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Student pharmacists share their why at APhA2016

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Written and compiled by Drew Register, 2016–17 APhA Foundation 
Executive Resident


More than 1,900 student pharmacists from across the country traveled to Baltimore, MD, in March to share their passion for the pharmacy profession. This year’s meeting provided student pharmacists with the opportunity to learn about APhA leadership and patient care opportunities, network with practitioners in the field, reconnect with their peers, and enjoy a much needed escape from the rigorous pharmacy school curriculum and rotations.


“Together We Can”


Throughout the last year, student pharmacists nationwide “Lived their Why” in their schools, communities, and profession through various innovative projects. During her inaugural address, incoming APhA–ASP National President Kelsea Gallegos challenged APhA–ASP members to focus on unity with a new theme in mind, “Together We Can.” She encouraged student pharmacists and chapters alike to focus on the impact they stand to make as one, united group. Gallegos stated, “No one person alone could have accomplished everything that we have this year. As individuals, we can not improve the lives of patients across the entire nation and prove to everyone the true value of pharmacists on the health care team. Yet together, we can.”


Career prep sessions


The APhA Annual Meeting & Exposition provided student pharmacists with a number of opportunities to network with practicing pharmacists and learn about the different career options. Similar to speed dating, the “APhA–ASP Career Networking Roundtables” session provided attendees an opportunity to speak with many leading pharmacy practitioners from diverse practice settings. Students had an opportunity to learn from the top leaders and innovators in the profession during the “Bringing Leaders Together” panel session. Students also gained insight into preparing for a career in pharmacy in the “How to Get the Job You Never Knew You Always Wanted” and “Navigating Career Options in the Pharmaceutical Industry” sessions.


Super social mixer


On Friday evening, student pharmacists enjoyed a superhero-themed APhA–ASP Welcoming Social. Students left their white coats behind in favor of superhero costumes and had the opportunity to display their athletic prowess in a variety of games and activities. Candidates and supporters for APhA–ASP National Executive Committee positions demonstrated their passion for their elected offices by displaying their campaign t-shirts and attire. Thank you to CVS Pharmacy for sponsoring this event for the 16th year. 


OGS highlights


To recognize excellence in patient care and community outreach, the regional and national recipients for the Operation Heart, Operation Immunization, Operation Diabetes, and Generation Rx awards were presented during the Opening General Session (OGS). The recipients of the APhA Foundation Scholarships were also recognized. 


The Academy was also honored to be inspired by the OGS keynote speaker, stand-up comedian and neuropsychologist Matt Bellace. Bellace motivates students around the country to create their own natural highs. During his speech, Bellace discussed the organization he created at Bucknell University, C.A.L.V.I.N. & H.O.B.B.E.S. (Creating A Lively Valuable Ingenious New Habit Of Being [at] Bucknell [and] Enjoying Sobriety). The concept was simple: a student prevention group for students, run by students. Today, more than 20 years later, C.A.L.V.I.N. & H.O.B.B.E.S. still remains an active Bucknell student group. In addition, Bellace asked attendees to identify their own natural highs. He recognized that “It is not enough to ask young people to stay away from drugs and alcohol, we need to show them there are positive things they can do for themselves and others. They must all be leaders in their lives.” The keynote speaker was supported by a grant from Cardinal Health Foundation.


APhA Foundation Scholarship Recipients announced during OGS: Jared Frye, Wingate University School of Pharmacy; Gina Fu, Shenandoah University School of Pharmacy; Kelsey Japs, Drake University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences; Kayla Joyal, Northeastern University School of Pharmacy; Elissa Lechtenstein, University of Maryland School of Pharmacy; Susan Lee, Loma Linda University School of Pharmacy; Jennifer Levine, UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Jenner Minto, The University of Montana Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Allied Health Sciences; Anjoli Punjabi, University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy; Farima Fakheri Raof, Nova Southeastern University College of Pharmacy; Drew Register, The University of Louisiana at Monroe School of Pharmacy; Salematou Traore, University of Maryland Eastern Shore School of Pharmacy; and Paria Sanaty Zadeh, University of Wisconsin School of Pharmacy


APhA–ASP HoD action


Each year, the APhA–ASP House of Delegates convenes to debate and determine the Academy’s position on some of the most important issues facing the profession. Resolution topics discussed and voted upon by the House focused on the areas of security of pharmacies, administration of injectable medications, immunization requirements, and patient access to pharmacist–prescribed medications.


