WSU pharmacy students won the Northwest Region Operation Diabetes award for the third consecutive year in student competition at the American Pharmacists Association annual meeting in San Antonio in April 2009.

A WSU pharmacy student – Elizabeth Moe from the class of 2011 – also placed in the top 10 national patient counseling competition. It was the second consecutive year a WSU student placed in the top 10.

The Operation Diabetes team submitted a 10-page report detailing their campaign, in which 162 student pharmacists screened and/or educated 818 people, not including the countless viewers of a diabetes outreach the students did on a Spokane television station.

The students held 21 separate screening and education events and were aided by 27 faculty and preceptors. They held events on the Wellpinit and Chewelah Indian reservations, at Riverside Park and Corbin Senior Center in Spokane, at the Bishop Retirement Home, Beasley Coliseum Arts & Crafts Fair, Mom’s Weekend and Dad’s Weekend in Pullman, and at Rosauers and Safeway stores.