Event is organized by UMKC School of Pharmacy and UMKC School of Law
Medicare Part D is a distant thought to most college students.
But on Saturday dozens of University of Missouri-Kansas City students will come together and use their expertise to help senior citizens and caregivers navigate the complexities of Medicare Part D at the first Medicare Part D Health Fair.
The health fair is being organized by the UMKC School of Pharmacy and School of Law Health Law Society as a way to give back to the community and help students hone their skills. Each school has conducted separate education events in the past but this is the first time they are coordinating their efforts to better serve the public.
The event, from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at Pierson Hall, is open to those who have been using Medicare Part D for years or those ready to enroll for the first time.
The UMKC School of Pharmacy at Missouri State University opened this past week in a transformed historic Brick City building. This is the third site for the school’s PharmD program, the practice-level degree for pharmacists.
The new site allows students to register in the UMKC School of Pharmacy program but complete coursework on the Missouri State campus. This university partnership allows students to take the same courses and earn the same UMKC degree as their counterparts in Kansas City and Columbia.
UMKC School of Pharmacy Dean Russell Melchert said the expansion is a targeted effort to address a shortage of healthcare providers, including pharmacists, in rural Missouri. UMKC graduate placement data suggests regional academic programs are an effective way to attract and retain healthcare workers in rural Missouri. It’s essential that UMKC help fill that need, Melchert said, given that it offers the only public pharmacy program in Missouri.
The Missouri Pharmacy Association recognized University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Pharmacy faculty members Kelly A. Cochran and Andrew Bzowyckyj with major awards at its annual convention held in September in St. Louis.
Cochran, PharmD, BCPS, of UMKC School of Pharmacy in Columbia, won the 2014 Faculty Member of the Year Award for UMKC. To be nominated for the award, the pharmacist must be a member of the MPA and have worked for UMKC for a minimum of three years and never have previously been presented with this honor. READ MORE