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Marissa Badzik, Student Director - West
University of Pittsburgh, PharmD Candidate 2017

1. Why did you decide to run to be a part of the Student Advisory Board?

I was on the Student Advisory Board last year and really enjoyed being so involved with PPA. The Student Advisory Board allows me to connect with student pharmacists across the state so we can work together to strengthen our association while advocating for the profession.

2. What are you most looking forward to accomplishing during your term?

I would love to expand PPA's membership. PPA has great networking opportunities and I would love to boost student presence at conferences. As the Director - West, I want to ensure the student voice is heard by the PPA Board. I would like to held the pharmacy schools on the western side of the state collaborate more on membership and advocacy events.     


3. Where do you see yourself in five years?

In five years I would like to be a clinical pharmacist in the community setting. I hope to have personal relationships established with my patients so they feel comfortable talking with me. I also plan to stay involved with PPA.


4. What activities are you currently involved in?

This is my second year on the PPA Student Advisory Board.  This year I am also continuing my roles as the Membership Ambassador for Pitt’s PPA Chapter and the Operation Immunization Leader for APhA-ASP.  I coordinate approximately 12 vaccination-related projects through Operation Immunization.  I am most passionate about our HPV Initiative.  I have set up high school presentations in the Pittsburgh area to educate students on the HPV vaccine.

5. What do you do in your free time?

I absolutely love to garden in my free time.  I could spend hours working in my garden.  I also enjoy running and watching Scrubs episodes for the 1000th time on Netflix.  I am trying to teach myself guitar, which is proving to be harder than I had anticipated.


6. If you could have dinner with anyone (alive/dead, real/fake, ect.) who would it be and why?

If I could have dinner with anyone, I would have dinner with my Aunt Carol.  She passed away unexpectedly last August and there are so many things I’d love to tell her about the past year.  She played a large role in my day-to-day life and I miss her terribly.

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