The College's SSHP Chapter Wins ASHP Outstanding Professional Development Project Award

Published on 04 April 2019

The St. Louis College of Pharmacy Student Society of Health-System Pharmacists (SSHP) chapter recently received the Outstanding Professional Development Project Award at the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) Midyear meeting in Anaheim, Ca.

The award recognizes exceptional student service projects that display fortitude in content, creativity, resourcefulness, service, outreach, impact and overall impression.

The College’s SSHP chapter was honored for its creation of a Residency Directors Roundtable event, which was held on campus last spring. The event featured roundtable discussions with eight residency program directors from the St. Louis area. Program specialties featured at the roundtable included community pharmacy, infectious disease, pediatrics, ambulatory care and health care administration.

During the event, students had the chance to learn about the various program specialties and get advice from program directors on how to be a competitive residency applicant.

“We are very proud of our project, and we wanted to showcase it for other SSHP chapters,” stated Hubert Kusdono, P2 student and president of the College’s SSHP chapter. “The students seemed to find a lot of value in it. We held an expanded version of the event again this fall and saw even greater success with higher attendance and more directors participating.”

Led by faculty advisors Anastasia Armbruster, Pharm.D. ’09, BCPS, associate professor of pharmacy practice, and Abigail Yancey, B.S. ’02, Pharm.D. ’03, FCCP, BCPS, professor of pharmacy practice, the College’s SSHP chapter is focused on helping students gain education, support and advancement for future careers in hospitals and other health care systems. The organization works to assist students in obtaining residencies and fellowships by providing them with opportunities to network with residents, residency program directors and pharmacists within the clinical setting and outside of the workplace.

“We were so thrilled to have been presented with the Outstanding Professional Development Project Award,” said Yancey. “I think what really stood out to the judges about our project is that it emphasized important pillars of the ASHP Practice Advancement Initiative which aims to integrate pharmacists into the health care team and empower them to take responsibility for medication-use outcomes. Hubert and past chapter president, Dip Patel, have worked hard over the last few years to develop programming that students will find informational and helpful as they plan for their future careers. We couldn't be prouder of the chapter’s accomplishments.”

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