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CPPS virtually welcomes class of 2024

Each Doctor of Pharmacy student at the Washington State University begins their journey with the donning of their white coats. This simple coat is symbolic. It represents professionalism, caring and trust that each future pharmacist must earn from their patients. While this year’s celebration looked a little different, the symbolism is all the more significant in these world-changing times. For the first time, the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences took to the web to welcome over 100 incoming pharmacy students with a virtual white coat celebration on Friday, August 21. Over 600 people attended the event online. » More ...

Behind the scenes: Doctor of Pharmacy interviews

By Karen Vo, class of 2023

For Doctor of Pharmacy applicants, the interview is often seen as an intimidating experience, but it doesn’t have to be. We caught up with second-year pharmacy student and student ambassador Karen Vo to share a behind the scenes look at the interview process, while reflecting on her time as an interviewee.

Over two years ago, I was sitting in a conference room as a prospective student practicing my elevator pitch. I was terrified of what my interviewers would ask me later that afternoon; my mind ran through a series of questions- what are my stances on various ethical issues … » More …

Embedded: Student pharmacist on the frontlines of COVID-19 testing in Yakima

When a spike in COVID-19 cases made Yakima county a West Coast hot spot for the disease, Yakima Doctor of Pharmacy students quickly stepped up to help with mitigation efforts. Working alongside the Yakima Health District and the US National Guard, WSU student pharmacists volunteered to help direct people in improvised testing centers. The college sat down with third-year pharmacy student Brian Wu to hear about the experience. » More ...

Washington State University announces new dual degree and certificates in engineering and pharmacy

Washington State University’s College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences and the Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture are pleased to announce a new dual degree and certificate program for students pursuing their Doctor of Pharmacy degree.

Starting fall semester 2020, Doctor of Pharmacy students will have the option to pursue their master’s in Engineering and Technology Management or receive a certificate in six distinct areas. The dual degree program and certificates will prepare students for the growing need in technical management of manufacturing operations in the pharmaceutical industry, health care, and governmental research initiatives, among many … » More …

Student’s Entrepreneurial Spirit Paves Way for Portland Travel Clinic

Second-year pharmacy student Colin Beauvais has always been a self-starter and an active student as the Vice President of Legislative Affairs. So when he expressed an interest in the business side of pharmacy, his preceptor and faculty mentor helped to guide his entrepreneurial spirit in setting up a travel clinic serving the Portland, Oregon area. CPPS had a chance to catch up with Beauvais to hear the latest about his business plan.

Can you share more information about the travel clinic you set up?
In many parts of the world, diseases that we often do not need to worry about in the United States … » More …

WSU pharmacy graduates set record with residency matches

WSU Doctor of Pharmacy graduates set a record-breaking year in residency matches. The College has seen consistent growth in residency matches each year, which is facilitated by the American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists (ASHP). Nearly two-thirds of students who participated in the match received residency.

“I am so incredibly proud of our student pharmacists. Each year, our graduates continue to impress us with the number of residency matches setting a record from previous years. These residency and fellowship experiences represent incredible opportunities for our students as they prepare for future successful careers,” said Linda Garrelts MacLean, interim dean for the WSU College of Pharmacy and … » More …

Embedded: A first-person account of COVID-19 testing in Eastern Washington

By Lee Roy Esposo, class of 2021

Last week the Spokane Regional Health District along with Spokane Medical Reserve Corps set up a drive-thru testing site for COVID-19 at the Spokane County Interstate Fairgrounds. This is one of two testing sites in eastern Washington. Individuals who are concerned that they may have contracted the virus are able to drive down and be evaluated by medical personnel. Medical staff working on site hail from multiple healthcare systems like, Spokane Regional Health, Providence, CHAS, and more.

In mid-March as cities across the nation were looking for ways to ramp up COVID-19 testing, I received an email requesting … » More …

The beauty of everyday things: where pharmacy and artistry meet

What do pharmacy and painting have in common? According to first-year pharmacy student Karen Vo: a lot.

When Vo started in the Doctor of Pharmacy program at WSU in fall of 2019 she was among many new student pharmacists being asked to tell their new classmates about themselves.

“It’s still weird to say, I’m an artist,” she recalls.

But that is precisely what she is.

Vo’s artwork depicts wildlife—an interest she attributes to being raised in the scenic Washington state. She explained that as she has spent more time on her artwork in recent years she has become more aware of the wildlife that surrounds … » More …

WSU student pharmacist serves as first-ever ACVP student board member

For the first time, the American College of Veterinary Pharmacists (ACVP) national board has added a student member who hails from the WSU College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.

After receiving the Pharmacist Mutual/ACA Foundation Community Pharmacy Scholarship last year, fourth year pharmacy student Joanna Gourley had the opportunity to attend the ACVP annual meeting and board meeting. While there she proposed the addition of a student to the national board. The ACVP was established to support independent pharmacists to develop and strengthen services they provide for animals and veterinarians.

“Student members are the future of every organization and I wanted to improve the connection … » More …