St. Louis College of Pharmacy’s location in one of the country’s most distinguished medical communities affords our students the opportunity to learn, work and volunteer in unique settings.
A good example of this is the volunteer work done by the College’s chapter of the Student Society of Health-System Pharmacists (SSHP), which puts together care packages once a semester for cancer patients at nearby Siteman Cancer Center. The care packages include tissues, a word puzzle book, hand sanitizer, sugar-free candy, healthy snacks, lotion, sunscreen, lip balm, first-aid kits, educational flyers, and a reusable tote.
Once the packages are delivered, our students attend lectures given by healthcare professionals that practice at Siteman.
Janelle Mann ‘09, Pharm.D., BCOP, assistant professor of pharmacy practice and clinical pharmacist in oncology at the center, gave a lecture about the proper handling and disposal of medications during SSHP’s visit last fall. The students then educated patients about medication disposal.
“It’s very rewarding because you get an idea of what these patients are going through just by sitting down and talking to them,” says Stephanie Tackett, fourth year student and president of SSHP. “Volunteering for an event like this inspires me to work even harder to be the best health care provider that patients like these truly deserve.”