Feb. 20, 2004

Contact: Gene Hotchkiss, School of Pharmacy, (785) 864-3591.

KU pharmacy students visit independent pharmacies in Kansas

LAWRENCE -- Nine members of the University of Kansas School of Pharmacy took part in a three-day road trip Jan. 6 through 8 to visit 15 independent pharmacies in central and southwest Kansas. The students are part of the National Community Pharmacists Association.

The "road trip" visitation program is just one example of efforts by the School of Pharmacy to enhance student awareness of the tremendous postgraduate career opportunities in independent pharmacy in the state. During the past five years, KU-NCPA students have visited more than 90 independent pharmacies from Hiawatha to Ulysses, Atwood to Baxter Springs and destinations in between.

KU-NCPA community service projects have included volunteer activities at pharmacy health fairs sponsored by pharmacies and hospitals. Students have conducted bone density screenings, blood glucose and cholesterol screenings, and blood pressure monitoring. Chapter members also have participated in Habitat for Humanity housing projects and holiday caroling at nursing homes in the Lawrence area.

The KU-NCPA student chapter is a professional pharmacy student organization that promotes independent pharmacy as a career pathway of choice for pharmacy students at KU. The KU chapter has been recognized and honored as the national Chapter of the Year by NCPA at its annual meeting three of the past four years.

The KU chapter is an innovative organization that has implemented and participated in several professional development programs and community service projects since the chapter was organized at KU in January 1998.

One such initiative is to organize two road trips each academic year to conduct on-site visits with progressive independent pharmacy practitioners throughout Kansas. The objective is to establish a relationship and network between pharmacy students who have an interest in a career as an independent pharmacy entrepreneur or staff pharmacist and independent pharmacists in Kansas.

The KU-NCPA students who participated in the January 2004 road trip were:

From Fort Scott
Jacob Eli Brown, third-year pharmacy student, son of Norman Brown; Fort Scott High School graduate.

From Tribune
Jenifer Marie Brunswig, third-year pharmacy student, daughter of Spencer and Pat Brunswig; Greeley County High School graduate.

From Syracuse
Kezia J. Schwieterman, second-year pharmacy student, daughter of Dave and Jenny Schwieterman; Syracuse High School graduate.

From Emporia
Jillian Suzanne Ast, third-year pharmacy student, daughter of Bob and Sandy Ast; Emporia High School graduate.

From Wamego
Curtis John Maginley, third-year pharmacy student, son of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Maginley; Wamego High School graduate.

From Lindsborg
Derek Ron Pihl, third-year pharmacy student, daughter of Ron and Sue Pihl; Smoky Valley High School graduate.

From Manhattan
Danelle Lynne Haldeman, third-year pharmacy student, daughter of Craig and Nancy Haldeman; Riley County High School graduate.

From Nevada
Genice Nicole Heumader, third-year pharmacy student, daughter of David and Suanne Heumader; Nevada High School graduate.

From Spearfish
Vixen Leigh Klein, third-year pharmacy student, daughter of Patti Ruleaux; Spearfish High School graduate.

Accompanying the students on the road trip was Gene Hotchkiss, interim associate dean of pharmacy and KU-NCPA chapter faculty co-adviser. Dennis Grauer, assistant professor of pharmacy, also is a KU-NCPA chapter faculty co-adviser.

The pharmacists and pharmacies visited were:

Don Hill, Hill's Medicine Shoppe, Emporia; Lou Greenhaw and Gina Edwards, Greenhaw Pharmacy, Hillsboro; Jan Gerber and Brian Williamson, CustomRx, Wichita; Merlin McFarland, Kingman Drug, Kingman.

Paul Kramer, Medical Arts Pharmacy, Dodge City; Mike and Jim Coast, Clark Pharmacy, Cimarron; Robin Schenck, Plaza Pharmacy, Garden City; Jeff Menzie, Grant County Drug, Ulysses; Kent Walrod, Johnson Pharmacy, Johnson.

Todd Traylor, Hamilton County Drug, Syracuse; Chris Dixon, Dixon Drug, Tribune; Jena and Jon Brunswig, Scott City Pharmacy, Scott City; Lisa and Greg Flax, G&L Pharmacy, Ness City; Pat Hilger and Marla Mooney, Gregwire Drug, Russell; and Jeff Denton and Larry Shaw, B&K Pharmacy, Salina.


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