St. John’s University, College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Two membership drives were held throughout the academic year. One was held on September 16, 2013 and the other was held on March 25, 2014. E-board members and our faculty advisor introduced students to health-system pharmacy and different areas of clinical pharmacy practice. Students were recruited to join the Student Society of Health-System Pharmacy, the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, and the New York State Council of Health-System Pharmacists. A list of membership benefits for the latter two professional organizations was provided.
Clinical Skills Competition
The Clinical Skills Competition was held on October 2, 2013. The student society was in charge of promoting participation amongst the student body and renting out a venue for the event. A total of 8 teams participated. The winning team, Michael Cronin and James Schurr, traveled to the 48th Annual ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting in Orlando, FL to compete on a national level. The Pharmacy Residency Showcase was held on October 4, 2013. Residency program directors, preceptors, and pharmacy residents from a total of 30 programs were present. Pharmacy students were encouraged to attend, learn about each program, and ask questions regarding residency training and how to become a strong candidate.
Our first health-system speaker event was held on November 12, 2013. The event featured an overview of what to expect from Midyear and PhORCAS from two PGY-1 pharmacy residents from Long Island Jewish Medical Center, Jaclyn Scott, PharmD and Eric La, PharmD. The other half of our event featured tips on how to create an effective CV from a clinical faculty member, Priti Patel, PharmD, BCPS.
Our second health-system speaker event was held on April 14, 2014. The event was entitled “what is a pharmacy residency and why should you pursue one?”. We invited two PGY-2 solid organ transplant pharmacy residents from New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Alesa Courson, PharmD. and Nicole Nesselhauf, PharmD. They answered many questions from students regarding residency training, different clinical rotations, work-life balance, various clinical pharmacy specialties, post-residency job outlook, and how to become a strong residency candidate.
Professional Development Project
On April 29, 2014, pharmacy students attended Pharmacy Lobby Day in Albany, NY. Students lobbied with assembly members and senators regarding important issues affecting pharmacy practice in New York State: fair generic pricing, anti-mandatory mail order, immunization expansion, and collaborative drug therapy management. Students were notified of vital talking points ahead of time, so that they had an opportunity to properly prepare themselves before arriving in Albany. This experience was in line with the ASHP Strategic Plan, namely providing professional development, advancing pharmacy practice, and advocating for laws, regulations, and standards to improve patient care.