Honoring The Past: The First Female Pharmacists


Susan Hayhurst

March is Women’s History Month. At the University of Charleston School of Pharmacy we want to mark this month by recognizing and honoring the many women  that have contributed to the success and advancement of the pharmacy profession.

According to the American Pharmacists Association (APhA), Elizabeth Gooking Greenleaf is recognized as the first female pharmacists in America. She owned an apothecary shop in Boston in 1727.  She was married to Reverend Daniel Gooking, a Harvard graduate. He was a minister, physician, and apothecary. Elizabeth was the mother of 12 children. It is believed she assisted her husband in the preparation of medicines for his patients.

Other sources credit Susan Hayhurst as the first female pharmacist in the United States. After graduating from the Woman’s Medical College of Philadelphia in 1857, Susan Hayhurst served on the College’s staff and ran its pharmaceutical department for many years. In 1883, at the age of 63, Hayhurst became the first woman to graduate from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy.

Archives at Bowling Green State University share the story of another notable female pharmacist, Ella Stewart (born in Stringtown, West Virginia). Stewart wished to attend the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Pharmacy but was met with discrimination when she was told admissions were closed. She persisted however, and although segregated from other students, she graduated with high marks passing her state exam in 1916, to become the first licensed African-American female pharmacist in Pennsylvania and one of the earliest practicing African-American female pharmacists in the country.

Today women are well represented in the profession. “The position of pharmacist is probably the most egalitarian of all U.S. professions today,” Harvard economists Claudia Goldin and Lawrence Katz wrote in a paper published in September 2012(and quoted in CNN Money, February 11, 2013). In fact, women make up slightly more than 50% of all full-time pharmacists, according to 2011 Census data. Women make up approximately 55% of the profession (CNN Money, February 11, 2014).

The success of women pharmacists today can in many ways be credited to the women in our past. These women were instrumental in not only increasing female pharmacist representation but also with advancing the profession.

Have a story about a groundbreaking female pharmacist you’d like to share or see featured on our blog in the future? Email us at: pharmacy@ucwv.edu.

Fitness Opportunities in and around the UCSOP!

Spring and sunshine make it much easier to be active and get outdoors. Walking, running, hiking, fishing, and cycling seem to be happening all around us! It seems as if everyone is buzzing with activity, And, the University of Charleston School of Pharmacy is no exception! Here at the UCSOP, we focus on fitness and wellness year-round!

Fitness Center: All UCSOP student pharmacists receive a free membership to the on-campus Morrison Fitness Center located near the Eddie King Gymnasium on our beautiful riverbank. The Fitness Center is open extended hours including early morning and late evening making it a snap to squeeze in some workout time!

Morris Fitness Center Hours:

  • Monday-Thursday 6 AM- 10 PM
  • Friday 6 AM-6 PM
  • Saturday and Sunday 12 noon- 6 PM

Free yoga and Zumba classes are also offered during the semester at the Fitness Center.

Intramural Sports: The University of Charleston offers intramural basketball, flag football, soccer, and broomball. For more information about intramural sports, please contact Grant Brinson at 304-357-4745.

Wellness Incentive: The UCSOP also offers a Wellness Incentive each semester to student pharmacists, faculty and staff. The three categories of the School of Pharmacy wellness initiative are:

  • A Biggest Loser Challenge (weekly weigh in)
  • A Weekly Challenge (fill in a weekly Google document if you participated). These weekly challenges are announced at the beginning of the semester and re-emphasized each week
  • Fitness Minutes (fill in a weekly Google document with  your total fitness minutes each Friday the previous week)

Winners of these challenges are announced at the End-of-Semester Convocation. Student pharmacists winning the challenges receive a $100 check!

Fall 2013 Wellness Incentive Fun Facts:

  • Fall semester participants accumulated 46,019 fitness minutes
  • Only 310 minutes separated fall semester’s fitness minutes student winner from the runner up (5 hours and 10 minutes over the course of twelve weeks)
  • Fall semester had 35 participants in the fitness minutes incentive and 28 participants in the weekly challenge incentive
  • A Zumbathon was held during the Fall Semester and had over 30 participants and raised nearly $200 for juvenile diabetes.
Vivian Ugboh (P2)

Vivian Ugboh (P2)

Wellness Committee: The Pharmacy Student Governance Association also has a wellness committee as a way to encourage fitness throughout the year. Wellness Chairs for 2013-14 are Ms. Vivian Ugboh and Ms. Sara Watson both representing the Class of 2016. Below are a few fun fitness tips from Vivian you might want to consider as you work toward your own fitness goals.

