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Member Spotlight

Each month, IPA chooses a member to highlight that demonstrates excellence in the practice of pharmacy and in association involvement.

"The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today." Franklin D. Roosevelt

Sara Trovinger, PharmD

Director of Experential Education and Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice

Manchester University


I graduated from Purdue University with my Doctor of Pharmacy Degree in 2008 and a Master’s Degree in Education, also through Purdue, in May of 2018.  I am the Past Co-Chair of the Education Committee for IPA, as well as a member of AACP.

Practice Setting

Currently, I work at Manchester University in the department of experiential education.  I oversee the daily functions of the department.  I also teach introduction to institutional pharmacy and leadership courses.  Additionally, I serve on many committees as well.

Journey to a Non-Traditional Practice Setting

My first job following graduation was as a staff pharmacist with Walgreens here in Fort Wayne.  Since that position, I have worked in hospital pharmacy, first at Select Specialty Hospital, and then for Lutheran Hospital.  At Lutheran Hospital, I specialized in emergency room and cardiac critical care pharmacy.  The final 2 years of my time with Lutheran was as a cofunded faculty member with Purdue University, which is how I made my jump into academia.

Advice for Someone Interested in Non-traditional Practice Settings

My advice for someone who is interested in academia is to not let their past experience and/or education hold them back.  It is not too late to get more education to make you competitive for careers in academia.  Don’t limit yourself to what everyone else is doing, like doing a residency.  If you want to get into academia administration, a residency may not make the most sense.

IPA's Value to Members

There are two major benefits that I feel IPA brings to its members.  The first is advocating for pharmacy on a state policy level.  IPA has shown it ability to stand up for pharmacists at a state level and affecting positive change for pharmacists and patients.  The other benefit is access to high quality educational offerings and networking through twice annual meetings.