Once More in the Final Four

UMKC's chapter of American Pharmacists Association-Academy of Student Pharmacists volunteered at Touchdown Family Fest, a free health fair held last spring at Arrowhead Stadium.

Pharmacy students voted among best in the nation – again

A University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Pharmacy student group has been named among the best in the country for the second year in a row.

The UMKC chapter of the American Pharmacists Association Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP) won the AA division Chapter Achievement Award for 2011-12. The award was announced at the American Pharmacists Association annual meeting earlier this month in Los Angeles. This places UMKC’s chapter among the top four out of 129 APhA-ASP chapters.

Each year, the award is given to APhA-ASP chapters across the nation based on originality of programs, number of chapter members involved, impact on the community, benefit to student pharmacists and collaboration with other healthcare organizations.

Last year, the UMKC chapter received National Student Chapter of the Year for 2010-11. UMKC School of Pharmacy Dean Russell Melchert, Ph.D., compared the achievement to winning a national championship in NCAA athletics.

“The continued national recognition shows the UMKC School of Pharmacy’s strong tradition for community engagement and service learning,” Melchert said. “Through numerous events and activities, our student pharmacists and their faculty mentors have touched thousands of lives, making a huge difference in the health and wellness of underserved populations in both urban and rural areas.”

A few of the activities and accomplishments that earned recognition for the UMKC APhA-ASP chapter this year include:

  • Efforts in the national “Winter is Cold, Advocacy is Hot” campaign to raise funds for the APhA Political Action Committee. The UMKC chapter was one of the top five schools in the nation to be recognized for their professional advocacy.
  • The Region 6 Generation Rx Award for raising awareness about the hazards of prescription drug abuse and unsafe medication disposal.
  • Three UMKC students were recognized for their APhA-ASP service at the national level. Sarah Riley served as Member-at-large, Ashley Capps served as the APhA-ASP representative to the APhA New Business Committee and Lara Kerwin was chapter delegate.
  • Sheena Merwine was one of five students in the nation to win the One to One Patient Counseling Award.

About the UMKC School of Pharmacy

Founded in 1885, the UMKC School of Pharmacy is the only public school of pharmacy in the state of Missouri. The School offers professional practice (doctor of pharmacy-Pharm.D.), non-practice bachelors (B.S.) and graduate (M.S. and Ph.D.) degrees. The School of Pharmacy is committed to providing an atmosphere that promotes life-long learning by helping students develop both the knowledge and skills needed to be a pharmacy professional in an ever-changing health-care environment. For more information about the UMKC School of Pharmacy, visit You can also find the School of Pharmacy on Facebook and follow the School on Twitter.

About the University of Missouri-Kansas City
The University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), one of four University of Missouri campuses, is a public university serving more than 15,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students, and is celebrating its 80th anniversary in 2013. UMKC engages with the community and economy based on a four-part mission: life and health sciences; visual and performing arts; urban issues and education; and a vibrant learning and campus life experience. For more information about UMKC, visit You can also find us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and watch us on YouTube.

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