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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 …

Spokane: an international summer destination for pharmacy school

Penny Prime originally wanted to study medicine. Charlotte Hambly initially started in dentistry.

“I was interested in the health care/patient care aspect, so I did an experience (job shadow) in pharmacy and liked it,” Hambly said.

“I did a work experience in pharmacy and really liked it. Prior to that I had no idea about what the job was,” Prime said.

Having found the pharmacy profession, both girls are attending the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at Cardiff University in Wales, one of the top-rated pharmacy programs in the UK. The two student pharmacists came to Spokane this summer to participate in specialty … » More …

WSU graduate student organization recognized for STEM advocacy

The Washington State University student organization affiliated with the Association for Women in Science (AWIS) was recognized for its STEM advocacy activity this past year in Spokane.

AWIS is a global network with 80 grassroots chapters and affiliates connecting more than 100,000 professionals in STEM worldwide. The WSU group, based on the WSU Health Sciences campus in Spokane, was selected as one of 10 affiliates nationwide for the AWIS STAR Award.

The AWIS Star Award, announced in April, honors the affiliate groups which have accomplished key objectives outlined in the group’s strategic plan. According to AWIS, the WSU affiliated activities over the past year have … » More …

Better treatments for RA the focus of this graduate fellowship award

Ruby Siegel is searching for a better way to treat rheumatoid arthritis.Ruby Seigal

According to Siegel, this painful auto-immune disease affects one percent of the population worldwide and currently there is no cure. Siegel recently received a Graduate Student Fellowship from the Rheumatology Research Foundation (RRF). The fellowship includes $1,000 to Washington State University and $3,000 directly to Siegel to fund her research.

Siegel is a Ph.D. student in the Pharmaceutical Sciences Graduate Program at the WSU College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (CPPS). … » More …

Graduate student recognized for excellence in scholarship

The Washington State University (WSU) College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (CPPS) has a reputation for developing outstanding scientists and leaders in research. The college continually strives to provide opportunities for students to engage with preeminent faculty and globally-recognized researchers, and gain national recognition in the process.

Yadira Xitlalli Pérez-Páramo is a graduate student in the Pharmaceutical Sciences Graduate Program at WSU in Spokane. She recently received recognition from several international research organizations for excellence in collaborative research and scholarship.

Pérez-Páramo is from Morelia, Michocán, Mexico. She studied chemistry at the Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolás de Hidalgo in her hometown, and completed her master’s … » More …

Two post-graduate fellows join CPPS faculty ranks

Two of the WSU College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences’ (CPPS) post-graduate pharmacy fellows will join the college as faculty this August.

Taylor Bertsch and Jennifer (Czapinski) Miller move from fellows to clinical assistant professors, and will teach in the college’s Doctor of Pharmacy program. Both completed two-year fellowship programs this summer.

Bertsch is from Auburn, Washington. He chose WSU because he believes it promotes a progressive mindset. Bertsch completed his Doctor of Pharmacy degree in 2016 at WSU before going into the Academic Fellowship Program under faculty advisor Kim McKeirnan.
“I have grown more confident in changing environments and comfortable with promoting … » 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 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 …