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Pharmacy student earns national leadership award

by Cindy Abole
Public Relations
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.
Beju Shah

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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