Student Pharmacists Focus on Our Community

Contributed by: SSHP

American Pharmacists Month is a time when we as student pharmacists advocate for our profession and educate the community about services we can offer. In October, the Student Society of Health System Pharmacists (SSHP) at the University of Charleston decided that the best way to teach the community about our role, is to show them! From day care centers to a local market in Charleston, we found ways to give back to our community.

 

Our first event of the month was in collaboration with the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) and the UCSOP Class of 2020. Student pharmacists were providing blood pressure and blood glucose screenings for visitors of the Charleston Town Center during “White Coats at the Mall.” In addition to the health screenings, we provided information about diabetes, flu vs cold, and heart health!

 

 

Next, we had our first Capitol Market health fair. Each month, our SSHP chapter will go to Capitol Market to educate their customers on the disease state that is recognized nationally. During October, we focused on breast cancer. We provided blood pressure screenings, general information about breast cancer and mammography, and pink ribbons that were handmade by P3 Eirini Fallieros. Rajveer Kaur, P1, said the most meaningful part of the health fair to her was when a customer was influenced by our information about mammography and inquired about where to get testing done. “When there is early detection of breast cancer, the cure rate is much higher, and it can be found early through routine mammograms. It’s a great feeling knowing that we could have made the difference for that person.” We will continue our monthly visits to Capitol Market in November when we talk about diabetes awareness and provide blood glucose screenings.

We ended our month of community service with a young and adorable crowd! SSHP members went to the Sacred Heart Center in Charleston to teach kids that flu shots aren’t scary. Each child was given a teddy bear and a (needleless) syringe so they could give their new furry friend a fake flu shot! This was a fun way for students to teach kids the importance of getting themselves vaccinated to protect against illnesses.

We as student pharmacists are committed to public service, and there was no more satisfying way to spend our American Pharmacists Month than by giving back to the citizens of Charleston.

Sara Yagodich

President, SSHP

Class of 2019

Go Red for Women

Contributed by: UCSOP Fellows

“Go Red for Women”: Heart Disease Prevention and Awareness

Red is a color often used to show confidence and power. It draws attention. It is also a color that, in the medical field, signifies blood and the heart. In February, when we mention the color red, many people automatically think of roses, chocolates, and hearts. However, we want to get women thinking about more than just the hearts on a Valentine’s Day card – we want them to focus on their own heart health!

Heart disease is often thought to be a disease that affects primarily men – but this misconception is putting our women at risk. Nearly 500,000 women across the United States die every year from these preventable and treatable conditions, and heart disease is the number one health threat to women today. In 2003, The American Heart Association decided to take action to change this. February is National Go Red for Women month, where we place a special emphasis on heart health for women. National Wear Red Day is celebrated every first Friday in February, where women and men across the United States wear red to bring awareness to this important, life-saving issue.

The UCSOP has participated in many Wear Red days over the years as a strong supporter of heart health for women, in addition to many other successful events. On National Wear Red day in 2014, a free heart-health screening event was held in our Patient Care Clinic, in order to raise awareness and provide education in our local community. On Wear Red day in 2016, our local chapter of the Student National Pharmaceutical Association held another health fair to raise awareness in the local community. And, in February of 2016, UCSOP students organized the Run for Women’s Health 5k, which raised proceeds to be donated to a local women’s shelter.

This year, we will celebrate Go Red for Women the entire month of February. Raising awareness of the risk of heart disease among women is the first step to changing and saving the lives of women at risk. By educating the public, we hope to prevent heart disease and encourage women to remain healthy and active. Please join the UCSOP community on National Wear Red Day this year, on February 2nd, 2018. Share your pictures with #GoRedWearRed, and feel free to tag us at @UCSOP. Let’s work together to raise awareness, save lives, and Go Red!

