College of Pharmacy Students, Alumni Receive Awards at APhA Annual Meeting

By Benjamin Waldrum

“These recognitions are noteworthy accomplishments,” said Cindy Stowe, Pharm.D., dean of the UAMS College of Pharmacy. “These awards are a testament to the legacy of UAMS student pharmacists and pharmacists. There is a strong track record of impacting the health and wellness of Arkansans and leadership within the Arkansas pharmacy profession and communities.”

The APhA-Academy of Student Pharmacists (ASP) awards and honors program is the most comprehensive recognition program for students in the profession of pharmacy. Honorees were recognized at the APhA Annual Meeting and Exposition in San Antonio, held March 18-21.

Students Receiving Awards

The College of Pharmacy’s APhA-ASP chapter won Division AA Chapter of the Year. This award is given to the chapter that achieved the most impactful or unique program in its division, which is based on current enrollment. This is the seventh time UAMS has won in its division.

“I think the winning of this award really demonstrates the leadership skills of our student pharmacists and the commitment they’ve displayed over years for improving the health of Arkansans,” said Chris Johnson, Pharm.D., M.Ed., the chapter’s lead faculty advisor. “I’m really proud of how our students adapted projects and stayed involved with our communities during the pandemic.”

Fourth-year students Payton Hanby and Taylor McClanahan each received 2022 National Association of Nuclear Pharmacies (NANP) Outstanding Nuclear Pharmacy Student Scholarships. The scholarships typically are awarded to students who have completed nuclear pharmacy electives and show promise in the field through internships and rotations.

Alumni Receiving Awards

Stephen Carroll, Pharm.D., MBA, COP ’05, owner of AllCare Specialty Pharmacy in Little Rock, was named APhA’s Good Government Pharmacist of the Year. The award recognizes an individual pharmacist who actively contributes to the community through their involvement in the political process.

John Clay Kirtley, Pharm.D., COP ‘02, executive director of the Arkansas State Board of Pharmacy, was named an APhA Fellow. To become a Fellow, members must have demonstrated exemplary professional achievements and service to the profession through activities with APhA and other national, state or local professional organizations.

The APhA is the only organization advancing the entire pharmacy profession. Its expert staff, and strong volunteer leadership, including many experienced pharmacists, allows the organization to deliver vital leadership to help pharmacists, pharmaceutical scientists, student pharmacists and pharmacy technicians find success and satisfaction in their work, while advocating for changes that benefit them, their patients and their communities. More information is available at