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American Pharmacists Association - Academy of Student Pharmacists Our Vision

To be the leading, most innovative, patient-centered APhA-ASP chapter while encouraging the professional development of student pharmacists. A Biannual Newsletter Message from the CoPresidents Our presidents work so hard to motivate, engage, and collaborate with all the executive board and chapter members all year round. Page 2

January 2013 Travel with IPSF New thrilling trips to exotic places like the Netherlands, Peru, and Haiti! Page 3

Rockford Thrives “...successfully getting the word out to the Rockford community that the University of Illinois College of Pharmacy is here in Rockford and we are ready to help!” Natalia Gut & Nicole Joyce, P2s, Rockford Patient Care Project Chairs With a recent addition of the Rockford campus and an implementation of UIC’s APhA-ASP chapter, we have been effectively networking with various organizations, local companies, and public facilities.

UIC APhA-ASP Midyear Newsletter

Legislative Strides From diverse legislative informational panels to student-written policy proposals being passed at the Midyear Regional Meeting, this semester was packed with exciting legislative news. Page 4

Professional Events Professional meetings, Patient Counseling Competition winners, and gearing up for Legislative Day - there are so much more in store for you in the upcoming year! Page 5-6

Make Your Mark Day

Patient Care Patient Care Projects are a core tenant of APhA-ASP - Look at our highlights from the past semester! Page 8-11

Make Your Mark Day 2012 was an utter success this year - we have all the details! Page 6-7

Increasing our contacts and maintaining working relationships are crucial to the potentiation of the success of our community outreach. We are successfully getting the word out to the Rockford community that University of Illinois College of Pharmacy is here in Rockford and we are ready to help! From our networking efforts, thus far, we already have people from all around the Northern Illinois area contacting us for help in implementing programs and gathering volunteers. For over a year, student pharmacist volunteers have participated in monthly blood pressure screenings at three churches, reaching a wide range of ethnicities and cultural groups. We continue to strive in providing quality patient care events by analyzing the health needs of the community and building relationships with the residents. Time and time again, we address the myths relating to healthcare and educate our community on how they can make a huge difference in their own lives. Our impact is very evident. A focus of ours is to solidify a program where we reach some of the youngest members of our community in order to help set them on the right track, teaching them the importance of exercise and healthy balanced meals to address the diabetes epidemic. Also, emphasizing

Medication Collection in Manchesney Park, IL the dangers of abuse and misuse of prescription and illicit drugs will help decrease the amount of drugrelated deaths in the adolescent population. We hope to continue to expand our impact through networking and capturing more student pharmacist volunteers, providing rewarding and fulfilling experiences for both the students and the patients. 1


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FROM THE CO-PRESIDENTS

Our organization has had an extraordinary Fall semester as we persistently strive to fulfill our chapter’s mission and vision. We have made tremendous strides in improving our logistics as well as our patient care operations while successfully increasing our fundraising efforts. Featured in multiple media sources, our chapter’s impact on Chicago and Rockford communities as well as the pharmacy profession continues to distinguish our school amongst other colleges of pharmacy in Illinois. The success of collaborations between Chicago and Rockford campuses began with the executive board summer retreat, which provided valuable opportunities for the executive board members to familiarize themselves with the structure and operations of the organization as well as build camaraderie across campuses to accomplish our mission and vision as one organization. During American Pharmacists Month (APhM), both campus chapters held diverse patient-centered services and energetically advocated for our profession making it the most active APhM our chapter has ever experienced. Along with our successful advocacy movement, another policy resolution from our chapter has been accepted at Midyear Regional Meeting (MRM) and is now on its way to presentation at the 2013 Annual Meeting in March. Honored as the host school for MRM 2013, we are also looking forward to planning and raising the funds to host the 2013 MRM in Rosemont, IL for Region IV. Other legislative activities our chapter has become involved with includes the collection of student signatures in support of a policy resolution focusing on the advancement of the pharmacist’s role and holding voter registration booths during this year’s election season. All patient care initiatives have also continued to expand by acquiring new contacts, building new partnerships, attaining new screening tools, and starting new programs to enhance our members’ experience. We are very proud to have attained two new valuable screening tools, such as a body carbon monoxide detector and a cholesterol screening machine. Moreover, our chapter has offered multiple lectures and competitions geared towards the professional development of our members including a networking etiquette class, a lecture on the value of volunteerism, a CV workshop, and 2 patient counseling competitions. With the exorbitant aid from our Vice Chairs and committee members, our chapter has intensified its presence within the College and the community, maintaining its reputation of being one of the best APhA-ASP chapters in the nation. We look forward to continuing the momentum from Fall semester to impact the lives of our communities and our profession with your participation!

Maria Tangonan, P3, Chicago Co-President !! Juhae Lee, P3, Rockford Co-President

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Enthusiastic First-Years Hailey Steuber, P1, Chicago P1 Liaison When I think back to my very first week of pharmacy school, I remember food, lots of food. Everyday after class, the P1s would sit around in 134-1 chatting and getting to know each other when magically delicious food would start to appear. Older students would pour into the classroom for whatever meeting was taking place that day and P1s got swept up into the meeting. Fast-forward to Org Day, root beer floats, candy filled pilled vials, treats and bribes were everywhere! While food always attracts a crowd, and for some joining an organization may have been based on what they were serving, I knew from the beginning that I wanted to join APhA. When I ran for APhA P1 liaison, I thought I had a pretty good idea of what APhA had to offer, but I was pleasantly surprised to learn they could offer a P1 so much more! P1 students have heard endlessly that pharmacy is a small, small world and it’s important to network and make connections while you’re in school. APhA has afforded me the opportunity to meet both local and national pharmacists through our General Body Meetings and MidYear Meeting. P1s have gained skills such as how to counsel patients on immunizations and diabetes. We’ve learned about medication adherence and how pharmacy is practiced in other countries. In fact, I would go as far to say that P1s in APhA will have a definite advantage when these topics are covered in class. First-year student pharmacists signing up to be a part of APhA on Org Day 2012.

