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Pharmacy students honored for leadership, service and clinical skills
Date:5/15/2014

HOUSTON, May 15, 2014 University of Houston (UH) pharmacy students wrapped up the spring semester with a round of awards for excellence in leadership, professional service and clinical skills. Five students three of whom graduated last week earned kudos at the state level from the Texas Society of Health-System Pharmacists (TSHP).

"Experience at professional meetings like TSHP allows students to see firsthand the benefit in continued, lifelong learning even after licensure," said clinical assistant professor Matthew A. Wanat, adviser of the UH College of Pharmacy's Student Society of Health-System Pharmacists chapter.

Competing against 94 teams from across Texas, two UH teams won the second- and fourth-year Pharmacy Doctorate (Pharm.D.) student divisions in the clinical skills competition.

Now third-year Pharm.D. students, Sunny Bhakta and Salman Farooqui won the second-year award, while recent graduates Melanie Laine and Amy Lehnert won in the fourth-year category. Each winning team member received a $75 cash prize, plaque and complimentary registration to the 2015 TSHP Annual Seminar.

In this competition, the students demonstrated their abilities in patient consultation, based on typical information found in a patient chart. Working off patient history and physical exam documents, lab test results, X-rays, physician notes and orders, and medication profiles, the teams were tasked with reviewing the patient case and developing a therapeutic plan to identify problems, strategy and monitoring. The goal was to best identify and assess all acute and chronic medical issues, drug-related problems and health care needs of the patient.

The teams were given three minutes to present their assessment and recommendations to a panel of three judges. This was followed by a seven-minute question and answer session in which the teams explained their rationale and defended their assessments and recommendations. Specific ques
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Contact: Lisa Merkl
lkmerkl@uh.edu
713-743-8192
University of Houston
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