The House passed the following 
resolutions.


2016.1—Increasing the Security of Pharmacies 


APhA–ASP calls upon all stakeholders to take measures that create an environment that prioritizes the safety and security of patients and pharmacy personnel. These include:


1. The development and implementation of strategies and technologies to deter pharmacy robberies, such as time-delayed safes, panic buttons, stock bottle tracking devices, physical pharmacy design, and video surveillance.


2. The development and implementation of relevant procedures and programs to train all personnel on actions to take during a pharmacy robbery.


2016.2—Pharmacist Administration of Injectable Medications


1. APhA–ASP supports pharmacists and student pharmacists administering non-vaccine injectables, including but not limited to, antipsychotics, long-acting contraceptives, and other other hormone therapy pursuant to prescription, protocol, or collaborative practice agreement.


2. APhA–ASP supports the development of programs to properly train pharmacists and student pharmacists to administer non-vaccine injectables, such as continuing education and certificate training programs. 


3. APhA–ASP encourages all stakeholders, including but not limited to, pharmacies, health-systems, and third party payors, to develop a sustainable and financially viable compensation model for pharmacist administration of non-vaccine injectables. 


2016.3—Establishing Immunization Requirements 


1. APhA–ASP affirms the valuable role immunizations play in protecting the public and strongly recommends that all persons receive immunizations currently recommended by the CDC, except when medically contraindicated. 


2. APhA–ASP recommends all private and public educational or child-care institutions require enrollees and employees to receive all CDC-recommended immunizations, except when medically contraindicated. 


3. APhA–ASP strongly affirms that it is the professional responsibility of all health care personnel to receive CDC-recommended immunizations and supports their employers mandating immunizations as a condition of employment, volunteering, or training, except when medically contraindicated. 


2016.4—Increasing Patient Access to Pharmacist-Prescribed Medications 


1. APhA–ASP encourages legislative and regulatory changes that would enable pharmacists, with 
appropriate training and working as integral members of the health care team, to assess the patient and prescribe certain medications such as those for opioid overdose, contraception, tobacco cessation, and international travel.
2. APhA–ASP encourages the development of sustainable and financially viable compensation models for pharmacist-prescribed medications. 


This year, four new chapters were officially installed into the APhA–ASP House of Delegates: the California Health Sciences University College of Pharmacy, the Chapman University School of Pharmacy, the University of Texas at Tyler College of Pharmacy, and the West Coast University School of Pharmacy. 
In addition, the chapter winners of the APhA–ASP Policy Postcard 
Challenge were announced during the House of Delegates session.


National Winner: Drake University College of Pharmacy and Health 
Sciences


National First Runner-Up: University of Florida College of Pharmacy


National Second Runners-Up: Samford University McWhorter School of Pharmacy and University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of 
Pharmacy (Tie)


APhA–ASP national elections


The APhA–ASP House of Delegates was faced with the challenging task of selecting the Academy’s national leadership from a number of highly qualified and passionate candidates. Kelsea Gallegos was officially installed as the 2016–17 APhA–ASP National President. Michael Murphy from The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy was elected APhA–ASP National President-elect. Scott Brewster from the East Tennessee State University Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy and Elissa Lechtenstein from the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy were selected as the APhA–ASP National Members-at-large. Dylan Atkinson from the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy was elected APhA–ASP Speaker of the House. Congratulations to the newly elected national officers and good luck in 2016–17!