Meeting some thought. Attending Midyear was one of the most inspiring weekends and I know the Annual Meeting will be even better (plus it’s in L.A.)! Ask any APhA member who has been to Annual and I’m sure they will have nothing but good things to say. Lastly, for all the P1s who have gotten involved this semester and made connections, please consider running for an E-board position. Elections will be held on Tuesday, February 12th and we are looking for the next generation of leaders to continue this great organization. Why not YOU?

8th Annual Golf Outing a Success Afreen Ghousia, P3, Golf Outing Chair Every year UIC APhA holds its Annual Golf Outing fundraiser event, inviting all faculty and alumni to golf and mingle with students. Dr. DiDomenico This year the participating as a golfer. 8th Annual golf outing was held at Golf Club of Illinois in Algonquin. There were over 50 golfers and 20 students that attended including Dean Bauman, Dr. Andy Donnelly, and Dr. Joe Garcia. The day started with a shotgun start at 7:30 AM, followed by a delicious lunch, raffle, and awards ceremony. The winners of this year’s golf outing were   Al Gambrel, Carl Geberbauer, Scott Meyers and student Mike Schmidt. They won a free round of golfing for four people. APhA raised over $6000 and had an opportunity to enjoy the company of professionals from Walgreens, Astellas, and UIC Ambulatory Care. Can’t wait until the 9th Annual Outing!

With Spring semester approaching I’d like to call P1s’ attention to a few important things. First, it is never too late to get involved! Even if you’ve never been to a General Body Meeting before, check one out! Even attend a committee meeting or respond to a call for volunteers. I urge you to get involved Group picture with APhA E-board members and in any way you can and find your chapter advisor, Dr. Djuric, at the 8th Annual Golf niche! Secondly, give our Annual Outing. UIC APhA-ASP Midyear Newsletter


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Travel the World with APhA-ASP Come join us for the IPSF World Congress ! this summer in the Netherlands!

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Carolyn Dewart, P2, IPSF Liaison The International Pharmaceutical Students' Federation (IPSF) Committee has been hard at work this semester promoting global healthcare initiatives within our local community and abroad! Members jump-started the semester by collaborating with ICHP, PDC, and APhA Smoking Cessation for the American Lung Association (ALA) Fight for Air 5K. Students fundraised, ran in the 5K, and managed an informational booth. IPSF members also collaborated with PSC and Kappa Psi to hold the Vampire Cup Blood Drive this past Halloween. The event was highly successful and recruited over thirty students for blood donations.  To promote international pharmacy, IPSF also organized its first International Week at COP on November 12 to 16! For International

UIC APhA-ASP Midyear Newsletter

Week, an International Tea and Pastry Sale was organized with proceeds going to Pharmabridge, an international project that supports pharmaceutical services and

Mission Trip to Peru (June 2013)

Federation (FIP) in lecturing on international pharmacy.  IPSF also started its first cultural series, inviting Polish and Spanish

Mission Trip to Haiti (TBA)

education in developing countries throughout the world. Even the APhA General Body Meeting was internationally themed with Dr. Manasse, former VP and CEO of ASHP, and the Professional Secretary for the International Pharmaceutical

IPSF World Congress (June 30-Aug 9)

Pharmacists and Healthcare Professionals to talk about different cultures and their impact in pharmacy. IPSF is excited to finish the semester by hosting a toiletry drive for Heartland Alliance, a Travel Immunization Educational Booth at

O'Hare, and events for World AIDS Day! Thus far, the Spring Semester looks just as eventful! IPSF will again be collaborating with PSC and Kappa Psi for the Vampire Cup Blood Drive, and members will once again be supporting the American Lung Association with its Hustle Up the Hancock event! We are also providing a 4-session medical Spanish language workshop series.  In an attempt to get pharmacy students into the international community, IPSF Committee Members will begin preparing for the annual summer mission trips to Peru and Haiti! There will also be an amazing opportunity for pharmacy students to attend the IPSF World Congress this summer in the Netherlands! Keep a lookout for more information on these exciting travel events!

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Student pharmacists working on our chapter's policy proposal which passed the approval process at the APhA-ASP Region IV MRM in Madison, WI. 

Red Hot Legislative Strides Jeff Krueger, P3, VP of Legislative Affairs

“..Spring 2013 promises to be EVEN HOTTER for legislation.” Fall 2012 was RED HOT in the legislative arena for the UIC Chapter of APhA-ASP. Foremost was the presidential election in November, which served as an excellent focal point to invigorate the student body regarding the importance of legislation and advocacy—particularly for issues facing pharmacists. In this light, APhA-ASP organized a dual-campus, three-day voter registration drive in September in cooperation with three other College of Pharmacy organizations: the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP), the Illinois Council of Health-System Pharmacists (ICHP), and the Student National Pharmaceutical Association (SNPhA). We registered over 50 students to ensure they could vote in the November elections. Another highlight of the semester was a legislative panel discussion held on October 2 where pharmacy leaders came to COP to discuss hot topics in pharmacy legislation. Our panel guests were Mike Patton, Executive Director of IPhA; Scott Meyers, Executive Director of ICHP; Edward Rickert, RPh and Attorney at Law; and Maxine Johnson, Vice 4

