Students In Action

SSHP students win at TSHP conference

Student pharmacists received premier awards at the annual Texas Society of Health-System Pharmacists (TSHP) meeting April 26-28 in Austin.  Jesse Castillo from Fort Worth, Texas, and Martin Strait from Fairport, N.Y., both fourth-year student pharmacists, won first place against more than 70 teams in the Clinical Skills Competition. The competition included addressing a patient case with multiple health problems. The students were given two hours to address the case in writing, and on the second day the students defended their decision orally.  Madeline King, fourth-year student pharmacist from La Porte, Texas, won first place in the Disease State Management competition and Nola Finke, Pharm.D., Class of 2013, from Bryan, Texas, received honorable mention. King and Finke were presented with a patient with a chronic illness. The students were given an agreement with a physician to adjust medications to help the patient. They counseled the patient and composed their response for judging. Texas A&M Rangel College of Pharmacy Student Society of Health-System Pharmacy (SSHP) had 29 students in attendance, 11 two-person teams participated in the Clinical Skills Competition and 10 individual students participated in the Disease State Management Competition. Twelve students presented a poster describing their research work. The Antibiotic Awareness and Immunizations Committee of the SSHP chapter was awarded the Innovation Award. Castillo, King and Purvi Patel of Hamilton, Texas, all fourth-year student pharmacists, received TSHP scholarships. The SSHP chapter president, Regina Roy, fourth-year student pharmacist of Dallas, was installed as chair of the Student Section Executive Committee (SSEC) of TSHP. Jacob George, third-year student pharmacist, and Justin Shanks, second-year student pharmacist, were also installed as members of the SSEC.


Students in ActionStudents serve Kleberg County employees

Student pharmacists provided a valuable health care service to more than 90 Kleberg County employees May 3 at the first Kleberg County Health Fair at Dick Kleberg Park in Kingsville, Texas. Kleberg County employees and their families discussed a variety of adult and pediatric health topics with student pharmacists at health education booths. Students performed blood pressure screenings and medication consultations. The Honorable Juan Escobar, Kleberg County judge, said students were competent and professional. In addition, he said it was good for employees to know about their health and medications for prevention. The county plans to do it again next year and expand to include the entire county. The health fair was organized by Kleberg County and the Texas A&M Rangel College of Pharmacy students and faculty, and sponsored by Phil Esquivel and Associates.


SSHP shares medication safety with seniors

SSHP provided medication safety information to senior residents on April 26 using the medication use safety training for seniors program provided by the National Council on Patient Information and Education at the City of Corpus Christi Garden Senior Center. Members of the Garden Senior Center asking questions during the Medication Use Safety Training program provided by now third-year professional pharmacy students, Kyle Parker, Helen Cantu, Katie Taylor and Allison Bryce. There were 50 seniors in attendance, and in addition to the MUST program, the seniors participated in the following screening tests: HgbA1c, total cholesterol, BP and BG.  


Students in ActionStudents participate in drug dependencies conference

Bree Watzak, Pharm.D., assistant professor of pharmacy practice, attended the University of Utah School on Alcoholism and other Drug Dependencies, an APhA-sponsored conference, with three third-year professional pharmacy students, Nicole Garza, Annie Lozano and Jessica Schneider, in June 2013 in Salt Lake City, Utah.  Watzak was on the advisory council for the pharmacy section. Garza represented the college as one of only two students in the country awarded the APhA Ronald L. Williams Memorial Fund: Supporting Student Education on Alcoholism and Other Drug Dependencies. The award was sponsored by APhA and the APhA Academy of Pharmacy Practice and Management Pain, Palliative Care and Addiction Special Interest Group.


Students in ActionFourth-year student takes second in TPA statewide patient counseling 

Three fourth-year professional pharmacy students competed on July 26 in the statewide patient counseling competition at the Texas Pharmacy Association Conference & Expo in Frisco, Texas. Texas A&M Rangel College of Pharmacy state finalists were Divya Manavalan of Houston, Madeline King of La Porte, Texas, and Amber Bacak of Lake Jackson, Texas. Manavalan placed second in the statewide patient counseling program. “It was such an honor to represent our school,” she said.


Conference honors SNPhA in Top 9 in nation

The Texas A&M Rangel College of Pharmacy Student National Pharmaceutical Association (SNPhA) brought home more than $6,800 in scholarships and awards and were honored in the Top 9 organizations in the nation. At the National Pharmacy Association opening session July 27 in New Orleans, third-year professional pharmacy student Meghan Dorosk of Houston received the $2,000 Kroger Co. Endowed Scholarship and fourth-year professional pharmacy student Sarah Shanks of Spring, Texas, received $1,000 for the Dr. Horace & Ethel Bynum Endowed Scholarship. The chapter president, fourth-year professional pharmacy student Purvi Patel of Hamilton, Texas, received $1,000 for the J.B. Hills Chapter President of the Year award, $2,000 for the Wal-Mart-National Pharmacy Association Future Leaders in Pharmacy award, and Wal-Mart covered her conference registration fee. 


Students in ActionArea students participate in workshop

The Coastal Bend Health Education Center-Texas A&M Health Science Center sponsored the Health Careers Discovery Camp 2013 at the Texas A&M Rangel College of Pharmacy on June 12-14.  More than 30 students in the seventh and eighth grades from 15 surrounding middle and high schools participated in 13 hands-on workshops facilitated by health care professionals from the Texas A&M Rangel College of Pharmacy, Coastal Bend Health Education Center, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, Del Mar College, CHRISTUS Spohn, Kindred Hospital and HCA.  Students competed on a comprehensive assessment that tested the knowledge they acquired over the course of the camp. The student with the top score won a $50 Barnes and Noble gift card; second place won a $25 B&N gift card, and third place won a $15 B&N gift card. More than 85 families attended the camp closing ceremony and reception Thursday. During the closing ceremony, a slide show highlighting the camp’s activities was displayed, and winners of the competition were awarded their prizes.  Each student who participated in the camp received a certificate of achievement.