Student Information

Student Name

Dwarkesha Kasvala




Internship Information

Company/Organization: Hackensack University Medical Center

Mentor(s):Jincy Abraham

Topic of Internship


Background Information

Hackensack University Medical Center was found in 1888 with just 12 bed but has grown over the years and now has 763 beds in the facility. It is located in Hackensack, NJ and has become New Jersey’s number 1 hospital and is ranked #3 in the New York metro area by U.S. News in 2013-14. HackensackUMC is a nonprofit, teaching and research hospital that continues to grow. They are the largest provider of inpatient and outpatient services in New Jersey. The pharmacy department promotes the best patient and pharmaceutical care by providing safe and effective medications for all their patients. The pharmacy department at HackensackUMC is full of innovative technology, education, and research. It provides inpatient and outpatient services to numerous areas of medicine.

Summary of Internship

As a junior intern at the pharmacy department I am given to opportunity to see how a pharmacy runs and what a typical day looks like in a hospital pharmacy. Typically, I shadow the pharmacy technicians and work with them, helping them with anything they need done. Most often, I work on the Talyst machines filling prescriptions or restocking the medications. By filling these prescriptions, I see firsthand how much medication is moved throughout the hospital in just the few hours that I am there. Obviously there are many limitations as to what I can do in the pharmacy but just being there and observing serves as a great experience for me as a future pharmacy student.

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