President of Managed Care, Supervalu Pharmacies. The panelists and students alike engaged in lively discussions covering Medicaid reform, the Illinois Controlled Substances Act, the Affordable Care Act, health care provider status for pharmacists, and opportunities for students to get involved in policy and advocacy. Speaking of student involvement in advocacy, our chapter also successfully submitted an APhA-ASP policy proposal that was approved by the Region IV pharmacy schools at the Midyear Regional Meeting (MRM) in Madison, Wisconsin, in November.  Our submission will now move onto the next phase for discussion by the APhA-ASP Resolutions Committee, which is comprised of the eight Regional Delegates elected at MRM.  They will decide which Proposed Resolutions will be presented to the APhA-ASP House of Delegates at the APhA Annual Meeting and Exposition in Los Angeles in March of 2013.  Special thanks go to Garrett Rompelman for representing UIC as our Chapter Delegate at MRM, who along with Maria

Tangonan and Mike Bogdan amended our proposal during the wee hours the night before the official vote at MRM. Last, but not least, Spring 2013 promises to be EVEN HOTTER for legislation. We will continue our efforts to bring important legislative issues to the attention of all pharmacy students throughout the semester. The peak of these efforts will come when APhA joins forces with ICHP for Illinois Legislative Day on March 13, 2013. Students and current pharmacists will descend on Springfield to meet with all of our legislators and advocate for our profession in person in the state capital. The other highlight of pharmacy advocacy will take place from March 1-4 in Los Angeles, California, at the 2013 APhA Annual Meeting and Exposition. Our chapter will take part in the House of Delegates meeting to vote on the new APhA-ASP resolutions that will be passed for 2013. These resolutions represent the collective voice of student pharmacists across the nation and address important topics that affect all pharmacists and the future of our profession. UIC APhA-ASP Midyear Newsletter


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MRM Region IV in Madison, WI - Student Recognition Award from University of Illinois goes to Mike Bodgan.

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Student pharmacists at the blood glucose screening table at the City-Wide Immunization Event.

IPhA Annual Meeting in Lisle, IL - UIC student pharmacists with Dr. Djuric-Kachlic (Distinguished Young Practitioner Award) and Dr. Popovich (Pharmacist of the Year Award).

Professionally Peaking What APhA Can Offer Gear up for Legislative Mike Bogdan, P3, VP of Professional Events to Student Pharmacists Day with IPhA UIC COP really put their professional foot forward this Fall semester. Everyone came back to school with a purpose. From the many patient care events that our students host to the world class faculty we have, it is no wonder why UIC continues to rank highly among other pharmacy schools. This year we had 16 students attend the IPhA Annual Conference in Lisle, IL. We were very pleased to hear that our very own Rachel Ralph (P3) and Maggie Thomas (P3) placed 2nd and 3rd, respectively, in the 2012 IPhA Patient Counseling Competition. Our UIC group also took first place in the IPhA Business Plan Competition, and our outstanding faculty was also recognized. Dr. Nicholas Popovich was presented with the IPhA Pharmacist of the Year award, while Dr. Marlowe Djuric-Kachlic took home the Distinguished Young Pharmacist/Edmont Barcus Award. Our chapter really showed other schools in the region what it means to be from UIC COP. With a 320% increase in attendance to this year’s Midyear Regional Meeting in Madison, WI, UIC was in full force. UIC even took home a regional position! Maggie Kaminska is our current Region 4 MRM Coordinator in charge of planning the 2013 MRM. Not only did we make our mark on Region 4, we also took the theme of ‘Make Your Mark’ to heart and planned events to reach out to the community on Make Your Mark Day. Students set out to take over the Pink Line while wearing white coats, handing out balloons, and spreading the word about pharmacy with banners and signs. Each group of students then set out to hit the streets and poll the public on opinions of pharmacy all ending with a grand finale, the ABC 7 evening news. Come this spring, it will be interesting to see what other great things our chapter can accomplish. This year, APhA’s Annual Meeting will be in Los Angeles, CA from March 1-4th. We hope to see a strong UIC presence to show the NATION what we are made of. This meeting is a great opportunity to advance your knowledge, network with pharmacists, students, and employers from across the country, and it’s California… Surf’s Up! UIC APhA-ASP Midyear Newsletter

Bernard Hsu, P2, Chicago President-Elect Economics is based off the idea of limitless wants bound by a finite pool of resources. The primary driving force of these limitless wants is demand. Upon establishing demand, those who wish to capitalize on the presenting opportunity will create a supply. On the contrary, when supply exceeds demand, value is diminished and demand will shift elsewhere. Fundamentally, the profession of pharmacy in Illinois in 2013 is defined by this very situation: the great supply of pharmacists coming from the 6 pharmacy schools in the state is diminishing traditional opportunities. The shift, however, from traditional opportunities to non-traditional opportunities leads to a newly established demand—one in which student pharmacists are driven to innovate and drive patient care forward.

“...student pharmacists with an undying curiosity and burning ambition...”

The UIC APhA-ASP chapter is the primary vehicle at the College of Pharmacy to drive new innovations in pharmaceutical care. Armed with nearly 500 members and a legion of student pharmacists with an undying curiosity and burning ambition, our chapter creates the current role models and future leaders in pharmacy. In the 2011-2012 academic year, we hosted over 100 patient care events and reached out to almost 1,000,000 patients city-wide. Every year, the opportunities for members expand exponentially as we continually redefine the very image of a Student Pharmacist in Illinois. The UIC APhA-ASP chapter will be holding its Executive Board elections for academic year 2013-2014 on February 12th, 2013. With the contributions of students from the Class of 2015, 2016 and 2017, we will show the entire nation that not only is the Land of Lincoln second to none—but that we produce the most robust and versatile pharmacy leaders in the healthcare force of the future.

