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St. Louis Health Care Students Win National Awar

Published on 31 May 2015

A team of students at St. Louis College of Pharmacy and Washington University School of Medicine was chosen as one of three winners of the national Script Your Future Award, a national campaign to raise awareness about medication adherence. The team also received the Creative Interprofessional Team Event Award, one of three special distinctions. More than 80 colleges of pharmacy across the country were involved in the event.
 
"We’re teaching students the importance of interprofessional collaboration," says group advisor Gloria Grice, Pharm.D., associate director of experiential programs and associate professor of pharmacy practice at St. Louis College of Pharmacy. "All health care professionals, including pharmacists, physicians, and therapists, are working together more. Studies show this type model of care is in the best interest of patients."
 
The collaborative group effort was led by St. Louis College of Pharmacy fourth-year student Sonalie Patel. Fellow St. Louis College of Pharmacy students Libby Herman and Patrick Hyatt joined her on the organizing committee. Students studying medicine, physical therapy, and occupational therapy at Washington University rounded out the committee. Faculty members from both St. Louis College of Pharmacy and Washington University assisted the team in their efforts.
 
"This is an incredible honor," Patel says. "I’ve been blessed to work with some excellent students from both St. Louis College of Pharmacy and Washington University. Forming these bonds now will help all of us and our future patients."  
 
During the month of February, more than 48,000 St. Louis residents received the group’s message: "See it, Hear it, Write it, Understand it, Share it." The group won the Creative Interprofessional Team Event Award for their phrase and for ensuring that each profession had a unique adherence message for the patients. Student pharmacists stressed the importance of using pill boxes and medication lists. Physical therapy students talked about appropriate exercises based on medications and conditions. Occupational therapy students educated the public on how to remember to take medications, such as setting alarm clocks or smart phone reminders. Medical students ensured that patients understood their medical conditions and the importance of taking medications.
 
"I could not be more proud of Sonalie and all of the volunteers," Grice says. "Students have precious little time outside of class, and they used every moment to improve the health of St. Louis."
 
As part of the victory, team members will travel to Washington, D.C., this summer to accept the award at the national Script Your Future Meeting. 
 
More about the Script Your Future campaign can be found here. 
 
The award-winning team by the numbers:
o         Events conducted: 24
o         Volunteers: 186
o         Script Your Future medication list wallet cards handed out: 2,458
o         Patients reached during all activities: 48,404
o         Patients directly counseled about medications: 2,191
o         Social media followers and engagement: 4,000

About St. Louis College of Pharmacy: For more than 150 years, St. Louis College of Pharmacy has been committed to educating the best pharmacists in the United States. The region’s only independent college of pharmacy, St. Louis College of Pharmacy is the third oldest continuously operating and 10th largest college of pharmacy in America. The student body is comprised of 1,400 students, 40 percent of which are minority or multicultural. The students come to the College from 31 states and 10 countries. The College admits students directly from high school and accepts transfer students and graduates from other colleges and universities in the sophomore and junior years of the undergraduate program and the first year of the professional program. Students earn a Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) with an integrated Bachelor of Science degree in a seven-year curriculum. An education at the College opens up the world to graduates for a career in a wide range of practice settings. Graduates have a 100 percent job placement rate. The campus is transforming to better fit the needs of students, faculty, and staff. This summer, a new six-story, 213,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art academic and research building opened. Construction is underway for a seven-story student center, residence hall, and recreation facility scheduled for completion in December 2016. When not in class, students can participate in more than 60 organizations, fraternities, intramurals, and sports. The College competes in 12 NAIA Division I sports. College alumni practice throughout the nation and in 13 different countries, providing a strong network to assist students with their goals. Additional information is available at stlcop.edu.

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