 

APhA–ASP Closing Celebration


After 3 days of networking and learning about the profession and the Academy, student pharmacists gathered on Sunday evening for a celebration of the chapters’ accomplishments from the past year. The APhA–ASP National Executive Committee’s red carpet production highlighted the outstanding achievements student pharmacists made in their schools and communities throughout the year. During the Closing Celebration, student pharmacists, chapters, and supporters of APhA–ASP were recognized for their contributions. Honorees are listed below. Congratulations to all award recipients.


Linwood F. Tice Friend of APhA–ASP Award: Stephanie J. Phelps, 
PharmD, BCPS 


APhA–ASP Outstanding Dean Award: Larry Calhoun, PharmD, East Tennessee State University Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy


APhA–ASP Outstanding Chapter Advisor: Cherokee Layson-Wolf, PharmD, CGP, BCACP, University of Maryland School of Pharmacy


APhA–ASP Student Leadership (Endowed by Procter & Gamble Health Care Award) recipients: Scott Brewster, East Tennessee State University Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy; Evan Colmenares, UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Robert Monroe Crawley, The University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Pharmacy; and Jordan Long, Cedarville University College of 
Pharmacy


APhA–ASP PharmFlix “Most Humorous”: Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Pharmacy—Batman The Pharmacist (Winner); Drake University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences—True Pharmacist, inspired by “True Detective”; Lipscomb University College of Pharmacy—La Farmacia: A Telenovela; Mercer University College of Pharmacy—I Am Pharmacist; Sullivan University College of Pharmacy—What’s Your Why


APhA–ASP PharmFlix “Most Informative”: University of Connecticut School of Pharmacy—What’s the Cost of Becoming a Pharmacist? (Winner); Midwestern University Chicago College of Pharmacy—Our Diverse ‘Why’; South Dakota State University College of Pharmacy—What’s Your Why; The University of Iowa College of Pharmacy—Our Patients Are Our Why; University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy—What’s Your Why


APhA–ASP PharmFlix “Best Picture”: Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Pharmacy (Winner); Mercer University College of Pharmacy; Purdue University College of Pharmacy; Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Pharmacy; St. John’s University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences; The University of Iowa College of Pharmacy; University of Connecticut School of Pharmacy; University of the Pacific Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences; University of the Sciences Philadelphia College of Pharmacy


Dennis & Patricia Worthen APhA–ASP Presidential Award: Lucy West, Northeastern University Bouvé College of Health Sciences School of Pharmacy


National Patient Counseling Competition Winner: Alexandra Kolwicz, Northeastern University Bouvé College of Health Sciences School of Pharmacy


APhA–ASP Chapter Innovative Programming Award: South Dakota State University College of Pharmacy


APhA–ASP Chapter Patient Care Award: The University of Montana Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Allied Health Sciences


APhA–ASP Policy and Legislative Award: The University of Louisiana at Monroe School of Pharmacy


APhA–ASP Chapter Professionalism Award: The University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy


APhA–ASP Up-and-Coming Chapter Award: Manchester University 
College of Pharmacy, Natural and Health Sciences


Outstanding IPSF Activity Award: Notre Dame of Maryland University School of Pharmacy


APhA–ASP Most Improved 
Chapter Award: The Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy at the University of Hawaii at Hilo


Chapter Achievement Award, 
Division AAA:


Winner: East Tennessee State University Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy


First Runner-Up: The University of New Mexico College of Pharmacy


Second Runner-Up: University of California, San Diego Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences


Chapter Achievement Award, 
Division AA:


Winner: University of Missouri–Kansas City School of Pharmacy


First Runner-Up: The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy


Second Runner-Up: Samford University McWhorter School of Pharmacy


Chapter Achievement Award, 
Division A:


Winner: UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 


First Runner-Up: The University of Tennessee Health Science Center 
College of Pharmacy


Second Runner-Up: University of Maryland School of Pharmacy


APhA–ASP Chapter of the Year: University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Pharmacy


We hope to see you at the APhA2017 Annual Meeting & Exposition March 24–27, 2017, in San Francisco, CA!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Operation Heart: 
Helping patients identify 
and understand their risks for CVD


APhA–ASP launched Operation Heart in 2010 to support the development of student-led community initiatives that strive to address and prevent cardiovascular disease. This year, 83 chapters and more than 14,000 student pharmacists worked in their communities to encourage lifestyle modifications, monitor associated risk factors, and provide education about medications for heart disease while also developing relationships with other health care professionals. More than 170,000 patients received health and wellness services and more than 2.7 million people were educated through public relations initiatives. The regional and national winners for Operation Heart are listed below. Thank you to Walgreens for their generous support of this program.


