Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science – College of Pharmacy
In the beginning of the fall quarter, RFUMS-ICHP-SSHP hosted a booth at the annual student activities fair to briefly promote membership, especially to the new incoming pharmacy class. Several of our executive board members showcased a poster board with all of our highlighted activities, spoke to prospective students, and provided general information handouts.
Clinical Skills Competition
With the help of our chapter advisors, RFUMS-ICHP-SSHP successfully organized our very first Clinical Skills Competition. The recruitment was a success and a total of 8 teams participated in the local preliminary round. There were a total of 7 judges that consisted of faculty from the College of Pharmacy and practicing health system pharmacists in our surrounding community. Our winning team, RaeAnn Hirschy and Jennifer Rispens, later participated at the national clinical skills competition in Orlando, Florida at the 2013 ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting.
Dr. Hina Patel, Pharm.D. came to our campus to speak to our students about her career path as a pharmacist, the importance of being an active member of an organization, and how she found her interest in hospital pharmacy. Our second guest speaker was Scott Meyers, ICHP Executive Vice President who gave a very detailed introduction on the overall structure of legislative day, how bills are passed, and what specific bills are currently important to the profession of pharmacy. Stan Kent was our last speaker and he provided an introduction to PPMI, its impact on the profession of pharmacy, and how students can support this initiative.
Four residents representing both PGY-1 and PGY-2, came from the Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center to speak to our students about residencies. They provided insight to their specific journey to obtaining a residency. Additionally, they shared their personal perspectives on the application process. Lastly, they discussed why they chose to pursue this pathway and entertained student questions about the pathway to residency and their overall experiences.
Professional Development Project
Waukegan Women’s Health Fair
ICHP-SSHP members participated in a clinical screening event at the Waukegan Public Library for Poison Prevention month. At this event, SSHP members were able to volunteer in an underserved area in our local community, and could educate a number of patients about heart health and poison prevention. Some of the students provided clinical screenings while others educated patients about abnormal values and referred them to local free health clinics for follow-up. A poster and various educational tools to promote poison prevention were handed out to parents with small children.
American Diabetes Expo
The RFUMS-ICHP-SSHP chapter volunteered at the American Diabetes Expo in Chicago, IL. Students performed clinical screenings and provided education to approximately 300 patients. Services provided included blood pressure screenings, pharmacy services promotion, and diet and lifestyle modification education. These services were conducted by student volunteers while being supervised by a number of faculty members from the College of Pharmacy.