American Pharmacists Month
October is American Pharmacists Month! Look for events and educational opportunities as we celebrate our students, faculty, staff, and alumni.
Seventy-three percent of all practicing pharmacists in the St. Louis region are graduates of STLCOP. We have strong affiliations with local health organizations, including Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Washington University School of Medicine, Walgreens and Express Scripts. Our BESt program is a collaboration between Barnes-Jewish, Express Scripts and the College that teaches high school students from diverse backgrounds about health care, while our Walgreens Explorers program prepares gifted high school students for careers in pharmacy. We also have an interesting collaboration with the St. Louis Science Center. Every Friday during the school year students from the College spend three hours explaining the benefits and dangers of medicines to children and their parents at the science center.View the gallery
For nearly 150 years, St. Louis College of Pharmacy has been a part of the community. Currently, 73 percent of pharmacists in the St. Louis area graduate from the College. In the coming years, the College will continue to strengthen connections with current regional, national and international partners to enhance the education of students and improve health care locally and around the globe.
In 2013, in recognition for STLCOP’s commitment to St. Louis, the College was named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll by the Corporation for National and Community Service. Specifically, the College was commended for thousands of hours that students, faculty, staff and alumni have donated in support of activities such as the St. Louis Medication Disposal Initiative, a first of its kind collaboration between the College, the City of St. Louis, and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration to urge area residents to properly dispose of unwanted and expired medications.
In addition, STLCOP has many important initiatives focused on improving health outcomes and education throughout the St. Louis region. For instance, faculty members Dr. Tricia Berry and Dr. Theresa Prosser originated the Asthma Friendly Pharmacies program in cooperation with the St. Louis Regional Asthma Consortium, and every semester dozens of students educate visitors to the Saint Louis Science Center about medications and their proper uses.
Our reach extends far beyond St. Louis, however. The College was recently awarded a grant from the American International Health Alliance to work with the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University on strengthening pharmacy technician education in South Africa. The College also has partnerships with universities and organizations in Guatemala, Mexico and Saudi Arabia, which provide rich opportunities for faculty and students to learn about other cultures and bring back ideas that improve health at home.