This is Mentorship.

Student and faculty mentor talk in an office

Here at the Harrison School of Pharmacy, we have outstanding faculty that regularly earn national recognition from their colleagues for excellence within their specialties. Though they carry a great amount of prestige, they also care deeply for their students and invest in their success regularly.

Each year, the students of HSOP have the opportunity to nominate a faculty member who has made a particularly special impact on their fledgling pharmacy career for the Hargreaves Faculty Mentor Award.  There have been many different recipients of this award in the years since it was established, however, all of them have one thing in common: They are here primarily for YOU and your success. The depth with which they care for their students is evident daily.

Dr. Marilyn Bulloch, associate clinical professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice, is one of the most recent recipients. See what she had to say about being a teacher and a mentor:

When I received the Hargreaves Faculty Mentor award, I was both honored and humbled. When I started as faculty in 2009, I made a vow that I would try to pay forward the same gifts of mentorship that I had received and that is what I have been doing.

I also felt humbled for two reasons. First, I consider it a privilege to be allowed, even for just a brief moment, into the students’ lives and be part of their growth in our profession. Second, HSOP has a group of outstanding faculty members within every department.

In my own department, Pharmacy Practice, we have faculty in throughout the State of Alabama as well as in Columbus, Georgia and Meridian, Mississippi. In addition to our faculty role, we are all active, practicing pharmacists in a multitude of settings. Much of what we teach and mentor our students about comes not only from science, but from real-world experience. I actively practice at DCH Regional Medical Center in Tuscaloosa Alabama in collaboration with the Tuscaloosa campus of the University of Alabama-Birmingham School of Medicine and the University of Alabama Family Medicine Residency program.

Students who complete a rotation with me usually arrive uncertain, as many have never spent a significant amount of time in a hospital or with acutely ill patients. Over the course of five weeks, it is amazing to watch them transform as they gain confidence in their abilities, see the (almost) immediate impact of their pharmacotherapy recommendations, and become part of the team.

Not all of them will go on to work in a hospital setting – and that is okay. My goal is to ensure that they can take most of what they learn on the rotation to whatever setting they end up practicing pharmacy in.

Students are the best part of my job. I am dedicated to them and many become like family. Because of that, graduation is always bittersweet: I am excited to see them go out and do amazing things in the pharmacy profession, but I am sad to see them go (at least on a day-by-day basis- I still keep in touch with many after they receive their Pharm.D.).


Last Updated: April 20, 2018