Success Stories

Zachary Selker

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As a high school senior with my eyes set on a career in pharmacy, Clarion University seemed like the perfect fit.  A university with a strong background in biology and pre-professional programs, coupled with an affiliation agreement with the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM), I knew Clarion would provide me with a multitude of opportunities.  Clarion’s tremendous faculty, namely Dr. Doug Smith and advisor Larry Bering, assisted in navigating the challenging path to my ultimate goal, admission to the LECOM School of Pharmacy.  Not only did they impart knowledge needed to prepare me for a doctoral level program, but also an inspiration for achievement that I have carried with me long past my time at Clarion.  Following completion of the initial 2 year phase of the Clarion-LECOM affiliation agreement, I transitioned to the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine School of Pharmacy in the autumn of 2012, ultimately earning my Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm D.) in May 2015.  Upon graduation I accepted a position as a staff pharmacist at Affinity Medical Center in Massillon, OH and have recently been promoted to the role of clinical pharmacist.  As a clinical pharmacist, I collaborate with physicians during patient rounds, monitor drug levels for their therapeutic effects and assist providers in optimizing a patient’s medication therapy.  I am also the leader of our antimicrobial stewardship team, which works to ensure the proper use of antibiotics at our facility and prevent antimicrobial resistance.  The education I received at Clarion, specifically through the chemistry and biology programs, no doubt empowered me to succeed in an accelerated doctoral program.  The foundational knowledge acquired at Clarion, and most notably, the inspiration for continued education and achievement from Dr. Doug Smith, have shaped the medical professional I am today.  I truly believe Clarion to be at the forefront in preparing students for successful careers in healthcare.

Last Updated 2/9/18