For more information, please visit GoRedForWomen.org

UCSOP STUDENTS CONTINUE WITH GENERATION RX PRESENTATIONS AS PART OF NATIONAL MEDICATION ADHERENCE CHALLENGE

 

During February 2018, University of Charleston School of Pharmacy (UCSOP) student pharmacists will visit 25 third-grade classrooms throughout Kanawha County to deliver Generation Rx, a prescription drug misuse information and prevention program. The program, serving as a partnership between UCSOP, Kanawha County Schools (KCS) and Kanawha Communities That Care (KVCTC), will be part of UCSOP’s involvement in the 2018 National Consumers League Script Your Future Medication Adherence Team Challenge – a two-month long intercollegiate campaign where student pharmacists find creative ways to educate the public through a series of events pertaining to medication safety. 

The visit to the third-grade classrooms during the spring 2018 semester serves as a follow-up visit to the children who initially received the presentation in October 2017.

In addition, student pharmacists will be expanding upon the Generation Rx outreach program with a presentation targeted toward six pre-kindergarten classrooms throughout Kanawha County. These sessions will provide a simple, three-point presentation with a coloring page and contest. Information will also be sent home to parents on the importance of storing and disposing of medications properly.

Generation Rx is an evidence-based program developed in collaboration with the Cardinal Health Foundation, the American Pharmacists Association (APhA), and The Ohio State University School of Pharmacy. The Generation Rx curriculum is designed to increase public awareness of prescription medication abuse and medication safety. The program also encourages healthcare providers, community leaders, parents, teens, and college students to actively work to prevent abuse. 

“The messaging our student pharmacists share through Generation Rx is so important for elementary-age students,” said Dr. Susan Gardner, UCSOP’s assistant dean for professional and student affairs. “Nationwide 5,700 persons age 12 or older abuse a prescription medication every day. Reaching children early and educating them about medication safety is crucial in combatting prescription drug abuse and encouraging adherence.”

Pharmacy- 2018 Best Paying Jobs

US News & World Report

2018 Best Paying Jobs

Pharmacy

 #20 Best Paying Jobs

#23 Best Jobs in Healthcare

#45 Best 100 Jobs

This news comes as no surprise to current pharmacist and student pharmacist alike. Pharmacists are repeatedly regarded as one of the most-respected professions due to the advanced degree required and patient accessibility. Better patient accessibility allows pharmacists ability to help a significant number of people and provide healthcare information in a setting that is often more comfortable for patients.

Pharmacists wear many hats within the healthcare profession, this allows for diverse career options from research to clinical positions. With this diversity comes flexibility of schedule, it is possible to find schedule to meet your needs whether this includes shift work or the typical 9 to 5. In addition pharmacist have a lot of autonomy to manage their priorities and serve patients.

Employment of pharmacists is projected to grow 6 percent from 2016 to 2026, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Increased demand for prescription medications will lead to more demand for pharmaceutical services. The median salary is $122,230 with an unemployment rate of 2.0%.

https://money.usnews.com/careers/best-jobs/pharmacist

http://www.pharmacytimes.com/contributor/alex-barker-pharmd/2014/12/10-reasons-why-pharmacists-have-great-jobs

Script Your Future- Kick Off Campaign

The University of Charleston School of Pharmacy to Compete in National Consumers League Script Your Future Inter-Disciplinary Challenge to Improve Medication Adherence

Charleston, WV – From January 15 to March 16, 2018, an interdisciplinary student team from the University of Charleston School of Pharmacy (UCSOP), nursing, and physician assistant programs will kick off a series of community outreach activities throughout West Virginia and southern Ohio to raise awareness about the health consequences of not taking medication as directed. They will join with health professions students across the country in the 2018 National Consumers League Script Your Future: Medication Adherence Team Challenge, a two month-long inter-collegiate competition among health profession student teams and faculty for creating solutions to raise awareness about medication adherence as a critical public health issue.

Outreach activities for this year’s campaign include: community health fairs; a radio blog series; advocacy events during the West Virginia legislative session; distribution of informational flyers with patient prescriptions at surrounding Fruth Pharmacy locations; Generation Rx outreach presentations to over 25 third-grade classrooms, and more. Locations, dates and times of the activities will be posted on the UC School of Pharmacy website and on the UC School of Pharmacy blog (www.ucsopblog.com).

