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Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford

SWOSU Spring 2018 sOSHP Report

Faculty Advisors: Tiffany Kessler and Nancy Williams


Reflecting back on Fall 2017 and Looking forward to Spring 2018


The OSHP student chapter at Southwestern Oklahoma State University had a great fall semester full of fun and educational activities. With new officers in place for the spring semester, the student chapter is determined to expand on the successes of previous semesters.

Keeping with tradition, our first meeting in August was a membership drive where lunch and information about OSHP were provided to all students interested in attending. We had a fantastic turnout and signed up many new members. We also hosted several speaker meetings over the semester. In late September, Dr. Mark Gales gave a tutorial about the annual ASHP Clinical Skills Competition. This generated quite a bit of interest for participation in the local competition. In November, Dr. Mark Mills, Medical Science Liaison with Veloxis Pharmaceuticals, spoke to our group about organ donation, focusing on its importance and addressing some of the common myths that prevent people from becoming an organ donor. Our final speaker of the fall semester was OSHP Past President Debbie Poland, who spoke to our group about the ASHP Practice Advancement Initiative, which increased our awareness about the future of the pharmacy profession.

Another major event this past fall involved hosting the annual ASHP Clinical Skills Competition (CSC). We had 28 members (14 teams) compete in the local competition this year, which was held at SWOSU on October 30th. Our first place team, Joshua Joseph and Jerron Lartey, travelled to Orlando, FL, to represent the SWOSU OSHP student chapter in the national competition. They placed in the top 10, which was only the second time in over ten years that this has happened for our school. In addition to our local CSC winners, we sent David Nguyen to present a poster of our chapter’s professional development project at the Student Society Showcase. His poster discussed the importance of advocacy among pharmacy students.

This Fall, our chapter also organized a few impressive fundraising events. The glow-in-the-dark Silipint 16-ounce cups were a major success among students and faculty, selling out in less than a week. We also held a holiday charity event for the patients at the AGAPE free clinic where toiletries were collected and donated to the clinic.

This spring semester started with our membership drive, and we received a great turnout. The meeting was led by President Kyle Klish who explained the goals and vision of SWOSU OSHP to the prospective members. We also collaborated with NCPA and APhA-ASP to invite Deborah Billingsley to discuss the importance of pharmacy legislation and communicating with our state representatives. The session introduced a lot of political aspects of pharmacy about which most students were unaware. We are also planning to hold more educational speaker sessions throughout this semester. Due to the popularity of Silipints last semester, we will again sell them for our fundraising activity, as well as organize a t-shirt sale prior to spring break. We will also be busy setting up a residency panel meeting, which will occur in early April and be open to all students at the College of Pharmacy. Finally, we are actively organizing our annual professional development project, which will focus on increasing awareness of HPV among college students.


Spring 2018 Officers

Outgoing fall 2017 Officers


Kyle Klish

Cassie Shaw


Caroline O’Hare

Kyle Klish


Elaney Schmidt

Jared Barnett


Meenu Thomas

Meenu Thomas


Tashrique Rahman

Darby Ballestero

Fundraising Co-Chairs

Chloe Williams

Laura Payne

Mackensey Stiles

Pascha Brim

Diana Ngo









Joshua Joseph and Jerron Lartey (from left to right) earning a spot in the top ten of the national ASHP Clinical Skills Competition in Florida this past December


David Nguyen representing SWOSU OSHP student chapter’s professional development project at the ASHP Midyear Student Society Showcase this past December


Membership drive for the SWOSU OSHP student chapter in spring 2018


Kyle Klish explains the scholarship opportunities available to students from OSHP


Spring 2018 officers (from left to right): Chloe Williams (Fundraising Co-Chair), Caroline O’Hare (President-Elect), Tashrique Rahman (Historian), Kyle Klish (President), Laura Payne (Fundraising Co-Chair), Elaney Schmidt (Secretary), Meenu Thomas (Treasurer)

The University of Oklahoma, Health Science Center in Oklahoma City

OU 2017-2018 sOSHP Chapter Highlights

Faculty Advisors: Teresa Lewis, Peter Johnson


Spring 2017-Spring 2018 Officers


MaryBeth Acosta


Katy Stephens


Megan Lenkov


Huy Nhan


Beatrice Atoyebi

Service Chair

Joy Woods

Smoking Cessation Chair

Zach Dunn

*All officers are located on the OKC campus.

