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ULM pharmacy students win awards at mid-year meeting

Published October 30, 2014

Pharmacy students from the University of Louisiana at Monroe recently brought home multiple awards from the American Pharmacists Association Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP) mid-year regional meeting (MRM), held in Austin, Texas.

The meetings are the only meetings in the country designed exclusively for student pharmacists.

According to Katelyn Horn, ULM’s APhA-ASP’s vice president of communication, MRMs offer great networking, professional and leadership development, educational programming, and much more.

ULM was presented with the Chapter Challenge Award. The ULM chapter earned the award after accumulating the most points in their region. Point-earning opportunities included chapter attendance, miles traveled, and participation at social events.

Register (second from left) accepts chapter award from
 APhA-ASP representatives












"Our chapter also received the outstanding development and implementation of ‘Operation Diabetes,’ award," said Horn.

"Our chapter hosted a total of 18 patient care events to enhance diabetes awareness, provide free diabetes screenings to elementary school children, and devoted significant efforts to the overall promotion of our efforts through a partnership with a major broadcaster, which facilitated radio interviews, radio commercials in different regions of the state, and multiple morning shows. Our events were diverse as we collaborated with a major medical center, the state fair, a local nursing school, and community churches to offer services to patients in the state."

Overall, 176 student pharmacists provided 1,257 patients in Louisiana with diabetes focused health and wellness services.

Student pharmacists and administrators promote
flu vaccination awareness

During the meeting, Chapter President Drew Register and “Operation Immunization” Chairperson Hannah Holbrook hosted a roundtable discussion. Register and Holbrook’s goal was to inform the other chapters in the region on how to foster partnerships with local media in order to reach more patients in the community.

In August, ULM’s chapter promoted National Immunization Awareness Month on various platforms, including local television, newspapers, and the ULM website.

The chapter has already begun their next campaign. They have partnered with ULM President Dr. Nick J. Bruno, Head Football Coach Todd Berry, and Miss ULM 2015 Lauren Ford with hopes to spread awareness about the importance of the flu vaccine.