“As the most accessible health care professionals in our communities, pharmacists are in a unique position to educate the public about taking medication as prescribed. Not taking medications as directed can lead to other health problems, especially if you already have asthma, diabetes, or high blood pressure,” said Dr. Susan Gardner, UCSOP’s assistant dean for professional and student affairs. “For example, more than one in three medicine-related hospitalizations happen because that person did not take their medicine as directed. Not taking your medicine as directed can do more than just send you to the hospital – almost 125,000 people die every year because they did not take their medicine as directed.”

The Challenge is sponsored by the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP), the National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) Foundation, the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA), the American Pharmacists Association (APhA), and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN).

In 2017, UCSOP received the National Award for their efforts in the campaign. It was the fourth time and third consecutive year that UCSOP has been recognized with this accolade since the campaign’s conception in 2011.

To learn more about the 2018 Script your Future Medication Adherence Challenge, visit the Script Your Future website.

For more information pertaining to UCSOP events, community outreach, and academic offerings, please visit our website at http://www.ucwv.edu/Pharmacy and follow us on social media. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/UCSOP/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/UCWV

Attached is a poster with upcoming events SYFPoster

WHITE COATS AT THE MALL

Contributed by: UCSOP Class of 2020, APhA-ASP, ASHP

It is a tradition here at the University of Charleston School of Pharmacy for student pharmacists to celebrate American Pharmacist Month by advocating for the profession of pharmacy and the valuable role pharmacist play in community out reach. This year, Pharmacist students of the class of 2020 collaborated with student pharmacist organizations, APhA-ASP and ASHP to organize a health fair at the town center mall in Charleston WV.  This location was chosen because it is a place frequently visited by many individuals of different age groups, thus the best way to reach out to a lot of people.

The health fair was aimed at advocating for the professional of pharmacy and creating awareness to the general public about the various health issues facing our communities and ways to prevent or manage them.

Most individuals believe that a pharmacist only has one job dispensing medication at a community pharmacy. As fellow student pharmacists, it is our responsibility to educate the general public that the responsibility of a pharmacist goes beyond dispensing medication at a pharmacy. How do we do this? During the event, student pharmacists wearing white coats walked around the mall holding posters of health topics like diabetes and heart diseases and provided handouts on these and other disease.  In addition, student pharmacists educated the general public on the importance of taking your medication as prescribed. We also offered free blood pressure and blood glucose check to the general public.

As student pharmacist we were able to provide services to over twenty-five individuals of different age groups. As future pharmacists, individuals in our communities will be able to access us more easily than many physicians or primary care providers, so assuring them we can help them manage some diseases through organizing health fairs like this, would create a trusting relationship between pharmacists and patients.

Provider Status for Pharmacist

Several members in the University of Charleston School of Pharmacy community come from rural hometown settings. Coming from a rural background has provided each of us with unique opportunities as well as obstacles. For me personally, my hometown has one stop sign, one gas station, and the closest hospitals are forty-five minutes in either direction. The lack of access to quality health care is evident in the southern Appalachian coal fields. Diseases like diabetes, COPD, and heart disease run rampant in these areas, and I personally believe that if small communities like my own had better access to health professionals, we could possibly see a decline in these disease states. What makes my hometown unique is that we have four pharmacies serving our community. If pharmacists could obtain provider status, communities like mine would have so many new opportunities to improve their health outcomes. After all, the wellbeing of our patients is the main concern for all health care providers.

Pharmacists are unique in the healthcare field because we have extensive medication knowledge. We know how medications work, how they interact, and what to keep an eye on in our patients. Pharmacy schools are now training students to have more clinical backgrounds which can mean wonders for overall patient care. We are being taught to read labs, perform more tests, give more immunizations, acquire deeper understandings of disease states, and yes spend more hours with our noses in our books. Because of this, we are an incredibly underutilized resource for managing several disease states. Patients managing diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, coagulation therapy, etc. that undergo frequent medication adjustments would benefit greatly from someone with our medical expertise. We would not only be able to ensure that our patients were receiving the correct medication at the correct dosage, we would also be able to help lighten the burden on the already overworked providers. It’s easy to see that we are experiencing a major decline in primary care providers which is only adding further burden on our emergency rooms, doctors’ offices, and worst of all, our patients.

