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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 tapped for national scholarship

Tory Knebel was selected as one of 20 student pharmacists nationally to receive a $2,500 Pharmacists Mutual Community Pharmacy Scholarship.

Knebel is a student pharmacist at Washington State University in Spokane, Washington.

Winners were announced online in March 2018, Knebel applied for the scholarship last fall. The scholarship program acknowledges students interested in serving in an independent or small chain, community pharmacy, or in an underserved geographic area.

“My professional goal is to own and operate an independent community pharmacy,” Knebel said.

WSU College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences has a longstanding reputation of developing outstanding health care professionals and leaders in pharmacy. This is … » 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 …

Graduate student recognized for excellence in service

Shannon Kozlovich, a graduate student studying pharmaceutical sciences at Washington State University in Spokane, was one of two students selected for a Washington Campus Compact Presidents’ Civic Leadership Award as part of the statewide Students Serving Washington Awards program.

Kozlovich was recognized on March 16, 2018, at a ceremony at the Museum of Flight in Seattle.

The awards recognize student leaders from across Washington state. Nominees are selected for his or her exceptional leadership and commitment to addressing a critical issue on their campus or in their community. Kozlovich was nominated for her involvement as director of legislative affairs for the Associated Students of … » More …

Part 3: WSU leads in expanding scientific knowledge of natural products

Welcome back to the final segment of our three-part series on the Center of Excellence for Natural Product-Drug Interaction Research (NaPDI Center). Interactions between natural products and conventional drugs are a concern because of their potential impact on drug effectiveness or toxicity.

In case you missed Parts 1 and 2: The NaPDI Center is a multidisciplinary effort involving clinical pharmacologists, natural products chemists, and health informaticists to provide leadership in the study of these complex interactions.

This effort is being led by Mary Paine, who is a pharmaceutical sciences researcher and associate professor at the Washington State University College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.

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By: Carmela Guangorena Severin, 2018 WSU Doctor of Pharmacy graduate

Wearing a white pharmacist’s coat in the congressional buildings of our nation’s capital gets one a lot of attention. As I rushed from meeting to meeting as a member of Washington state’s advocacy team, I could feel the buzz that our presence generated.

I had the opportunity to participate in RxIMPACT Day this last March. This annual event is sponsored by the National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS), and provides the opportunity for student pharmacists to share critical patient access issues with our legislative representatives. This was the 10th anniversary of the NACDS day … » More …

Four College of Pharmacy students receive Chancellor’s Awards

By: Meg Comito

On April 17 College of Pharmacy students Yaoyi (Peyton) Xiao, Thomas Maslo,  Kathryn Rand, and Shannon Kozlovich received 2018 Washington State University (WSU) Spokane Chancellor’s Awards.

This award is an honor bestowed annually to students for their demonstration of exceptional leadership and service to the university and community. Recipients are identified by the WSU Spokane Chancellor Daryll DeWald and supporting committee.

Doctor of Philosophy in Pharmaceutical Sciences student Shannon Kozlovich received the award for her advocacy and work as the Associated Students of Washington State University (ASWSU) Director of Legislative Affairs.

One nominator said, “Shannon is passionate about advocating for those that … » More …

College of Pharmacy celebrates graduates success

Linda Evans Parlette

Thursday, May 3, the Washington State University College of Pharmacy celebrated the accomplishments of one Ph.D. and one master of pharmaceutical sciences, and 132 Doctor of Pharmacy graduates at its 2018 Commencement Ceremony. Family, faculty and friends gathered at the Fox Theater in downtown Spokane to honor the new alumni of the college.

Former Washington Senator Linda Evans Parlette gave the keynote address and shared insights as a pharmacist advocating for public health while serving in the state legislature.

“The pharmacist of today will be known as part of a patient management team, and not just in hospital or clinical settings,” Parlette said.

As a … » More …

Seminar speaker discusses changes in the pharmacy profession

Michael L. Brandt with studentsSPOKANE, Wash. – On March 29 Pharmacist Michael L. Brandt spoke with Washington State University (WSU) student pharmacists about the changing landscape of the profession and how they can fit into this new role.

“As we grow, things change,” said Brandt. He described how careers in pharmacy have significantly changed since he entered the workforce.

“When I first started, pharmacy was not very clinical,” said Brandt. “Today, pharmacists have a lot of contact with patients and their value is in their consult abilities.”

Brandt discussed that there are many ways that students can fit … » More …

Part 2: WSU leads in expanding scientific knowledge of natural products

In case you missed Part 1: Mary Paine is a pharmaceutical sciences researcher and associate professor at the Washington State University College of Pharmacy. She leads the Center of Excellence for Natural Product-Drug Interaction Research (NaPDI Center) in Spokane.

“Patients often seek herbal and other natural products as a ‘natural,’ and therefore perceived as ‘safe,’ means to alleviate illnesses or supplement prescribed therapeutic regimens,” Paine said. “Co-consuming natural products with conventional medications—either prescription or over-the-counter—can lead to adverse interactions.”

Funded by the National Institutes of Health National Center for Complimentary and Integrative Health, the mission of the NaPDI Center is to contribute to the scientific … » More …