National Winner: University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Pharmacy


National First Runner-Up: University of the Pacific Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences


National Second Runner-Up: University of Missouri–Kansas City School of Pharmacy


Region 1: University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences


Region 2: University of Maryland Eastern Shore College of Pharmacy


Region 3: University of Florida College of Pharmacy


Region 4: Purdue University College of Pharmacy


Region 5: University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy


Region 6: University of Houston College of Pharmacy


Region 7: Idaho State University College of Pharmacy


Region 8: University of Southern California School of Pharmacy



Operation Immunization: Increasing the public’s knowledge of immunizations 


During the campaign’s 18th year, nearly 14,000 student pharmacists worked with pharmacists to immunize more than 100,000 patients and deliver educational messages to more than 9 million patients in communities across the country. The regional and national winners for Operation Immunization are listed below. Thank you to Albertsons Safeway Pharmacy for their generous support of this program.


National Winner: Idaho State University College of Pharmacy


National First Runner-Up: University of the Pacific Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences


National Second Runner-Up: The University of New Mexico College of Pharmacy


Region 1: MCPHS University Boston


Region 2: University of Maryland School of Pharmacy


Region 3: UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


Region 4: The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy


Region 5: Creighton University School of Pharmacy and Health Professions


Region 6: University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Pharmacy


Region 7: Oregon State University College of Pharmacy


Region 8: University of Southern California School of Pharmacy


Operation Diabetes: Helping patients prevent and manage the effects of diabetes


With more than 29 million Americans having diabetes and another 86 million Americans having pre-diabetes, it has been advantageous to have committed and passionate student pharmacists to contribute to their communities with Operation Diabetes. This year, more than 13,000 student pharmacists promoted prevention to those at risk of diabetes through health and wellness programs. More than 48,000 patients underwent diabetes screenings and more than 2.4 million people were reached through public relations initiatives. The regional and national winners for Operation Diabetes are listed below. Thank you to Rite Aid for their continued support of this program.


National Winner: University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Pharmacy


National First Runner-Up: UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


National Second Runner-Up: University of Houston College of Pharmacy


Region 1: MCPHS University Boston


Region 2: University of Maryland School of Pharmacy


Region 3: Campbell University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences


Region 4: Midwestern University Chicago College of Pharmacy


Region 5: University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy


Region 6: University of Missouri–Kansas City School of Pharmacy


Region 7: Idaho State University College of Pharmacy


Region 8: University of Southern California School of Pharmacy


Generation Rx: Raising awareness of prescription drug abuse and misuse


Participation in Generation Rx has risen each year since the campaign’s introduction in 2010. Every 19 minutes, another American dies because of an unintentional drug overdose, which has become the second leading cause of accidental death in the United States. This year, student pharmacists from 91 chapters worked with pharmacists and other health care providers to conduct more than 25,000 presentations, sending a clear message that prescription medications, when taken without a prescription, can have deadly consequences. We would like to thank Cardinal Health for their continued support of this program.


National Winner: East Tennessee State University Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy


National First Runner-Up: University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Pharmacy


National Second Runner-Up: The University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Pharmacy


Region 1: D’Youville College School of Pharmacy


Region 2: West Virginia University School of Pharmacy


Region 3: University of Florida College of Pharmacy


Region 4: University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy


Region 5: University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy


Region 6: Harding University College of Pharmacy


Region 7: Idaho State University College of Pharmacy 


Region 8: The University of New Mexico College of Pharmacy

 

 

 

 

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