Smith Selected for National Leadership Academy

Published on 07 October 2021

University of Health Sciences and Pharmacy in St. Louis P3 student Meg Smith, B.S. ’20, is one of only 24 students nationwide selected to participate in this year’s Phi Lambda Sigma (PLS) Leadership Academy.

Smith’s appointment marks the second year in a row that the University has been represented in the academy. Last year, P4 student Lauren Busch, B.S. ’19, was inducted in to the academy.

“Lauren paved the way for me and shared how valuable the experience was in strengthening her leadership skills,” Smith said. “I was shocked to be selected because I wasn’t expecting the committee to pick a student from the same small school in back-to-back years.”

PLS is a national pharmacy leadership society that recognizes professional pharmacy students who have demonstrated dedication and leadership in the advancement of pharmacy and are of high moral and ethical character.

The organization's Leadership Academy teaches professional pharmacy students critical skills designed to help them succeed in their future careers.

“It’s important for pharmacists to have a strong foundation in leadership,” Smith said. “Pharmacists lead conversations in recommending the best medicine and treatment options for patients so they need to be able to advocate for what is best for the patient.”

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Smith has been working on the front lines as a pharmacy intern at a local hospital and was among the first student pharmacists in St. Louis to help administer COVID-19 vaccines in December 2020.

Smith is currently involved in PLS, Lambda Kappa Sigma and serves as a member of the executive board for the American Pharmacists Association-Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP).

In celebration of American Pharmacists Month, Smith is working with APhA-ASP, the Missouri Pharmacy Association and the American College of Clinical Pharmacy, to organize a Walk-By Health Clinic at Hope Plaza on Tuesday, Oct. 12 from 12-1:30 p.m.

Attendees will have the opportunity to get their flu shot and receive blood pressure, blood glucose and depression screenings.

Student pharmacists will also be sharing resources related to nutrition, proper medication disposal, medication adherence and File of Life products.

Sign up for the event.

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