By KK VOUTHY | UMKC 2013 Pharm.D. Candidate
UMKC Student pharmacists jumped into action before the fall semester started in mid-August. The year began with a collaborative effort between the medical, dental , and nursing school for an event called “Lunch on the Lawn.” Students on the Health Sciences campus came together for an opportunity to learn about respective disciplines located on the Hospital Hill. Various organizations from the three schools had an opportunity to show case and recruit new members.
In October, student pharmacists from both campuses participated in the Script Your Future Campaign to spread awareness regarding the dangers of not taking medications properly. The APhA-ASP chapter published a public service announcement in the Kansas City Star newspaper about American Pharmacist month and promoting medication adherence.
Numerous activities helped launch the event in conjunction with the American Pharmacist Month Celebration on October 3. A reception was held for pharmacy faculty, staff, and students. UMKC and Columbia campuses both held multiple health fairs at the local farmer’s market to offer patient care screenings such as blood glucose testing and blood pressure measurements. Patients were also educated on medication compliance and proper drug disposal methods for unused, unwanted medications.
In the same month, students volunteered at the Kansas City CROP walk to distributed water for walkers. UMKC students educated over 300 walkers about medication compliance.
In November, fourth year student pharmacists assisted at the annual UMKC Healthy for Life Employee Health Fair. Student gave flu shots, took blood pressures, and performed blood glucose testing for faculty and staff. The experience gave students the opportunity to apply their class room knowledge to the real world.
Most recently, the national pharmacy leadership society, Phi Lambda Sigma teamed up with UMKC APhA-ASP to offer student pharmacists the opportunity to improve upon their interviewing skills and sharpen their curriculum vitae.
As the semester comes toward an end, students get a week break for Thanksgiving to catch up on family, work, and rest. When they return, it will be time for finals and preparation for the coming new year. Until the next time, on behalf of all student pharmacists at UMKC, we appreciate all the support from the Missouri Pharmacy community.