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PharmD class of 2014 profile

95 students in the class
82 students have bachelor’s degrees; one has master’s
Average age is 27 years
50 females; 45 males
66 students from Washington
18 students from of California
Other states represented are: Oregon, Idaho, Arizona, Texas, Hawaii and Wisconsin.

Summer diabetes camp a good teacher

What better way to understand diabetes than to live with a person who has diabetes?

Or maybe live with 75 of them, but only for a week.

The “job” description for the pharmacy students who volunteer for this summer camp says they will have only two hours of free time per 24-hour-day, and the two hours will not necessarily be consecutive.

It also says, “MUST be able to tolerate children in large and frequent doses with continued patience and good humor.”

Each summer since 2004 a few WSU pharmacy students have been permitted to do one of their rotations at Camp Fun in the Sun … » More …

PharmD students pick teachers

Pharmacy students selected Catherine A. Elstad, Beth A. Vorderstrasse, John R. White and Mark Garrison to be their teachers of the year for 2009-2010. Each of the four classes of students selected one teacher.

Elstad was chosen by the first-year students. She currently teaches pharmacology during fall semester to both first and second year students. She also teaches first years about autonomic nervous system pharmacology – which is about 40 percent of a 3-credit course – and the second years about endocrine pharmacology (hormonal disorders and hormonal drugs) – which is about 46 percent of a 4-credit course. Elstad is the associate dean of student … » More …

College earns APhA award for flu shot efforts

SPOKANE – The College of Pharmacy at Washington State University had some tough competition but still earned a national award for partnering with the Spokane Regional Health District against the H1N1 flu in fall 2009.

The College received one of the 12 “Immunization Champion” awards handed out in March 2010 by the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) at its annual meeting in Washington, D.C.

The winners were selected from more than 100 nominations.

WSU received the “honorable mention” – or the equivalent of second place – in the Partnership category. WSU was recognized for providing 60 student pharmacists and 11 faculty supervisors to help immunize more … » More …

Students Place in Business Competition

Continuing what has become an annual tradition, a team of Washington State University pharmacy students has placed in the top 10 in a business plan competition held by the National Community Pharmacists Association Foundation.

WSU won first place in the competition in 2006 and took second place in 2007 and 2004, which was the first year it was held. Last year, WSU placed in the top 5. “We’re developing this culture where one team mentors the next one,” said Linda Garrelts MacLean, a faculty advisor for the teams. The three students on the 2009 team were helped by a student from the 2008 team, she … » More …

Another WSU Student to Lead NCPA Council

Photo of Andrew HelmWSU pharmacy student Andrew Helm is the new president-elect of the National Community Pharmacists Association’s students’ council and will serve as president in 2010-11.

It will be the second time in three years a WSU student has served as president of the 16-member national student leadership council. WSU pharmacy student Jason Doss, who graduated in May, just finished his term as president for 2008-09.

Involvement by WSU students has been supported and encouraged by College alumni who also have been active at the national level of NCPA, including 1978 graduates Holly Whitcomb Henry … » More …

Pharmacy Students Get National Awards for Volunteerism

WSU students Jamie L. Robinson and Lindy Wood were both recognized with a Pharmacy Times/Wal-Mart RESPy Award during the 2008-09 academic year for their volunteer work.

The RESPy Award for Respect, Excellence and Service in Pharmacy includes a $1,000 tuition scholarship, a handcrafted piece of commemorative art and a featured profile in Pharmacy Times magazine . The award is given out 10 times a year.

Robinson was profiled in the March 2009 issue of the magazine, and Lindy Wood was in the February issue.

Robinson, class of 2010, grew up with parents who believed in helping others and she started volunteering at the age of … » More …

WSU Takes APhA Regional Award for Operation Diabetes

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 … » More …

Visit to Legislature Attracts 78 Students

Pharmacy Day at the Washington Legislature on Feb. 20, 2009, included 78 student pharmacists from Washington State University who met with legislators throughout the day to talk about issues important to students as well as professionals.

Organized by the Washington State Pharmacy Association, students from the University of Washington also were there and provided health screenings for the legislators while WSU students were meeting with individual legislators. Specific issues which were discussed with the legislators included the following:

Tuition Caps for college students
Financial Aid for college students
Cutting Pharmacy Medicaid reimbursement rates to pharmacies
Medicaid Audit Reform Bill
Tamper … » More …

Student Honored for Volunteer Work

A WSU pharmacy student has earned national recognition for her volunteer work with people with Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease in Spokane.

Lindy Wood, who will graduate from the WSU College of Pharmacy in May, is one of a handful of pharmacy students from across the nation selected for a Wal-Mart/Pharmacy Times award for service in pharmacy, which includes a $1,000 scholarship and her profile published in the February 2009 issue of the national magazine Pharmacy Times.

While in school last year, Wood spent four to five hours per week working with the College of Pharmacy’s Geriatrics Team and volunteering for a movement disorder neurologist in … » More …