Pharmacy student Michelle Pham ’15 recently received the 2014 California Society of Health Systems Pharmacists (CSHP) Student Leadership Award along with seven students at various schools. The award recognizes pharmacy students’ involvement and contribution to the California Society of Health Systems Pharmacists and the pharmacy profession. Pham said, “It is an honor to receive this award because I admire how the organization advocates for the profession of pharmacy. They played a great role in the movement of Senate Bill 493 which was a monumental moment for pharmacists because it gave us provider status.” She has had the opportunity to contribute to Senate Bill 493 by working with CSHP Headquarters and other CSHP chapters as the President of CSHP-Pacific. The organization helps students to learn about health-system and hospital/clinical pharmacy early in their careers. The organization hosts events such as: the residency panel, residency showcase, and speaker symposiums.
The residency panel allows third-year students, who are currently on rotation and those that have matched with a residency program to share their experience during the residency application and interview process. Programs discussed included: Kaiser Permanente, St. Joseph’s Medical Center, Rady’s Children’s Hospital, Rutgers, Veteran Affairs (VA) Medical Centers, and Scripps Memorial Hospital. For residency Showcase, CSHP-Pacific invited residency program directors to present their programs. This year 15 programs participated including: Kaiser Permanente, VA Medical Centers, Children’s Hospital Central California, Health Plan of San Joaquin, Hill Physicians, San Joaquin General Hospital, Santa Clara Medical Center, St. Joseph’s Medical Center, and UC Davis Medical Center. CSHP-Pacific hopes to continue to provide students with opportunities to better prepare themselves for the process of applying to post-graduate training programs in the future.
By Matthew Muller '14