Palm Beach Atlantic University students will bring the NASPA-NMA Student Pharmacist Self-Care Championship title home to the Gregory School of Pharmacy for the fifth straight year. The competition took place during the annual meeting of the Florida Pharmacy Association, held this year in Marco Island.
Fourth-year pharmacy students Jigna Patel and Halena Sautman and third-year student Emile Abdo made up the winning team during the OTC (Over-the-Counter) Challenge. Students from PBA have won this competition since it began in Florida in 2008.
The National Alliance of State Pharmacy Associations (NASPA) and the Nonprescription Medicines Academy (NMA) partnered in 2006 to launch the NASPA/NMA Student Pharmacist Self-Care Championship. The event, which is endowed by Procter & Gamble, promotes interactive learning of self-care topics to the participants as well as the audience in attendance.
Individual events are conducted annually by state pharmacy associations at their annual or mid-year convention and feature teams from the state’s colleges and schools of pharmacy. These teams compete head-to-head in an event similar to a quiz bowl as they answer questions, developed by the NMA, focused on patient self-care.
In addition, third-year pharmacy student Christina Lalla placed second out of 15 student participants at the FPA Patient Counseling Competition.
Palm Beach Atlantic’s Lloyd L. Gregory School of Pharmacy was established in 2000 and welcomed its first class of 57 students in 2001. The Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) Board of Directors granted full accreditation to the School of Pharmacy in June 2005, the same year the school graduated its first class. Named for Lloyd L. Gregory, patriarch of the Gregory family, the Gregory School of Pharmacy offers a strong academic foundation supported by state-of-the-art technology, interactive teaching and coursework that seamlessly integrates science into patient care applications.