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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 …

Dungeons and Dragons inspires a class in pharmacy law

Game over. Those two words have flashed across game screens for decades, challenging gamers of all ages to go back, try again, and do better.

On a crisp, sunny afternoon in February, 163 third-year pharmacy students faced down those very same words. Using their knowledge of pharmacy law, the students spent a class battling medusa, identifying constellations and navigating a labyrinth; all to help prepare them for an exam.

“[Pharmacy Law] has traditionally been a very difficult course, so we’re trying new ways to help students learn this material,” explained Pharmacotherapy Clinical Associate Professor Julie Akers.

To help with this goal, she recruited Pharmacotherapy Academic … » More …

Winning WSU students invited to national compounding competition in Florida

Compounding is the art and science of combining appropriate ingredients to fit the unique needs of a patient. Rather than ingesting a drug in the traditional form of a pill, pharmacists can use innovative methods to help patients take their medicine. This includes creating medicine in the form of lollipops or gummy bears, a more palatable compound for young children, or making drugs more accessible through creams or gels for patients who have difficulty ingesting medicine. For pharmacy students, compounding is one of the vital skills that they learn during their four years in pharmacy school, and where WSU student pharmacists have excelled nationally in … » More …

WSU student pharmacists present at ASHP in record numbers

The ASHP (American Society of Health-System Pharmacists) Midyear Clinical Meeting is an opportunity for pharmacy professionals from around the world to network, learn and discuss. One student described the event as a “madhouse” of health care professionals looking to get noticed among the thousands of potential employers who set up booths there. In December 2019, ASHP held their Midyear Clinical Meeting in Las Vegas, where over 25,000 pharmacy professionals gathered at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center. WSU student pharmacists took part in the poster presentations in record numbers, with 36 students representing WSU College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. ASHP Poster Presentations are informal discussions … » More …

Army combat veteran on her journey to becoming a pharmacist

Monica Sines never imagined a career in pharmacy. As a driver in Tikrit and Mosul in Iraq, transporting Iranian, Iraqi and Pakistani workers safely to their destinations, 19-year-old Sines witnessed harrowing scenes while serving in the military.

“I saw things that people at that age should not see,” said Sines, who is now 35 and a third year at the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences pursuing her Doctor in Pharmacy.

Sines joined the military in November 2002 at age 18, just before the March 2003 invasion of Iraq. After six years of service, Sines left the military in 2008 and received her bachelor’s degree … » More …

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.

“I get to … » More …

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 …