For Palm Beach Atlantic University pharmacy student Abel Carranza, the journey to pharmacy began many years ago with staring into his parents’ medicine cabinet.
“I was fascinated,” Carranza said. “You took a pill, and you felt better. I wanted to know how that worked.”
During the Lloyd L. Gregory School of Pharmacy’s hooding in May, Carrazna learned that he had been selected for the most prestigious award the Gregory School of Pharmacy offers. Along with the recognition, he also received a prize of $10,000.
The award recognizes the graduating senior in the top 10 percent of his or her class who has demonstrated a continual devotion to his or her faith and the desire to integrate faith into his or her practice. Gregory Award recipients also have shown excellence in both health-related and community volunteer projects.
On June 26, the Miami-native will start a PGY1 residency at Martin Health Memorial in Stuart, FL with the hope to be a mentor to pharmacy students.
In pursing his passion and career, Carranza has helped numerous people through his volunteerism.
Carranza began volunteering at Baptist Hospital during high school and later during his college career, volunteered at Dr. Henneman’s FoundCare Clinic, enrolling low-income patients in prescription savings programs as well as joined a mission trip to the Dominican Republic led by Dr. Jay Jackson.
“I used all my knowledge of pharmacy, project management and Spanish to treat and share the Gospel,” Carranza wrote on his application.
Carranza has also completed two rotations at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, saying it was an honor to be working with top pharmacy professionals and humbling to represent the Gregory School.
Gregory School of Pharmacy Outstanding Grad Abel Carranza, and wife Irina after commencement.
Irina Carranza, Abel’s wife, loves how passionate he is about his work.
“He longs to change people,” Irina said. “He just loves to help people and with that, he can stop the pain.”
During his time at PBA, Carranza served network coordinator for American College of Clinical Pharmacy and as a national liaison to the ACCP as well as assisting with the re-accreditation process for the Gregory School of Pharmacy.
When applying for pharmacy school, Carranza knew PBA was the right fit for him.
“The choice was clear… The Gregory School of Pharmacy was the only school that could provide excellent education together with a Christian perspective,” Carranza said.
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