Three-year partnership will support education of future pharmacists
November 18, 2021 12:00 PM Eastern Standard Time
SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Alto Pharmacy (“Alto”), a patient-centric telehealth pharmacy committed to health and wellbeing, today announced a three-year partnership with the Howard University College of Pharmacy (“HUCOP”). Under the program, Alto will contribute $450,000 to support scholarships for approximately five students each of the three years. This builds on an existing partnership that established paid internships and forged a career path to quality permanent pharmacist roles for aspiring HUCOP students.
“I am grateful to have been afforded this opportunity and to collaborate with a team that is as passionate as I am. From helping develop new standard operating procedures to market research on how to better serve patients, it was an incredible growth experience”Tweet this
“At Alto, we are working every day to help people live healthier by transforming the pharmacy industry. We can only do that over the long-term if there is another generation of smart, committed, and diverse pharmacists to help continue to innovate, whether at Alto or elsewhere in the industry. This partnership is a small first step in supporting and empowering that generation,” said Matt Gamache-Asselin, founder of Alto Pharmacy.
Several “Alto Scholars” will be selected by the College of Pharmacy’s scholarship committee each year. Alto’s 10-week immersive internship program empowers HUCOP students to learn side by side with Alto pharmacists at our fulfillment centers, build rapport with our senior management, and hopefully join Alto upon graduation.
“We are preparing students to be leaders in pharmacy practice, and the Alto Scholarship Fund will help us invest in our students,” said Toyin Tofade, dean and professor at Howard University College of Pharmacy. “Our partnership with Alto Pharmacy provides scholarships that will enhance student education, expand networking opportunities and provide real-world experiences for Howard pharmacy students.”
“The Howard University College of Pharmacy is clearly a leader in educating and developing the next generation of pharmacists. It is an honor for Alto to be able to support and partner with them by making access to this world-class program possible for more students. We hope this is just the start of a long and impactful partnership,” said Gamache-Asselin.
The partnership’s first interns, from Summer 2021, gave the program rave reviews for its hands-on learning opportunities. “I am grateful to have been afforded this opportunity and to collaborate with a team that is as passionate as I am. From helping develop new standard operating procedures to market research on how to better serve patients, it was an incredible growth experience,” said HUCOP student Mesay Abomsa. “Alto gave me the opportunity to meet many new people and practice networking skills while also establishing a network of professional contacts, mentors, and references. I also learned more about fertility and the medications used to treat it. Knowing about fertility gave me an extra skill set because it is not typically taught in pharmacy school curriculums,” said HUCOP student Benedicta Agbodza.
About Howard University
Founded in 1867, Howard University is a private, research university that is comprised of 13 schools and colleges. Students pursue more than 140 programs of study leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University operates with a commitment to Excellence in Truth and Service and has produced one Schwarzman Scholar, three Marshall Scholars, four Rhodes Scholars, 12 Truman Scholars, 25 Pickering Fellows and more than 165 Fulbright recipients. Howard also produces more on-campus African-American Ph.D. recipients than any other university in the United States. For more information on Howard University, visit www.howard.edu.
About Alto Pharmacy
After discovering that half of all prescriptions aren’t even picked up—resulting in 125,000 avoidable deaths every year—we set out to build a new kind of pharmacy that focuses on the person behind every prescription.
We’re transforming a $500 billion industry by reinventing what a pharmacy can do—from hand-delivering medications for free to offering on-call help by text or chat. Our customers are at the center of everything we do, and it shows. After delivering more than one million prescriptions, we have an NPS score of 86 and over a thousand five-star reviews on Yelp.