Class of 2010: Brian Bachyrycz, Pharm.D., School of Pharmacy

<p>Brian Bachyrycz. Provided by Brian Bachyrycz</p>
Brian Bachyrycz. Photo provided by Brian Bachyrycz

When Brian Bachyrycz graduates from the School of Pharmacy this month, he will enter into an industry that is already associated with the Bachyrycz name.

Bachyrycz follows in the footsteps of his father, brother, and sister, all of whom are alumni of the UConn School of Pharmacy. His father, Frank Bachyrycz Sr., is a clinical pharmacist and director of pharmacy at New Milford Hospital; his brother, Frank Bachyrycz Jr., is a clinical pharmacist at Orange Regional Medical Center; and his sister, Amy Bachyrycz, is an assistant professor at the University of New Mexico College of Pharmacy and a clinical pharmacist at Walgreens Patient Care Center in Albuquerque, N.M.

A graduate of Canterbury School in New Milford, Bachyrycz was drawn to the pharmaceutical field by a desire “to help people in need.” He believes that “the pharmacist’s role is instrumental in improving the health of patients and maximizing outcomes.”

For him, the health care professions are about collaboration, with the goal of ensuring the health and well being of one’s patients. “I am excited to finally be a part of that collaboration,” he says.

While at UConn, Bachyrycz was involved in a wide range of activities, including the School of Pharmacy Professionalism Committee, the Pharmacy Student Government, and the American Pharmacists Association’s UConn student chapter. He says being active in extracurriculars allowed him to interact with people on a different level outside of the classroom and helped him grow as a prospective healthcare professional.

Bachyrycz has also been the recipient of several awards during his time at UConn, including the Kinney Drugs Inc. Scholarship, the Dr. Charles A. Pergola Award, Ralph ’72 and Diana Stanzione Annual Scholarship, Daniel C. Leone Sr. & Mary C. Leone Memorial Scholarship, and the Steven J. Kruzshak Memorial Scholarship. He is also a member of the Connecticut Pharmacists Association.

Bachyrycz plans to do a general pharmacy practice residency at Montefiore Medical Center in Bronx, N.Y. after graduation.

Looking back at his years at UConn, Bachyrycz recalls how “the friends and mentors that I met along the way have helped me grow both personally and professionally.” He believes the past six years have “been well-rounded and prepared me both academically and socially for life.”