UAMS Student Pharmacists Win Historic Four-Award Sweep in National Competition

By Ben Boulden

They garnered the historic win March 27 in San Francisco during the APhA annual meeting.

About 300 students of the UAMS College of Pharmacy are members of the APhA-Academy of Student Pharmacists chapter that took home the awards, which were given to the chapter in recognition of its achievements in patient care and education for diabetes, cardiovascular health, over-the-counter (OTC) medicine safety and immunization.

“I think UAMS pharmacy students are the best in the country and this just proves, it in my opinion,” said Eddie Dunn, Pharm.D., the chapter’s faculty advisor. “It’s especially good to know that a national association of professional pharmacists sees it, too, and shares that high opinion. These students worked especially hard to earn this recognition. The entire college is proud of them.”

Dunn is an associate professor in the College of Pharmacy’s Department of Pharmacy Practice.

Operation Heart is a national, public education project of APhA-ASP, and Operation Diabetes seeks to identify individuals with previously undiagnosed diabetes while increasing overall awareness of the disease. Operation Immunization is an immunization education campaign that also works to raise the number of adults receiving immunizations.

OTC Medicine Safety is a campaign of APhA-ASP Chapters to educate fifth- and sixth-graders in reading medicine directions, following those directions, proper measuring of medicine, safe storage and disposal of medicine and consulting with parents or guardians before taking medications.

To win all four awards, the students throughout the 2015-2016 academic year participated in dozens of public outreach events as well as organized many of their own and visited public schools, Dunn said.