Emilie Bergsma, a rising third-year pharmacy student at the Gainesville campus, is one of 11 students nationally to receive an ASHP Student Leadership Award. Presented by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, the award recognizes students for their achievements in campus and pharmacy practice leadership. The award is given to students in their second through fourth professional years of pharmacy school with the winners receiving a plaque, an ASHP drug information reference library and a $2,000 award.
Bergsma is one of only two students nationally from the class of 2018 recognized with the ASHP honor. Active in many leadership roles at UF, she serves as the president of the UF ASHP student chapter and is a member of the Membership Affairs Council on the state level of the Florida Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists. In addition, she serves as the residency forum co-chair in the student chapter of Kappa Epsilon Pharmaceutical Fraternity, treasurer of the student chapter of Christian Pharmacists Fellowship International and is a member of several national committees in the Pediatric Pharmacy Advocacy Group.
Bergsma’s career interest includes working as a pediatric oncology clinical pharmacist at a children’s hospital. She will intern this summer as an inpatient pediatric pharmacy intern at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.