By ASHLEY CAPPS | UMKC Pharm.D. Candidate 2013 | APhA-ASP Chapter President 2011-12
and JACLYN YAEGER | UMKC Pharm.D. Candidate 2014 | APhA-ASP Chapter President 2011-12
This year the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Pharmacy (UMKC SOP) was well represented by students and faculty members at the American Pharmacist Association Annual Meeting and Exposition in New Orleans, Louisiana. As student pharmacists this meeting provided us with excellent opportunities for professional development, involvement in the policy-making process and networking with fellow students and practitioners. In addition, we are beyond excited to say that UMKC rocked the national spotlight at this meeting.
For the first year UMKC SOP has been eligible to establish a vaccination collaboration protocol. Faculty took charge with the opportunity and worked with a physician at each campus locale to develop a protocol that has allowed the University faculty, staff, and students to participate in immunization clinics within the community providing assistance, awareness and administration like never before. Student pharmacists have greatly benefited with this innovative collaborative agreement by experiencing hands-on, practical education. Through our faculty’s modeling, they have provided first-hand insight to the expanding pharmacist’s role in increasing the community’s access to preventative care, which will serve as an important aspect for our future pharmacy careers. It is for this reason UMKC is leading us to become strong pharmacists in public health and was bestowed with the APhA Immunization Champion Award in the category of Partnership. How grateful we are to have been able to collaborate with 20 area partners to support immunizing pharmacists and this important public health initiative!
At the American Pharmacist Association Annual Meeting and Exposition the Immunization Champion Award was accepted on behalf of the University, but many students were also recognized. Anne Stegeman was awarded one of the 12 national APhA Foundation Scholarships. Danielle Nagel was one of five students in the nation to be awarded the One to One Patient Counseling Award. Sarah Riley proudly represented UMKC during a successful campaign for APhA-ASP Member-at-large and will be serving nationally for the 2012-2013 term.
During APhA 2012 Annual, the UMKC chapter of the Academy of Student Pharmacists also attracted the spotlight. Our chapter was recognized for our efforts in the “Winter is Cold, but Advocacy is Hot” Campaign at the Political Leadership Breakfast. The chapter was one of the top five schools in the nation to be recognized for influential activities in advocating for pharmacy. Serving in the APhA House as a State Delegate, Amanda Blake was also engaged in the advocacy activities at the Annual Meeting.
During the programming students also receive feedback and recognition of their efforts from the previous academic year under the presidency of KK Vouthy and Ryan Baker. Kicking off the weekend the UMKC chapter proudly received the Region 6 Operation Immunization Award for activities from January 2011-May 2011. At the closing ceremony the chapter was honored to receive the highest level of recognition as the 2010-2011 Chapter of the Year. This accomplishment did not come easy. The chapter’s vast array of recognized activities included a portfolio development workshop, Lunch on the Lawn to promote professional memberships, multiple collaborative health care events, Joplin Tornado relief efforts, Healthcare Reform debates, and more. Out of 127 schools and colleges of pharmacy in the country and over 33,000 APhA-ASP student pharmacists, the activities of our chapter deemed UMKC as the National Champion!
The vast accomplishments mentioned could not have been possible without many, many people. To each and every student pharmacist, thank you for your devotion to the chapter and more importantly to becoming effective pharmacists for your patients. To the faculty and staff of UMKC, thank you for working side-by-side with each student and providing encouragement and guidance along the way. To the remaining pharmacists and community leaders, thank you for allowing students to come into your areas of business to learn, grow, and shine. We have never been prouder to say that we are students at the UMKC School of Pharmacy.