Summer Program for High School Sophomores and Juniors

New for Summer 2020:

Virtual PharmAcademy

Note for 2021: If you are interested in being notified regarding the program that will be held in Summer 2021, please send an email message that includes your full name to Ms. Cheryl Elder at We anticipate having program dates established in early 2021, and we will notify you when registration is open. Program format for 2021 (virtual vs. on-campus) has not yet been determined.

Dates for Summer 2020:
Monday, June 22nd through Friday, June 26th, 2020
10:00am - 2:30pm (includes a 30-minute lunch break)

Program Overview

Discover if Pharmacy is the Career for You

This program offers a fun and comprehensive learning experience about the diverse career paths in pharmacy from expert pharmacy faculty and researchers. During this program, students will spend five half-days on their own home computers learning from Midwestern University faculty, practicing pharmacists, alumni, and current pharmacy students. The summer session will take place from June 22nd thru 26th, from 10:00am to 2:30pm.

Although the revised program and at-home activities are still being formulated, the new virtual program will likely cover these topics:

Activities in Pharmacy Practice:

  • Pediatric medication administration
  • Blood pressure assessment
  • IV admixture
  • Compounding
  • Infectious diseases
  • Veterinary medicine
  • Internal medicine and cardiac arrest
  • Oncology care pharmacy
  • Asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder disease
  • Diabetes
  • Opioid overdose and rescue devices
  • Community pharmacy
  • Solid organ transplant
  • Pharmacy information technology
  • Pharmacy research

Additional Activities:

  • Communication/soft skills exercises
  • Team building exercises/games
  • Quick presentations by various pharmacists
  • Public health research and infographic poster design

Midwestern University has been offering a summer pharmacy program for high school students for 20 years. Most of the past participants have gone on to pursue various careers in pharmacy.

As the profession continues to evolve, there are numerous career paths in pharmacy. So each day in the program will offer different activities and discussions about various topics in pharmacy practice. A typical day may be scheduled as follows:  

DAILY SAMPLE SCHEDULE (Times noted are subject to adjustment. Topics and activities change daily.)  

10:00am Welcome/Day's Overview
Morning Curriculum 10:00am - 12:00pm
          PEP Talk* (Diabetes/Heart Disease)
          Mini-Exercise (Glucose Monitoring)
          PEP Talk* (Pediatrics)
          Mini-Exercise (Pediatric Medication Administration)
Lunch Break 12:00pm – 12:30pm
Afternoon Curriculum 12:30pm – 2:30pm
          PEP Talk* (Opioid Epidemic)
          Mini-Exercise (Naloxone Rescue Devices)
          PEP Talk* (Internal Medicine and Cardiac Arrest)
          Mini-Execise (Cardiac Arrest Medications)
2:30pm Wrap-up/Adjourn

*PEP: Pharmacy Engagement and Participation: 15- to 20-minute influential and interactive presentations from faculty experts on pharmacy-related topics.

Pharmacy Careers

Did You Know? Pharmacists Today...

  • Are at the forefront of healthcare and its innovations
  • Merge science, patient care, technology, business, and math skills
  • Practice in a variety of settings including hospitals, clinics, corporate offices, etc.
  • Earn an average annual salary of $126,120, per the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2019
  • Are the medication experts on healthcare teams
  • Are one of the most highly trusted professionals
  • Have good communication, team work, and leadership skills
  • Are in demand with job security  

A Pharmacy Career Has Many Options 

Hospital: Emergency Medicine • Oncology • Infectious Diseases • Cardiology • Pediatrics • Critical Care • Organ Transplant • Nuclear • Specialty • Drug Information 
Community: Chain and Independent Pharmacies • Compounding • Community Health Center • General Medicine • Long-term Care • Veterinary 
Corporate: Pharmaceutical Research and Development • Translational Research • Information Technology • Consulting • Government Agencies 
And many more ...

Learn more about:

Pharmacy as a career

Early assurance admissions programs for high school students

Pre-Pharmacy Course Guides (for traditional admissions)


PharmAcademy participants must have completed their sophomore or junior year in high school (graduating classes of 2021 or 2022).


The summer 2020 session has now concluded. If you are interested in being notified regarding the program that will be held in Summer 2021, please send an email message that includes your full name to Ms. Cheryl Elder at We anticipate having program dates established in early 2021, and we will notify you when registration is open. Program format for 2021 (virtual vs. on-campus) has not yet been determined.

Program FAQs

NOTE: The following are subject to change pending determination of the program format for Summer 2021.

Q: What is the schedule for the program?
Students will spend each of the five half-days (June 22 - 26) on their home computers engaged with the various activities, group chats, games, and presentations available to them, all geared towards helping them learn more about a career in pharmacy. Please see the sample schedule posted above.

Q: Will students and parents have the chance to see visit the campus as part of the program?
There are no plans at this time to physically come onto campus for any part of the program. Should the situation change, and a safe single-visit option becomes available, we will welcome you to come to campus at an announced day and time, but only if you are comfortable doing so. In addition, we are hoping to include an online game with a virtual tour of our campus that includes peeks at our various clinical facilities.

Q: How does the registration process work?
You may register and pay for the program online. Also required as part of the registration process is the parent- or guardian-signed consent for participation. This electronic agreement is included in the online form. Enrollment occurs on a first-come-first-served basis, and there are now 60 seats in the program.

Please note: In addition to the confirmation email (which you will receive by the next business day), there will be other emails sent in the month of June regarding other program details. Please be sure that the email addresses entered in the registration form are addresses that are checked frequently during the summer months.

Q. My son/daughter is already registered, but this was done before the program and the fee changed to this new virtual format. How will this be rectified?
You should have already received an email from Ms. Damienne Souter that details how refunds will be issued. In short, we are issuing refunds of $215 via the credit card that was used for payment. If you choose to no longer participate in the program, we will issue a full refund.

Q. The “Consent for Participation” Agreement is written as though the program will be on campus, which is no longer the case. Is my formal consent still required?
Yes. There are several elements of the Agreement that still apply. And in Paragraph 7, it states, “If any portion of this Agreement is found not to be enforceable or valid, it is agreed that the balance of this Agreement shall continue in full legal force and effect.”

Q: What if the program is filled to capacity? How will I know, and what are my options?
In the online sign-up when the program reaches capacity, the system will no longer accept new registrations. If you would like to be added to the wait list, please send an email to Ms. Cheryl Elder at to indicate your interest in being added to the PharmAcademy’s wait list. If space becomes available, she will notify you. 

Q: What is your cancellation policy?
If there is a need to withdraw from the program, we ask that you notify us as soon as possible, so that we can invite a student on the wait list to participate. We are not able to pro-rate any fees, so the cost for each registered participant is $35, which includes activity costs, mailing costs, and a program t-shirt.

Q. What are the technology requirements for the program?
Similar to e-learning activities for school, presentations will be done via different interactive platforms, such as WebEx, Zoom, and/or Google. Thus, it is recommended that participants use a laptop, home computer, or tablet with these capabilities. To allow for greater learning and interaction with the faculty presenters and fellow participants, all presentations and activities will be live, so an appropriate internet bandwidth is additionally recommended.

Contact Us

Ms. Damienne Souter 
PharmAcademy Program Manager  

Ms. Cheryl Elder 
PharmAcademy Program Coordinator  

Midwestern University 
Chicago College of Pharmacy 
555 31st Street 
Downers Grove, IL 60515 

The Director of PharmAcademy is Sheila K. Wang, Pharm.D., BCPS, AQ-ID.  Dr. Wang is an Associate Professor in Pharmacy Practice at Midwestern University, and a Clinical Infectious Disease Pharmacist at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago.

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