Pharmacy Schools Returning Pharmacists to Community Service

Pharmacy schools have geared up to prepare graduates for a new role in their communities. Pharmacy schools are beginning to train technicians on handling more of the workload at pharmacies to enable pharmacists more free time to work on community outreach programs.

In the past, pharmacists were very involved in the role of public health and were integral parts of making sure the community was aware of potential for disease and illness. While pharmacists may have become bogged down in drug handling in recent years, community service is making a significant come back as schools do more to get pharmacists more involved with health care systems.

One example of how pharmacy schools are becoming more community oriented is in their partnering with health organizations that are involved with nutrition and preventable diseases such as diabetes and obesity. News station WBOY reports on such a relationship from the pharmacy school at WVU:

‘Eat Right For Life’ is a new diabetes and weight management program that’s been one year in the making. WVU Pharmacy students launched the program on Wednesday with an open house at Rider Pharmacy.

“It’s working with a registered dietician and a pharmacist to manage the medications and eating habits to improve health outcomes,” said WVU Pharmacy student Gwen Staud.

The 12 month program includes education and medical assessments tailored to the individual.

These soon-to-be pharmacists said the pharmacist and dietician combination is key to helping people overcome their health problems.

“Compared to other weight management programs, this seeks to improve other outcomes in your health, like your blood pressure, your blood sugar, your A1C levels, and so forth,” said WVU Pharmacy student Vanessa Law.

People took advantage of free blood pressure and cholesterol tests as students made their pitch for a program they believe will be self-sustainable for years.  This is the first year WVU has done this kind of partnership between its Pharmacy School, and a local… (Read the rest on this pharmacy school at WBOY.)

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