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SNPhA students explore options after
SNPhA Chapter President
The South Carolina College of Pharmacy, MUSC campus chapter of the
Student National Pharmaceutical Association (SNPhA), hosted this year’s
Regions I and II Meeting in Charleston.
The annual meeting welcomed pharmacy students from more than 20
colleges of pharmacy on the east coast. This year’s meeting was held
March 28-30 at Embassy Suites—North Charleston Convention Center. The
meeting theme, “Ride the Wave and Leave Your Mark in the Sand,” aimed
to prepare students for the changing pharmacy profession and health
care field. The event was attended by more than 150 pharmacy students,
pharmacists, and faculty advisors.
On Friday, March 28, students participated in the meeting’s opening
session. The purpose of the session was to prepare and motivate the
students for an exciting weekend. The keynote speaker, Herman Blake,
Ph.D., Humanities Scholar in Residence at MUSC, who has an illustrious
academic career in higher education administration, challenged students
to take advantage of opportunities presented to them by using a unique
twist and implementing the history of the Gullah culture in Charleston.
On Saturday, March 29 participants took part in business meetings,
poster presentations, career/corporate exhibits and numerous networking
The keynote lunch speaker, Lt. Col. Jasper W. Watkins III, who serves
as bureau chief for statewide pharmaceutical services for the
Department of Health in Florida, educated students on the variety of
career options available in the field of pharmacy. Students left lunch
with a newfound appreciation for the opportunities available to them.
Workshops available on Saturday included interviewing skills and
pharmacist income analysis. In addition, activities were also available
to pharmacists and faculty advisors. Four hours of continuing education
was offered on health literacy and disparities.
The meeting provided unique networking opportunities for members of the
MUSC chapter and meeting participants. It was a testament to the
dedication and leadership of students at MUSC. Students left Charleston
with an appreciation for the culture of Charleston, motivation to
continue serving underserved communities, and armed with the ability to
leave their mark in a rapidly changing health care field. The local
chapter of the Student National Pharmaceutical Association would like
to thank the sponsors for the success of this year’s meeting. Sponsors
included Wal-Mart Pharmacy, Rite-Aid, Kroger Pharmacy, Walgreens, CVS
Pharmacy, Publix Supermarkets, Kerr Drug, South Carolina College of
Pharmacy, MUSC Office of Diversity, and MUSC President’s Office.
SNPhA is an association of pharmacy students who are concerned about
pharmacy, 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 for the health, education and social
environment of the community.
Friday, April 11, 2008
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