A leader in training: Molding the future doctors

By Gaius Munene & Whitney Moraa

Leadership is a critical aspect of any profession, and pharmacy is no exception. Pharmacy students are the future of the profession and must be equipped with leadership skills to become effective pharmacy leaders. The USIU-Africa Pharmacy Club in partnership with the Pharmacy Students Association of Kenya (KEPhSA) and the International Pharmaceutical Students' Federation (IPSF) successfully conducted a virtual leadership training from February 20-22 that culminated in a physical workshop here at USIU-Africa involving pharmacy student leaders from all universities in Kenya on February 25.

Guest speakers from different fields of the pharmacy profession were present to fashion the young vibrant leaders and these included: Dr. Louise Machogu (President of the Pharmaceutical Society of Kenya), Dr. Cohen Andove (Chairman of the Young Pharmacists Group of Kenya and proud USIU-Africa alumni), Dr. David Ochieng' (Chairman of the Kenya Association of Pharmaceutical Industries and Founder of Ryculture) among others. Esther from the Kenya Medical Association Sacco Limited (KMA Sacco Ltd.) offered a variety of financial solutions on how to navigate the market after graduation.

The future leaders were enlightened on a myriad of topics from financial literacy to fostering teamwork and effective communication skills during the physical event held at the University. During the virtual training, students were enlightened on leadership skills such as strategic planning, project management, and emotional intelligence in leadership, presentation, proposal writing, and leadership. Many students from USIU-Africa were able to attend the virtual training and were recognized by the KEPhSA and IPSF organizations and issued with certificates.

As the USIU-Africa Pharmacy club with the support of our able patron, Dr. Ermias Terefe, we were eager to organize this workshop since investing in leadership training for young pharmacy students, ensures not only the future of pharmacy practice is in competent hands but also contributes to the health and well-being of our nation. With events like these, the health system of the future is assured of future pharmacists that are not only experience but are also able to lead future conversations and discussions on health in all matters of health.

On a side note, both the guest speakers and the students from the various universities complimented our campus for its beauty, cleanliness, and hospitality.

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