Tis the season for colds and flu. And this fall, UMKC School of Pharmacy students were again busy battling the bug.
Third-year pharmacy students participate each year in a pharmacy practice experience that includes learning to administer immunizations. This year, that experience involved administering 2,676 flu shots to patients at 59 immunization events throughout Missouri.
This is the eighth year the School of Pharmacy has been part of the flu shot initiative. It started in 2011 as a collaborative effort with the University’s Healthy for Life wellness program to administer the shots to faculty and staff.
Gus Frank begins to share his story with a group of Kansas City teenagers. For about 20 minutes, he describes how this local high school basketball player discovered that he is HIV-positive and must now live with consequences.
But the story is not really his own. It is, however, the unnerving and true story of a Kansas City teen whose life has been dramatically changed forever.
Frank is actually a fourth-year medical student at the UMKC School of Medicine acting in the production, “The Dramatic STD/HIV Project.” The partnership brings together health professions students from UMKC, the University of Kansas and Coterie Theatre actors to provide Kansas City teens with the facts about sexually transmitted diseases and HIV/AIDS.
More than 100 students from across the UMKC School of Pharmacy’s three campuses joined guests and donors for the Achievers of Excellence Scholarship Awards program on Oct. 25 at the UMKC Student Union.
More than 300 people attended the event, including 40 scholarship donors, to celebrate the school’s 2019 scholarships awards. For fall 2019, the UMKC Pharmacy foundation presented 146 scholarships totaling more than $152,000 to students at the Kansas City, Columbia and Springfield campuses.
While guests attending the program came from across the country, one special attendee took a longer route. Fredrick Manasseh is a 2007 Pharm.D. graduate who came to the United States from Kenya to attend college. The 2018 UMKC Defying the Odds Alumni honoree established a scholarship in the name of his mother, Monica, to help minority students who encounter financial barriers. This year, she travelled from her home in Kenya to join Manasseh for the Achievers celebration.