In this issue
Capitol Day - The Student Perspective
Written by Jonathan Newbaker
On January 30th, the PY3 class of the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy led by UMAC (University of Mississippi Advocacy Council) took to the state Capitol to advocate for the profession of pharmacy. We did this by providing health screenings for the legislators as well as by meeting with our regional senator and representative to discuss what pharmacy is now and what it could be in the future. As a student, it can be overwhelming to talk to the people in charge of the state’s laws and feel knowledgeable about what needs to be said and how to say it. Through my time there, however, I realized that the most important thing is to simply share your perspective on the things that relate to the profession of pharmacy in a respectful, yet confident way. Although students can struggle with a sense of incomplete knowledge on various topics, we already know much more than the majority of the legislators will ever care to know about our profession. For this reason, it is our responsibility as student pharmacists, pharmacists, and health care leaders in our community to start building relationships with our law makers now in order to gain good repute and trustworthy relations.
Pictured: Jonathan Newbaker (ASHP-SSHP President) and Billy Adam Calvert (State Representative Distric 83)
Practice Advancement Initiative (PAI)
Midyear Clinical Meeting
Written by Amanda Seals, PY3
The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists-Student Societies of Health-System Pharmacy has provided a multitude of opportunities throughout pharmacy school. This year, Emily Ware and I had the opportunity to compete in the Clinical Skills Competition at the Midyear Clinical Meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada. Emily and I had the opportunity to apply clinical skills in the local competition and again at the national competition. We enjoyed working as a team and getting to meet other students from around the country. After the competition, we were able to attend the opening session which included Condoleezza Rice as the keynote speaker. She delivered a moving speech regarding the characteristics of successful leaders. As students, we were able to attend the Residency Showcase which allowed us to meet and learn more about residency programs participating in the Match. In addition, several students were able to present their research posters and have the opportunity to share their findings with other pharmacists! Other highlights included attending the Mississippi Reception and various student meetings. Midyear Clinical Meeting provides so many excellent opportunities for students and pharmacists and everyone should consider the opportunity to attend next year’s meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana. We greatly appreciated the opportunity to attend the conference with the help of the Mississippi Society of Health-System Pharmacists and look forward to future meetings!
Students Section of MSHP
Work Hard Play Hard
Who said pharmacy school was all work no play? PY3 students kicked off the school year with a friendly game of kickball at the SSHP Fall Kickball Event. A fun time was had by all!
Time to Renew Membership!
Don't Forget: Membership is from January-December.
As a member of MSHP you will enjoy valuable benefits including:
- Networking through attendance at regional dinners and annual meetings
- Opportunities to support and contribute to advocacy efforts aimed at progressing pharmacy presented before the MS legislature
- Free electronic newsletter with informative information, including health-system pharmacy news and job opportunities
- Continuing Education opportunities at regional dinners and annual meetings
- Discounts on MSHP events, including annual meeting
Please take a moment to renew your MSHP membership today by visiting www.msshp.org. If you forgot your password to login, simply click the “forgot password" link to reset. If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact Jameika Stuckey, membership chair, at [email protected].
Come back and join a network of your colleagues persistently working to make progressive and positive changes in the pharmacy profession.
MSHP Annual Conference
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