In September, the University of Oklahoma’s (OU) student chapter of the Oklahoma Society of Health-System Pharmacists (sOSHP) had its first meeting of the year. In this meeting, we introduced sOSHP, OSHP, and ASHP to all new members and incoming P1’s. The chapter president, MaryBeth Acosta, also went over the schedule of upcoming meetings and events during the Fall semester.

During our October meeting, we recognized the winners of our Clinical Skills Competition, Kajal Bhakta and Stephen Parker, who went on to represent the College in the National Clinical Skills Competition at the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting in Orlando, Florida in December.

“Leukemia and Lymphoma Society” (October 19, 2017)

In October during Philanthropy Week, the chapter paired with the Pharmacy Month Committee and had Daniela Erickson from the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) come to educate the students on what the society is, what they do, and how people can become involved if interested. Many students remembered to wear yellow on this day in support of LLS and those who are battling cancer.

“City Rescue Mission” (October 27, 2017)

In late October, the OU sOSHP chapter participated in the health fair at City Rescue Mission (homeless shelter and recovery program) to provide health services and information to the homeless population in Oklahoma City. Our members provided information to the attendees on smoking cessation and handed out pamphlets with tips on how to stop smoking.

“Residency Panel” (November 16, 2017)

In November, the chapter invited current OU College of Pharmacy PGY1 and PGY2 residents and clinical fellows to speak to the members about post-graduate training opportunities. The members had a chance to ask the residency panel questions about being in a residency program and about the interview process, as well as what the daily activities may look like for a resident in various settings. This provided very useful insight for the members who want to pursue a residency upon graduation.

“Legislative Day” (January 30, 2018)

In February, the chapter paired with NCPA/APhA/NCPA/PLS to have a meeting about Legislative Day. Senator Rob Standridge met with the students and gave details as to what Legislative Day is all about. He also discussed various bills that were being put through the House and Senate that have an impact on the pharmacy profession and if we, as pharmacists, wanted them to be passed or not. Several students from the college went on to attend Legislative Day at the capitol on February 13th to participate in and observe discussion centered around healthcare policy.

In March, our chapter will be holding elections for upcoming officer positions as well as discussing opportunities for further college and community involvement in pharmacy and healthcare service and education.

Service Projects:

OU sOSHP chapter members continue to be involved in multiple service projects and health-related events meeting the needs of community residents. Throughout the year, OU sOSHP continued to partner with Millwood Elementary School and provide hands-on learning activities and workshops on medical equipment and immunizations to students. The chapter also educated the students at Millwood about over-the-counter (OTC) medication literacy, which is all about learning to safely use and store OTC medications.  Members have also been volunteering at the Mid-Del Community Health Clinic on Thursday evenings, providing intern services to the pharmacist on duty, counseling patients on medications, and providing education on smoking cessation. In February, a group of students staffed a booth at the Tulakes Elementary School Health Fair educating elementary school students and their parents about general health and nutrition. In March, a small group of students represented our chapter in the first annual OUHSC Good Neighbor Safety Fair where they had a booth set up to provide information on smoking cessation. It was a great experience practicing patient intervention, counseling, and interacting with the community as a pharmacy student intern.

City Rescue Mission in OKC (Pictured: Zachary Dunn, Allyson Troyer, John Brown)

Millwood Elementary School (Pictured: Nabil Sukar, Beatrice Atoyebi, Khanh Tran)

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