Professional Outreach and Development Societies (PODS) at the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy foster leadership, professionalism, learning and service opportunities for past, present and future student pharmacists. PODS facilitate peer-to-peer support and promote peer-to-peer education. Each society is made up of students, faculty, practitioners, and alumni to provide interactions and networking opportunities.
These interactions are intended to aid in quality, collaborative education and the networking opportunities are designed to cultivate a growing profession. They are also are intended to increase the exchange of information between, and rapport with upper and lower classmen, increase the amount of faculty-student interpersonal relationships and provide student pharmacists with exposure to a diverse and cultured array of practitioners.
The Professional Outreach Development Societies (PODS) mission is to create an environment within the college promoting our four pillars of education: Fellowship, Service, Professionalism, & Learning.
- Fellowship – From orientation to commencement, the community learning structure is designed to foster relationships between all students, regardless of their year in school. PharmD students should feel comfortable from the minute they step foot in the classroom and feel connected to the college when they graduate.
- Service – Communities will take part in philanthropy and service projects, modeling collaboration, and service to others.
- Professionalism – This is a key characteristic of all students in a professional program, as well as all pharmacists. Students are encouraged to model and promote professionalism -- including inter-professional activities with the Carver College of Medicine learning communities.
- Learning – The community-learning environment will allow for greater fellowship within the college, bringing about a spirit of respect, support, and appreciation of one another.
All PharmD students are automatically enrolled in Professional Outreach and Development Societies (PODS). PODS are divided into four smaller groups, called communities. The communities are named for a few of the college's formative leaders. Each PODS section pairs with a learning community in the Carver College of Medicine (CCOM) for networking and philanthropy. Below is a list of the PODS communities, as well as their sister community and service projects.
Peer Mentor Coordinator: Tiffany Bui
CCOM Sister Community: Flocks
Philanthropies: Mobile Clinic and Free Medical Clinic
Mayor - Hoyt DeVolder
Mayor-Elect - Kevin Dong
Social Chair - Gracie Schnell
CCOM Sister Community: Bean
Philanthropies: Shelter House
Mayor - Keitasha Arnold
Mayor-Elect - Ryann Powell
Social Chair - Sydney Day
CCOM Sister Community: Boulware
Philanthropies: United Action for Youth
Mayor - Emoryan (Fev) Foxe
Mayor-Elect - Megan Mitchell
Social Chair - Caitlin Forrester
CCOM Sister Community: McCowen
Philanthropies: Domestic Violence Intervention Program
Mayor - Nathan Merten
Mayor-Elect - Tessa Vagasky
Social Chair - Keirstin Broadway