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Student pharmacists receive multiple recognition at professional meeting

Apr 24, 2012

Pacific's Operation Heartburn (OH) committee was recognized as the Regional Winner of APhA's Heartburn Awareness Challenge. Operation Heartburn hosted events such as heartburn presentations to the elderly in a retirement home, nutritional education to children at an elementary school, and distributed heartburn education materials and consultations at various health fairs providing nearly 300 patients with health and wellness/clinical services. The members of the committee include two second year pharmacy students, Tammie Minh Nguyen ‘12 and Johnny Chau ‘12, and two first year students, Dina Hoang ‘13 and Joseph Mishreki ‘13.

The Heartburn Awareness Challenge is a patient care project that provides pharmacy students an opportunity to develop their presentation and clinical skills while educating the public about heartburn. The goal of this project is to help make the public aware of heartburn by means of recommending lifestyle modifications, nonprescription medications, or referral to their physician.

Pacific's Academy of Student Pharmacists (ASP) received the Chapter Policy and Legislative Award for their efforts in promoting American Pharmacist Month. The students ran advertisement campaigns at airports, public transportation, and on television at The Price is Right.

Chapters compete for one of thirteen awards that actively promote the mission of APhA-ASP. Evaluation of chapter activities is based upon criteria such as originality of programs, number of chapter members involved, impact on the community, benefit to student pharmacists and collaboration with other healthcare organizations. Chapters are also evaluated on their year-to-year progress, particularly in relation to chapter activities and membership retention.

about the author

Dua Moua   Dua Moua '09 is the Marketing Communications Assistant at the Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences at Pacific.