Martin Calabrese, P2, IPhA Liaison IPhA Annual was held this past fall in Lisle, IL and it was a great success!  Student attendance beat our expectations and everything from the banquet dinner to the seminars and Pharmacy Jeopardy were enjoyed by all. UIC received many accolades in both the competitions and awards banquets.  In the Patient Counseling Competition both Rachel Ralph and Maggie Thomas placed in 2nd and 3rd.  In the Business Plan Competition Team UIC also took home the top honor! Two faculty members were honored at the awards banquet:  Dr. Nicholas Popovich and Dr. Marlow Kachlic.  Dr. Popovich received the ‘Pharmacist of the Year’ award while Dr. Kachlic received ‘Distinguished Young Practitioner/Edmond P Barcus Award.’  Congratulations to everyone! With the aid of the many other student organizations at the COP, Jeff Kruger and I were able to plan and coordinate a voter registration drive to increase student participation and interests in this past’s November election.  In addition to the registration drive we provided the student body with information about early voting locations and candidate’s positions on healthcare issues.  This provided every student with information on not only where to vote but on making smart and informed decisions at the polling place! The upcoming semester has a lot in store!  IPhA will be hosting legislative day in the coming spring. For this coming year I want to drive home the message that student advocacy is a year-round objective that is merely highlighted on Legislative Day.  In addition to the guest speakers leading up to the event, we hope to reach out to politicians prior to Legislative Day.  This will hopefully allow the politician and students to have a more in-depth and engaging conversations on the big day!  Special emphasis will be placed on the recent meningitis outbreak and how laws and regulations can be modified to provide guidance for compounding pharmacies to always produce a safe and effective product. 5


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Top left: Make Your Mark Day 2012 Oct. 17 - Students gather in front of NBC studios in order to get on TV after a day of surveying and educating people downtown pharmacists’ role. Top right: A student pharmacist starts off Make Your Mark Day by handing a child a red balloon and a “Know Your Pharmacist - Know Your Medicine” sticker.

“Work Hard - Play Hard” Balance Counsel Away! Kelly Burke, P3, VP of Professional Affairs This semester, APhA hosted two patient counseling competitions. The patient counseling competition is a great way for students to enhance their counseling skills and utilize knowledge from their therapeutics classes. The first competition was held in August and 32 students participated.  Each student counseled a mock patient on the use of escitalopram. The top two students, Rachel Ralph and Maggie Thomas, both P3s, went to the IPhA Annual meeting in Lisle, IL to participate in the state final round. A 2nd competition was a preliminary round for the National Counseling Competition that will be held in March at the APhA annual meeting. Thirty students competed in the preliminary round in November, and the top 10 students advanced to the UIC final round which will be held in January. The top student will have the opportunity to go to Los Angeles to compete against pharmacy students from around the country. The three rounds for this competition get progressively more difficult and include “problem patients.”   Next semester, we hope to host a sample Journal Club Third-year student pharmacists Rachel Ralph and Maggie Thomas represented UIC-COP at the IPhA Annual presentation to help P3 students prepare for APPE meeting this fall.  They both did extremely well at the regional competition placing 2nd and 3rd overall.  rotations.  

Member Activity Tracker Shivali Shah, P3, VP of Membership The fall semester consisted of ensuring new and renewing APhA-ASP members were successfully enrolled in the organization and added to the new Blackboard site and APhAASP member listserv.  In addition, as a chapter, we wanted to recognize and reward active members for their outstanding dedication to the organization.  This was accomplished by the distribution of High Five Awards at our general body meetings and the development of our member activity tracker.  The member activity tracker enables the chapter to track member participation at meetings, events, competitions, workshops, conferences, and other events, based on a point system.  Members are awarded 1 point for general body meetings, committee meetings and workshops, 2 points for volunteer events and competitions, 3 points for state and regional meetings, and 4 points for national meetings. The point system will be used to determine reimbursement for APhA annual and distribution of graduation cords.   Apart from that, the chapter successfully held a social at Bar 10 Doors, where students from other colleges of pharmacy were also present. We are planning to hold another social at the beginning of next semester in conjunction with Rockford. Stay tuned for more information. 6

Students gather to snap a picture during APhA’s first social at Bar 10 Doors during APhA-ASP week in the beginning of the fall semester. UIC APhA-ASP Midyear Newsletter


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Public Perception of Pharmacists

...and the Profession of Pharmacy

Maria Tangonan, P3, Chicago Co-President

2012 Make Your Mark Day Results

The lack of public awareness about the integral role pharmacists play in health care has been a common frustration among pharmacists in their efforts of advancing the profession. APhA–ASP encourages all of its chapters to innovatively promote the pharmacy profession. Our chapter at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy created a five-question survey to gauge public perception of pharmacists, their role in health care, the pharmacy curriculum, and legislative issues affecting pharmacy.

! Table 1. Ranking of professionals as health care providers

The public perception surveys took place on October 17 as part of APhA–ASP’s Make Your Mark Day during American Pharmacists Month. Hittin’ the streets That afternoon, 20 student pharmacists divided into 5 groups. Each group was assigned to specific locations in downtown Chicago, including prime train stations, universities, and major streets. The student pharmacists then surveyed people at random. Prior to departing from the college, APhA’s “Know Your Medicine. Know Your Pharmacist” balloons were distributed to all participating students. The balloons were handed out to children and passengers on the “L” train, Chicago’s most widely used train system.

