated and the competition was impressive.  Each team presented interesting concepts for opening a new pharmacy or purchasing an existing one. For information on participating in the 2017 competition, please click the respective links below.


Ultimately, while applauding the achievement of all teams, the judges selected one winning team.  The 2016
winning team was:

The University of Pittsburgh

Congratulations to all of the teams that participated this year:

University of Pittsburgh:
Mariah Brown, Heather Johnson, Elyse Tomaszewski, Harry Wilkinson
Faculty Advisor – Dr. Bridget Walker
Independent Pharmacy Coach – Brandon Antinopoulos

Jefferson University:
Tyler Dally, Jenna Fancher, Richard LaCoursiere, Alexis Stinson
Faculty Advisor – Dr. Nicholas Leon and Dr. Andrea Joseph
Independent Pharmacy Coach – Jerry Volgraf

Philadelphia College of Pharmacy:
Kevin Pak, Nirali Patel, Michael Severo, Anisha Shah
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Henry Schwartz
Independent Pharmacy Coach: Eric Esterbrook

Ajj Desdemonia-Fowajuh, Chelsey Hughes, Mason Koehle. Victoria Matteson, Emily Petrak
Faculty Advisor – Dr. Rebecca Miller Wise
Independent Pharmacy Coach – Byron Moon


Wilkes University:

Shane Daugherty, Holly Margiotti

Faculty Advisor - Dr. Kim Ference

Independent Pharmacy Coach - Stephanie Smith Cooney

We also would like to thank our judges: Ed Bechtel, Mel Brodsky, Nickolas Kernich, Karla Moschella, Pauline Vargo


To see past winners and their poster submissions, please click here.

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