  • “Take care of your body, it’s the only place you have to live.”
  • “Live by making healthy choices and not by restrictions.”
  • “It’s not always about being fit, it’s about being healthy.”
  • “In Zumba there are no wrong moves, only accidental solos.”
  • “Zumba is a fabulous, fun way to dance your pounds away.”
  • “The only bad workout is the one that did not happen, every little movement counts.”

Local Fitness Studios: In addition to on-campus opportunities there are number of fitness facilities and centers off campus. Below is a list of some of the most popular work-out hang-outs in Charleston.

Fitness Tips from Ms. Jamie Bero, Director of Student Affairs, UCSOP

  • Consult with your health care provider before starting a fitness program
  • Pick something you like
  • Schedule it into your day
  • Work out for at least 30 minutes every day… work up to 60 minutes most days
  • Let others know, you’ll have a support group
  • Wear appropriate gear: shoes, sports bra, layers, etc.
  • Set goals
  • Eat a balanced diet (www.mypyramid.gov)
  • Celebrate achievements
  • Don’t  skip breakfast or other meals
  • Don’t skimp on sleep; 7-8 hours a day is recommended

    Jamie Bero, Director of Student Affairs UC SOP

    Jamie Bero, Director of Student Affairs UC SOP

There are many opportunities to get fit and be active at the University of Charleston and in the surrounding community. You may also want to check out a few parks nearby that are great for walking, running, hiking, swimming an cycling. Be sure to visit Coonskin Park (http://www.kcprc.com/coonskin_park.htm) and Kanawha State Forest (http://www.kanawhastateforest.com/). And within a few hours drive (or less) there’s white water rafting, zip lining, and canoeing as well. If you are active and love the outdoors, there are many opportunities on campus and nearby to get out and get fit!

UC SOP Road Show!

The University of Charleston School of Pharmacy Admissions Team is busy prepping for spring travel to colleges and health professions fairs in the Mid-West and Mid-Atlantic region. Check out our dates below to see if we will be coming to a town near you!

  • Purdue University Health Careers Fair on Monday, March 10, 2014
  • Indiana University Health Programs Fair on Tuesday, March 11, 2014
  • West Virginia University Health Professions Fair on Monday, March 31, 2014
  • Austin Peay State University Health Fair on Wednesday, April 2, 2014
  • Vanderbilt University Health Professions Graduate School Fair on Thursday, April 3, 2014
  • Johns Hopkins University Health Professions School Recruitment Fair on Monday, April 7, 2014
  • George Washington University Health Professions School Recruitment Fair on Tuesday, April 8, 2014
  • University of Maryland Health Professions School Recruitment Fair Wednesday, on April 9, 2014

These fairs are a great opportunity to learn more about the pharmacy profession and talk with a student affairs/admissions professional about applying to pharmacy school. Be sure to stop by and see us at one of these events coming soon!

In addition, don’t fIMG_5864orget to ASK QUESTIONS! Many recruiters from universities will be present at these events. But what should you ask a recruiter? How can you make the most of your time? Consider asking some of the following questions as you visit with admissions staff from the UC SOP and other schools of pharmacy:

  • What is the mission of your program? For example: rural health, inter-professional collaboration, etc.
  • What is the school’s passage rate for national licensure exams such as the NAPLEX?
  • How do I apply? When can I apply?
  • Is your program fully accredited?
  • What are the admission requirements?
  • What are your GPA and PCAT score requirements?
  • What prerequisite courses do your require?
  • Do you require applicants to have a Bachelor’s Degree?
  • In addition to my Pharm.D. will I receive additional certifications by attending your SOP?
  • What opportunities are there for interaction with patients in the P1 and P2 years prior to rotations?
  • What are the opportunities for inter-professional collaboration (nursing, medical and pharmacy students working as team)?
  • What opportunities are there for student pharmacists to engage in professional organizations, advocacy and community outreach?
  • What is included in the cost of tuition? For example: laptop, professional organization membership, support of travel to meetings, etc.

Have questions about the UC SOP and want answers today? Visit: www.ucwv.edu/pharmacy or call 304-357-4889 and ask for Ms. Stacie Geise.