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Pharmacy student earns national
Third-year pharmacy student Beju Shah was one of 12 recipients of the
American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) Student Leadership
Award announced in April.
The award recognizes student leaders who demonstrate an interest in the
informatics side of pharmacy practice, technology and health systems.
It also recognizes excellence among students and their contributions to
the community. ASHP provides 12 awards annually, four to pharmacy
student-members in each pharmacy school year.
Shah, who is originally from London, was the only pharmacy student in
South Carolina this year to receive the award. A student in the
pharmacy doctorate and master’s in business administration joint
program, Shah is vice president of the MUSC Chapter of the Student
Society of Health System Pharmacists; member of the MUHA Ethics
Committee and Multicultural Student Advisory Board treasurer.
Additionally, Shah was involved in leadership training with the MUSC
Office of Diversity and was a finalist in the 2008 Earl B. Higgins
Student Leadership in Diversity Award. Shah, who has an information
technology background, also volunteered his time and shared his
pharmacy skills with the American Cancer Society, Ronald McDonald
House, Crisis Ministries Health Clinic, Harvest Free Clinic, CARES
Clinic and various health fairs and community events.
“We’re all very proud of Beju for this award and the recognition he’s
received,” said Paul W. Bush, PharmD, associate professor and director
of PharmD/MBA programs and director of Pharmacy Services. Bush
recommended Shah for the award earlier this year. “He’s a mature,
motivated and hard-working young man who has already demonstrated his
leadership skills within his pharmacy class and with other projects
within the college. Beju specifically helped me develop information
about our PharmD/MBA program and partnership with The Citadel. I
believe Beju has a great future in pharmacy leadership and informatics.”
Shah and other recipients received an award plaque, ASHP drug
information reference library and $2,500 cash award given by the ASHP
Research and Education Foundation and the Walter Jones Memorial
Pharmacy Student Financial Aid Fund.
Friday, May 30, 2008
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