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Students Inducted into Alpha Chi Honor Society at USciences

Alpha Chi InducteesNearly 45 students at University of the Sciences were inducted into the Kappa Chapter of Alpha Chi national honor society during a special ceremony held on Tuesday, Nov. 3.

“Through involvement in our local chapter and the regional and national levels, Alpha Chi members have the opportunity to develop leadership skills and gain experience in professional activities, such as making scholarly presentations,” said Alison Mostrom, PhD, Alpha Chi advisor and associate professor of biology.

During the ceremony, a select group of 44 inductees were introduced by their faculty advisers or department chairs who highlighted each student’s accomplishments. Alpha Chi is open to the top 10 percent of juniors, seniors and graduate students in all majors except pharmacy and psychology/health psychology. That’s because pharmacy students are eligible for Rho Chi and psychology/health psychology students are eligible for Psi Chi, which are both exclusive international academic societies for their respective disciplines.

Natalie Stella DPT'18, current president of USciences’ Alpha Chi chapter, addressed the students and congratulated them during the ceremony. Family members were also present to share in the dinner and ceremony, and were acknowledged for the support and encouragement that they have provided their children.

Click here to see all photos from the Alpha Chi Induction Ceremony: 11.03.15.


Alumni Leaders Share Advice with Students in iLead Program

Alumi series 1Students and alumni at University of the Sciences recently had the opportunity to engage with each other during the USciences iLead Leadership Series' second annual Alumni Dinner on Friday, Oct. 10.

“This type of event allowed our current students to meet, network, and create new relationships with our successful alumni leaders,” said Susanne Ferrin, director of student life at USciences.

Alumni Gary Smedley PharmD’11 and Stephanie Bean MPT'89, DPT, attended this year's event and shared their leadership experiences and advice with 20 students in the iLead program. This program is a voluntary student-leadership series that based upon the social change model of leadership, which is highly relevant for students involved in healthcare and science disciplines, said Ferrin.

Dr. Smedley is a former president of the Student Government Association at USciences and a current community leader; whereas Dr. Bean is a current member of the board of trustees at USciences, and former president of the Alumni Association.


Seeing Through Another Person's Eyes

    The American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) has identified low vision as an emerging practice field for occupational therapists.  Low vision includes any visual impairment that can not be corrected using glasses, contacts, surgery or medication.  These individuals must learn new strategies, compensation and adaption to maintain their saftey and quality of life. 

    In some of our classes we are required to move out of our comfort zone and role play a disability to get a better understanding of the impairment.  In our cognitive interventions lab, we were asked to put on glasses that simulate different low vision impairments and interact with our surroundings.  I put on diabetic retinapathy glasses that gave me a spotted, blurred picture.  We were asked to walk around campus and attempt to buy something to show how difficult a visual impairment can be.  This experience just showed me a small glimpse of what it is like to have low vision so I can better understand my patients when I am a working clinician. 


Operation Immunization

As a member of the American Pharmacist Association I am apart of the Operation Immunization Committee.  This program is an immunization education campaign designed to increase the public's knowledge of immunizations while raising the number of adults receiving immunizations. Today the Univeristy hosted a Flu and Immunization Catch Up Clinic.  Pharmacists from Acme Pharmacy came and administered Flu, Chicken Pox, Meningitis and Tdap Vaccines.  As a student on the Operation Immunization Committee we had the opportunity to voluteer and help out.  I thought this was a great chance for students to catch up on any essential vaccines while staying right on campus!  


Summer Internship

When the semester ends many of us can enjoy the month of May but numerous summer internship opportunities begin in June!  This summer I am doing an internship with the Bridging the Gaps program.  Bridging the Gaps is described as "a community-based summer internship program that helps students gain a broader understanding of the factors that affect health in underserved and economically disadvantaged communities. The internship offers students in the health and social services fields an opportunity for interdisciplinary collaboration."  There are 200 students participating from Philadelphia's many schools like Temple Medical School, Drexel, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, and students from USciences had the opportunity to participate as well!  So far it has been really rewarding to work with nonprofit community partners and I am learning a lot about the city of Philadelphia! 