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All student groups were thrilled to get to work as soon as they arrived at their assigned locations. A total of 149 participants were surveyed in approximately 2 hours, with the majority being female (46%) between the ages of 21 and 40 (41%). Students reviewed all responses at the completion of each survey and used the survey answers as talking points to explain important information about the role of pharmacists and legislation affecting the profession of pharmacy. At the end of each encounter, each survey participant received a “Know Your Medicine. Know Your Pharmacist” sticker to further promote the underlying message of our event.

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Favorable results The first survey question asked which professionals were considered health care providers (HCPs). As shown in Table 1, the top five professionals considered as HCPs are physicians, nurses and nurse practitioners, dentists, pharmacists, and physical therapists. While the first two are obvious, it is interesting to note that dentists ranked higher than pharmacists and physical therapists, which were both viewed as HCPs to an equal extent. Physician assistants and certified nursing assistants tied as they trailed the pharmacists and physical therapists. Radiology and pharmacy technicians were ranked on the ! lower end along with veterinarians. ! Chart 3. Pharmacists as part of HC team

! Chart 4. Pharmacy as doctoral profession

! Chart 5. Pharmacists as part of HC team

The second survey question gauged the public’s knowledge of the multiple roles pharmacists undertake. As shown in Table 2, medication counseling, vaccinations, and engaging in research were viewed as the largest roles that pharmacists play in health care, followed by teaching, compounding medications, and drug development. Although pharmacists perform health screenings and disease state management–which are heavily encouraged to advance the profession and enhance patient-centered care– both roles were surprisingly not considered major responsibilities of pharmacists. These shockingly low marks may be due to insufficient clarity of the definition of a health screening or disease state management. Pharmacists’ involvement in the application of genomics in health care may not be well recognized for the same reason.

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! Chart 1. Ranking of professionals as health care providers

! Chart 2. Chart. Ranking of pharmacist roles in health care

Additional questions assessed the public’s opinion on the importance of having pharmacists within the health care team, their familiarity with the pharmacy curriculum, and their awareness of current legislation affecting pharmacy. An overwhelming majority (96%) of responders agreed that pharmacists are an important part of the health care team. Moreover, only half of the people considered the pharmacy degree to be a doctorate degree. When asked if pharmacists were recognized as HCPs by both Medicare and the state’s Medicaid program, the majority of responders perceived pharmacists as having HCP status, even though pharmacists do not. Currently, our state’s Medicaid also does not recognize pharmacists as HPCs. One survey participant noted, “If [pharmacists] aren’t, they should be!”

Keep up the momentum It is becoming clear that pharmacists are viewed as health care providers and vital members of the health care team. The role of pharmacists within medical homes and accountable care organizations, as part of the Affordable Care Act, is predicted to expand. Ranking low in performing health screenings, disease state management, and policy involvement, makes it imperative that pharmacists and student pharmacists continue to educate the public, other health professionals, lawmakers, and key decision-makers on our various roles and current legislation affecting pharmacy. Pharmacists are considered to be one of the most trusted and most accessible providers, and have proven to be beneficial additions to the health care team in delivering quality patient care. Thus, the profession’s efforts to be included as health care providers within Medicare and Medicaid must remain compelling, vigorous, and enduring. UIC APhA-ASP Midyear Newsletter

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Patient Care Is What It’s All About Poison Prevention Making Its Way to City Schools

Student pharmacist showing third graders a bag of gummy bears vs a bag of gummy vitamins to show how easily it is to mix up a candy and a potential poison.

Kristin Moyse, P3, Generation Rx This semester, Generation Rx has aimed to educate as many different patient populations as possible.  Beginning last semester before the start of finals, we held an informational table at the student recreation center on the East Campus of UIC to educate university students about the dangers of the abuse of “study drugs.”  As the Fall semester began, Generation Rx set out to expand its roles beyond simply poison prevention.  A table was held in conjunction with the Phi Delta Chi Pharmacy Fraternity to accept any expired and unused medications.  The table was held to coincide with the DEA’s National Drug Take Back Day.   Accepting expired and unused medications from patients ensures proper disposal.  As American Pharmacists Month in October kicked off, Generation Rx hosted informational booths at the local UIC pharmacies at the Wood Street Pharmacy and the Outpatient Care Center.  Several patients did not know that they could dispose of their unused and expired medications at their local police station.  Therefore, these tables served as an excellent counseling point for several patients that did not want to keep their old and unused medications in their house within the reach of young children.  Finally, Generation Rx held an event at a suburban school with a classroom of third

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graders during their Red Ribbon Week, an educational week at schools about alcohol, tobacco, and drug prevention and awareness.  The educational message revolved around Poison Prevention, and it included educational activities, such as having the children guess between two substances to determine which is a candy or food and which could be considered a poison.  The children also participated in the “poison purse” activity where they pull something out of the purse and decide if the object is a poison or not.  It was a very successful event that clarified the concepts for the children.

Take Care of Yo’ Self Jamie Tieman, P3, Operation Self-Care Operation Self-Care strives to educate patients on the importance of knowing the differences between the various over-the-counter products for heartburn, common cold, allergies, pain and various other illnesses. Our initiative is to educate patients so they may make better healthcare decisions. We promote overall health and wellness. We do this by holding several events throughout the community. During the Fall Semester, Operation Self-Care was able to reach dozens of patients through our many patient care events. We educated patients on the differences between the common cold and flu during a Flu Clinic held by UIC at the East Campus Recreation Center. We also spoke with patients on the common cold at Walgreen’s and Dominick’s Pharmacies. During American Pharmacists Month in October, we educated local patients at UIC Hospital on various topics. During Heartburn Awareness Month in November, we held several events at Dominick’s Pharmacy and Community Health on Holiday Heartburn. We taught patients tips on how to prevent and treat heartburn during the holidays.

