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Pharmacy students make it to national competition

Members of LLU School of Pharmacy�s semifinalist team include (from left) Chase Bui, Mark Crumby, Jasmine Putnam, and Michael Font. The four will travel to San Diego in April to compete in the National P&T Competition finals.
Members of LLU School of Pharmacy’s semifinalist team include (from left) Chase Bui, Mark Crumby, Jasmine Putnam, and Michael Font. The four will travel to San Diego in April to compete in the National P&T Competition finals.
Four Loma Linda University School of Pharmacy students recently learned that they will be among the top eight semifinalist teams in a national competition among schools of pharmacy nationwide.

Chase Bui, Mark Crumby, Michael Font, and Jasmine Putnam—all members of the PharmD class of 2008—will represent Loma Linda University at the competition finals in San Diego, April 12 and 13.

The Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP) sponsors an annual pharmacy and therapeutics (P&T) competition for students. The LLU School of Pharmacy has an AMCP student chapter, whose members took part in the competition.

Eight semifinalist schools are invited to attend the National P&T Competition Finals, to be held in San Diego April 12 and 13 during the annual AMCP meetings. The award includes a stipend to cover traveling expenses for the students and their faculty advisor.

According to Anh-Vuong Ly, PharmD, director of drug information and assistant professor in the School of Pharmacy, the team is competing among an elite group of educational institutions nationwide with established and prestigious schools of pharmacy. Dr. Ly is faculty sponsor for the local AMCP student chapter.

Joining them will be teams from Drake University, Ohio State University, the University of Illinois at Chicago, the University of California at San Francisco, the University of Maryland, the University of Missouri at Kansas City, and the University of Pittsburgh.

“These are all well-established schools of pharmacy at very reputable schools,” Dr. Ly is quick to point out. “Yet our School, which is relatively new to the scene, has made it to the semifinals four years in a row.”

To compete, students must prepare five detailed reports on an assigned drug. The reports are typical of those designed by managed care pharmacy specialists to aid a managed care entity in deciding whether a particular drug is a good value for its members—effective for treatment, safe, and cost-effective.

“First, second, and third place winning teams will be chosen, resulting in significant scholarship awards for individual team member,” Dr. Ly explains. “Members of the winning teams will also find it helpful when applying to a managed care specialty program.”

Founded in 1988, the AMCP is a national professional society dedicated to the concept and practice of pharmaceutical care in managed health care environments.

The Academy’s more than 4,800 members nationwide provide comprehensive health care coverage for more than 200 million Americans served by managed care.

By Larry Kidder, MA

TODAY news for Thursday, March 26, 2007