How UB's School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences attracted Maddie Waldron and shaved two years off her doctorate, saving time and money
Maddie Waldron always knew she would pursue a career in the medical field. “I wanted to make a difference in patient’s lives,” she says. “Also, with the changes in healthcare, there is an opportunity to fill a void where primary care physicians cannot anymore. Pharmacy is an up-and-coming field, and there are a lot of job opportunities.” She is planning on a career in pediatric oncology pharmacy, perhaps working at a large children’s hospital, after graduation.
Maddie was born and raised in Western New York and initially wanted to attend school out of state. “I grew up with the UB basically in my backyard,” she says. “I knew about their pharmacy program and their early assurance program, but I was an 18-year-old who wanted to get out of town, and originally it was not high on my list.”
She set her sights on finding the right school to fit her needs – and found that UB had everything she was looking for. At UB, Maddie has been able to take advantage of the academic offerings, as well as the many social activities. “I became president of student government, which means I oversee all of the student organizations and all the classes in the pharmacy school,” she says. She also has many opportunities to get involved in the community through participating in free clinics and working with shelters that provide medical care.
Maddie applied to UB through the early assurance program—which meant she would have only two years of undergraduate education and then four years of doctorate school. “It is a program that a lot of other schools do not offer,” she adds. “Being able to cut two years off of the doctorate was definitely a huge bonus.”
Financial aid was another reason why Maddie chose to stay close to home. “I know a lot of friends who ended up going to private institutions and acquired a lot of debt. I am in my fifth year of college and have little to no debt at all. That is something I do not have to worry about once I begin my career.”