St. Louis College of Pharmacy Students, Staff Shine at Annual Convention
Published on 29 September 2014
At an historic conference, St. Louis College of Pharmacy students and faculty were repeatedly recognized as outstanding contributors to the profession. This past weekend, the Missouri Pharmacists Association (MPA) and the Illinois Pharmacy Association (IPhA) held their first-ever joint convention in St. Louis in recognition of the College’s sesquicentennial. It kicked off in grand style as the College hosted an opening celebration. More than 200 attendees were given a front-row seat to the College’s largest-ever construction project. What are now steel girders and cinderblocks will be transformed into a 213,000 square foot academic and research building and library by next June.
The convention then moved to downtown St. Louis for the weekend. More than 100 students attended, and over 20 faculty and staff participated in events over three days.
Student Benitah Shah, who is in her third professional year, was recognized for having the best poster in the research in progress category. P4 student Heather Kindermann, won the pain patient counseling competition and was runner up for a second patient counseling competition. The pair of John Love and Carey Unthank, both in their fourth professional year, were one of three finalist teams in the convention’s business plan comptition.
Faculty members recognized during the conference include Nicole Gattas, Pharm.D., assistant professor of pharmacy practice, as STLCOP Faculty Member of the year from MPA; Erica Pearce, Pharm.D., assistant professor of pharmacy practice, who was given the Excellence in Innovation Award from MPA for her unique style of pharmacy practice; and Amy Tiemeier, Pharm.D., associate professor of pharmacy practice, who was awarded the Cardinal Health Generation Rx Champions Award from MPA and the Alliance for Patient Safety.
Pearce was also among the six faculty members who made presentations during the conference. She spoke about new updates for hypertension and lipid management. Also presenting were Gloria Grice, Pharm.D., associate professor of pharmacy practice; Golden Peters, Pharm.D., assistant professor of pharmacy practice; Matt Pitlick, Pharm.D., assistant professor of pharmacy practice; Terry Seaton, Pharm.D., professor of pharmacy practice; and Jamie Shelly, Pharm.D., assistant professor of pharmacy practice.
After full days of education, there was also some time for fun. A team made up of students, faculty, and alumni from the College won the over-the-counter/new drug jeopardy competition.