Girls Scouting Out Pharmacy event builds excitement for pharmacy careers

Girl Scouts from across the country grabbed their boarding passes and joined students from the University of Florida College of Pharmacy’s Orlando campus for a virtual introduction to the pharmacy profession.

The second annual Girls Scouting Out Pharmacy event embraced an aviation theme, as about 30 Girls Scouts from troops across the United States participated via Zoom videoconferencing. Orlando pharmacy students designed the fun and engaging program and mailed out supplies ahead of the event. The four featured activities included a pharmacy trivia contest, a scavenger hunt of different pharmacy items in the home and a medication safety exercise where the girls learned how to format a prescription and take precautions with medications. The fourth activity was titled “Bed Bugs,” and participants used their mailed supplies to grow their own bacteria in a Petri dish to learn about microbes.

“Our committee was so excited and grateful to host this wonderful event that so perfectly captures being a woman in pharmacy,” said Taylor Stone, a second-year pharmacy student in the UF College of Pharmacy and an organizer of the event.

Girls Scouting Out Pharmacy was organized by members of the American Pharmacists Association’s Academy of Student Pharmacists, or APhA-ASP, Orlando chapter. The event coincided with APhA-ASP’s women’s health initiative to address health education needs of women across the country.