UMKC pharmacy students do their part to immunize Missouri against influenza

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.

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UMKC Health Professions Students and Coterie Theatre Have Important Message for Kansas City Teens

Students from UMKC health professions schools, working with the Coterie Theatre, each take on the character of a Kansas City teen to discuss the dangers of STDs and HIV. Photos provided by Stefanie Ellison, UMKC School of Medicine

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.


Pharmacy Career Fair

The ideal opportunity for students and pharmacy professionals to meet face-to-face in a relaxed, convenient setting.

Who attends?

  • Companies and organizations across a wide swath of the pharmaceutical industry
  • UMKC Doctor of Pharmacy students from all three of our pharmacy school campus locations – Kansas City, Columbia, and Springfield
  • UMKC graduate students in both Pharmaceutical Sciences and Pharmacology & Toxicology
  • UMKC School of Nursing students

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UMKC student pharmacists receive individual, chapter honors at regional APhA-ASP meeting

UMKC School of Pharmacy students Zack Hitchcock, Springfield campus (second from left), Kailey Roberts, Columbia campus (third from left), and Saloni Patel, Kansas City campus (fifth from left) accepted the school’s chapter awards at this year’s regional APhA-ASP meeting in Dallas.

Students from all three UMKC School of Pharmacy campuses brought home recognition and awards from the American Pharmacists Association-Academy of Student Pharmacists midyear Region VI meeting Nov. 1-3 in Dallas.

Four students were recognized with individual leadership and service awards, and the school received regional chapter awards for outstanding service in three different patient care projects, Operation Diabetes, Operation Immunization, and Over-the-Counter Medicine Safety.

Thirty-one students from UMKC attended the regional meeting.

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Immunization Delivery Certificate Program

APhA’s Pharmacy-Based Immunization Delivery Program
A certificate program for Pharmacists hosted by the UMKC School of Pharmacy

Friday, Nov. 1, 2019
UMKC Health Sciences Building
2464 Charlotte St
Kansas City, MO 64108

DEADLINE to sign up is Oct. 18. Space is limited.

APhA’s Pharmacy-Based Immunization Delivery certificate training program is based on national educational standards for immunization training from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

This practice-based curriculum represents a fusion of science and clinical pharmacy. The program emphasizes a health care team approach and seeks to foster the implementation of interventions that will promote disease prevention and public health. The purpose of this certificate training program is to prepare pharmacists with comprehensive knowledge, skills, and resources necessary to provide immunization services to patients across the life span.

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New organization will support African-American students at School of Pharmacy

Founding members of the UMKC School of Pharmacy’s Black Student Pharmacists organization.

Students at the UMKC School of Pharmacy have established a new organization they believe will be instrumental in encouraging and helping underrepresented minorities to succeed in pharmacy school and as pharmacists.

The Black Student Pharmacists organization is the first student group at the school created specifically to support African and African-American students, said Essence Daniels-Brewer, a second-year pharmacy student and president of the organization.

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Pharmacy students receive Women’s Council Graduate Assistance Awards

Four women graduate students from the School of Pharmacy were honored at the 2019 UMKC Women’s Council Graduate Assistance Fund Awards Reception on March 7. Representing the School of Pharmacy were Dr. Kun Cheng, Taj Yerova, Dr. Chi Lee, Dr. Dhananjay Pal, Dr. Gerald Wyckoff, Dean Russell Melchert, Vrinda Gote, Maryam Nakhijiri, and Danielle Thomas.

Four students at the School of Pharmacy were recognized as recipients of the 2019 UMKC Women’s Council Graduate Assistance Fund awards during a  reception by the Women’s Council at the Grand Street Cafe on March 7.

The students, Danielle Thomas, Vrinda Gote, Maryam Nakhjiri and Taj Yeruva, were selected from a pool of applicants from throughout UMKC. All four are in the school’s Interdisciplinary-Ph.D. program with a major emphasis on pharmaceutical sciences.
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