Overall, Operation Self-Care had a very successful Common Cold board semester. Many at a Health Fair. volunteers help make all the patient care events possible. We worked together as a In the spring semester, Generation Rx aims to committee to create new posters and start new continue to educate and promote awareness about projects. Next semester, we plan to start new prescription medication misuse and abuse within initiatives including nutritional supplements, good the community.  Focusing on the elderly population hygiene, and diet and exercise. We will collaborate may also be a great educational tool beyond proper with the Medication Adherence Committee to create medication use and disposal.  Generation Rx aims to pamphlets to give patients on lifestyle modifications. expand to also include education of proper prescription medication abuse and how improperly Thank you to the Operation Self-Care Committee disposing can affect the environment.  Contacts are and everyone who has volunteered at any of our being established with the Children’s Museum at patient care events! We are looking forward to Navy Pier as well as a local Nature Museum.  another amazing semester in the Spring! UIC APhA-ASP Midyear Newsletter


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Covering A Whole Lotta’ Special Ground Lisa Hutchinson, P3, Special Projects The Special Projects committee had a great fall semester! We kicked off the year by focusing on sickle cell disease for the month of September to celebrate Sickle Cell Awareness month. We worked with the UIC Sickle Cell Center to provide free screenings and information to the community at a health fair in August. We also brought guest speaker Dr. Gowhari to the second APhA GBM of the semester to discuss pain management in sickle cell disease patients. Our favorite event was at local high school Cornerstone Academy, where we gave a presentation, and played a game with a high school class to educate the students about sickle cell disease. Committee member Mayowa Agbaje-Williams also published an article in a local newspaper to raise awareness and educate the public about sickle cell disease.

Second and third-year student pharmacists educating kids at the American Diabetes Association (ADA) 2012 Summer Diabetes Camps.

Sweet Initiatives Alex Goncharenko, P3, Operation Diabetes Operation Diabetes has had a busy semester filled with multiple health fairs and events in the community. We began our efforts during the summer months at the American Diabetes Association’s (ADA) Summer Camps for Children with Type 1 diabetes. We led the educational portion of the day by playing fun and interactive games with the kids at these camps. The lesson plans focused on safe insulin administration and the signs and symptoms of hyperglycemia and hypoglycemia. We hope to continue our involvement with the camps in the summers to come! During American Pharmacists Month, Operation Diabetes raised awareness about prediabetes and diabetes by providing risk assessments to the patients at the Wood Street Pharmacy. The risk assessment is a simple 7 question form made by the ADA which tells patients if they are at “high” or “low” risk for developing Type 2 diabetes. In total we screened about 15 patients. Operation Diabetes helped to recognize American Diabetes Month in November by holding various events on a weekly basis. First, we partnered with IPhA and the City of Chicago by volunteering at several benefit fairs in downtown Chicago. IPhA and Operation Diabetes helped promote a new diabetes educational program for the city’s employees titled, “Taking Care of Your Health.” Having pharmacists and student pharmacists talk to patients about the program was an significant way of promoting the pharmacy profession. Another organization Operation Diabetes partnered with during American Diabetes Month was Community Health, a free clinic for lowincome patients run entirely by volunteers. At the clinic, Operation Diabetes members played diabetes bingo with patients as they waited for their clinic appointment, and patients who won received a free pedometer. We also collaborated with Operation Self-Care and Operation Heart at Community Health’s Diabetes Day. This event gave us the opportunity to speak with patients about their diabetes management, nutrition, and provide blood glucose screenings. Diabetes Day was a very successful event as our student pharmacists counseled patients and provided various health screenings. We wrapped up American Diabetes Month by volunteering at a local community pharmacy where we provided risk assessments and free blood glucose testing to patients. We spoke with patients who had diabetes and those who had family members with the disease and were able to educate them on important aspects of treatment and prevention.

Likewise, October was also a busy month for the Special Projects committee as we focused on Women’s Health. We took part in the American Pharmacists Month booths at the UIC Outpatient Care Center lobby and the Wood St. Pharmacy to discuss topics pertinent to women’s preventative health. We also volunteered at the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk in Montrose Harbor by collecting donations from participating teams. For Community Health’s first ever Women’s Health Day, we provided information and counseled participants about menopause and sexually transmitted diseases. In November, we shifted our focus towards Men’s Health. Our Health and Fitness table at the UIC East Campus gym was a great success featuring a game for participants to learn about calorie intake and exercise. We also gave handouts and answered questions about protein supplements. In addition, we helped the UIC Movember team raise money for prostate cancer awareness. We collected donations from faculty and held a bake sale/ donation collection in the COP lobby. Having a successful fall semester gives us the initiative to work harder during spring semester. We plan to expand our Men and Women’s Health initiatives with a contraception event at the UIC East Campus and a prostate health presentation at a local senior center. We also plan to hold events about migraines, pediatric dosing, and much more. We look forward to the addition of new members to the committee, new initiatives, and new ideas. It has been a great semester, and we are confident that the best is yet to come. Student pharmacists pause for a minute to study some facts on menopause at a patient care event.

