D’Youville College School of Pharmacy
Our membership drive was held at the P1 student orientation in August. We had a table set up with information about our organization and got students excited to attend our first meeting of the year where we explained what the organization was and the activities that we do throughout the year. The membership drive itself included a video of the activities we completed last year to give students ideas of how they could get involved. During this drive we recruited 57 members to our SSHP, 12 members to our state/regional affiliate, and 10 students to become members of ASHP.
Clinical Skills Competition
On October 23, D’Youville College School of Pharmacy held our Clinical Skills Competition with financial support from our regional affiliate, WNYSHP. Our winning team received funding from our school to participate in the national competition at the ASHP Midyear meeting in Orlando. The SSHP was involved in the organization of this event. We helped to coordinate the time and room availability. We also advertised the competition to our fellow peers to recruit as many teams to compete as possible.
On November 20th, we had the privilege of hearing a local PGY1 resident, Lindsay Morris talk to us about how to prepare for the Midyear Clinical Meeting and what to expect from a residency. Our chapter enjoyed hearing her speak on this topic. As a fairly new school we haven’t experienced many Midyear meetings so it was quite beneficial to hear her insights. On April 17th, our second speaker was Ashley Dorward, a PGY2 resident, who spoke about PPMI and how she they are implementing it in her facility.
Our residency information session was held on April 22nd. We had four local residents come in to participate in a residency round table event. The event started with the residents giving an overview of a day in the life of a resident which spiked questions from the chapter. The event then took more of an interactive, conversation role where our students were able to uncandidly ask their burning questions about residency.
Professional Development Project
Medication Outcomes Optimization Project
Our student pharmacists were particularly attracted to the first ASHP strategic goal of optimizing patients’ medication outcomes in and across all settings of care. With our Patient Medication Cards, we aimed to not only get patients to be more aware of their medications but also to improve their level of care in case of an emergency. DYCSoP SSHP faculty advisors helped students create bilingual medication cards to include information such as current medication lists, current diagnoses, blood pressure readings, allergies and emergency contacts to be distributed at organized clinics in nearby community pharmacy settings. Pharmacy students and faculty members contacted multiple independent and chain pharmacies near our campus to ask for their willingness to participate in our clinics. The pharmacies that served as clinic sites agreed to let us set up a table near their patient care area with our medication cards, information pamphlets, blood pressure screenings, and a counseling station where student explained the importance of keeping the cards up to date.