Students in the West Virginia University School of Pharmacy chapter of the American Pharmacists Association-Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP) received national and regional recognition at the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) 2012 Annual Meeting in March.

The student chapter received the regional award for educating the community about heartburn through the 2011 Heartburn Awareness Challenge. The student pharmacists achieved this award by participating in numerous health fairs and health education events, as well as social events, such as local chili cook-offs, to provide information on how to prevent heartburn and how to manage the condition if someone is diagnosed. The Region 2 area includes student chapters from Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Virginia and Washington D.C. WVU student pharmacists Danielle Guldner of Enola, Pa., and Jonathan Paris of Toronto, Ohio, were the committee chairs for the WVU APhA-ASP chapter’s Heartburn Awareness Challenge activities.

Second-year student pharmacist Drew Carson of Sistersville, W.Va., competed in the APhA-ASP National Patient Counseling Competition and placed as a top 10 finalist. The competition consisted of student pharmacists being given a medication prescription and then counseling a model patient on safe and effective medication use in order to receive full benefit of the treatment. Carson competed against more than 120 students from schools of pharmacy across the country. As a top 10 finalist in the national competition, Carson was recognized during the APhA-ASP Awards Ceremony.

Third-year student pharmacist Kristin Showen of Cross Lanes, W.Va., was elected as the Regional Delegate for Region 2 of APhA-ASP. Her responsibilities as the Regional Delegate include assisting chapters in her region in coordinating APhA-ASP policy and advocacy activities, communicating with other chapters to help them be aware of any issues affecting the profession of pharmacy and serving on the APhA-ASP Resolutions Committee – a committee that develops ideas that will improve the profession of pharmacy. Showen also represented Region 2 in the APhA House of Delegates at the annual meeting and ran the Region 2 Caucus, where students from the region discussed the proposed policies for the APhA-ASP House of Delegates.

Third-year student pharmacist Linley Mild of Morgantown is the WVU APhA-ASP chapter president and was also instrumental in this year’s annual meeting proceedings through her upcoming responsibilities as APhA-ASP Region 2 Mid-Regional Meeting coordinator. The APhA Midyear Regional Meeting (MRM) will be held in Morgantown in November 2012. As the coordinator, Mild will be organizing the event, including the formation of committees of students from WVU and the University of Charleston – event co-hosts – to help with the many aspects of the meeting. Mild will also serve as the primary speaker at the meeting’s opening session.