We are proud to have been able to get involved in all different aspects of diabetes including Type 1, Type 2 and prediabetes. This disease can get complicated and confusing for patients, and we hope our work helps patients understand their disease state better and manage it more efficiently. Next semester, we look forward to continuing our outreach projects, screening events, and making a positive impact in our community! UIC APhA-ASP Midyear Newsletter

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Crossing A Milestone “...more CO screening booths using our CO monitor which has been proven to be the most effective smoking cessation intervention tool since smokers can visually see the elevated level of this poisonous gas in their body.” Yetunde Ademoyo, P3, Smoking Cessation Smoking Cessation Committee has crossed a milestone this semester with great patient care projects and events organized in multicenters around the community. We reached out to a diverse population of patients to educate them on the methods of quitting, benefits of quitting, and consequences of smoking to the body. Other events included partnering with the American Lung Association (ALA) by participating in the ALA Walk to raise money for Lung Health research, advocated by signing petitions as healthcare providers to increase cigarette taxes and funding for COPD and other lung health. Additionally, we raised funds to purchase our very own carbon monoxide (CO) monitor to facilitate conducting CO screening for smokers which has been very effective in demonstrating to smokers the impact of smoking on their health compared to non-smokers, and convincing them to seek professional help to quit smoking. Furthermore, our committee effectively collaborated with other organizations such as ICHP’s Lung Health Initiative and SNPhA’s Smoking Cessation Committee. Our events throughout the semester including setting up educational booths at Prairie State College where we distributed educational pamphlets and smoking cessation booklets to the students, participated in the ALA Walk to help raise over $1000 with ICHP, organized several booths at OCC and Wood Street Pharmacy during American Pharmacists Month, along with smoking intervention events for smokers and non-smokers at the UIC-COP lobby, Jesse Brown VA Hospital and at Jewel OSCO Pharmacy.   Additionally, we organized shadowing opportunities for UIC COP student pharmacists with Dr. Wilken, clinical pharmacist-in-charge of the UIC Pulmonary and Smoking Cessation Clinic, to enhance student knowledge. Students were able to observe Dr. Wilken one-on-one and gain hands-on experience about the crucial role of a pharmacist in providing useful interventions and counseling to help patients quit smoking. Next semester is full of new and improved opportunities for students to get involved in numerous patient-oriented events at different strategic sites with the goal to reach out to the smoking and non-smoking population to increase awareness about the harmful effects of smoking and the dangers of secondhand smoke. We also plan to set-up more CO screenings using our new CO monitor. This monitor has shown to be most effective smoking cessation intervention tool since smokers can visually see the elevated level of this poisonous gas in their body’s systems. In addition, we would be collaborating with Dr. Wilken to start a new initiative which will involve research and data collection with the hopes of publishing any tangible findings obtained from the research. Finally, the success of this dynamic committee has been based on the active and relentless participation of committee members. APhA Smoking Cessation Committee members are a group of proactive students who rise above every expectation and seize the opportunity that we have as student pharmacists to help our community. Hence, going into next semester we urge you to join us to make a long-lasting, strong and positive impact in your immediate community. To be a part of the APhA Smoking Cessation Committee, please contact the Smoking Cessation Chair Yetunde Ademoyo at pby2kus@yahoo.com.

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Student pharmacist educating a patient on different ways to quit smoking.

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Shots, Shots, Shots! Samantha Landolfa, P2, Operation Immunization As future health care professionals, it’s important to ensure that each of us gets vaccinated against influenza annually to protect our patients and ourselves. Throughout the semester, Operation Immunization sponsored an ongoing competition between the P1, P2, and P3 classes to see which class could get the largest percentage of student pharmacists immunized. The winning class received a free breakfast one morning during finals week.

Second-year student pharmacist, Kristin Prause, speaks with a Heart Walk attendee after providing a blood pressure screening.

It’s Good For The Heart Jessica Wills, P3, Operation Heart Operation Heart participated in a number of health fairs and screening events this fall and worked hard to advance our mission of helping patients to identify and reduce risk for cardiovascular disease. Students volunteered at the American Heart Association Chicagoland Heart walks in September, performing blood pressure screenings and speaking with patients at four locations in the city and suburbs. We screened over 285 patients in two weekends! Despite the rain and cold, these were fun and valuable experiences for students. We are excited that we have been asked back for next year! A new project launched this semester was a Women's Heart Health initiative which focused on raising awareness that heart disease is an important women's issue - it is the #1 cause of death in American women today. Volunteers created a poster highlighting important facts and risk factors specific to women. We presented the poster and performed blood pressure screenings at a Women's Health Fair at Community Health, a local free clinic for Chicago's uninsured population. We look forward to promoting this initiative more during American Heart Month in February! A healthy heart is the cornerstone of healthy living in every individual. With this in mind, Operation Heart set goals this year to expand our community outreach and patient care services. We have made great strides already toward achieving these goals, as we began working with an outstanding non-profit organization in the city called the Elam Davies Social Service Center (EDSSC). The EDSSC serves lowincome and homeless individuals, helping people to meet basic needs as they work toward greater stability and self-sufficiency. Healthcare is certainly a basic need, though many of these individuals face financial challenges which limit access to healthcare services. Operation Heart aims to do what we can to educate EDSSC guests on CVD and healthy lifestyles by providing blood pressure screenings, educational materials on a healthy diet and a list of free health clinics in the city. We also look forward to collaborating with other APhA committees to build a presence and partnership with the EDSSC next semester. APhA-ASP also received the generous donation of a Cardiochek PA Professional Cholesterol Monitor, which will make it possible for Operation Heart to perform free cholesterol screenings in the future. Having insight into risk factors such as high cholesterol will allow student pharmacists to better identify at-risk patients and educate individuals on the importance of controlling cholesterol levels. We still have a lot of work ahead of us in the spring to fundraise for additional supplies and establish a partner site for screenings. We plan to hold a “Heart Healthy” raffle fundraiser in February along with other American Heart Month activities as part of our efforts. The committee has put a lot of "heart" into this project and we're confident we can make our goal a reality! UIC APhA-ASP Midyear Newsletter

