USciences ASCP Chapter Named Philadelphia College of Pharmacy Organization of the Year
Written by Jenna Pizzi
Published on May 18, 2017
Front row: Michael Donegan PharmD'18, Dorothy Krzyworzeka PharmD'18, Katlyn Spivak PharmD'18, and Kachel Mallari PharmD'19.Second row: Hannah Bittner PharmD'19, Lalitha Sukumar PharmD'19, and Jacklyn Suarez PharmD'19.Top row: Natasha Stroedecke PharmD'19 and Paige Laupheimer PharmD'18.
Philadelphia College of Pharmacy’s chapter of the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists (ASCP) was named PCP Organization of the year during the college’s annual award ceremony. The award comes as the chapter had a productive year expanding opportunities on campus and off in the areas of leadership, service, inter-professional education, networking and working toward our chapter mission for seniors’ medication safety.
USciences ASCP volunteered at West Philadelphia’s Star Harbor Senior Center to introduce the Vial of Life program to area residents. Vial of Life encourages individuals to have their complete medical information ready in their home in the event that first responders and emergency medical workers are called. The information will alert first responders to know about a person’s medications, allergies, and illnesses, saving precious time in the event of a serious emergency.
“The Star Harbor residents responded with awe and gratitude as they had never heard of the Vial of Life but understood the importance behind the movement,” said Dorothy Krzyworzeka PharmD’18, president of student ASCP. “This success motivated me to find more programs like the Vial of Life that are easy to initiate and exponentially improve quality of life.”
During Medication Education Days at Star Harbor each semester, the chapter also sponsors pharmacy bingo and provides additional activities related to medication safety, medication adherence, and immunization education to Star Harbor members.
“ASCP provides a forum for exploring the interprofessional role of pharmacists in geriatrics and opportunities to participate in medication-related intergenerational activities which benefit our campus and community,” said Laura Finn P’84, BCGP, FASCP, adjunct associate professor of pharmacy practice and faculty advisor to the group.
In April 2016, PCP ASCP members joined a regional planning team with student and pharmacist members of Pennsylvania and Maryland ASCP chapters to plan the student track for the Mid-Atlantic ASCP Annual Conference held in August 2016. In addition to planning, five students attended this regional event in Alexandria, VA.
“Through this organization, I have learned how to work with a team of pharmacy students and faculty and have developed the communication skills to speak to a patient,” said Lalitha Sukumar PharmD’19. “I believe that this is only the beginning for ASCP and that there is more to come in the future."
In the fall, the chapter raised funds for the Alzheimer’s Association and participated in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s at Citizens Bank Park.
Fall was also the kickoff for the First Annual Geriatrics Day on University of the Sciences campus. This event took place during the National Week of Fall Prevention Awareness, coinciding with the start of the fall season, and was an interactive, fun, and educational event for the whole campus and local community. ASCP students prepared baskets of questions related to both fall prevention and geriatric cognitive impairment. Watch for the second annual Geriatric Fall Prevention Awareness Day in September.
“Raising awareness through events like the vial of life campaign and Alzheimer’s walk over this past academic year was personally rewarding and speaks highly of what students can do to leave a mark on the community around them,” said Mohak Dave PharmD’18, the chapter’s treasurer.