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Embedded: Student pharmacist on the frontlines of COVID-19 testing in Yakima

When a spike in COVID-19 cases made Yakima county a West Coast hot spot for the disease, Yakima Doctor of Pharmacy students quickly stepped up to help with mitigation efforts. Working alongside the Yakima Health District and the US National Guard, WSU student pharmacists volunteered to help direct people in improvised testing centers. The college sat down with third-year pharmacy student Brian Wu to hear about the experience. » More ...

Graduate returns home to work in rural health care

In the pocket of central Washington, lies the small farming community of Mattawa, population: 4,437. Most residents of the predominantly Latino town work in the acres of surrounding orchards, picking fruit that end up in supermarkets halfway around the world. This is where 26-year-old Osmark Jauregui, part of WSU’s PharmD inaugural Yakima class, found his calling as a pharmacist. » More ...

10,126 miles and worlds away: Yakima student pharmacists gain a global perspective in South Africa

Approximately 1 in 5 individuals in South Africa have HIV. The country is one of the largest epicenters of the HIV epidemic in the world with 7.7 million people living with the disease. That’s nearly the population of New York City. In the summer of 2019, WSU student pharmacists visited Cape Town, South Africa, to work with patients, doctors and pharmacists at health care institutions, allowing them to see the frontlines of HIV treatment and prevention, including application of precision medicine. » More ...

Winning WSU students invited to national compounding competition in Florida

Compounding is the art and science of combining appropriate ingredients to fit the unique needs of a patient. Rather than ingesting a drug in the traditional form of a pill, pharmacists can use innovative methods to help patients take their medicine. This includes creating medicine in the form of lollipops or gummy bears, a more palatable compound for young children, or making drugs more accessible through creams or gels for patients who have difficulty ingesting medicine. For pharmacy students, compounding is one of the vital skills that they learn during their four years in pharmacy school, and where WSU student pharmacists have excelled nationally in … » More …

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