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Student News – May 2015

Michael Pham, P2 and others team up with Serra High School and Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacy to help prevent misuse of prescription drugs. Read More »

Student News – February 2015

Aakash Patel, P4 and Mitch Vitale, P4 were top 10 finalists of the 2014 ASHP National Clinical Skills Competition. They competed against 120 other teams from pharmacy schools across the nation.

Student News – January 2015

The Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy awarded the following two SSPPS students for their research. The research submitted was considered amongst all research submissions by students, practicing pharmacists and researchers for these prestigious awards.

  • Samantha W. Ma (P2) received a platinum award for having one of the top 15 abstracts submitted in her research category at the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy Annual Meeting in Boston, MA.  She was selected to present her research, co-authored by faculty advisor Professor Jonathan H. Watanabe, titled "Association between Mental Health and Medication Access, ER Visits, and Hospitalizations in a Nationally Representative Survey Database" as a podium presentation in October 2014. Samantha was the only platinum award winner who did not already have a doctoral degree.

  • Danial Husain (P2) received a bronze award for his poster titled "Health Services Utilization of Intravenous Immunoglobulin (IVIG): Predictive Variables for Non-Adherence and Adverse Events in IVIG Patients" at the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy Annual Meeting in Boston, MA in October 2014.  This poster was co-authored by Professor Jonathan H. Watanabe and Dr. Michael Rigas of Kaba Fusion Inc.

Student News – December 2014

Student Accomplishments - CSHP Seminar Meeting, San Francisco, 10/31/14-11/2/14

  • P3 Sarah Brown accepting the 3 awards on behalf of students for Student Chapter Community Service Project Awards for Asthma Camp, Smoking Cessation Outreach, and Poison Prevention
  • UCSD SSPPS Team placed 2nd in the Annual CSHP Quiz Bowl, tied with the lead at the first round and scoring just behind UCSF in Final Jeopardy.
  • P4s Aakash Patel and Mitch Vitale competed in the CSHP Clinical Skills Competition and were selected as the leading clinical skills team of the 8 California schools of pharmacy and will now go on to ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting to compete at the national level in early December.
  • UCSD CSHP Student Chapter Distinction Award

Alan Chin, P4 - California Society of Health-System Pharmacists (CSHP) Student Leadership Award - 2013/2014

Congratulations to Alan Chin for being selected as the UCSD SSPPS student pharmacist for the California Society of Health-System Pharmacists (CSHP) Student Leadership Award! As a student pharmacist his dedication to leading our profession and his colleagues through numerous community service and professional growth activities has been exemplary. With his commitment to excellence, his strong work ethic and leadership skills, Alan has led the CSHP-UCSD student chapter through its most productive year to date.

Alan will be recognized for this distinguished achievement at the CSHP Seminar 2014 meeting in the fall. Congratulations!

CSHP – Student Chapter Community Service Awards

  • Asthma Education – UCSD
  • Tobacco Cessation – UCSD
  • Poison Prevention Awareness – UCSD

The CSHP Student Chapter Community Service Project Award recognizes a student chapter's achievements and activities in each of the following patient care areas: Asthma Education, Tobacco Cessation, and Poison Prevention Awareness. This award recognizes and celebrates a student chapter's contributions to patient care in these three specific areas. CSHP shall offer three awards annually, one for each of the patient care projects.

Greg Estep, PharmD (class of 2014) – California Pharmacists Association (CPhA) Student Pharmacist of the Year - 2014

Congratulations to Greg Estep for receiving the California Pharmacists Association (CPhA) Student Pharmacist of the Year Award! As a student pharmacist his leadership, innovations in the student chapter, and commitment to the pharmacy profession were extraordinary. Through his commitment to excellence, his creativity, his strong work ethic, and leadership skills, Greg led the UCSD APhA/CPhA student chapter through its most productive year to date.

Greg was recognized for this distinguished achievement at the CPhA West Coast Pharmacy Exchange meeting in April, 2014. Congratulations!

Kevin Gan, P4 – 2014 United States Public Health Service (USPHS) Public Relations Award

The United States Public Health Service (USPHS) Public Relations award goes to an outstanding student/intern for his or her excellence in Pharmacy practice. This individual has made an impact on patients' lives and has demonstrated innovation and ingenuity in doing so. In addition to having leadership abilities, that individual has made an impact on the community or the hospital he or she was stationed at and has played an active role in helping and/or expanding the roles of the pharmacist.

Francis Wang, P4 – American Pharmacists Association Generation Rx Award - 2014

Congratulations to Francis Wang for leading the UCSD APhA/CPhA Chapter to national recognition for Generation Rx! Francis served as project chair for Generation Rx, a patient care and outreach project focused on reducing prescription drug abuse. Francis demonstrated exemplary leadership, innovation, and dedication to the project.

On behalf of the chapter, Francis was recognized for this distinguished achievement at the APhA Annual meeting in March, 2014. Congratulations!

John Robertson, Pharm.D. SSPPS class of 2010, was recognized by the pharmacy practitioners and the Ramona (S.D. County) community for calling on a senior citizen of Ramona who failed to pick up his prescriptions in the usual timely fashion. After calling the patient's house several times, he took it upon himself to pay the patient a visit--"a pharmacist house call". When there was no answer and no sign of the patient, after contacting the sheriff's office and their finding the patient dehydrated and comatose, Robertson was able to advise paramedics on treatment and prior prescription medications.

Don Vu, Pharm.D. Ph.D. class of 2007, who is currently at the National Institute of Transplantation and Western University of Health Sciences in Los Angeles, received the Best Paper Award at the American College of Clinical Pharmacy from President Curtiss Haas. Dr. Vu's presentation was entitled, "Genetic Variations in a Sequesterin 2/3/mTor Axis and Development of New-Onset Diabetes after Transplantation in Hispanic Kidney Transplant Recipients".

Rachel Sperling, Pharm.D., Class of 2010, was elected to a second term to preside as President of the San Diego County Pharmacists Association.