In conclusion, allowing pharmacists to obtain provider status would not only benefit other health care providers, but it would also provide more accessible healthcare for our patients. Through this, we can add another crucial resource for managing common disease states and in return improve health outcomes as well as remove some of the load on our surrounding hospitals and doctors’ offices. It is for all the afore mentioned reasons that I, as well as many other students who share my background, are so passionate about this next step in the profession of pharmacy. We took an oath to serve our patients and our communities and this would allow us to better fulfill that responsibility.

 

Contributor: Danielle Hoff

Preparing to Practice in an Interprofessional Team

In 2010, the World Health Organization published, “Framework for Action on Interprofessional Education & Collaborative Practice.”  This document lists several key messages.  Among them are the following:

  • The World Health Organization (WHO) and its partners recognize interprofessional collaboration in education and practice as an innovative strategy that will play an important role in mitigating the global health workforce crisis.
  • A collaborative practice-ready health worker is someone who has learned how to work in an interprofessional team and is competent to do so.

The University of Charleston has received these key messages loud and clear.  Current Physician’s Assistant and Pharmacy students are practicing as members of an interprofessional team.

The aging of the American population steadily increases the need for physicians.  The Association of American Medical Colleges estimates that by 2030 the United States will be short 100,000 physicians.  These numbers can seem overwhelming.  Interprofessional teamwork is one strategy to relieve this shortage.  Delegation of tasks can decrease the need for physicians by increasing the role of other team members.  Both physician’s assistants and pharmacists, in different ways, take on parts of a physician’s workload.  Pharmacists in ambulatory care settings often manage medication adjustments in chronic disease states like diabetes.  This practice model not only mitigates the provider shortage but also leads to better patient outcomes.

Prior to beginning their final year of schooling at University of Charleston, PA and pharmacy students participate in an Interprofessional experience.  The course involves actors as “patients.”  Students are expected to interact with the patient, diagnose, develop a plan for treatment, and educate the patient.  The process teaches both disciplines to communicate with other healthcare professionals and patients.

Beyond the clinical lessons, the experience often results in newfound respect for the other profession.  Building relationships and learning to collaborate are “soft skills” that young professionals will need in the work force.  University of Charleston students will enter the work force prepared to address healthcare shortages and improve patient outcomes through collaboration within an interprofessional team.

 

 

 

References:

Framework For Action On Interprofessional Education & Collaborative Practice. Geneva, Switzerland: WHO Press; 2010. http://www.who.int/hrh/resources/framework_action/en/ Accessed November 29, 2017.

Mann S. New Research Shows Shortage of More than 100,000 Doctors by 2030. Newsaamcorg. 2017. Available at: https://news.aamc.org/medical-education/article/new-aamc-research-reaffirms-looming-physician-shor/. Accessed November 30, 2017.

 

Contributed by: Leila Fleming, Pharmacy Fellow, Class of 2019

Teddy Bear Flu Clinic

On Monday, October 23rd and Friday, October 27th, 2017, two groups of student pharmacists from the University of Charleston School of Pharmacy volunteered at Sacred Heart Daycare Center, in Charleston, WV.  The event, the Teddy Bear Flu Clinic, allowed student pharmacists to pass out teddy bears to students ranging from ages 5 – 12 years old, to show them that getting the flu shot is not scary.   The student pharmacists explained to the children that flu shots are nothing to be afraid of, and, in fact, they are important to get every year.  The student pharmacists allowed the children to draw back a syringe (without a needle) and give their teddy bear a “flu shot.”  After each child gave their bear a shot, the student pharmacists helped fill out “prescriptions” for the bears, indicating what kind of love and care the bear would need afterward.  The children were very enthusiastic and enjoyed learning about flu shots and why they are so important.  In fact, many of the children were excited to go get their flu shot next!

