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Pharm.D. Success Stories

The value of a Fisher education is evident in personal stories of success told by students and alumni. Read what they have to say about the program and what they gained from their experience.

Christopher Bunk '25


Christopher Bunk

Christopher Bunk

Interested in the sciences since high school, Christopher Bunk always knew he wanted to explore careers in chemistry and biology. “What really interested me about pharmacy was how many opportunities there are in the field,” explained Bunk, a rising student at the Wegmans School of Pharmacy and tutor for the Systems Pharmacology I Course.

Looking back on clinical experiences gained in his program, Bunk highlighted the Wegmans School of Pharmacy’s ability to prepare students to get their intern licenses. This allowed Bunk to become employed as an intern at Strong Memorial Hospital’s inpatient pharmacy and build connections with other pharmacists in the Rochester area. “I highly suggest taking advantage of having an intern license,” said Bunk, who recalls having great shadowing experiences that included the ICU and the Emergency Department.

Bunk’s goal is to become an emergency medicine pharmacy specialist. After graduating from Fisher, he hopes to complete a PGY1 in hospital pharmacy and then a PGY2 in emergency medicine. Bunk believes this goal is possible because of his internship experience.

Bunk suggests students make connections with their professors. “The pharmacy world is small. By building connections with your professors, it opens doors to future opportunities down the road!”

Hailey Button '20

Managed Care Clinical Pharmacist

Hailey Button

Hailey Button

Hailey Button’s interest in population health led her to explore careers in pharmacy. She appreciated working in the community and hospitals, but she felt this was limiting in some ways. “I could only touch so many lives per day.” Now, she works as a clinical pharmacist in the field of managed care. “This is considered a non-traditional career path for a pharmacist, but in my role, I can impact more than 400,000 lives.”

Working in a hands-on setting in rotations and in the classroom at Fisher, Button was able to develop knowledge and skills that helped her grow in her profession. “Fisher absolutely prepared me academically for my career through the didactic curriculum and rotations. The Wegmans School of Pharmacy is acutely aware that pharmacy is an evolving field and works to expose students to as many opportunities as possible.”

Now, she applies all of her education and experiences to the work she does in case management, data analysis, precepting, and adjunct teaching. “Fisher taught me the necessity of advocating for the pharmacy profession and showing the value a pharmacist can bring to a team.”

Button acknowledged several factors that led her to choose the Wegmans School of Pharmacy, including the pass rates on board exams, match rates for residency programs, and job placement after graduation. “In addition to receiving an excellent education, the social aspect cannot be forgotten—faculty are supportive and dedicated to helping students be successful and many of my classmates have remained some of my closest friends.”

Juliette Miller '20

Visiting Assistant Professor, Wegmans School of Pharmacy

Juliette Miller

Juliette Miller

The health care field always interested Juliette Miller, especially when she had the opportunity to shadow several pharmacists while she was in high school. “It opened my eyes to how much you can do with a Pharm.D,” Miller explained. “The second I walked through the atrium of the Wegmans School of Pharmacy, I fell in love with the School, and the rest was history.”

In her first semester, Miller enrolled in an organic chemistry class and she began to find her niche. Other students were coming to her for tutoring in their courses, and someone asked if she ever considered becoming a professor. “It never occurred to me that I could pursue a career in both pharmacy and academia.”

Miller had the opportunity to teach in an elective course during her final year of pharmacy school. This experience solidified her interest in eventually becoming a professor. She moved to Georgia for two years to pursue post-graduate residency training at the University of Georgia College of Pharmacy while hoping to return to teach at the Wegmans School of Pharmacy someday. “Working as a professor at Fisher is my dream job because of how much I love the School, the environment, the mission and values, and the faculty and staff.”

That day has come, and Miller has returned to Fisher as a professor. She is looking forward to establishing a practice site where she can take care of patients and precept students on rotation while getting involved with committees, engaging in research and other scholarly activities, and lead mission trips.

Joy Snyder '21

Chief Pharmacist of the Monroe County Department of Public Health

Joy Snyder

Joy Snyder

The Chief Pharmacist of the Monroe County Department of Public Health, Dr. Joy Snyder, is also a double Cardinal. After earning her doctor of pharmacy from the Wegmans School of Pharmacy in 2018, she went on to obtain her Master of Public Health from Fisher in 2021. Today, she works directly with the Monroe County Commissioner of Public Health, Dr. Michael Mendoza. She attributes the opportunity for her current role to her time at Fisher because she met Dr. Mendoza at an on-campus presentation in 2019. During the presentation, Snyder asked the question: “How is the County’s Department of Public Health working with pharmacists?”

She became impassioned with the idea of integrating pharmacy into public health initiatives. “Because of our training and accessibility, pharmacists are well-positioned to aid in and lead public health efforts,” she explained in 2020. She was certainly well-positioned as her work in public health accelerated during the global pandemic. In her current role, she oversees vaccination clinics, creates training modules on vaccination storage for providers, and monitors and distributes the vaccine stock. She also focuses on project management and quality improvement.

She credits Fisher’s emphasis on the importance of service for her participation in medical mission trips and commitment to the local community. It was through these experiences that she developed a growing awareness of health care disparities and public health both in the United States and globally.

Snyder completed a fellowship encompassing research and teaching at the Wegmans School of Pharmacy, clinical pharmacy work at Anthony Jordan Health Center, and project support at the Monroe County Department of Public Health. She credits the pharmacy program as a whole for “educating, supporting, and shaping” her into the pharmacist she is now. “The professors continue to support me,” she shared, emphasizing that faculty in the Wegmans School of Pharmacy are available to all alumni who have questions. “Fisher as a whole is student-centered. The professors in the MPH program were so accessible, and all of my professors really invested in me.”

Snyder appreciates the perspectives she gained through both programs at Fisher: “Pharmacy covers public health, but diving even deeper into that area has been critical for my current role. The MPH helped me dig into stats and epidemiology to focus on population-reaching work.” She further explained the advantages of integrating two areas of study because she has been able to build more connections and bolster her knowledge to be effective as a pharmacist in the public health sector.

“You hear a lot about the ‘Fisher family’ and it’s true. Professors and administrators care about you not only as a student but as a well-rounded person.”