As part of her coursework in support of the degree she seeks from Kansas University?s pharmacy school, Greenhaw Pharmacy summer intern Mary Kliewer helped fill prescriptions, packed nursing home medications, and counseled customers throughout the month of June.
A Newton native, Kliewer graduated from Tabor with a degree in biochemistry, and has three years remaining at KU. She worked at Greenhaw during her junior and senior years as an undergraduate, but will earn course credit for her internship.
Kliewer said the internship experience she?s gaining is required for those seeking a pharmacy degree.
?They want everyone to have the experience,? she said. ?Not everyone in my class has worked in a community pharmacy before. Some of them have worked in a hospital pharmacy, and some of them haven?t worked in any pharmacy at
She said the experience is geared toward ?getting a feel for people who come in? and for the nature of the day-to-day operation of the facility.
She also jumped at the opportunity to shadow doctors at the clinic next door and at one of the nursing homes in Hillsboro.
?I was really interested to see the other side of it, where they?re prescribing medications for patients based on symptoms,? she said. ?And at the nursing home, they kind of do similar things, but with a little different interaction with the pharmacy.?
She has enjoyed working at a Target in Olathe, where she finds that seeing the same customers on a monthly basis has allowed her to build relationships.
?I definitely want to work at
a community pharmacy,? she said.