WVU Pharmacy students receive national and regional honors

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - West Virginia University School of Pharmacy (SoP) students received four awards during the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) convention in San Diego. The students are part of the APhA Academy of Students of Pharmacy (ASP).

The students won a regional award for educating the community about diabetes through the 2007 Operation Diabetes campaign. They worked with children and the elderly in rural and low-income areas. Students performed blood glucose screenings, conducted health fairs for seniors and children, held low-sugar bake sales and provided beginning exercise kits and cookbooks to various diabetes clinics.

Also rating a regional award was the 2007 Operation Immunization campaign. In this effort, students wrote letters to the West Virginia Legislature advocating that pharmacists be allowed to administer vaccines. The students also attended health fairs and expos, and they worked with the WVU Student Health Services’ flu clinics during National Influenza Vaccination Week.

The students also won two national awards for their local chapter work. The first award recognized the chapter for attracting 90 percent or greater of eligible members to join. Only 10 chapters of the approximately 101 nationwide chapters at schools of pharmacy across the nation received this award.

The second award recognized the chapter as a First Runner Up for schools with enrollment of at least 350 students. The award recognized the chapter for overall achievement in its activities. 

For more information about the WVU School of Pharmacy, visit www.hsc.wvu.edu/sop/.

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For more information:
Amy Newton, School of Pharmacy, (304) 293-7192
an: 05-20-08

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