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Patient Care Committees

National Committees 

Operation Immunization provides opportunities for immunizations-certified student pharmacists to administer vaccines. The committee provides public education on the importance of vaccinations and the prevention of disease. Each year they vaccinate a majority of the UTHSC faculty, staff, and students against Influenza.

For more information, or to see how YOU can become involved, click here.

Memphis

Chairs

Jennifer Miller

Janet Kha

Knoxville

Chairs

Amy Veracco

Jacob Alexander

Vice-Chairs

Torrey Smith

The goal of Operation Diabetes is to identify patients with or at risk for diabetes, provide basic diabetes care in the community, foster healthier lifestyle choices, and disease prevention. Students are involved in the project by providing patient education and glucose screenings at health fairs, local schools, and other community programs.

For more information, or to see how YOU can become involved, click here.

 

Memphis

Chairs

Jerry Phillips

Sheena Bethea

Knoxville

Chairs

Lisa Hayes

James Barker

Vice-Chairs

Susan Frame

 

The purpose of Operation Heart is to promote heart disease awareness and educate our local community on the significance of hypertension as a silent disease and the risks associated with stroke and heart attack.  The project also strengthens clinical training by providing events at which first year students can practice interacting with patients through blood pressure and heart rate screenings and upperclassman can provide counseling on disease stage management as well as counseling on blood pressure and cholesterol medications.  Please click here to learn more about counseling patients concerning hypertension.

For more information, or to see how YOU can become involved, click here.

Memphis

Chairs

Courtney Willoughby

Courtney Loftis

Vice-Chairs

Parham Abdi 

Knoxville

Chairs

Amanda Randolph

Kristi Summers

Vice-Chairs

James Henderson

 

The goal of Generation RX community outreach is to provide opportunities for student pharmacists to educate other pharmacists, student pharmacists, and healthcare providers about prescription medication abuse while promoting the profession of pharmacy and its role in preventing such abuse.  Students are encouraged to become involved in implementing a prescription medication abuse prevention program in their community.

For more information, or to see how YOU can become involved, click here.

Memphis

Chairs

Aleia Judd

Michael Wisner

Stephanie Terry

Vice-Chairs

Crystal Harrison

Trey Smith

 

Knoxville

Chairs

Elly Baker

Cherish Bowman

Vice-Chairs

Nancy Tran

 

Local Chapter Committees

Project Breathe promotes awareness of asthma & COPD through health fairs and other community outreach activities. The committee offers disease and treatment education and emphasizes the importance of controlling asthma by preventing exercised-induced bronchospasm and limiting exposure to environmental triggers.

For more information, or to see how YOU can become involved, click here.

Memphis

Chairs

Brandi Fields

Vice-Chairs

Carlvin Metra

Jenee Nickleson

 

Knoxville

Chairs

Stephen Duden

 

The Emergency Response Committee organizes the required Health Professional CPR Certification Course for incoming first-year students and also recertifies third-year students. The committee also certifies faculty & staff and other colleges with in the Health Science Center. The committee has additional events at health fairs and other community activities to promote CPR and emergency-response education.

For more information, or to see how YOU can become involved, click here.

Memphis

Chairs

Kimberly Hall

Jessica Smith

Vice-Chairs

Caroline Smith

Alexandra Onyejiaka

Lindsey Schobert

 

Knoxville

Chair

Jenny Gibson

Bianca Kakade

Vice-Chairs

Bethany Babinski

Hannah Mohammad

 

The Medication Education Committee focuses primarily on patient counseling by inviting patients to bring a “brown bag” of their prescriptions, OTC medications, and any herbal supplements to have them reviewed. Students check for indication, efficacy, drug interactions, adverse reactions, and cost effectiveness. Patients are also encouraged to ask any questions they might have about their medications.

For more information, or to see how YOU can become involved, click here.

Memphis

Chairs

Kristina York

Lauren Smiley

Vice-Chairs

Krystyna Clark

 

The Women’s and Pediatrics committee promotes awareness about important health issues facing women and children including poison prevention, approved pediatric medication lists, heart disease, osteoporosis, and breast cancer. The goals of the committee are to inform women of their risk factors, provide disease and treatment education, provide pediatric medication counseling, promote awareness of poisonous household items, and work with local schools to promote poison prevention awareness. They accomplish this through participation at health fairs, walks to benefit Juvenile Diabetes and breast cancer and heart disease.

For more information, or to see how YOU can become involved, click here.

Memphis

Chairs

Elizabeth Smith

Vice-Chairs

Megan Whitten

Sydney Selby

Knoxville

Chairs

Kim Keller

Vice-Chairs

Macy Kint

Elizabeth Royal

 

Special Interest Committees

International Pharmaceutical Students’ Federation primarily focuses on international relations by connecting student pharmacists from all over the world and promoting culturally-competent health care. The IPSF Committee organizes a variety of events primarily focusing on TB & HIV disease & treatment education. They also provide counseling on smoking cessation, raise money for international charities, and organize book drives to benefit students in underdeveloped countries. The committee chair attends local and national meetings. They connect with student pharmacists around the world by hosting foreign exchange students when they come to visit UTCOP.

For more information, or to see how YOU can become involved, click here.

Memphis

Chairs

Daniel Neu

Kaylyn Dougherty

Vice-Chairs

Cristyn Collier

Knoxville

Chair

Emily Endres

Vice-Chairs

Henna Vazirani

 

The Health-Systems Pharmacy interest group provides information to student pharmacists considering a career in institutional or health-system pharmacy. Some initial activities for the committee include promoting membership in the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) and working with the Tennessee Society of Health-System Pharmacists (TSHP) to promote careers in health-systems and invite featured speakers to campus. The committee chair also facilitates the Clinical Skill’s Competition held every year.

For more information, or to see how YOU can become involved, click here.

Memphis Chair

Wesley Arrison

Vice-Chair

Drew Holmes

The goal of Operation Self-Care (formerly Heartburn Awareness Challenge) is to educate patients on the signs, symptoms, and treatment of heartburn and Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD). Students recommend to patients, possible lifestyle changes, over-the-counter medications, and prescription medications.  This provides an opportunity for first year students to counsel on lifestyle changes and symptoms, and gives upperclassmen the chance to counsel on medications and drug interactions.

For more information, or to see how YOU can become involved, click here.

Memphis

Chairs

Carrie McCulloch

Vice-Chair

Kevin Cassell

Emily McLeary

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