West Coast University School of Pharmacy Students Recognized at National Conference

The West Coast University Chapter of the Student National Pharmaceutical Association had the opportunity to attend the 2018 National Pharmacist Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina. The convention is an annual joint conference between the National Pharmaceutical Association (NPhA) and Student National Pharmaceutical Association (SNPhA).

WCU was recently awarded a charter to begin their SNPhA chapter at WCU’s Center for Graduate Studies. Second-year doctor of pharmacy students Dorine Akumawah, Kira Tate, Claudia Ibarra and Jiaxin Tan wanted to make an impact in their local community and believed SNPhA would help them do just that.

WCU chapter President Dorine Akumawah said that “their hope of starting a chapter would not have been accomplished without the help and support from our chapter advisor, the WCU School of Pharmacy faculty and staff, and their pioneer members.

“We have exciting initiatives and events planned for this upcoming year and our goal is to promote the pharmacy profession and serve the underserved community of the greater Los Angeles area,” she said.

During the convention, the WCU SNPhA chapter was recognized for submitting all the documents necessary for chartering a group in a timely and efficient manner.

Additionally, Akumawah said the convention was a great avenue to build and strengthen relationships and grow both personally and professionally.

“It was an opportunity to get out of your comfort zone, network, and make great strides to become the professional that you aspire to be,” she said. “It increased the passion we have for our profession of pharmacy and determination to leave a mark on our communities.”

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