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Rebecca Wytiaz, Foundation Director
University of Pittsburgh, PharmD Candidate 2018

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

I have had nothing but positive experiences since joining PPA as a first year pharmacy student. From the conferences to the educational meetings to the advocacy efforts, I have gained so much from this organization. I want other student pharmacists to reap the same benefits of a PPA membership, and I knew that the Student Advisory Board would be a perfect avenue to do so. Serving on the Student Advisory Board will allow me to help encourage students to take full advantage of PPA’s opportunities! Additionally, I want to optimize my own student membership in PPA, I cannot think of a better way to do so than through the Student Advisory Board. In this position, I am confident that PPA will help me achieve my personal goals and will aid in my professional development.  

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

During my term as Foundation Director, I most look forward to increasing awareness of the opportunities that PPA has to offer to student members. More specifically, I am excited to promote the Educational Foundation Mini-Grant program available to students and practitioners. As a current recipient of this grant, I am able to fully develop an independent research project in my area of interest, pediatrics. I am extremely grateful for the funding PPA has provided to me, and I hope others can gain this same support from PPA. I very much look forward to sharing and encouraging the mini-grant program with my fellow student pharmacists!  


3. Where do you see yourself in five years?

I hope to have completed a comprehensive residency program in a children-based hospital and to be board certified as a pediatric pharmacist. Ideally, I would love to be able to work in both the clinical setting in a children’s hospital and in the academia setting, teaching student pharmacists topics regarding my specialty. And in a perfect world, I also hope to perfect my baking skills and become a certified yoga instructor!


4. What activities are you currently involved in?

At the University of Pittsburgh, I am actively involved in our APhA-ASP, Phi Lambda Sigma, Lambda Kappa Sigma, and PPA chapters. Additionally, I serve as a class representative on our Dean’s Advisory Board and as president of a new program, RxAmbassadors, which provides tours and programs to potential students to promote our School of Pharmacy.

5. What do you do in your free time?

I enjoy baking (slowly making my way through my Pinterest boards), and I am attempting to learn how to cook as well as my mom. I also love yoga, occasionally running, reading, traveling, and quoting The Office!


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

I would love to have dinner with my dad’s dad. Unfortunately, he passed away before I was born, so I never had the opportunity to meet him. My dad has told some of the best and funniest stories about him, so I know our dinner conversation would be full of much laughter and many memories. And since he helped raise my father, I know he must be a great guy.


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