Spotlight: Quyen Dau

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Quyen Dau of Sugar Land, Texas, has strong academic performance, leadership, teaching experience and research in pharmacy education that sets her apart from other students.

She graduated on May 23 summa cum laude with distinction attaining a perfect 4.0. The college awarded Dau on May 20 at the College Awards with the Dean’s Academic Achievement Award, recognizing the student in the graduating class with the highest grade point average, an accolade she shares with fellow graduate Allison Bryce of Pleasanton, Texas.

She received her Bachelor of Science degree in biology and psychology from Baylor University in Waco, Texas. Dau chose to attend Texas A&M Rangel College of Pharmacy because of its vision to provide health care to underserved areas, particularly in South Texas.

Her greatest achievement during her pharmacy education was serving as president of the Gamma Omega honor society chapter of Rho Chi which gives professional recognition in the field of pharmacy to students for academic excellence.

Dau was chosen by her peers for the Rho Chi Award, conveying that she reached excellence in intellectual achievement, fostered fellowship among its members, embodied high standards of conduct and character, and advocated critical inquiry in all aspects of pharmacy. The current president of the chapter, third-year professional student pharmacist Chelsea Krueger, presented the award to her at the College Awards.

Dau accepted a national award at the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) 2013 Midyear National meeting in December 2013 from The Rho Chi Society where Gamma Omega was selected as the most improved chapter of the national organization – one of the highest recognitions from the society. The Rho Chi chapter members revitalized tutoring, promoted pharmacy advocacy, coordinated mock interviews, created academic challenge games, and offered service to the community.

As part of Rho Chi’s tutoring initiative, Dau led review courses in kinetics and drug action attracting more than 25 students each session. She spent a considerable amount of time tutoring students individually. Collaborating with two other classmates, she organized monthly educational events related to clinical pharmacy topics including how to navigate through the CHEST guidelines (a comprehensive list of clinical conditions), updates on new lipid guidelines, and hosted a practice session for the American College of Clinical Pharmacy clinical competition.

“My involvement in student organizations transformed me into the person that I am today allowing me to build professional character and values,” Dau said. Her goal as a student leader was to inspire others to learn more and do more in pharmacy leadership.

Quyen traveled to many state and national professional meetings where she was motivated to be more involved in pharmacy leadership and inspired to pursue academic excellence.

She was a recipient of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy Walmart Scholars Scholarship, Texas A&M University P.A. Ward College of Medicine Scholarship for academic excellence, and Walmart Scholarship.

“What I cherished the most during my time at the Texas A&M Rangel College of Pharmacy was the high level of student involvement,” Dau said. “The pharmacy administration values the opinions of the students and takes into consideration their feedback.”

Dau worked closely with Charles Douglas, Ph.D., MBA, assistant professor of pharmaceutical sciences, writing educational objectives, developing and presenting lectures, preparing exam questions to assess student learning, and research in pharmacy education.

“Quyen has an interest in educational research and has an expansive view of the pharmacy profession’s ability to improve patient outcomes,” said Douglas, who served as her Walmart Scholar mentor in her third year. “Collaborating with a family physician, Quyen’s independent study project trained pharmacy interns to work with physicians in an outpatient clinic. Her goal was to demonstrate the educational benefits of adding this experience to the pharmacy curriculum.”

Dau presented a poster “Integrating MTM by Pharmacist Interns in an Outpatient Clinic” on December 2013 at the ASHP 2013 Midyear Clinical Meeting in Orlando, Fla.

In summer 2014, Dau interned at the Michael DeBakey Veterans Affairs Hospital in Houston in the Veterans Affairs Learning Opportunity Residency (VALOR) program that is designed to attract academically successful students of doctorate of pharmacy programs to work at a Veterans Affairs facility.

Dau’s professional interests include academia, ambulatory care, cardiology and infectious diseases. Dau received a postgraduate year one residency position at CHI St. Luke’s Health Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center in Houston, Texas. She hopes to pursue a postgraduate year two in cardiology, infectious diseases or solid organ transplant.