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SNPhA serves Cleveland during regional meeting

By Christian Darmahkasih, BSPS, PharmD Candidate 2017

Student National Pharmaceutical Association (SNPhA) – University of Toledo chapter did not want to miss opportunities to serve the city where the regional meeting was hosted for region III, IV, and V on March 11-13, 2016. SNPhA students from all over the US volunteered their time and energy to make these service projects to become even more successful and exciting. We were able to serve Greater Cleveland Food Bank, Providence House, and Lakeside Men’s Shelter on the first day of the meeting. Donations were also given to these sites by donating $1 out of registration fee from each person.
Cleveland Foodbank 2
In the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, a total of 16 students helped to sort non-perishable food and put together almost 400 new boxes to be dispensed to the residents of Northeast Ohio to ensure that the communities have nutritious food daily. It was not only an exciting moment of service, it was also an opportunity for fellowship with other SNPhA members from different pharmacy schools.

Providence House 1Ten people were involved in the painting project at the Providence House, an emergency shelter for children who are at risk for abuse or were neglected due to a family crisis. The house was in need of the SNPhA volunteers who filled the rooms with joy through the presence new colors on the wall. Additionally, we were able to help the house to save some money toward hiring workers to do this project.

Lakeside Shelter 3The last community service site was Lakeside Men’s Shelter, where ten students were able to serve food to the local homeless population. These were an unforgettable, incredible moment to begin the conference by serving the under-served, and this is how we started to ROCK YOURx WORLD in Cleveland, Ohio.

Patient education saves a life

By Hanin Chouman

On Friday, March 13th, 2015. UToledo SNPhA hosted a health fair at Ashland Manor, a low-income housing complex in Toledo, OH. Nine students, including six professional and three pre-professional students, participated in the health fair, providing services like education about hypertension and stroke, HIV/AIDS, kidney disease, immunization, and diabetes. Students also provided free blood pressure and blood glucose checks for participants at the health fair.

The participating students helped about 50 patients, making interventions that ranged from advice about diet and exercise to asking patients to see their primary care physicians. Of particular interest on this day was a major intervention that the group made, which led to the saving of a patient’s life.

When Audrey, a student, checked this patient’s blood glucose and the glucometer read ‘HI’, she called another student Akeem Bale, to help with the patient. Akeem re-checked the blood glucose and got the same reading, and after asking the patient several questions, Akeem told the patient that he needed to go to the emergency room (ER) to be seen now because his blood glucose was very high. The patient told Akeem that he was okay and didn’t need to go to the hospital; he said he was feeling okay. Akeem continued to persuade the patient about the need to go to the ER. After much persuasion and counseling, the patient agreed to go the ER, and EMS was called in to take the patient to the hospital. Several days after this major intervention the management of the housing complex reached out to the students. They we were told that the patient had suffered from a mild heart attack, and thanks to Akeem’s intervention, we saved the patient’s life.

Akeem Bale is a P2 Pharm.D student, and the current president-elect of The University of Toledo’s chapter of Student National Pharmaceutical Association.

March 2014 Student of the Month: Derek Drumsta


Derek Drumsta, center, with Drs. Early and Holiday-Goodman

Derek Drumsta, center, with Drs. Early and Holiday-Goodman

Derek Drumsta is the March 2015 Student of the Month. Nominated for his leadership in organizing Student National Pharmaceutical Association’s Chill at the Grill event, Derek is the first pre-professional student to earn the Student of the Month honor. Derek volunteered his time to advertise, sell tickets, ensure faculty participation and organize the logistics of the Chill at the Grill event, which allowed students and faculty members from both campuses to network and meet in a fun setting.

December 2014 Student of the Month: Nicole Fabiilli

The December 2014 Student of the Month is Nicole Fabiilli, who was nominated for her leadership in organizing the Student National Pharmaceutical Association’s annual CVS Meet and Greet event. Nicole hosted the event and adding a mentorship element that allowed pre-professional and professional division students to connect. Nicole is also a student employee in the office of the dean, and she demonstrates professionalism in carrying out her job duties.

August 2014 Refill e-newsletter

The August 2014 issue of Refill, the e-newsletter of The University of Toledo College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, is now available online.

