Authors: Anna Parker, PharmD Candidate 2010: UMKC School of Pharmacy
SSHP President – Elect for Kansas City
Jordyn Williams, PharmD Candidate 2010: UMKC School of Pharmacy
SSHP President – Elect for Columbia
At the beginning of the fall semester, SSHP held a membership drive from August to October 2nd. We recruited members through a poster at orientation for the first-year pharmacy students and at an event called "lunch on the lawn" for all pharmacy students. Also, on August 28th we had our first meeting where our guest speaker, Dr. Jeremy Hampton, discussed reasons to join SSHP, MSHP, and ASHP. The Columbia campus also held a joint membership drive for MMSHP and SSHP through a Trivia Night on September 7th. MMSHP and SSHP leadership provided information about joining the organizations. At the end of our membership drive we had a total of 96 members join from Kansas City, Columbia, and Springfield campuses.
Throughout the fall semester, we had monthly general meetings where guest speakers talked about their current employment and their journey to where they are now. Students were able to listen to these three speakers over the lunch hour to learn more about clinical pharmacy career options. We had the pleasure to have Dr. Austin Campbell, a clinical pharmacist specialist at University of Missouri Hospital's psychology department, Dr. Chuck Trebilcock, the Director of Pharmacy at Burrell Behavioral Health, and Dr. Amber Lucas, a chair in the ASHP House of Delegates.
Across all three campuses, we hosted three events this semester. On October 2nd, we held the Clinical Skills Competition where students competed in a team-based analysis of a clinical scenario. This gave students the chance to practice skills in collaboration with other team members. The first round was a case work-up and the second round had the top teams present their cases to the judges. The winning team was then given the chance to compete nationally during the ASHP Mid-Year Clinical Meeting. On October 7th, we held a Residency Roundtable with Dr. Tony Huke as our keynote speaker. Forty-five students and 14 residency programs participated. Participants had the opportunity to network and students learned how to become a strong residency candidate. On November 4th, we held a new event called Residency Prep Day. The goal of the members-only event was to help boost students' confidence when applying for programs. Faculty members gave presentations regarding Midyear, PhORCAS, and interview tips and tricks. As this was a new event this year, we think it will gain popularity in the years to come. This event was very helpful to those that were able to attend.
Our chapter is unique in that it is spread across three campuses, which enables our chapter to reach out to multiple local communities very easily. This past semester, our Columbia campus was able to serve their community through the Vial-of-Life Project at the Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans’ Hospital. Students helped patients in completing an up-to-date home medication list and provided a sticker to put in their window. If emergency personnel or others see this sticker, they know that the patient has a complete medical history in the house. This project allows our organization to help others and improve patient safety, especially in emergencies. The Columbia campus handed out 76 Vial-of-Life kits and reached patients residing in over 25 different Missouri counties.
For the spring semester, we are looking forward to our monthly general meetings and our next service project. Our Columbia members are teaming up with MMSHP and the Ronald McDonald House in February. Volunteers will prepare meals for patients and families receiving care at the Women and Children's Hospital in Columbia. We are excited to serve our community through this event and hope to make it a tradition.