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SSHP Task Force presents at Midyear

Mission 2: Encourage creation of task forces in SSHP chapters
By: Lauren Moran, PharmD Candidate Class of 2021

Members of our Penicillin Allergy Educational Task Force traveled to the 2018 American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) Midyear Clinical Meeting in Anaheim, California. The task force presented at the Student Society Showcase about their first outreach mission at Soda City which they completed in November 2018. They discussed their inspiration for creating the task force and outcomes from the event with students from other chapters, as well as pharmacists from all over the world.

The Student Society Showcase is an annual event for all of the Student Society of Health-System Pharmacists (SSHP) chapters from around our country to highlight their achievements and share valuable ideas, practices, and programs with other chapters. The goal is that chapters can create and apply new, successful programs on their own campuses benefiting their SSHP members through collaboration with other chapters.

Our task force was eager to share our unique event with other chapters and help supply them with the resources needed to initiate a similar program of their own, thus increasing the penicillin allergy education to areas outside of our local Columbia and South Carolina community. During the showcase, the task force spoke with SSHP chapter presidents from different states, like Oregon and Rhode Island, about how they implemented this program at the University of South Carolina College of Pharmacy.

The task force created a handout to provide other chapters the details of creating a task force, the importance of raising awareness about improper labeling of patients with a penicillin allergy, and our specific outreach event. Improper labeling is an issue that is ubiquitous around the globe that affects patient outcomes and healthcare costs. Having the opportunity to discuss how, even as pharmacy students, these SSHP chapters can make a difference in patients’ health outcomes is a great experience and why we wanted to share our program with other chapters on a national platform.

Not only were students interested and inquisitive, but pharmacists were as well. One pharmacist in particular had questions about the scope of practice for pharmacists in South Carolina. This created an opportunity to discuss the penicillin allergy skin testing legislation that was recently passed in our state and how pharmacist-led penicillin skin allergy tests can be beneficial in the healthcare field.

The Student Society Showcase was an amazing opportunity for the task force to learn from other students and their chapter’s ideas, in addition to spotlighting penicillin allergy education. Now that we are back in Columbia we look forward to continuing patient education and increasing our outreach through community outreach programs!

To obtain a copy of the share and reapply handout that was dispersed at this event, please click here.

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