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Student spotlight: a summer at NCPA

YAKIMA, Wash.—Student pharmacist Peter Tang spent last summer as an intern with the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA). The program ran for 10 weeks and is located in Alexandria, Virginia.

“I was very excited about this opportunity to improve my leadership and management skills at a national level as well as expand my interests in independent pharmacy,” Tang said.

The NCPA Summer Internship Program is co-sponsored by the NCPA Foundation. There is only one candidate selected each summer, nationally.

Tang spent his summer … » More …

New partnership adds experience opportunities for students at Spokane blood center

SPOKANE, Wash.—Patients who receive organ transplants must receive immunosuppressive drugs to prevent rejection, which is why pharmacists are an integral part of the multidisciplinary transplant team. For pharmacists seeking to practice in this area, most of the training and knowledge of transplant-related problems are acquired on the job after pharmacy school. While Washington State University has offered electives on immunology/transplantation to student pharmacists in the past, it is not part of the core curriculum of the program.

But now starting in 2019 through a new partnership with Vitalant (formally Inland Northwest Blood Center), the WSU College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (CPPS) will offer a … » More …

Seminar Speaker discusses consulting in long-term care

SPOKANE, WASH. – On October 10 Britne Wakem spoke to Washington State University (WSU) College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (CPPS) students about pharmacy consulting in a long-term care facility. Pharmacy consulting is when a pharmacist, such as Britne Wakem, is hired to give their expert advice on the use of medication or pharmacy services to an individual or organization on a consulting basis (as opposed to as a full-time employee).

Wakem has worked for Fred Meyer since 2008, first as a pharmacy assistant/intern then as a staff pharmacist since receiving her Doctor of Pharmacy from WSU in 2015. She has consulted for the Washington … » More …

Seminar speaker discusses pharmaceutical case study

SPOKANE, Wash. – On September 18 Sean Dobbin, regional director of pharmacy for Providence Health Care, spoke to the Washington State University (WSU) College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (CPPS) as part of the college’s Preparing for Your Career in Pharmacy Seminar Series. Dr. Dobbin spoke about his experience with a large-scale pharmacy diversion—when a drug is diverted from its intended medical purpose and used illicitly. In this case, pharmaceuticals intended for patients, were diverted into the community illegally.

Dr. Dobbin hoped to increase students’ awareness of response, prevention and detection of diversions. Awareness of such incidents, he said, can help prevent similar incidents at … » More …

Bunch named top student member by WSPA

SPOKANE, Wash.—Washington State University student pharmacist David Bunch received the 2018 Pharmacy Student of the Year Award from the Washington State Pharmacy Association (WSPA). Bunch received the award on November 10, during the WSPA Annual Meeting in Stevenson, Washington. He was recognized for his consistent, sustained and outstanding contributions toward fostering student pharmacist participation in association activities on both a local and state level.

Bunch is passionate about patient care and advancing the profession of pharmacy through advocacy. He has served as the WSU liaison to the WSPA Board of Directors, American Pharmacists Association Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP) chapter policy vice-president, APhA-ASP regional … » More …

WSU student pharmacists win national competition

SPOKANE, Wash. – A team of Washington State University pharmacy students demonstrated their business acumen this month as they captured the championship title in the National Community Pharmacists Association’s 2018 Good Neighbor Pharmacy Pruitt-Schutte Student Business Plan Competition.

WSU has a longstanding tradition for training practice-ready pharmacists who are prepared to lead tomorrow’s health care solutions. This was demonstrated on Oct. 6 when WSU student pharmacists Frank Nenninger, Chad Schmitt and Peter Tang presented their plan to leverage technology to meet niche health care needs in Washington state to the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA).

The trio competed at the NCPA Annual Convention in Boston and beat finalist teams … » More …

Spokane high school, WSU students partner to address the stigma of mental health

Within the past three years, there have been a total of 13 suicides in the Spokane School District.

A team of student pharmacists from Washington State University partnered with North Central High School’s Institute of Science and Technology in Spokane to address a community-based health care issue. The students at North Central selected the topic of mental health awareness. The school has experienced three teen suicides since April 2017. The students wanted to use this initiative to prevent another one from happening.

“This program allowed the high school students to directly make an impact among their peers and experience how they can individually make a … » More …

Seminar speaker discusses compounding pharmacy

SPOKANE, Wash. – On September 11, Bindhu Batra kicked off this year’s career seminar series with her presentation about contemporary compounding pharmacy as an essential component of today’s healthcare society.

The Washington State University (WSU) College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences coordinates (CPPS) this seminar series to expose student pharmacists to leaders in the pharmacy profession and career opportunities. This year’s topics revolve around the idea of “Preparing for Change.”
Batra currently serves as the director of academic affairs for the Professional Compounding Center of America (PCCA). She spoke about the importance of compounding pharmacy and its various uses. She focused on the ways … » More …

People of Peru Project

Meagan Schut is a student pharmacist in the class of 2019 based in Yakima, Washington. She recently had the experience of a lifetime on rotation in Peru.

In the final year of pharmacy school, students complete six pharmacy practice rotations called Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPE). APPE rotations are immersive and experience-based learning under the supervision of a pharmacy preceptor, and prepare the student for professional practice. A seventh rotation is optional, and some students apply for an international rotation. The WSU College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences offers international options for rotations in Ecuador, Peru, Vietnam, and Whales.

The Peru rotation is a joint … » More …

Student pharmacist to serve in national advocacy role

David Bunch, class of 2019, has been appointed to the American Pharmacist Association – Academy of Student Pharmacists’ (APhA-ASP) Policy Standing Committee. In this advocacy role, Bunch will spend the next year serving as “a voice of the profession,” representing APhA-ASP members and student pharmacists to legislators about important pharmacy and health care issues. His duties include helping classmates stay up to date on current legislative and regulatory pharmacy‐related issues in order to have a positive impact on the pharmacy profession.

“This is a big honor for me to be one of the four student pharmacists to serve on the APhA-ASP Policy Standing Committee,” Bunch … » More …