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PCP Student Takes Third Place in Prestigious U.S. Pharmacy Competition

Viha daveBy combining her pharmacy education and interpersonal communication skills, pharmacy student Viha Dave PharmD’16 recently took third place at the 2015 National Patient Counseling Competition—held during the American Pharmacists Association Academy’s (APhA) Annual Meeting and Exposition, on March 29, in San Diego. She competed against 126 student pharmacists from across the country, becoming the first pharmacy student in decades to represent USciences as a top 10 finalist in this prestigious competition.

“It was an honor to represent Philadelphia College of Pharmacy at the national level, and I hope this gets my younger classmates excited to participate in the future, as this was an enriching experience for me,” said Dave. “My PCP education definitely helped prepare me for this experience because many of my professors continually emphasize the importance of delivering personalized care to our patients.”

The main goal of this national competition is to encourage student pharmacists to become better patient educators. Each year, the competition is designed to reflect changes that are occurring in practice, promote and encourage further professional development of student pharmacists, and reinforce the role of the pharmacist as a healthcare provider and educator.

This competition began at the local level in January, where students, like Dave, competed against their classmates to represent their pharmacy school on a national platform. The national competition was divided into the preliminary round and final round. At the preliminary round, students selected a simple practice scenario at random and were required to counsel a mock patient on the appropriate use of the drug involved. Evaluations were based on the content and style of the counseling presentations, and the top 10 student pharmacists advanced to the final round of the competition.

The final round involved a more complex counseling situation where the participants again selected a prescription at random and were asked to counsel their patients on safe and effective drug use. The patient in the final round, however, also displayed personality characteristics such as anxiousness, aggression or apathy to challenge the participants’ ability to convey pertinent information in a realistic situation.

 “I had the opportunity to watch Viha’s performance during her final counseling round and it was clear that she is a highly competent, confident, and compassionate student pharmacist,” said Kenneth Leibowitz, assistant professor of communications at USciences and co-founder of this national competition.

Dave, along with the other top 10 finalists in the competition, were recognized during the closing ceremony of the APhA  meeting, and the four top winners of the competition received cash prizes.



Biology Student Describes USciences Experience as 'Life Changing'

ReechaWith graduation day quickly approaching, Reecha Pandya BioSci'15 looked back on her experience at University of the Sciences and summed it up as "life changing."

“Over the past four years, I have grown so much as a student and as a person,” said Pandya. “I will remember, and cherish, my research experience in the Department of Biological Sciences because it was simply incredible.”

Pandya, a biomedical sciences major and economics minor, said the level of hands-on research that she conducted during her time at USciences has more than prepared her for graduate school and a future in the science and healthcare industries. During her last year at USciences, she worked closely with the biology department's brewing science expert, Dr. Matthew Farber, to explore the effects of hops on yeast protease activity in beer, as well as fermentation parameters' influence on protease activity in beer

“True career preparation comes from research experience,” she said. “Employers look for the kind of lab experience offered at USciences because they want to know that candidates are well-trained in basic lab techniques and know how to innovatea skill learned in the lab, not in class.”

Hewitt-7392With her undergraduate focus in science and business, Pandya plans to eventually pursue an executive MBA in the future to prepare her for a career that focuses on both the science and business aspects of a company. As for now, she is eager to continue her education at Johns Hopkins University in the fall and further her work in brewing science through a paid internship with a brewing company.

Prospective students should know that considering USciences means enlisting for a self-rewarding challenge, said Pandya.

"USciences can help you achieve your utmost potential if you are up for it," she said. "It is also very important to keep an open mind during your undergraduate years because doing so helped me get the most out of my education."



Recent Grad Gives Back to the Game of Basketball, Gains Free Education

UsciencesgradWhile some recent college graduates have already entered the workforce or continue their job search, Patrick Connaghan PhB'14 is preparing to leave for Ireland in August to further his education, continue his basketball career, and explore his Irish roots.

That’s because the former University of the Sciences student-athlete was selected as one of 13 international Victory Scholarship recipients through the Sport Changes Life Foundation. Scholars, like Connaghan, will have the opportunity to pursue their graduate degrees, continue to play or coach their sport of choice at all levels, and serve as mentors to disadvantaged, at-risk youth across Ireland.

"The game of basketball has taught me so much in terms of life lessons, such as perseverance and integrity,” said Connaghan, of Warrington, Bucks County. “I am thrilled to have the chance to inspire young people through a sport which has changed my life in more ways than I could have ever imagined.”

Through practical education and inspirational sports programs, Connaghan and his peers will closely work with young Irish students to help steer them down a path to a bright future. The purpose of the foundation is to demonstrate to youth that the valuable lessons learned through sports can change their lives and shape their futures.

This fall, Connaghan will begin the master of business program at the Institute of Technology, Carlow in southeast Ireland, and play on the University’s basketball team and/or the professional club basketball team. Other institutions that participate in this scholarship program, include University of Ulster; National University of Ireland, Galway; Limerick University; and Trinity College Dublin.

Connah“One of the best things I learned as a student-athlete at USciences was how to balance school, sports, and a social life,” said Connaghan. “As a young adult on my own for the first time in my life, I’m grateful that my coaches and mentors at USciences taught me how to manage my time in positive and productive manner.”

David Pauley, head coach of men's basketball at USciences, said it has been a privilege to coach Connaghan over the past four years, and watch him grow into a respected leader on and off the basketball court.

Connaghan is ranked among several lists of top 20 career leaders from the men’s basketball program at USciences. He is currently ranked seventh in offensive rebounds per game, as well as ninth in defensive rebounds per game.

“I plan on leaving a lasting impact on the youth of Ireland because I never want to see kids miss out on their full potential,” said Connaghan. “It is an honor and yet another dream come true to be a part of the Sport Changes Life family and continue my basketball career in an international setting.”

Follow Connaghan’s journey through Ireland at @Connaman on Twitter. 

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