CMC Grant Applications
Applications for student grants are now being accepted for the 2017-2018 school year. Only University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy students and student organizations are eligible to apply. Please be advised that individual grants for travel to professional meetings are awarded to students who have been invited to participate in a national program, or who have been chosen to represent the college at a meeting by students and/or an organization.
Grants for hosted events will only be considered if the request is to assist in costs associated with supplies, site and equipment rental, or other non-food expenditures.
Requests must be submitted by using below forms. Completed request applications must be submitted at least one month (30 days) prior to the event or meeting. Please submit applications and direct any questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
In order to provide support to as many eligible applicants as possible, individual grants are generally limited to $300 per year. Event grants are awarded based on a review of budget details, so please be specific on your application for best consideration. The Century Mortar Club Student Grants Committee may award grants in other amounts (reduced or increased) in exceptional circumstances.
Phi Delta Chi brothers from both the Duluth and Twin Cities campus went on a medical mission trip to Guatemala for a week over winter break. While there, the students set up four different clinics in villages surrounding Antigua. Each clinic consisted of five different stations that all the students had an opportunity to work at. The first station, all patients went to was a hand-washing and hygiene education station. The patients would then go to the next station to receive anti-parasitic medications, as well as vitamins. The third station was for teaching the children proper tooth-brushing technique, as well as handing out free toothbrushes and toothpaste. The next station was a visit with a local Guatemalan doctor to be seen for any complaints, and the final station was a pharmacy in which free prescription medications were handed out per the doctor’s orders. Overall, the group saw over 200 patients, including many women and children.
Karen Shin, a PD3 student, said the ASHP midyear conference was a “phenomenal experience.” She attended many professional and career development seminars to learn about the residency match process throughout the nation. There were also countless networking opportunities with current clinical pharmacists and residents from all over the nation. Most exciting of all was definitely the opportunity to present during the student poster session; she spoke to many pharmacists and students about the value of inter-professionalism and the kind of patient-centered care that comes from it.
PD3 Poppy Wang “My experience with presenting an academic poster at ASHP was amazing.” She was able to communicate with pharmacy students from other states, and with residency directors from several hospitals who stopped by her poster; they shared about their program guidelines for anticoagulants. She has learned that there are other hospitals still under physician-driven protocols, and work being done to address the importance of pharmacists. There were many networking opportunities at the ASHP mid-year meeting, held December 3-7 in Orlando.
Elise Durgin and Lindsay Eveland participated in the American Society of Health System Pharmacists (ASHP) Midyear Clinical Skills Competition in Orlando earlier this month. The Clinical Skills Competition is an interactive, team-based competition in which the competitors analyze a complex clinical scenario that might be encountered in real life hospital by health-system pharmacists. It provides pharmacy students the opportunity to enhance their skills in collaborative practice with other healthcare providers in delivering direct patient care. It challenged their clinical knowledge, time management and ability to work on many different disease states at one time! This was an excellent opportunity to practice the clinical thought process and ensure a patient is getting appropriate therapy for every disease they may have.
The Century Mortar Club’s student grants committee provided a $500 Bronze-level sponsorship to the Minnesota Pharmacy Student Alliance (MPSA). The Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP) chapter at the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy hosted the 2nd AMCP Midwest Regional Conference, at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs in Minneapolis, September 15-16, 2017. The event featured programming for students and professionals designed to improve attendees’ knowledge of managed care pharmacy and its impact on patient care.
PD2 student Seojung Kang received a grant from the Century Mortar Club to help pay her costs to attend the 77th International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) World Congress in Seoul, South Korea from September 7-16, 2017. She and another FIP attendee will share their experience with students at an MPSA general meeting on November 16th, during the lunch hour, and at an international activities fair hosted jointly by IPSF and MPSO in the spring semester.
Hilary Teaford, PD4 student, traveled to Banff, Canada October 1-4, 2017, for the 6th annual Collaborating Across Borders conference. This conference brings together Americans and Canadians to talk about interprofessional education and team-based healthcare. She gave an oral presentation entitled “Escaping the Professional Silo: Escape Implementing an Escape Room within an Interprofessional Education Curriculum” with a nursing faculty, Cheri Friedrich, with whom she has closely worked with the past few years to design an interprofessional education escape room. In addition to improving communication and teamwork, the health care escape room also informally forces students to reflect on their communication styles, especially in situations of high stress and complexity. Upon completion of the escape room, students gather with a trained facilitator for a structured debriefing session. (To their knowledge, this is the first time an escape room learning experience has been implemented within the healthcare sphere as a component of IPE.) Results indicate that amongst a small cohort of interprofessional students, a health care escape room experience does encourage teamwork, facilitate communication, and promote interprofessionalism in the IPE curriculum in a fun and engaging manner. Hilary attended the 2-1/2 day conference in its entirety and saw a very thought-provoking keynote speaker, Dr.Lorelei Lingard, who discussed how the paradigm in education needs to switch from views of individual training and individual competency to team training and team competency. We hope to hear more about Hilary’s project and will invite her to a future CMC meeting.
PD3 student Aileen Scheibner accessed funds through CMC Student Grants to present the results of her research with Dr. Pamala Jacobson at the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP) Annual Meeting held in Phoenix on October 7-10, 2017. She presented a poster on fludarabine and cyclophosphamide pharmacokinetic markers predicting clinical outcomes in bone marrow transplant patients. Aileen said it was an excellent opportunity to practice presentation skills and receive input from practicing clinical pharmacists with similar interests. The ACCP Annual Meeting not only provided a venue to share research, but it also provided excellent student programming to help with professional development. Several educational sessions provided the opportunity to further her knowledge in subject areas of interest and explore areas of pharmacy that she did not know a lot about. Furthermore, she was introduced to some of the leading pharmacists in those areas, which could provide valuable contacts later.