School of Pharmacy Celebrates American Pharmacists Month
October 10, 2018
Students, faculty and staff are engaging in a wide variety of campus and community
activities during the month of October to promote the pharmacist profession.
In honor of American Pharmacists Month in October, the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic
Medicine (PCOM) School of Pharmacy (SOP) students, faculty and staff members are participating in a wide variety of activities.
Dean of Pharmacy Shawn Spencer, PhD, RPh, said, “Our students are engaged this month sharing what we do as pharmacists and,
more importantly, why we are doing it.” He added, “Celebrating the accomplishments
of pharmacists helps generate awareness of the value we provide both in the continuity
of patient care and to our communities.”
The month began with a give-away table in front of the SOP reception area consisting
of celebratory buttons and snacks, along with a chance to win GA-PCOM Campus Store
swag like tumblers and t-shirts. The celebration table will be manned and stocked
every Tuesday during the month.
And then, on October 3, 2018, the American Pharmacy Association Academy of Student
Pharmacists (APhA – ASP) chapter and the Pharmacy Student Council co-hosted the second
semi-annual Pharmacy Practice Faculty Lunch Panel. Students asked questions about
the faculty member’s experiences and sought advice on clinical residency applications.
Panelists included Drew Cates, PharmD, assistant professor; Caroline Champion, PharmD,
assistant professor; Sara (Mandy) Reece, PharmD, vice chair and associate professor; Brent Rollins, RPh, PhD, assistant professor; Jayden Lee, PharmD, assistant professor; and Dusty Lisi, PharmD,
BCPS, assistant professor. The panelists emphasized the importance of professionalism,
self-motivation and being well-rounded.
Three days later, members of the Student Societies of the American Society of Health-System
Pharmacists (ASHP-SSHP) hosted their annual Clinical Skills Competition where students
competed in interactive, team-based analysis of clinical scenarios. Winning team members
received a complimentary Midyear Meeting registration to compete at the national competition
to be held in Anaheim, California, in December.
On October 9, 2018, the Epsilon Delta chapter of Rho Chi, the pharmacy academic honor
organization, held their annual dinner and induction at The 1818 Club in Duluth. Twenty
new members joined the chapter and received the Rho Chi pin, a signed membership certificate
and a letter from the Rho Chi national president as part of the ceremony. New officers
for the chapter were also installed including Jonathan Park (PharmD ’20), president;
Timothy Coyle (PharmD ’20), vice president; My Hanh Duong (PharmD ’20), treasurer;
An “Tony” Nguyen (PharmD ’20), secretary; and Allison Rowell (PharmD ’20), historian.
Pharmacy careers will be showcased at Gwinnett County Public Schools Career Connections
on October 16, 2018. To better prepare students for a smooth transition from school
to college and career, the district is hosting the event for more than 5,000 students
from 11 different middle schools. Along with 200 other participating companies, the
School of Pharmacy will showcase the skills needed to become a pharmacist. The event
takes place at the Infinite Energy Center in Duluth.
On Friday, October 19th, 2018, the Pharmacy Class of 2022 will take the first step
to becoming pharmacists when they receive their white coats at GA-PCOM’s White Coat
Ceremony starting at 11 a.m. The featured speakers will be Iran Khaki-Jajafabadi,
PharmD ‘18, and Lauren Avery, PharmD ‘18. Drs. Khaki-Jajafabadi and Avery are residents in the PCOM PGY-1 residency program jointly run by the PCOM SOP and Wellstar North Fulton Hospital.
Pharmacy students will participate in the October 21, 2018, 28th Annual AIDS Walk
Atlanta & 5K Run, the Southeast’s largest community fundraiser and awareness event
for HIV/AIDS, benefiting AID Atlanta and ten other local HIV/AIDS service providers.
Then Career Day comes to campus on October 23, 2018, giving retail pharmacists the
opportunity to conduct student interviews. The month is rounded out on October 27,
2018, when members of the APhA-ASP chapter participate in National Prescription Drug
Take Back Day in conjunction with the Snellville Police Department.
As can be seen, October is a very busy and fulfilling month for the PCOM School of
Pharmacy as students and academicians alike celebrate the accomplishments of pharmacists
and educates patients, the public, policy makers and other health professionals about
pharmacists' expanding role in patient care as integral members of the healthcare
Established in 2005, PCOM Georgia is a private, not-for-profit, accredited institute of higher education dedicated
to the healthcare professions. The Suwanee, Georgia, campus is affiliated with Philadelphia
College of Osteopathic Medicine, a premier osteopathic medical school with a storied
history. PCOM Georgia offers doctoral degrees in osteopathic medicine, pharmacy, and
physical therapy and graduate degrees in biomedical sciences, medical laboratory science,
and physician assistant studies. Emphasizing "a whole person approach to care," PCOM
Georgia focuses on educational excellence, interprofessional education and service
to the wider community. For more information, visit pcom.edu/georgia or call 678-225-7500. The campus is also home to the Georgia Osteopathic Care Center,
an osteopathic manipulative medicine clinic, which is open to the public by appointment.
For more information, visit pcomgeorgiahealth.org.
For more information, contact: Barbara Myers Senior Public Relations Manager Email: BarbaraMy@pcom.edu Office: 678-225-7532 | Cell: