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Christmas-gift project connects pharmacy students across years and continents

A Christmas tale: “It really drove home the impact those kinds of things can have.”  Greg WeatherfordVCU School of Pharmacy There’s a saying in Swahili: “Kidogo kidogo hujaza kibaba.” Little by little fills the cup. In other words, every step counts — no matter how small. Sometimes those steps come in the form of a […]

Health care fellowship leads to congressional report and hearing

A position as a congressional fellow through a program from VCU School of Pharmacy, ACCP and ASHP led to a leadership role in researching and writing a congressional report on the intersection of health care and climate change. With the U.S. health care system responsible for an estimated 10% of national greenhouse gas emissions, the […]

Paul Massawe’s ‘mission impossible’ life is a story of perseverance

By Julie Dillon Paul Massawe is on a mission. Given the near constant obstacles he has encountered in life, it would be easy to assume that mission is impossible. But a combination of personal conviction, faith and individual generosity have Massawe, a second-year student in the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Pharmacy, closer to achieving […]

Graduate Awards celebrate research, scholarship, service

The 2022 Graduate Awards luncheon recognized success among the SoP’s graduate students. In his keynote speech, Dean Joseph DiPiro, Pharm.D., told the audience of students, faculty and staff, “We are in the right field. There is a lot of need and a lot of opportunity in pharmacy.”   A highlight was the presentation of the first […]

“You are resilient,” Class of ’22 is told at first Hooding and Diploma Ceremony since 2019

By Greg WeatherfordVCU School of Pharmacy An air of celebration and excitement accompanied the School of Pharmacy’s 2022 Hooding and Diploma Ceremony — even more than usual for an event like this. As several speakers noted, and as all recognized, this was the first such celebration to be held in person by the school since […]

Students triumph at prestigious interprofessional case competition

CLARION Case Competition focused on diversity, equity and inclusion in health care. By James Shea A group of Virginia Commonwealth University undergraduate and graduate students have won the prestigious CLARION Case Competition, designed to improve interdisciplinary communications within health care. Josephine Gresko, a first-year student in the School of Pharmacy; Lance Mendoza, a graduate health administration student […]

Leader of VCU School of Pharmacy at UVA seeks to further collaboration and boost enrollment

By Leah SmallFor VCU School of Pharmacy Robert Guanci, Pharm.D., assistant dean for the VCU School of Pharmacy at UVA Division and chief pharmacy officer for the UVA Health System, stepped into those roles in August 2021, having served in an interim capacity since 2019. In this Q&A he shares his vision for the educational […]

Second-year pharmacy student brings lessons back to her hometown in West Africa

By Greg WeatherfordVCU School of Pharmacy This summer, VCU Pharm.D. student Blessing Tomlah traveled 6,000 miles to offer glucose tests to residents of her former hometown in the West African nation of Cameroon.  The second-year pharmacy student bought blood glucose meters in Richmond — the meters are scarce outside the U.S. — and brought them […]

PrideRx paves the way for LGBTQ+ student “pharmily”

In just a few years, PrideRx at VCU’s School of Pharmacy has become one of the nation’s most visible and active groups for LGBTQ+ student pharmacists and their allies. In this essay, PrideRx founder Olivia White, a fourth-year pharmacy student at the SoP, describes its creation.  By Olivia WhitePharm.D. Class of 2022 I moved to […]

After year like no other, the Class of 2021 celebrates diplomas with ‘The Pharmacist’

By Greg Weatherford VCU School of Pharmacy The star of the Netflix documentary series “The Pharmacist” has strong advice for the VCU School of Pharmacy Class of ’21: Work with your patients and watch for danger. In his keynote speech to the graduating pharmacy students, Dan Schneider, the Louisiana pharmacist whose quest to solve the […]

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