The Appalachian College of Pharmacy (ACP) recently placed nationally in the top ten (out of 125 entries) in three categories at the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) Annual Meeting & Exposition in Washington, D.C.
Second-year ACP student Glenna King represented the College in the APhA National Patient Counseling Competition and placed in the top ten finalists. Mrs. King is a native of North Carolina and a registered nurse. Other schools of pharmacy with students finishing in the top ten in the National Patient Counseling Competition included Auburn University, University of California – San Francisco, University of Oklahoma, University of Montana, University of Cincinnati, University of North Carolina, Union University, Wilkes University, and Purdue.
ACP also placed within the top ten of all pharmacy schools nationwide in the APhA Pharmflix Video Contest. Schools across the nation submitted short films of three minutes or less consistent with the contest theme – “Being a pharmacist means being a member of APhA.” The videos were judged based on clarity, relevance, creativity, originality, motivation, inspiration, humor, overall impact, execution, and professionalism. ACP students representing the College in this competition were Andrea Deel, Kyla Holmes, and Adam Sanders. ACP also placed within the top ten of all schools nationally in overall student participation in APhA. Over 90% of ACP students are members of APhA.
Susan Mayhew, ACP’s Dean, congratulated Mrs. King, Ms. Holmes, Ms. Deel, and Mr. Sanders and added that “these are significant achievements that place our College in the national spotlight. We are very proud of Glenna’s performance and the hard work of Kyla, Andrea, and Adam.”
Dr. Mayhew also recognized Dr. Holly Hurley, faculty advisor to APhA, Dr. Donna Adkins, department chair, and faculty member Dr. Leah Hollon for their contribution to the students’ success in the national competition. “All of our faculty members are instrumental in preparing our students for these competitions in particular and practicing pharmacy in general, and we are so proud of them. Our students are routinely praised at our clinical rotation sites for their knowledge, professionalism, and attitude, and they and our faculty are what make our school stand out.”
ACP is the Central Appalachian region’s only three-year Doctor of Pharmacy program and recently received full accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education. ACP has consistently placed first or second in statewide competitions, and recently one of its professors, Dr. Sarah Melton of Lebanon, Virginia, placed first in a national competition for innovative programs.