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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 …

Dietitian Joins Dean’s Council

Holly Trujillo of Bonney Lake, Wash., is the newest member of the Dean’s Advisory Council and the first nutrition graduate to serve on the board. She attended her first meeting March 28, 2008.

Trujillo is the 2007-2008 president of the Washington State Dietetic Association and has a private practice as a dietitian. She is a 1998 WSU graduate. The nutrition program was merged into the College of Pharmacy in July 2007.

Fassett is Pharmacy Law Journal Editor

William E. Fassett has been named editor of the bimonthly print newsletter and the monthly electronic newsletter of the American Society for Pharmacy Law.

Fassett is the first non-attorney editor of the print newsletter, which was started when the ASPL was formed in 1974, and the second WSU pharmacy professor to hold the appointment. For many years – 1975 to 1997 – the newsletter was developed and edited by Larry M. Simonsmeier, a now-retired WSU pharmacy professor and former dean of the College of Pharmacy.

The electronic newsletter is new and in its second year of publication.

Fassett teaches pharmacy law and ethics, patient safety … » 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 …

Stanley is Preceptor of the Year

Tom Stanley, a pharmacist at Safeway in Spokane since 1989, was selected by the College to receive its 2008 Roche Preceptor of the Year award. The award was presented at the senior brunch held prior to commencement on May 2. Stanley has been a preceptor for WSU fourth-year students for many years. The annual Preceptor of the Year award goes to a practitioner for their outstanding contributions to the educational development of future pharmacists by demonstrating high standards of professionalism, ethics and clinical practice.

Quock, Reynolds are Teachers of the Year for 2007-08

Raymond M. Quock and Jonathan Reynolds were selected by Pharm.D. students as Teachers of the Year for 2007-08.

Quock joined the College in January 1999 and is chair of the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences. He has a Ph.D. in pharmacology from the University of Washington.

Quock lectures in neuropharmacology, psychopharmacology and drug abuse to second-year Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) students. He also is the supervising instructor for the graduate-level therapeutics course. In recognition of his outstanding teaching skills, Quock was named to the WSU President’s Teaching Academy in 2004.

Reynolds just finished his fourth year of teaching. He is a WSU alum who received his … » 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 …

ExMet Students Shine in Trivia Contest

WSU Exercise Metabolism undergraduate students took second place in a student competition at the American College of Sports Medicine regional meeting in Seattle.

The contest, titled “Exercise Physiology Jeopardy,” featured both undergraduate and graduate students competing against each other.

ExMet faculty members Sally Blank and E. Carolyn Johnson were on the organizing committee for the meeting, along with faculty from Eastern Washington University and Gonzaga University. The meeting was held February 29-March 2, 2008, and more than 300 professionals and students attended.