Flu clinics were organized at community pharmacies throughout the Chicagoland area that provided students the opportunity to educate patients about the influenza vaccine. Students participated at a number of Walgreens, CVS, and Osco pharmacies, as well as the Wood Street Pharmacy and the O’Hare Medical Clinic. In exchange for four hours of service and a paper on the importance of clinical pharmacy skills, Dr. Pluta awarded 10 points of extra credit in PHAR 321 and PHAR 323. The combined efforts of more than 100 students from both Chicago and Rockford have made a huge impact on our community by volunteering over 400 hours to educate patients about influenza and advocate the seasonal flu vaccine. During American Pharmacists Month in October, we informed patients at the Wood Street Pharmacy and Outpatient Care Center about the importance of receiving an annual influenza vaccine, a tetanus booster every 10 years, and the shingles and pneumococcal vaccines when indicated. We also raised approximately $250 through three fundraisers: a bake sale, a holiday bake sale, and our 2nd annual Pie Palooza contest. During Pie Palooza, Mr. Tolhurst and Dr. Cannon competed to see whose jar would get the most money. Mr. Tolhurst won and was subsequently pied by Dr. Drambarean during the PSC Student-Faculty Mixer!

Student pharmacists were trained on blood glucose screenings and blood pressure readings at a training session for the city wide Immunization Event.

Although we heavily focus on influenza during the Fall semester, Operation Immunization does so much more! We are currently planning events for the Spring semester to emphasize travel and childhood immunizations. We will also be heading over to East Campus to educate undergraduate students about the HPV vaccine, Gardasil, and the meningococcal vaccine. 11


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Executive Board Members To provide our students the professional and clinical skills necessary to assess and fulfill the current and future needs of our community and deliver top-quality patient care services.

Chicago Campus

Rockford Campus

Maria Tangonan — Chicago Co-President - mctango3@gmail.com Bernard Hsu — Chicago President-Elect - bbhsu2@uic.edu Maris Miller — Historian - miller.maris@gmail.com Masooma Razvi — Treasurer - mrazvi9@gmail.com Mike Bogdan — VP of Professional Events - mike.bogdan1@gmail.com Kelly Burke — VP of Professional Affairs - burke415@gmail.com Jeff Krueger — VP of Legislation - jwk106@gmail.com Shivali Shah — VP of Membership & Social Affairs - sdshah016@gmail.com Evana Robbani — VP of Public Relations - evatabbani@gmail.com Martin Calabrese — IPhA Liaison - mcalabr3@gmail.com Afreen Ghousia — Golf Outing Chair - aghousia6@gmail.com Jessica Wills — Operation Heart - jessicaewills@gmail.com Alexandra Goncharenko — Operation Diabetes - agoncha259@gmail.com Samantha Landolfa — Operation Immunization - slandolfa@gmail.com Yetunde Ademoyo — Smoking Cessation - pby2kus@yahoo.com Jami Tieman — Operation Self-Care - jami.tieman@gmail.com Kristin Moyse — Generation Rx - kmoyse1@gmail.com Carolyn Dewart — IPSF Liaison - carolyn.dewart@gmail.com Lisa Hutchinson — Special Projects - lisahutchinson@gmail.com Hailey Steuber — P1 Liaison - hsteub2@uic.edu

Juhae Lee — Rockford Co-President - juhaeleee@gmail.com Martha Prazuch — Chicago President-Elect - mprazu2@gmail.com Jessica Rawlings — Legislative Liaison - jrawli3@gmail.com Steve Shoyer — Historian - stevenw.shoyer@gmail.com Maggie Kaminska — VP of Professionalism kaminska.maggie@gmail.com Arsany Ibrahim— VP of Finance - arsanyibrahim@gmail.com Nicole Joyce — Patient Care Project Chair nicole.a.sinsabaugh@gmail.com Natalia Gut — Patient Care Project Chair - natalia.gut20@gmail.com Stephanie Dwyer — Golf Outing Co-Chair stephaniedwyer21@gmail.com Brent Bialik — IPSF Vice Chair - bbiali2@uic.edu Adam Hood — P1 Liaison -ahood2@uic.edu

Editor’s Note: Get The Word Out!

Faculty

Evana Robbani, P3, VP of Public Relations

Dr. Marlowe Djuric — Chicago Chapter Advisor KDmar79@gmail.com Dr. Jennifer George — Rockford Chapter Advisor jengeorge@gmail.com

APhA-ASP makes great strides in educating the general public on the array of services that pharmacists can provide. Pharmacists serve as a great tool for the community by being the first-line of defense against most illnesses and medical dilemmas. Join APhA-ASP in breaking stereotypes about what pharmacists do on a daily basis and help build a better future for the profession of pharmacy. Take action! Things as small as coming out to health fairs and participating in flu clinics can make all the difference. You are a small functioning cog in the machinery of a great profession - just make sure others know it as well. American Pharmacists Month Billboard in Manchesney Park throughout October 2012.

Public Relations Evana Robbani — VP of Public Relations - evatabbani@gmail.com UIC APhA-ASP 833 Wood St. Chicago, IL 60612

If you or any classmates you know have any ideas for making this fact known or spreading awareness about the profession of pharmacy, tell APhA-ASP! We can help you make it happen! 12

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