Derek Matlock, class of 2017, was selected as one of 14 student pharmacists from across the United States to participate in the 2015 Live Oak Pharmacy Student Program this August. The program is a weeklong intensive business training for student pharmacists who want to become pharmacy owners.

“This opportunity gives me the chance to get more specialized training in pharmacy that most students do not get to take advantage of,” said Matlock. “It allows for a more detailed exposure to eventually be a pharmacy owner.”

The program is hosted by Live Oak Bank in Wilmington, North Carolina, and will bring industry experts from across the country who will offer strategies on owning and operating a successful pharmacy, said Matlock. Live Oak Bank is a financial institution that specializes in financing to independent businesses in niche industries including pharmacy, veterinary and dentistry.

“The course is designed to eliminate the fears of owning an independent pharmacy. Pharmacy students often allow these fears to be a barrier of being an owner, when they are more than capable,” said Matlock.

Matlock is from Tucson, Arizona, and completed his undergraduate coursework at the University of Arizona. After completing his Doctor of Pharmacy degree at WSU he plans to work in retail pharmacy for a few years and then become a pharmacy owner.

“I am extremely grateful for the people that have been by my side and pushed me throughout pharmacy school to get me into the position to even be considered for this opportunity,” said Matlock. “I look forward to representing Washington State University College of Pharmacy with pride.”

[April 10, 2015] Lori J. Maricle