To celebrate the eighth year of the RESPy Award program, we celebrate the winners from the last 3 years.
Pharmacy Times and Walmart are celebrating the eighth successful year of the RESPy (Respect, Excellence, and Service in Pharmacy) Award. Pharmacy Times and Walmart have partnered to present the RESPy Award to extraordinary pharmacy students who have made a difference in their communities by demonstrating excellence in pharmaceutical care and advancing the profession of pharmacy. Pharmacy Times and Walmart would like to congratulate all the 2011, 2012, and 2013 winners!
"I believe every patient and person I have worked with has taught me something different about being a better pharmacist.” —Erin Elizabeth Boles, South Carolina College of Pharmacy
“As health care evolves, it is essential for pharmacists to be incorporated into the multidisciplinary care of patients.” —Katherine Denney, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center College of Pharmacy
“Sometimes you have to meet your patients where they are and work out the best plan, though it may not be the ideal textbook situation.”­­­ —Evelyn Cowan, The University of Georgia College of Pharmacy
“Ultimately, we must look out for the most import-ant variable in our equation—the patient.” — Richard Garcia, Western University of Health Sciences College of Pharmacy
“Pharmacists have an obligation to build trusting relationships with the patients they treat. Sometimes you have to meet your patients where they are and work out the best plan, though it may not be the ideal textbook situation.” — Annmae Javier, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
“With pharmacists at the forefront of patient care, we have seamlessly transitioned into the role of immunization providers.” —Kyle Burcher, 3rd, PharmD, The University of Georgia College of Pharmacy
Dr. Burcher is now a clinical account executive with OptumRx in Minneapolis, MN.
“The most important quality a pharmacist should possess is the ability to effectively communicate and educate their patients.” —Parth Parikh, The University of Southern California School of Pharmacy
“I define integrity as doing what you think is right when no one else is looking.” —Nicole Wegrzyn, Northeastern University Bouvé College of Health Sciences School of Pharmacy
“I believe that the most important issue in the field of pharmacy is demonstrating and effectively presenting the benefits that pharmacists can provide and developing this into a more advanced role in health care.” —John Barnwell, PharmD, Belmont University’s School of Pharmacy
Dr. Barnwell is now a pharmacist with Kroger in the middle Tennessee area.
“Pharmacists are a great resource for their communities. Many people still do not understand the extent of our education and training or the fact that we are the medication experts.” ­­—Bonny Chan, University of Southern California (USC) School of Pharmacy
“I had an epiphany about why I am entering into this profession. …It is because of patients …who change themselves for the better.” —Maria Renee Advincula, Midwestern University Chicago College of Pharmacy
Ms. Advincula is now a PGY1 pharmacy resident at NorthShore University HealthSystem in the Chicago area.
“If pharmacists take a leading role in creating better relationships through communication, we can begin to build a health care system that is based on the solid foundation of compassion and care.” —Elizabeth O’Hara, The South Carolina College of Pharmacy
“The small town feel is very important to me, and I love how pharmacists can make a difference in a town of 500 or 500,000.” ­—Brandyn England, The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Pharmacy
“We need to show our skills, market them accordingly, and create business models that are sustainable. The future will rebrand the role of the clinical community pharmacist, and I want to play a role in this.” —Christopher Daly, The University at Buffalo (UB) School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
“The pharmacist can act as a coach to help empower patients to control their lives with a chronic disease.” —Allyson Greenberg , Midwestern University Chicago College of Pharmacy
Dr. Greenberg is now a pharmacist at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in the Chicago area.
“…a lot of what I have tried to do in my extracurricular work involves prevention. We as pharmacists and student pharmacists can play just as important a role as other health care providers.” —Jeffrey Gower, Idaho State University College of Pharmacy
“Pharmacy is growing. You can see that it’s evolving, and I think that being involved in that change is a big issue for both PharmD students and practicing pharmacists.” —Carlie Traylor, The University of Georgia College of Pharmacy
“We need pharmacists because they are a key component of the health care team, ensuring patient care through counseling, intervention, and MTM systems—these are roles no machine can fill.” —Julie Brown, The Lloyd L. Gregory School of Pharmacy at Palm Beach Atlantic University
“In practice, compassion will create trusting relationships with patients, and in the end, patient care and satisfaction are the bottom line.” —Mackenzie Clark, The University of Montana College of Health Professions and Biomedical Sciences
“My hospice experience strengthened my belief that pharmacists working in direct patient care can improve the physical condition of patients; more importantly, they can contribute to their emotional and psychological well-being.” —Hsiao-Ting Wang, The University of Maryland School of Pharmacy
“By studying a science that provides opportunities to reach out to the community, I will be able to use my skill set to improve others’ quality of life.” —Brinda Dave, The University of Findlay
“I couldn’t wait for the day that I would be a pharmacist and have the opportunity to share my knowledge with patients, peers, and students.” —Mckaya Schmit, North Dakota State University College of Pharmacy
“Pharmacists are medication experts and hopefully with the advancement of MTM, our role will be accepted and we will have more opportunities to step away from the computer.” —Christian Elizabeth Younts, South Carolina College of Pharmacy, Medical University of South Carolina
“I believe I can advance the profession of pharmacy by providing client-centered care to service men and women and their families who have gone above and beyond to serve their country.” —Kyle Dresbach, The University of Findlay College of Pharmacy
Mr. Dresbach is now a 2014 PharmD candidate on rotations, with a hub site of Firelands Regional Medical Center in Sandusky, Ohio.
“We do not always understand what our patients are going through, but it is important to support them the best we can.” —Jason Koury, The University of New Mexico College of Pharmacy
“A great pharmacist needs to be extremely knowledgeable about medication, but they also need to be personable and approachable so that patients feel comfortable discussing their health and medications.” —Lauren Epperson, Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences at the University of the Pacific
“The most important thing that I’ve learned through the years is to get involved. It is so much more enjoyable to be doing something if you own a piece of it, and it really motivates you to do more to advance the profession.” —Andrew Gonzales, Butler University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences