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PharmD student’s career path in medication management

Derek Matlock, a specialist at the University of Arizona Medication Management Center, returned to the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (CPPS) to share insights with student pharmacists about his career path in medication management.

Since graduating CPPS in 2017, Matlock now works as a Medication Management Specialist at SinfoniaRx with the University of Arizona Medication Management Center which serves roughly 8 million Medicare patients. As a specialist, Matlock helps patients and caregivers to comprehensively manage medications to reduce the risk of an adverse drug event, overdosing or underdosing, or other important factors that might limit a patient’s adherence to a plan.

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Career Seminar Series: Want to become an expert in snake bites? Here’s how.

SPOKANE, Wash. – What do a spy and a pharmacist have in common?

This was one of the many questions Erica Liebelt, executive director and medical director of the Washington Poison Center, asked a room full of student pharmacists.

Liebelt, who is also a clinical professor at the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine, kicked off this year’s Career Seminar Series which showcases various professions in the health care industry. Liebelt’s version of a spy is a little different than the typical James Bond archetype that may come to mind. A SPI, specialist in poison information, at the Washington Poison Center, may be a pharmacist, … » More …

WSU and Yakima Valley College create new path for pharmacy students

YAKIMA, Wash. – College students in Yakima can now complete prerequisite courses for a Doctor of Pharmacy degree (PharmD) without leaving the area.

WSU College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (CPPS), part of WSU Health Sciences, an upper-division undergraduate, professional and graduate campus based in Spokane, Washington, and Yakima Valley College (YVC), a public, two-year institution in Yakima, entered an agreement formalizing the pre-pharmacy track on Friday, Oct. 4.

The program allows qualified YVC students to take prerequisite courses for the CPPS Doctor of Pharmacy program at Yakima Valley College. The collaboration means students could remain in Yakima throughout their schooling, first at Yakima Valley College, then at WSU … » More …

Johanna Pantig named WSU student regent

Johanna Pantig, a fourth-year pharmacy student at WSU Health Sciences in Spokane, has been named Washington State University Student Regent for the 2019-20 academic year.

At age 26, Pantig’s resume is already filled with leadership positions, honors, and volunteer experiences.

She served as president and vice president of the Associated Students of WSU Health Sciences and chair of the WSU Student Government Council. She received the Chancellor’s Excellence Award last spring, and the student of the year award for third-year students in the WSU College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. She’s a … » More …

Two WSU teams take top honors in annual business plan competition

By Addy Hatch, WSU News

Two teams from the WSU College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences placed in the top 10 in a national business plan competition for community pharmacies.

It’s the first time WSU entered two teams in the annual Good Neighbor Pharmacy NCPA Pruitt-Schutte Student Business Plan Competition. One team was from the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences program in Spokane and the other from Yakima.

“I don’t believe any other school has ever done this,” said Vice Dean for External Relations Linda Garrelts MacLean. “Placing two teams from WSU in the top 10 is phenomenal.”

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WSU student pharmacists place third in the nation for compounding

YAKIMA, WASH. – Student pharmacists from the Washington State University (WSU) College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (CPPS) placed third in the annual Student Pharmacist Compounding Competition (SPCC) held March 16-17 in Adventura, Florida.

The WSU CPPS Yakima compounding club was one 18 teams from pharmacy programs across the U.S. competing for the national prize. Each team was comprised of three students who worked together over the course of two days to apply theoretical and practical techniques to trivia, innovation and compounding challenges. The WSU team was made up of class of 2021 Doctor of Pharmacy candidates Minwoo Park, Zhanhuang (Anthony) Huang and Albert Ngugi.

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Reflecting on Peru

Every year a group of Washington State University Health Sciences students travel nearly 5,000 miles from home to provide health care services to the people and communities in the Amazon region of Peru. Over the course of three weeks the students are immersed in community while working in clinics across the country.

The goal of the three week trip is to provide experience for both nursing and pharmacy students assessing and implementing global community health. It is organized through a non-profit organization called People of Peru Project, which provides free medical and dental care to impoverished populations.

For student pharmacist the trip is part of their … » More …