Student Society of Health-System Pharmacy Spotlight

There are two chapters of the Student Society of Health-System Pharmacists in Arkansas. The Harding University and the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) colleges of pharmacy both have SSHP Chapters. Each chapter president serves as a member of the AAHP Board of Directors. Each chapter is invited to contribute information to this page to keep members up to date on the happenings of their chapter.

Congratulations to the UAMS and Harding SSHP chapters that have earned official recognition from ASHP for 2014-2015 by promoting membershp; stimulating interest in health-system pharmacy careers; and encouraging career development and professionalism.  For view a complete list of officially-recognized SSHPs, click here

Harding University SSHP

In accordance with the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) Pharmacy Practice Model Initiative (PPMI), Harding  University College of Pharmacy Student Society of Health-System Pharmacy (HUCOP SSHP) created a developmental project to provide  education for technicians in the workforce. HUCOP SSHP organized a one day Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) review  course at the AAHP Fall Seminar in Little Rock and the APA Convention in Fayetteville in 2014. During the past four years, over 40  technicians have attended the review course and every participant who has taken the board certification exam has passed. Another review  course is planned for October 2014 in Little Rock at Fall Seminar.

In October 2013, SSHP participated in activities supporting Susan G. Komen’s Race for the Cure. A bake sale was held to raise money for  the Susan G. Komen foundation, and faculty and students participated in a Pink Out Day where everyone dressed in pink from head to toe.  This was a fun way for HUCOP to come together and physically show their support for the Susan G. Komen foundation.

Also in October, HU SSHP held its annual clinical skills competition. This competition consisted of teams of two students who worked  together and utilized their clinical skills to assess and recommend treatment for a patient case. Twenty-four teams participated this  year.Fourth year students Alyssa Laurich and HyeJin Son won and went on to represent HUCOP at the ASHP2013  Midyear Meeting in  Orlando.

Fall semester is always a busy and exciting time at Harding University College of Pharmacy. The HU SSHP will start the year with an  orientation snack for the P1 students during their orientation followed by a membership drive the last week of August. The 2013-2014  membership consisted of 81 student pharmacists and we hope to exceed that number this year. 

UAMS SSHP

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(L to R) Officers and members of the UAMS SSHP:  Madalyn Van Valkenburg, Alicia Sutterfield, Morgan Newton, Laura Finlay, Tiffany Chiu, Jeremy Hanner, Heather Clarke, Misty Blanchard, and  Levi Ellison.

At UAMS, SSHP activities for the 2014-15 school year are underway. Their membership drive started in august and is ongoing. Under the leadership of Laura Finlay (P2), our current president, students will be continuing outreach in the Promise Neighborhood, a medically underserved area of Little Rock. They have developed educational programs covering hypertension, diabetes, smoking cessation, and topics for kids.  Other upcoming activities include the 2014 Clinical Skills Competition, residency information sessions, fundraisers, and a great speaker line-up.