College of Pharmacy Class of 2018 Alex Holt

His pictures have appeared in national newspapers and magazines, his Coast Guard boat has chased drug smugglers in the Caribbean, and now Alex Holt ’18 will take his multiple talents to the United States Air Force (USAF).

The Richmond, Kentucky native is an award-winning photographer who also served in the United States Coast Guard from 2004-2009. He was awarded a USAF scholarship during his P4 year and this fall will join the 633rd Medical Group in Langley, Va. as a pharmacist with the rank of captain. He is considering applying for a USAF residency, for which he will be eligible in two years.

Holt could be working in any area as USAF staff pharmacists rotate in and out of various specialties, from an ambulatory clinic to in-patient. Variation was part of the military’s appeal, as you can become a very well-rounded pharmacist rotating into many areas without having to change your job. You might also be deployed to some infectious disease hot spot with an opportunity to create pharmacy infrastructure.

“I think the idea of being deployed is kind of exciting. When you deploy, you get to use a balance of leadership in the expanded roles of pharmacy and experience in how to manage and run a pharmacy operation.”

Pre-Pharmacy: University of Kentucky

Interesting Background: Holt served in the Coast Guard from 2004 to 2009, finishing as avionics electrical technician (E-4). He is an award-winning photographer who has been published in the Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Rolling Stone Magazine, Billboard, Fortune Magazine, Associated Press and many others.  To see some of his photography, visit

Advice to Students: “No matter if you think you know what you want to do going into your fourth year of pharmacy school, take as wide a variety of rotations as you can. Going into fourth year I was pretty sure I wanted to go into retail and then my first rotation in acute care internal medicine at the VA really energized me and opened my eyes as to what you can do with a PharmD degree.”