In this issue:

  • Home away from home: Welcoming and retaining graduate students from abroad
  • Notes from the CD3 Anniversary Symposium
  • Ginkgo biloba and stroke recovery
  • Leadership Lessons from Distinguished University Professor Paul Erhardt
  • Substance abuse research, Dr. Caren Steinmiller
  • Pharmacy Camp inspires future Rocket scientists
  • Student research and awards
  • Community education, Elias Bassil
  • International APPE: Chun Wong’s Journey
  • Tradition, Ethics and the Professional Advancement Ceremony

April 2014 Refill e-newsletter

The April 2014 issue of Refill, the e-newsletter of The University of Toledo College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, is now available online.

In this issue:

  • The SCCP Student Research Symposium
  • Annual Preceptor Forum and Appreciation Luncheon
  • Picture This: A glimpse at recent events
  • Diversity in Practice: Dr. Monica Holiday-Goodman reflects on Diversity Certificate program
  • The Power of Girls: LKS hosts Girl Scout educational event
  • Upcoming Events

Kyle Rako, Doctor of Pharmacy valedictorian

Kyle RakoKyle Rako is the valedictorian for the Doctor of Pharmacy Class of 2014. As an undergraduate, Kyle Rako studied abroad at Universidad de Rey Juan Carlos in Madrid, Spain. A chemistry minor, he graduated summa cum laude with a B.S. in Pharmaceutical Sciences in 2012. After completing his bachelor’s degree, Rako participated in an executive pharmacy internship with Target Pharmacy.

His honors and awards include the Walgreens Diversity Scholarship, the Charles Schifman Scholarship, the Dean Schlembach Scholarship, and the Rocket Scholar Award in addition to The University of Toledo President’s List and the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Dean’s List.

Rako conducted pharmacy research at Universidad de Alcalá in Spain. His activities include serving as the director of pharmacy relations for UT CommunityCare Clinic and as a drug information teaching assistant. He also served on a medical mission trip in San Lucas Toliman, Guatemala in 2013. He has also served as president of the Beta Eta Chapter of Rho Chi Society, the pharmacy honor society, SPAN-liaison for American Pharmacists Association – Academy of Student Pharmacists and public relations officer for Student National Pharmaceutical Association in addition to his membership in Student Society of Health-System Pharmacists.

Dr.Rako plans to work in community pharmacy following graduation.

March 2014 Student of the Month, Shewit Ghidey

Shewit Ghidey, center, with Drs. Early and Hinko

Shewit Ghidey, center, with Drs. Early and Hinko

Shewit Ghidey is the March 2014 Student of the Month. Nominated for her leadership in organizing the Sam’s Club Diabetes Health Fair and the Latino Health Fair, Shewit is enthusiastic about patient care initiatives. She is actively involved in the leadership of Student National Pharmaceutical Association and earned third place in SNPhA’s regional clinical skills competition in March, reinforcing the college’s reputation for preparing excellent pharmacists. Shewit is described as a creative, visionary leader and as a role model for other students.

Student of the Month nominations are submitted retrospectively for the previous month. Nominations are reviewed and approved by the college’s Academic Performance Committee.

February 2014 Refill e-newsletter

The February 2014 issue of Refill, the e-newsletter of The University of Toledo College of Pharmacy
and Pharmaceutical Sciences, is now available online.

In this issue:

  • Script Your Future
  • Love Connection
  • Life After the BSPS degree
  • Dr. Cappelletty’s Shining Star Award
  • Saine ’79 honored by ISMP
  • Award for UT SNPhA chapter
  • UT research at APhA meeting
  • Rx Impact and Pharmacy Advocacy
  • March 11, 2014 Law CE Registration

Award for SNPhA project

The UT chapter of Student National Pharmaceutical Association (SNPhA) recently competed for and won the Region 3 Prescription for Service competition sponsored by Wal-Mart. The chapter created a video to explain how they would use the $2500 prize to serve the community (click image to watch the video). The chapter is now in the running for the national grand prize of $10,000, which will be awarded in July 2014. Students who contributed to this video include Hanin Chouman (P2, president elect), Amer Chouman (PP1), Elias Bassil (P3, treasurer), and Christian Jeric (P3).