Pharmacy students at the University of Houston ended their spring semester with an award ceremony that recognized five exemplary individuals for their leadership, professionalism, and stand-out research. Three of the awardees, who graduated last week, will join two undergraduates in receiving awards from the Texas Society of Health-System Pharmacists (TSHP).
According to Matthew Wanat, one of UH’s clinical assistant professors and current adviser of the College of Pharmacy’s Student Society of Health-System Pharmacists chapter, “Experience at professional meetings like TSHP allows students to see firsthand the benefit in continued, lifelong learning even after licensure.”
The two groups from UH won in the sophomore and senior Pharmacy Doctorate (Pharm.D.) competition level for their clinical skills in a statewide competition composed of 94 teams.
The two Pharm.D. students, Sunny Bhakta and Salman Farooqui, both now in their junior year, earned the sophomore awards, while graduates Melanie Laine and Amy Lehnert won in the senior category. The winners each took home $75 in cash, a commemorative plaque, and a free registration to next year’s TSHP Seminar.
The contest required participants to demonstrate their learned skills and approach to consulting with a patient.
As part of the competition, the students were assigned to study a case based on a typical patient chart and other pertinent information obtained during a preliminary interview and physical assessment in order to come up with their own therapeutic plan of action. The plan was required to include problem identification, proposed interventions, and necessary monitoring. The students’ performance was judged based on their abilities to assess and determine the patient’s medical conditions, drug-related issues, and specific health needs.
Rusol Karralli, a 2012 Pharm.D. graduate about to complete her M.S./Residency course at the Memorial Hermann Healthcare System, received the Leo F. Godley and Ann Godley Residency Fellowship Award. He took home $500 in cash and a plaque of recognition for his project on an online tool that employs the 340B Drug Discount Program.
Karralli’s M.S./Residency program is currently preparing her to be a leader in health-system pharmacy. The program is affiliated with six other Texas Medical Center health systems and will cover two years. Enrollees in the program will be required to finish “a post-graduate year pharmacy practice residency and a post-graduate year pharmacy administration residency at a participating health care institution, while also completing a master’s degree in pharmaceutical health outcomes and policy.”
University of Houston continues to demonstrate that it is a leader in life sciences research and education. Earlier this month, BioNews Texas reported on a research grant that the University of Houston’s laboratory received to conduct drug studies on lupus nephritis.