PPA-ACPA Holds Annual Self-Care Competition

Self-Care CompetitionThe Duquesne University Mylan School of Pharmacy student chapter of the Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association - Allegheny County Pharmacists Association (PPA-ACPA) held its annual Self-Care Competition on January 13, 2016, in the Africa Room of the Student Union on the Duquesne University campus.

Sponsored by Giant Eagle Corporation, the competition is a cross between "Jeopardy," "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire," and "Hometown High-Q." In this forum, student teams of three are challenged with questions relative to over-the-counter medications, herbal supplements, and self-care. This year, fourteen student pharmacist teams competed with additional student pharmacist observers serving as "poll the audience" participants. Members of the faculty, as well as School of Pharmacy PGY-1 Residents, generated categories and questions for the competition and further served as judges, scorekeepers, and timekeepers.

John DeJames, Manager of Clinical Programs-Special Projects with Giant Eagle Corporation, served as the competition moderator. More than 60 faculty, staff, and students were in attendance.

As members of the winning team, Catherine Hobart, Brianna Dombrosky, and Kevin Mrohs advanced to the statewide competition held at the Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association Mid-Year Meeting on January 29, 2016, in Harrisburg, PA.

"The self-care competition was so much fun! I never expected to represent Duquesne at the PPA Midyear Conference. The faculty, students, and alumni offered the utmost support, encouragement, and advice. It was a wonderful learning experience and will forever be a memorable experience from pharmacy school," said Katie Hobart, Class of 2016.

Teammate Kevin Mrohs, Class of 2017, echoed the sentiment, "The competition was a lot of fun and an interesting learning experience. It was also good to meet pharmacy students from other schools and catch up with recent graduates who were attending the meeting." The Duquesne University team was joined by over 20 additional students, faculty, residents, and alumni from the School.

Another competition held at the PPA Midyear conference was the "Know Pain, Know Gain" pharmacy patient counseling competition. The competition consisted of two rounds. Twelve contestants began the competition, and nine of these were eliminated in the first round which consisted of rapid-fire questioning on topics surrounding pain management in patients.

Of the three competitors who advanced to the final round, two were Duquesne student pharmacists - Alvina Tran and Mariah Corso. During this round, the three finalists were given a patient case to prepare. After a period of preparation, each finalist had the opportunity to counsel a mock patient on their pain management utilizing the case information they were given. Tran, a student pharmacist from the Class of 2017, was the winner of the competition.

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