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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 […]

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 […]

Student group aims to bridge the digital divide in health care

By Greg WeatherfordVCU School of Pharmacy The digital divide is cutting many people off from health care. A group of pharmacy students at Virginia Commonwealth University aims to bridge that gap. “We’re trying to help and make an impact,” said Emily Ko, a first-year Pharm.D. student and co-founder of the student group Pharmacists for Digital […]

At VCU, pharmacy students take lead role in COVID-19 vaccination

By Greg Weatherford VCU School of Pharmacy One by one they filed down a narrow corridor into a small side room in the VCU Health hospital and took a seat beside one of an array of industrial tables. On each table lay a tray lined with pre-loaded syringes. “Can you roll up your sleeve?” asked Meghan […]

He was 24 and healthy. COVID-19 almost killed him.

Pharmacy student warns: No one is immune to the pandemic, so stay alert and careful. Greg WeatherfordVCU School of Pharmacy In the first months of the pandemic of 2020 Dan Buth already had done a lot to avoid getting sick.  He had stopped social travel — a big adjustment; he loved to visit new places. […]

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