WVU Pharmacy students receive national and regional honors

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Have a question about improving and managing your health? Just ask students from the West Virginia University School of Pharmacy.

Two student organizations at WVU proved that they are experts in educating and raising awareness in the community about certain disease states and health management, as well as working with other healthcare professionals, by earning accolades during the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) and the Rho Chi pharmaceutical honor society meetings in San Antonio, Texas.

The WVU School of Pharmacy chapter of the American Pharmacists Association-Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP) won two regional awards for educating the community about diabetes, diabetes management and the importance of obtaining vaccinations through the 2008 Operation Diabetes and Operation Immunization campaigns.

The APhA-ASP students also won a national award in recognition of their local chapter work. The award recognized the chapter for attracting 90 percent or greater of eligible members to join. Only 11 chapters of the approximately 110 chapters at schools of pharmacy across the nation received this award.

The Alpha Mu chapter of the Rho Chi pharmaceutical honor society received the national 2009 Chapter Project Proposal Award. Their proposal, “Developing a Co-curricular Learning Experience at the West Virginia University School of Pharmacy,” provided a detailed plan of action to develop programs and activities that support the mission and vision of the Rho Chi society – to encourage and recognize excellence in intellectual achievement and foster fellowship among its members.

 “Our pharmacy students dedicated countless hours to these educational outreach projects,” said Patricia Chase, Ph.D., dean of the WVU School of Pharmacy. “We are honored to have received these regional and national awards just for doing what we do in our profession – improving the health and lives of our community members.”

For information about the WVU School of Pharmacy see www.hsc.wvu.edu/sop/.




For more information:
Amy Newton, School of Pharmacy, 304-293-7192
bv: 06-26-09

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