Pharmacy Students Attend ASHP Midyear Meeting
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Pharmacy Students Attend ASHP Midyear Meeting

December 19, 2017

About 20 student pharmacists from the PCOM School of Pharmacy attended the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) Midyear Clinical Meeting in Orlando last week. This meeting attracts more than 25,000 pharmacy professionals from all over the world and provides opportunities for professional development, networking, enhancing practice skills and staying current with the latest products and innovations. In addition, the ASHP Residency Showcase allows students to meet with representatives from pharmacy-based post-graduate residency programs across the United States.  

Seven fourth-year students shared presentations, in addition to two third-year students who presented the PCOM ASHP-SSHP student chapter organization’s poster. This poster describes the initiative to better prepare students for the organization’s clinical skills competition through the use of training sessions with patient cases.

PCOM School of Pharmacy Interim Dean Dr. Michael Lee said, ““It is great to see PCOM students actively participating at the meeting and presenting their research posters in such a dynamic environment.”

Nerea Irusta (PharmD ’17) and Catrina Hill (PharmD ‘17) represented PCOM in the national patient counseling competition. Hill said, “It was an incredible experience to be in a competition with 135 other teams from pharmacy schools across the country.”

About the Midyear experience, Hill added, “Leading up to Midyear was very overwhelming. I was stressing over which residencies I wanted to look at, how to do the PhORCAS application, and what was required for the application. The programming that Midyear provided was extremely helpful at walking you through what to do, what is needed, and specifics about the application,” she said. “The Residency Showcase was also very beneficial ... Having a plan outlining what I was looking for and which residencies I wanted to talk to before walking in definitely helped me navigate Midyear.”

Dr. Lee added, “Midyear is an invaluable experience for students who are considering post-graduate residency training. The opportunity to meet with program directors, speak with current residents, and network with practitioners at the national level really helps prepare them for the process of residency application and match process.”

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