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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. In 2018, 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 2020 competition, please click the respective links below.


Ultimately, while applauding the achievement of all teams, the judges selected one winning team. 

The 2019 winning team was: 





University of Pittsburgh


Congratulations to all of the teams that participated this year:


University of Pittsburgh:

Holly Graber and Emily Liu

Faculty Advisor - Dr. Karen Pater

Independent Pharmacy Coach -Lindsey Meston


Thomas Jefferson School of Pharmacy:

Jennifer Herhart, Caitlin Komm, Serena Mang, and Cat Phan

Faculty Advisor -Danielle Mayer

Independent Pharmacy Coach - Jerry Volgraf


Philadelphia College of Pharmacy:

Enid Curevac and Insung Hwang

Faculty Advisor: Elizabeth Harris

Independent Pharmacy Coach: Eric Esterbrook


We also would like to thank our judges: Mike Fapore, Ron McDermott, Garry Mrozek, Ed Bechtel, Deron Shultz


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


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