Pharmacy Practice Experience

For the past 2 weeks I have been completing my IPPE (Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience) at a hospital near my home.  This was the first time I had ever been exposed to a hospital pharmacy.  I did not know what to expect but this 2 week experience has given me such a great idea of what it is like to work as a hospital pharmacist!  I've been able to learn about medication safety using Omnicell machines and drug/patient bar code checks, how the hospital medication orders get reviewed, and attend different medical staff meetings.  One of the most memorable moments for me was being able to go to the operating room and check their drug supply.  Fortunately I've never been in an operating room before so I felt like I was stepping into an episode of my favorite medical show!  This has been a really wonderful learning experience and I can't wait for more real-life learning opportunities!


The Art of Medicine

This evening I went to a guest speaker event hosted by the student organization NCPA (National Community Pharmacists Association).  The guest speaker graduated from USciences in May 2011.  He opened his own compounding pharmacy, The Art of Medicine, in Philadelphia.  It was really interesting to hear about his journey from student to entrepreneur.  Compounding Pharmacy was not an area I had a lot of familiarity with but by attending this event I gained insight that goes beyond what could have been taught in the classroom.  I thought this was a unique career path and it gave me yet another job option in the world of pharmacy!


Fieldwork Level 1A: Application of Clinical Skills

In the Occupational Therapy curriculum we have a great oppurtunity to participate in fieldwork throughtout our professional years.  Since OT is a client centered practice, it is very important to understand how to work with a client and adjust to real individualize experiences.  In our first fieldwork course, we are learning to bring our knowledge from other classes into a practical clincal experience. The students set up a clinic format in our classroom and must decide the most appropriate workspace and activites.  This week we had our second meeting with our clients to monitor vital signs such as blood pressure, heart rate and respiratory rate.  We took vital signs before a physical activity, after the client was seated and 5 minutes after the client had time to rest.  Our first activity we had our entire section of the class dance to "Shout" and the "YMCA"! This was a lively way to get our clients going and they seemed to really have a lot of fun! Next my classmates and I set up smaller activities such as bean bag toss, bowling, golf and many other fun games.  Each time we monitored vital signs and made sure of ever clients saftey. I am so excited to have hands on experience built into the the USciences curriculum, I cannot wait until our next client activity day!


Dig into the Capsule

APhA-ASP, is the largest professional pharmacy organization on UScience's campus. The mission of the American Pharmacists Association Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP) is to be the collective voice of student pharmacists, to provide opportunities for professional growth, to improve patient care, and to envision and advance the future of pharmacy. 

I can go on and on about what the USciences Chapter does each semester, but I figured this was a better way for you to see it yourself. Our chapter creates a Capsule, which summarizes the main events that our chapter does each semester and is a great tool that we use to look back upon the things that we did and how we can make them even bigger and better the next time around. 

Spare a few minutes out of your day and take a peek at our Capsule yourself!

Download Capsule SP12


Spring Break: New Orleans Style

I don't know what is a more anticipated break...Winter Break or Spring Break? Now that Spring break is only hours away, I'm going to say it has to be Spring Break. Although it's only a week, it's a nice long week of going away and possibly soaking up some sun, relaxing at home with friends and family, or making some money to last you for the rest of the semester. Or, if you want to do something completely different than the norm, why not attend the APhA2012 Annual Conference? Each year, APhA (the American Pharmacists Association) holds an annual conference throughout different major cities nationwide. Seattle was last year, Los Angeles is next year, but this year...New Orleans beat out the other options. 

At this conference, student pharmacists, as we all new practitioners, and current pharmacists attend leadership meetings, talk about policies, and learn about the new and rapidly changing developments of the pharmacy world. A ton of students from other pharmacy schools attend this event, so it is a great networking event to make friends from all over the nation. So, you ask, why would I want to spend my Spring Break attending meetings? Well, it's not all about that! It's about site-seeing, breathing in the culture that New Orleans is known for, and making friends at the same time. You'll never know what it's like unless you go! So, like they say in New Orleans, "Laissex les bons temps rouler." Let the good times roll.

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