School of Pharmacy students attend national conference, win poster contest
(From left) School of Pharmacy students Midhasso Foge (PY1), Anastacia Chetty (PY1), Brian Verrett (PY3), Lawrence Rutebuka (PY2), Reginald Tayaben (PY1), Nony Nwaneri (region V facilitator, UC San Francisco), Theresa Taylor (PY1), Oghogho Eguagie (PY1), and Michael Nguyen (PY1) attended the SNPhA region IV, V, and VI meeting, held at Ohio State University.
Eight students from Loma Linda University School of Pharmacy attended the annual meetings for regions IV, V, and VI of the Student National Pharmaceutical Association (SNPhA), held April 4–6, 2008, in Columbus, Ohio.
As an added bonus, the LLU students received first place for their poster on the topic of end-stage renal disease.
“This is the first time that our LLU SNPhA students have received this award,” reports LaDonna Jones, PharmD, assistant professor of pharmacotherapy and outcomes science, and SNPhA advisor. “The remarkable characteristic about our students is that the majority of them are in their first professional year!”
Dr. Jones adds, “The dean of Ohio State University also complimented our students by acknowledging their outstanding work and potential as future pharmacists.”
SNPhA members who traveled to Ohio included Brian Verrett, president (professional year 3); Lawrence Rutebuka, president-elect (PY1); Anastacia Chetty, vice president (PY1); Reginald Tayaben, treasurer (PY1); Theresa Taylor, secretary (PY1); Eguagie Oghogho (PY1); Foge Midhasso (PY1); and Michael Nguyen (PY1).
“This award opened up an opportunity for other students to interact with our students,” comments Dr. Jones.
She continues, “Our students met another group from Oklahoma State University who were studying for an exam scheduled for this Monday in their pharmacy management course. Believe it or not, the students from OSU were reading an article published by our very own Rashid Mosavin, PhD.”
She suggests, “The students were so amazed as to the talent, skill, and expertise at the LLU School of Pharmacy, and our students truly appreciated hearing about one of their own professors from other students.”
SNPhA is an educational service association of pharmacy students who are concerned about pharmacy and health-care-related issues, and the poor minority representation in pharmacy and other health-related professions.
The purpose of SNPhA is to plan, organize, coordinate, and execute programs geared toward the improvement of the health, educational, and social environment of the community.
Its goals are to offer student members the opportunity to develop leadership and professional skills; to educate students about and promote active participation in national health-care issues; to develop the role of the minority health professional as a vital member of the health-care team; to develop within communities a positive image of minority health professionals; and to educate communities on better health practices, and to increase their awareness and understanding of diseases.
By Larry Kidder, MA