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D'Youville College of Pharmacy

D'Youville College of Pharmacy

Buffalo, NY

Professional Development Project

What was your professional development project? 
This year the D'Youville College of Pharmacy SSHP organized a Trick or Treating community medication safety event. The purpose of this event was to educate parents and their children on medication safety practices through various interactive activities.

Which ASHP Strategic Plan priority and goal(s) did the project support? 
The event focused on the pharmacists’ knowledge about medication safety practices and their role in educating the public. By talking with patients our SSHP enhanced the public image of pharmacy and promoted patient safety. Our event was designed having in mind ASHP’s Strategic Goal 1, Our Patients and Their Care:, which is to Improve the Health and Well-being of Patients by Optimizing Medication Therapy Outcomes Across the Continuum of Care.

When was the project held?
The project was held October 27th, 2019 and has been an initiative we have consistently pursued for the past four years. We intend to continue holding this event and optimizing the reach and content for our patients.

Describe the impact of this project.
This past year we impacted 75 patients, by combining fun with medication safety. Although the event is recurrent, the materials are updated on a yearly basis to ensure we provide the most accurate and updated information for our patients. We hope to continue to expand the number of attendees and grow our community impact every year.

What advice do you have for other SSHPs interested in holding similar events?
Our advice is to other chapters is to take advantage of the opportunity to make the event as fun as possible. Think outside the box and stay creative with your approach to the project. In our experience children will typically stay more focused and retain the information better if they are having fun and are involved in hands-on activities.

About This SSHP
The D'Youville College of Pharmacy SSHP is an official ASHP Recognized society with 30 active members.

ASHP-SSHP Liaisons
SSHP President: Stephan Olson
ASHP-SSHP Student Liaison: Stephan Olson 
Faculty Advisor: Emma Studlack

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