Western New England University College of Pharmacy
Members from our student society attended a College of Pharmacy organization fair prior to our membership drive. This fair enabled us to communicate the benefits of SSHP/ASHP membership to incoming P1 students. We presented them with informational handouts and various pieces of swag. At our first general body meeting, potential members were encouraged to attend. Here, current members discussed how SSHP/ASHP membership helped them gain interest and excel in various internships and scholastic opportunities. We then held our membership drive in late September, piloting the ASHP bulk online membership system throughout the process. This enabled to seamlessly register 127 members, as compared to our 93 members last academic year.
Clinical Skills Development
ASHP Grant funds enabled us to provide refreshments and necessary materials for our local level Clinical Skills Competition hosted at our school. We campaigned through emails and posters, and incentivized participation by providing free registration to the ASHP Midyear meeting to the winners of our competition. We successfully had 11 teams participate in the competition, and three judges volunteered their time to judge the competition.
Our student society was honored to have guest speaker Dr. Robert Moura from the ASHP Leadership Bureau. The Grant funds enabled us to provide refreshments during the meeting for the speaker and attendees. Dr. Moura talked to our student society regarding his administrative role in hospital pharmacy as a pharmacy director. He explained his path and offered advice to our members seeking careers in various capacities of hospital pharmacy.
Our student society successfully hosted our first alumni residency panel in the fall of 2015. This was a very exciting endeavor for our student society, as we are not only a newer SSHP chapter, but this panel was composed of current PGY-1 residents and members of our college of pharmacy's first graduating class. The panel members were diverse in their experiences, and consisted of residents in both community and hospital residencies. Grant funds enabled us to provide refreshments for the panel and attendees, and allowed us to compensate the panel members for their travel and efforts. The panel was composed in a fishbowl question and answer style, allowing for the attendees’ specific questions regarding the residency process to be addressed.
Professional Development Project
College of Pharmacy Integrative Health Fair
The ASHP strategic plan explains the vision and mission of the organization to promote effective and safe medication use, and help all people achieve optimal health outcomes. Grant funds enabled us to purchase the educational materials necessary to successfully hold our second annual College of Pharmacy Integrative Health Fair. We were able to collaborate with various student pharmacist organizations and provide educational information to the general public on medication adherence, prescription misuse, immunizations, and other pharmacy based healthcare initiatives.