This event showed that student pharmacists are always willing to give their time back to their community.  With pharmacists being more accessible than any other healthcare professional, it shows the importance of their vaccination privileges.  As of right now, pharmacists in West Virginia have the ability to prescribe and administer vaccines, but are limited by an age restriction of 18 years or older.  It is important for us continue to support pharmacists in gaining more vaccination privileges.

We would like to thank the Student Society of Health-Systems Pharmacy (SSHP) for organizing this event as well as providing the teddy bears and certificates.  Additional thanks are extended towards Sacred Heart Daycare for allowing us to come teach your children about influenza vaccinations and the importance to getting vaccines.

The Life and Legacy of Louis Pasteur

One of the most notable figures in the development of vaccines is Louis Pasteur. Pasteur was born on December 27, 1822 in Dole, France. During his life, Pasteur excelled as a chemist, a biologist, and a microbiologist and is remembered for his discovery of pasteurization, his efforts toward the understanding of microbial fermentation, and his initial administration of the rabies vaccine. In his early years, Pasteur was only considered an average student, and his main interests included drawing and painting. He earned both a bachelor of arts degree and a bachelor of sciences degree from the Royal College of Besançon. He also earned a doctorate degree in 1847 from the École Normale in Paris. Following several years of teaching and researching, Pasteur became a professor of chemistry at the University of Strasbourg. It was here that he met his wife, Marie Laurent, who he went on to have five children with.

Pasteur’s first major contribution to the field of chemistry concerned his study of tartaric acid. Based on the way that light was rotated as it passed through a solution of dissolved tartaric acid, Pasteur was able to propose what is now accepted as the concept of molecular chirality, as well as make the first true explanation of isomerism. Later on in 1854, Pasteur was appointed professor of chemistry and dean of the science faculty at the University of Lille. It was here that he worked on addressing the common problems with the manufacture of alcoholic drinks. Using the germ theory which had already been established, Pasteur was able to expand pre-existing concepts in order to demonstrate that organisms like bacteria were responsible for souring beer, wine, and milk. He was responsible for establishing a process by which bacteria could be removed by first boiling and then cooling the liquid. This first test was completed on April 20, 1862, and the process today is known as pasteurization. Moving onto vaccines, Pasteur made his first major discovery in this field in 1879, with a disease known as chicken cholera. In this experiment, chickens were inoculated with an attenuated culture of chicken cholera germs. The chickens survived and when Pasteur inoculated them with a virulent strain, they demonstrated immunity to the disease. Beyond this, Pasteur extended the germ theory in order to develop causes and vaccinations for several other diseases like anthrax, cholera, smallpox, and tuberculosis.

Following his success with previous vaccinations and his acceptance into the Académie Française in 1882, Pasteur began to focus his efforts on the issue of rabies. On July 6, 1885, Pasteur vaccinated Joseph Meister, a 9-year-old boy who had been bitten by a rabid dog and who would have otherwise been doomed to a near-unavoidable death. The vaccine ended up saving Meister’s life and Pasteur was hailed as a hero. It was this event that sparked interest among the public to begin a fundraising campaign in order to construct the Pasteur Institute. Fundraising began in 1887 with several countries donating to the cause. The institute was inaugurated on November 14, 1888 and served as a center of scientific research and development. After 1891, the Pasteur Institute began to extend to several more countries, and there are currently 32 institutes spanning 29 countries. Besides the many individuals saved by his research on vaccines, Pasteur’s contributions continue to benefit both the medical and pharmaceutical fields as a whole.

References:

Stern, M. A., & Markel, H. (2005). The History of Vaccines and Immunization: Familiar Patterns, New Challenges. Health Affairs, 24(3), 611-621.

Ulmann, A. (2017). Louis Pasteur: French Chemist and Microbiologist. In Encyclopedia Britannica. Retrieved from https://www.britannica.com/biography/Louis-Pasteur