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Students Gain Understanding of State Government's Impact on Pharmacy Industry
Posted: Thursday, March 06, 2014
Written By:  Lauren Whetzel
Contact Email:  l.whetzel@usciences.edu
Contact Phone:  215.596.8864
Two pharmacy students from University of the Sciences recently participated in the seventh annual Government Relations Advocacy for Student Pharmacists (GRASP) program, which was held Feb. 28 to March 2, in Harrisburg.
Kevin Farrow PharmD'15 and Terry Pak PharmD'16 joined a limited number of student pharmacists from across the Commonwealth who were accepted to participate in the program through an application process. This program was a weekend leadership and advocacy-building retreat, designed for pharmacy students.  Upon successful completion of the course and related assignments, participants were presented with a certificate of achievement and a GRASP lapel pin, which can be proudly worn on their pharmacy white coat, or on other clothing to pharmacy events.
Those who participated in the program gained a better understanding of state government and its impact on pharmacy – information which is important for all areas of pharmacy practice. The program included presentations on advocacy, leadership, legislative issues, and being involved in professional organizations. Featured guest speakers, included state Rep. Seth Grove (R-York), who spoke about a legislator’s prospective; and Terry Talbott, R.Ph., chair of the Pennsylvania Board of Pharmacy, who spoke about the role of the State Board of Pharmacy.
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