Public Relations  >  News Center  >  News Releases  >  March 2016  >  March 15, 2016  >  Pharmacy student earns national patient-counseling honor
Pharmacy student earns national patient-counseling honor

Bethany Abrahams, a Creighton University School of Pharmacy and Health Professions student, won national recognition for her performance at a competition judging pharmacy students’ patient-counseling abilities.A Creighton University School of Pharmacy and Health Professions student won national recognition for her performance at a competition judging pharmacy students’ patient-counseling abilities.

Bethany Abrahams, a third-year pharmacy student in the Creighton distance pharmacy program, earned first runner-up in the American Pharmacy Association-Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP) National Patient Counseling Competition in Baltimore earlier this month. Abrahams was competing with 134 pharmacy students from around the nation.

“It was a true honor to represent Creighton at the competition and to demonstrate the importance of patient care in the pharmacy profession,” said Abrahams, of Lindenhurst, New York. “Patient care is a crucial component of the curriculum at Creighton, so to be able to show what we’re learning and put it into practice was a great experience.”

The goal of the competition is to encourage student pharmacists to become better patient educators.

“As pharmacy practice evolves and patients and pharmacists enjoy more interactions, it’s imperative pharmacists be able to meet patients where they are and counsel them effectively on the medications they need,” said Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice Shana Castillo, Pharm.D., a faculty advisor for Creighton’s APhA-ASP chapter. “We’re so proud of Bethany for her recognition. She is an example of what we try to impart in the School of Pharmacy at Creighton — that we are treating the whole person and making the effort to be not only practitioners, but caregivers and educators.”

One of Abrahams’ instructors, Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice Kim Begley, Pharm.D., helped mentor Abrahams after she won Creighton’s APhA-ASP patient counseling competition.

“Patient counseling is one of the most important activities we teach,” Begley said. “I created weekly practice counseling sessions to help prepare her for the national competition. Since Bethany is in our distance program, this year was a bit unique, as we met regularly via videoconferencing.”

The APhA-ASP National Patient Counseling Competition is designed to reflect the changes occurring in pharmacy practice and to promote further professional development of student pharmacists, especially as health care providers and an educational resource for patients.

---
Creighton University is a Jesuit, Catholic university bridging health, law, business and the arts and sciences for a more just world.