Midwestern University applauds the efforts of second-year pharmacy student Veeral Vyas who placed as second runner-up in a national student pharmacy competition. Mr. Vyas competed against 120 fellow pharmacy students from all over the country in the American Pharmaceutical Association - Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP) National Patient Counseling Competition in Los Angeles in early March.
The competition consisted of two rounds. The first is open to all competitors, and the second is only open to the top 10 from the first round. In each round of the competition, the name of a drug is given to the competitors along with a mock patient chart. Then they have five minutes to research that drug from just one resource. After five minutes, the competitors must enter a one-on-one counseling session with the mock patient, and their performances are videotaped and later scored for various communication skills, accuracy of the drug and dosage information given to the patient, and other specific points.
"I had great support from the Midwestern faculty in getting ready for nationals," explained Mr. Vyas. "They provided me with ongoing encouragement as I prepared."
Typically, students further along in their pharmacy education compete at the national level. However, Mr. Vyas earned the right to advance to the national competition after his impressive and winning efforts in Midwestern's on-campus competition. "We are so proud of his accomplishment, especially in having achieved it as a second-year pharmacy student," said Nancy Fjortoft, Ph.D., Dean of Midwestern University's Chicago College of Pharmacy. "He's such a natural at this, and he will be a really effective and compassionate pharmacist when he graduates."