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Class of 2012 Arrives in Pullman

The Pharmacy Class of 2012 is similar to other recent classes: there are more women than men, the average age is 25.3, and 68 of the 92 students already have bachelor’s degrees.

One slight difference is there are more students from California. Last year there was one from California; this year there are 15.

The College welcomed the Class of 2012 with a White Coat Ceremony on Aug. 25. Fifty of the students are women, the rest are men. In addition to the California residents, 52 students are from Washington state, 9 from Hawaii, 4 from Oregon, 3 from Utah, 2 from Florida, and 1 … » More …

WSU Places in Top 5 of NCPA Business Plan Finals

A team of pharmacy students from Washington State University recently placed in the top five in a national business plan competition, continuing a winning streak set by teams in previous years.

WSU students have entered the competition four of the five years it has been held and have placed in the top five all four years.

They took first place once and second place twice. Only the top three teams advance to the final round of competition in October. Those teams this year are the University of Arizona, the University of Kansas and Samford University.

The WSU team of four students was again advised by … » More …

2008 Graduates Choose Retail, Hospitals

About 70 percent of our May 2008 pharmacy graduates plan to work in a retail setting, according to an exit survey answered by 74 of the 89 graduates. Hospital pharmacy was the next largest employer after chain and independent pharmacies, attracting 17 of our students. Another 16 students planned to do a residency where they will get one year of more specialized pharmacy education.

All but one student said they worked a paying job at some time during pharmacy school, with 60 of the 74 saying at least some of their work was in a community pharmacy. About one-half the students were working 10 to … » More …

Students Win Diabetes Outreach Award

WSU pharmacy students won a Northwest regional award in March 2008 at the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) meeting in San Diego for their diabetes outreach campaign this year. It was the second consecutive year WSU won the Region 7 award in competition among APhA student chapters.

The 100 students who participated held 28 diabetes events during which they screened 794 patients and educated 894, not including another approximately 200,000 who watched them on television. The students referred 58 patients to a physician. Diabetes events were held on the Pullman and Spokane campuses as well as in pharmacies, senior centers and apartment complexes, schools and at … » More …

Tim Rice ’77 Lectures About Hospital Pharmacy

Hospital executive Tim Rice, a class of 1977 alumnus, lectured to WSU pharmacy students in Spokane and Pullman in April 2008, thanks to a grant from Bi-Mart.

Rice is the president and CEO of The Moses Cone Health System in North Carolina, which is a group of five hospitals. He has been a top executive in that organization for many years, and the CEO for more than three years.

Rice talked to pharmacy students about opportunities for pharmacists in hospitals.

Rice’s visit was the 2nd in a series sponsored by Bi-Mart.

Pharmacy Students Attend Boot Camp

All students have their own ideas about extracurricular activity. For a group of 21 pharmacy students, they chose to spend their last two-day weekend in March 2008 in a laboratory on the third floor of Wegner Hall, learning more about making medications – a practice in pharmacy known as compounding.

It was the second time in three years a WSU pharmacy student organization purchased a “Compounding Boot Camp” program from the Professional Compounding Centers of America in Texas. Donations from College alumni and money from the student organization paid one-half the $450 registration fee for each student, making their cost for the weekend boot camp … » More …

Ceremony Held for New Students

The College welcomed 94 new Pharm.D. students in a White Coat ceremony on the Pullman campus on Aug. 17, 2007. Continuing the trend of recent years, 60 percent of the students in the class of 2011 are women.

The average age in the class is 26, and 71 of the students had bachelor’s degrees before starting the Pharm.D. program. One student has a master’s degree and another has a Ph.D.

Most of the students – 74 of them – are Washington state residents, and another 13 of them are residents of Hawaii. From there, the numbers drop way down to 3 residents of Oregon, 2 … » More …

College Names Keith Campbell to New Diabetes Professorship

A new endowed professorship for a diabetes educator in the College of Pharmacy at Washington State University will be held first by the professor for whom it is named.

Professor R. Keith Campbell has been appointed to the newly created “R. Keith Campbell Endowed Professorship in Diabetes Care,” effective Feb. 1, 2008.

The College raised from donors far more than the minimum required to establish an endowed professorship and wanted to put the money to work now, while continuing toward a $1 million goal, said College Dean James P. Kehrer.

“This endowment has the continuing goal of becoming the College’s first endowed chair, but has … » More …

College Acquires High-Tech Manikin

The College of Pharmacy purchased a high tech manikin in July 2007 from Laerdal®. The Human Patient Simulator can be programmed to have a number of different diseases or conditions.

The College is one of a handful of pharmacy schools in the country to begin using this Human Patient Simulation technology. The technology is more common in medical and nursing schools.

The WSU Colleges of Pharmacy and Nursing are working with community health care providers in Spokane to raise money for a patient simulation training facility where health sciences students can learn and working professionals can upgrade skills needed for certification. See more pictures.

Pharmacy Students in NCPA Business Plan Contest Finals

For the third time in four years, a team of WSU pharmacy students has advanced to the finals in a national business plan competition.

Team members Jacqueline Eide, Iris Kim, David White and Drew Yancey – all from the class of 2009 – will be competing in October 2007 against teams from the University of Washington and the University of Buffalo for the championship title of the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) business plan competition.

All three teams will give live presentations at the NCPA annual convention in Anaheim, Calif., Oct. 13-17.

The three finalists were selected from a field of 32 and were announced … » More …