Jay Jackson, a third-year student in Palm Beach Atlantic University’s Gregory School of Pharmacy, received second place at the American Pharmacists Association-Academy of Student Pharmacists National Patient Counseling Competition in Seattle, Wash.
Jackson, from Grand Rapids, Mich., is the first PBA student ever to make it to the final round of competition.
Each pharmacy school sends a representative to compete at the APhA annual meeting. At the preliminary round, students select a simple practice scenario at random and are required to counsel a patient on the appropriate use of the drug involved. Evaluations are based on the content and style of the counseling presentations. After the first round, 10 finalists are selected who must counsel a second time.
The goal of the APhA-ASP National Patient Counseling Competition is to encourage student pharmacists in their efforts toward becoming better patient educators. The competition is designed to reflect changes that are occurring in practice, to promote and encourage further professional development of the student pharmacist and to reinforce the role of the pharmacist as a health care provider and educator.