STLCOP Students Welcome Adherence Challenge

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Students at the College have teamed up with Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine (WUSTL) students to participate in Script Your Future’s second-annual Student Pharmacist Adherence Challenge. The month-long outreach project was created to engage student pharmacists in raising awareness about medication adherence.

The STLCOP/WUSTL team is planning more than a dozen events in February as part of the challenge. Events scheduled so far include blood pressure screening and medication counseling at Maritz LLC on Feb. 8 from 8 a.m. to noon; medication adherence counseling at Walgreens locations throughout St. Louis on Feb 16. and 23 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., medication adherence lunch talks around the Central West End from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Feb. 15, and from noon to 1 p.m. on Feb. 21; and an appearance on KSDK Channel 5’s Show Me St. Louis from 12:30 p.m. to 1 p.m. on March 11. 

More than 80 schools of pharmacy participated in last year’s challenge, with more than 40,000 student pharmacists educating more than 250,000 individuals nationwide. Together, teams hosted health fairs, chronic disease education, and medication management counseling and even assembled creative flash mobs and videos to help share the message with their communities.

“One of the best hopes we have for changing our culture of non-adherence is to train the next generation of health care professionals to be proactive about engaging their patients,” said Rebecca Burkholder, Script Your Future spokesperson, in an interview for the organization’s Web site. “Pharmacists are among the most trusted patient resources for information about medication and often the most visible and accessible members of the health care team. From this position, they have a unique perspective on issues like medication adherence and a unique ability to reach patients.”

Anyone interested in volunteering for the STLCOP/WUSTL team is asked to e-mail fourth-year student and team coordinator Sonalie Patel at sonalie.patel@stlcop.edu. And don’t forget to “Like” the STLCOP/WUSTL team on Facebook. More information about the challenge can be found on Script Your Future’s Web site.

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