Pre-Pharmacy Alumni Success Stories

Randolph-Macon alumni in graduate school, and those with healthcare careers all agree: their R-MC education paved the way for their success. Through a challenging curriculum, one-on-one attention from professors who truly care, and a dedicated staff, the R-MC experience prepares students for success.

  • Brittany Mihalcoe ’14  

    Brittany MihalcoeMihalcoe currently studies a the VCU School of Pharmacy. The Richmond, Virginia native says being accepted to pharmacy school was the result of years of hard work. “I worked toward attending pharmacy school beginning my freshman year at R-MC,” says Mihalcoe, a biology major and chemistry minor who followed a pre-med track. “I’m excited to start this new phase of my life.” She worked at a local pharmacy since her freshman year, and she also worked as a Certified Pharmacy Technician at Bon Secours Memorial Regional Medical Center. On campus, she worked with Medical Careers Coordinator Josh Quinn. “Josh helped me write my résumé and personal essay, shared strategies for taking the Pharmacy College Admission Test, and helped me hone my interview skills—all of which I put into use when I applied to pharmacy schools,” says Mihalcoe.

  • Crystal Leibrand ’12, VCU Pharm.D./Ph.D. Program

Crystal LeibrandLeibrand, who majored in chemistry and minored in biology and mathematics at R-MC, focuses her research on HIV, neuroAIDS, the blood-brain barrier, and drug transporters. Currently a full-time Pharm.D. student and a part-time pharmacy intern, she will be a full-time Ph.D. student in 2016. “The Pharm.D. provides me a clinical background, while the Ph.D. in pharmaceutical sciences provides a research background,” says Leibrand. “This knowledge base can really help me optimize patient care; I will conduct research that can improve clinical guidelines and then implement those improvements as a pharmacist.” Participating in R-MC’s SURF program helped prepare Leibrand for pharmacy school and beyond. “These kind of research opportunities are rare at the undergraduate level, and the experience gave me a unique perspective on what I want to do,” she says. After earning her Pharm.D. and Ph.D., Leibrand plans to work for the FDA and eventually in the pharmaceutical industry, with her work focused on clinical trials.