Students from the University of the Sciences chapter of the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) watched peers strut their stuff on the runway at the first annual “Operation Fashion: Live for your heart, Live for yourself” event, held March 20 at the McNeil Science and Technology Center.
The winners (from left to right): Keith Tagoe PharmD’16, Fashion Show winner; Calla Vodoor PharmD’15, Operation Self-Care Patient Coordinator; Brielle Carramusa PharmD’15, Operation Heart Patient Coordinator; Terry Pak PharmD’16, Fashion Show winner.
Group picture (from left to right): Jordan Kolbush PharmD’17, APHA-ASP Undergraduate Liaison; Calla Vodoor PharmD’15, Operation Self-Care Patient Coordinator; Brielle Carramusa PharmD’15, Operation Heart Patient Coordinator; Melissa Coleman, Hahnemann Transplant Physician Liaison, and guest speaker; Grace Earl, PharmD, Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmacy Practice and Administration, Faculty Advisor for Operation Heart; and Anisha Grover, PharmD, Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmacy Practice and Administration, Faculty Advisor for American Pharmacists Association-Academy of Student Pharmacists.
Two APhA committees, Operation Self Care and Operation Heart, teamed up to create an educational, fun-filled fashion show that focused on the ins and outs of heart health and attracted an audience of more than 200. APhA members divided into 10 couples and competed in three runway categories: formal attire, USciences spirit wear, and a “Blast from the Past.” In between rounds, APhA members engaged the audience with educational presentations and a raffle giveaway. Guest Speaker Melissa Coleman, an organ transplant recipient and Hahnemann University Hospital Physician Transplant Liaison, discussed her own transplant experience.
The event provided an opportunity for APhA members to collect donations ahead of their participation in the Dash for Organ and Tissue Donor Awareness, scheduled for Sunday, April 21, at the Philadelphia Art Museum. During the Donor Dash, participants promote organ and tissue donation by completing one of several courses. Options include 10-kilometer and 5-kilometer runs, or a 3-kilometer walk.