University of Arizona College of Pharmacy
Membership efforts for the Arizona Student Society of Health-System Pharmacy included a Fall membership drive in which the student society partnered with APhA, AzPA and NCPA to offer discounted membership for all four organizations. In order to introduce the incoming class to the benefits of membership in ASHP and the state affiliate, Health-System Academy, the student society hosted a lunch meeting featuring a panel of pharmacists from our ASHP state affiliate, the AzPA-Health System Academy, in which they discussed their experience with the two organizations. Grant funds were used to provide refreshments for our panelists and attendees. Membership efforts continued with a Spring membership drive geared towards our P3 students so as to make the process of renewing their membership in the Fall, the time in which they are on rotations, easier.
The student society hosted monthly meetings featuring guest speakers involved in health-system pharmacy. Notable presentations included a residency talk by the PGY1 Residency Director for our teaching hospital, Banner-University Medical Center, a question and answer session with the Associate Vice President of Pharmacy Services for Scottsdale Lincoln Health Network, and a lunch meeting featuring a panel of P4 students having recently received acceptance into PGY1 residency programs.
The student society worked with our experiential coordinator for rotations to set up a residency showcase for our P3 students in order to help prepare for the residency showcase at ASHP’s Midyear. Residency directors and current residents from across the state of Arizona came and offered guidance, resources and networking opportunities to these students to give them a valuable perspective on the process of applying to residency programs.
Professional Development Project
Interprofessional Clinical Skills Competition
The student society organized an interprofessional competition that featured contestants from the University of Arizonalsquo;s Colleges of Medicine, Nursing, Public Health and Pharmacy. Teams were organized to include a member from each college into one of six groups, which then had to work together to answer healthcare-related questions in a Jeopardy!-style format. The questions were designed and judged by faculty affiliated with our teaching hospital’s Interprofessional Education and Practice Committee. Through this event, we hoped to promote the fifth goal of the section “Our Members and Partners” outlined in ASHP’s Strategic Plan. We combined this event with a silent auction featuring donated items such as a basketball signed by the University of Arizona Men's Basketball players and head coach and other donated items from different College of Pharmacy organizations. Grant funds were used to provide refreshments and gifts for our contestants and judges, and to help fund some of the prize money given to the winning team.
PPMI Educational Lunch Meeting
The student society held a PPMI meeting featuring the head of our Department of Pharmacy Practice, Dr. Brian Erstad, in order to promote professional development at our college. In addition to his administrative role at the college and clinical role as program director for the PGY2 critical care pharmacy residency at Banner-University Medical Center, Dr. Erstad has served on numerous boards for different pharmacy organizations and has made major contributions to the development of different drug guidelines with the Food and Drug Administration. During our meeting, student groups were assigned a goal listed in ASHP’s PPMI national dashboard and worked in groups to come to a consensus on why or why not they agreed with the goal. Dr. Erstad then highlighted the importance of PPMI and how pharmacists can incorporate ASHP’s resources on PPMI into their own clinical practice.