St. Louis College of Pharmacy Student Elected to National Office
Fifth-year student Dainielle Fox was named president-elect of the Student National Pharmaceutical Association (SNPhA) at their annual meeting in New Orleans on July 27. She is not the first student from the College to hold national office. Alumnae Anita Victorian ’88 and Judith Alexander ’89/’90 both served as president of SNPhA, and Patrice Johnson ’93 served as the organization’s treasurer.
“I plan to advocate for the profession of pharmacy, increase minority representation in pharmacy and health care professions, and improve the health of St. Louis and communities across the country,” Fox says. “I’m challenging myself, and my fellow leaders, to enhance all SNPhA members’ experiences to broaden their opportunities.”
Fourth-year student Nasheet Quraishi was named National Power to End Stroke chair, which is a SNPhA community initiative with the American Stroke Association. The goal of the campaign is to reduce the number of strokes in African Americans and underserved populations by increasing awareness of risk factors like high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, and smoking.
During the meeting, pharmacy students from across the country displayed their knowledge of pharmacy in a clinical skills competition. Sixth-year student Bethanne Carpenter and fourth-year student Rebekkah Johnson used their knowledge of medication and the care of patients to finish second. As part of the competition, the team worked on a patient case and made their medication recommendations. Carpenter and Johnson were one of only three teams to advance to the finals, where they presented their case to a panel of judges and participated in a patient counseling session.
“Several other chapters and advisors took note of the students’ professionalism and prominence at the conference,” says Kim Simmons, Pharm.D., assistant vice president of diversity and inclusion, assistant professor of pharmacy practice, and SNPhA advisor. “The students in this group are living the College’s mission to positively impact patients and society.”
SNPhA recognized the College’s chapter at the closing dinner with an award for the most members at the national meeting in the small chapter category.