MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The Student Society of Health-System Pharmacists (SSHP) chapter at the West Virginia University School of Pharmacy was recognized by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) for 2013-2014.
Recognition is earned after chapters submit an application and meet specific requirements such as promoting membership in local, state and national health-system organizations; creating an interest in pharmacy careers related to health systems; and encouraging students’ professional and career development.
At WVU, the ASHP-SSHP chapter hosted a school-level ASHP Clinical Skills Competition. This competition tested 28 student pharmacists' knowledge and proficiency by asking them to develop a care plan to present to judges after analyzing a fictitious, complex health case. The chapter also hosted guest speakers, held an informational session on residency training for student pharmacists interested in pursuing health-systems residencies after graduation and created a professional development project.
The benefits of receiving official ASHP chapter recognition include a certificate of recognition, one complimentary student registration for the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting and Summer Meeting, one complimentary ASHP publication and awards for incoming and outgoing chapter presidents.
“I am very honored to be a part of such an amazing group of student pharmacists that works together to make our organization and School stand out among other schools of pharmacy,” Cassie Stewart, president of the WVU ASHP-SSHP chapter and Pineville, W.Va., native, said. “It is a great feeling knowing that we are supported by ASHP and we are very proud to have received this recognition.”
(Clockwise from bottom left) Cassie Stewart, Brooke Morris, Sarah Knipe, Nikkie Farabaugh, Melissa Hood, Galen Kabulski, Jamie Ebert, Maria Sellas, Jaime Smith and Rose Cheng.