Denver, Colo., March 30, 2017 — The Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP) Foundation is proud to announce winners of its 17th Annual National Student Pharmacist Pharmacy & Therapeutics (P&T) Competition and 2017 Best Poster Contests for student pharmacists, residents or fellows, and graduate students.
Taking first place in the P&T Competition was the University of North Carolina Eshelman School of Pharmacy. Winner of the Best Student Pharmacist Poster was Arianna Kee; Best Resident or Fellow Poster was Kameron Kelly, PharmD; and Best Graduate Student Poster was Sanket Shah, MBBS.
Awards were presented March 30 at the AMCP Foundation Awards Ceremony during the AMCP Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy Annual Meeting in Denver, Colorado.
“AMCP and the AMCP Foundation are committed to cultivating the next generation of managed care pharmacy leaders,” said Susan A. Cantrell, RPh, CAE, AMCP Chief Executive Officer and Chair of the AMCP Foundation Board of Trustees. “Based on the quality of the work in this year’s P&T and poster competitions, I’m confident that our profession is in good hands.”
The P&T competition gives student pharmacists the chance to experience firsthand the complex practice of managing the formulary process. The poster competitions, likewise, provide an opportunity for student pharmacists, residents, fellows, and graduate students to demonstrate scientific expertise along with presentation, poster development and technical skills.
“The AMCP Foundation is proud to showcase the work of our country’s brightest student pharmacists each year,” said Paula J. Eichenbrenner, CAE, Executive Director of the AMCP Foundation. “A key part of the Foundation’s mission is to support education. These competitions provide unique, real-life learning opportunities that prepares participants for a lifetime of success.”
With a record 60 AMCP Student Pharmacist Chapters nationwide registering for the P&T Competition, eight finalist teams were selected from twelve schools and colleges of pharmacy that advanced to the semi-finals. The finalists represent Mercer University; Ohio Northern University, Raabe College of Pharmacy; Touro University California; University of Iowa; University of Minnesota; University of North Carolina Eshelman School of Pharmacy; University of the Pacific; and University of Washington
The teams, assisted by their advisors and competition coordinators, worked through a case study involving a drug product dossier based on the AMCP Format for Formulary Submissions. This year’s competition drug was Xeljanz® (tofacitinib citrate), manufactured by Pfizer, Inc. Using available evidence, the teams presented their recommendations for formulary placement to a panel of judges representing a P&T committee.
The 2017 winning teams are:
The P&T competition was made possible through the generosity of Genentech, Inc. with additional support from Amgen, Inc.; Supernus Pharmaceuticals; Dymaxium; and AMCP eDossier.
This year’s Best Poster Competitions drew 107 entries. The posters were judged on criteria including the paper’s scientific merit, evidence that the research conducted was innovative and practical, the strength of the conclusions, the relevance of the study to managed care pharmacy practice, the clarity of the material, and the author’s knowledge of the subject matter during his or her presentation.
The 2017 recipients are:
Poster award recipients receive a $500 prize, a one-year AMCP membership, complimentary registration to the AMCP Nexus 2017 this October in Dallas, Texas, and an engraved plaque.
For more information on the AMCP Foundation, please visit www.amcpfoundation.org.