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IASP Election Bios 2020

By Laura Sosinski on 4/22/2020

We are pleased to present our nominees for the various Indiana Academy of Student Pharmacists board positions for 2020. The 2020 election will occur via electric ballot from April 22nd to April 24th, 2020 at midnight.

Candidates for President-Elect

 

Brooke Smith

Butler University ‘22

  1. For each position for which you are applying, please briefly explain why you are interested in that position and your plans to continue to grow the academy.
    • I am interested in this position because over the past year, I have been able to see firsthand the impact that this academy can do. This academy has the potential to be a resource for the students and can impact all three colleges of pharmacy across the state. We have the tools and resources to change the status quo and connect students with practicing pharmacists in order to provide them with the best experience and the tools to figure out what they want to do with their degree. We started working on the mentor program this past year, but I would really like to see that program develop and flourish even more in the future.
  2. Please describe a previous leadership experience that you feel has helped prepare you to serve as a board member of IASP.
    • Previously I have had the opportunity to have many leadership experiences. I have been a part of an Athletics Program at Butler and been able to be a liaison between the athletics department and the athletes. I have served as a Manager for our student run pharmacy and had the ability to develop a document that eased the process of manually recording inventory for the clinic. I have been able to be a part of APhA and serve as the Generation RX Patient Care Chair. Lastly, I had the opportunity to serve on the board for IASP this past year, taking leadership in attending conferences and helping fundraise, and I was able to cohost a student webinar.
  3. Have you had the opportunity to work with a virtual team? If you have, what special team dynamics, activities and actions did working virtually require? If you have not, how would you create team cohesiveness in a virtual setting?
    • I have had the opportunity to work with a virtual team through IPA this past year and with Eli Lilly last summer. I think that a special team dynamic is being engaged, because when utilizing online communication, it can be hard to stay focused on the conversation at hand. When working with a virtual team, I think that it is important to still have some of that face to face communication, so with the new developments in our technology knowledge, I would like to use Zoom in order to still have some of that crucial face-to-face interaction.

Emma Baker

Purdue University ‘22

  1. For each position for which you are applying, please briefly explain why you are interested in that position and your plans to continue to grow the academy.
    • I am interested in becoming the 2020-2021 IPA-IASP President-Elect because I want to help others achieve their goals, along with growing the academy to becoming a leading health care professional organization in the state of Indiana. I have the ability to make relationships with others, and while my passions may not be the same as anothers, I have the passion to help provide support to help achieve individual goals. I can be a voice for Purdue, Manchester, and Butler, to connect students with resources to help create a path for successful pharmacists in Indiana. My plans to grow the academy is to invite more students into decision making in IPA. I would like to host open forum discussions between universities, asking what they would like to see from us, and how we can help them. I would also like to help grow the IPA chapters at each university by helping provide a stronger foundation to help support future generation of IPA members. The IPA Student Executive Committee has the power to be a voice for all Indiana student pharmacists. We, as pharamcists, are a vital resource to the medical community, and I want that to be known beyond our own profession. But within our profession as pharmacists, it is important to have connections with each other, and I think connections between our universities can help achieve larger healthcare goals in the future with the resources we make today
  2. Please describe a previous leadership experience that you feel has helped prepare you to serve as a board member of IASP
    • During my sophomore year at Purdue, I had the opportunity to be a Team Leader in Boiler Gold Rush (BGR). BGR is a freshman orientation week at Purdue where freshman on campus have the opportunity to experience Purdue for a week and can adapt to college life before academics begin. It is a testing time to start a chapter as big as college, but my job as a Team Leader (TL) was to help navigate 25 students through that first week at Purdue. I began planning months in advanced with my team, and discovered the importance of being proactive to becoming a better leader. This was my first leadership role at Purdue, as an adult, and it challenged me. It allowed me to make relationships with 25 people at once, to earn their trust, be engaging, and to be a resource for them. That experience has stayed with me, and I continue to say that it has been a highlight of my Purdue experience. It provided me with that passion of wanting helping others becoming successful and taught me how to be professional but personal, which I believe is a quality that any leader should possess. As a board member of IASP, I will remain to stay professional, personable, and approachable to ensure the success of this organization and its members.
  3. Have you had the opportunity to work with a virtual team? If you have, what special team dynamics, activities and actions did working virtually require? If you have not, how would you create team cohesiveness in a virtual setting?
    • During this COVID-19 pandemic, I have had the opportunity to work in virtual teams through my different club organizations, class group work, and IPE. In order for the team to be successful through virtual communication, there are certain expectations of every team member to complete before a meeting. Everyone must be diligent and prepared so the meeting can be successful, and the team can progress to meet their goals. Communication is vital at both the beginning and end of every meeting. Starting at the beginning of the group formation, lay out explicit rules and expectations of the goals of the meeting just so everyone is on the same page, and at the end what should be prepared before the next congregation. Deadlines should be expected and welcomed, as unnecessary delays can prevent a team from moving forward. A virtual team required multiple forms of communication both through Zoom or Webex, but along with a group email or GroupMe to make sure that there was effective form of communication available at all time

Rachel Lindsey

Purdue University ‘22

  1. For each position for which you are applying, please briefly explain why you are interested in that position and your plans to continue to grow the academy.
    • I am interested in becoming the IASP President-Elect because I feel that this is an incredible opportunity to advocate for my profession while also developing leadership, teamwork, and project management skills. I have had experiences at Purdue that I feel make me qualified to hold this position; however, I am excited about the new experiences and opportunities this position would give me. My main goal for this position and the board as a whole would be to increase the number of pharmacy students that are actively advocating for and learning more about the pharmacy profession. I feel that even sometimes as pharmacy students we are unaware of all the different career paths and all of the changes happening within the profession. My goal as president-elect would be to establish strong communication with students from all three schools to provide more education about IPA and the pharmacy profession itself in hopes of encouraging them to take on a more active role within IASP.
  2. Please describe a previous leadership experience that you feel has helped prepare you to serve as a board member of IASP.
    • This academic year, I served as the Operation Immunization Chair for Purdue's chapter of American Pharmacists Association - Academy of Student Pharmacists. Through this position, I have worked with pharmacists from the Purdue University Pharmacy to plan flu vaccine clinics, created marketing initiatives for those clinics, applied for and managed a grant, recruited many student pharmacist volunteers, and organized an immunization review session for those volunteers in order to provide free influenza vaccines to over 2,500 Purdue University students this past fall. In addition, I recruited student volunteers for flu clinics throughout the West Lafayette and Lafayette community that were organized by a local retail pharmacy. This position both challenged and improved my project management, communication, and leadership skills. I would love the opportunity to dedicate my time, talent, and energy to IASP.
  3. Have you had the opportunity to work with a virtual team? If you have, what special team dynamics, activities and actions did working virtually require? If you have not, how would you create team cohesiveness in a virtual setting?
    • I have had some experience working with a virtual team. As pharmacy students at Purdue, we participate in interprofessional experiences with students from other professions such as nursing, physical therapy, and medicine. Typically, these experiences take place in person; however, due to COVID-19, these meetings took place virtually this year. I feel that when working virtually, there are definitely actions that need to be taken in order to be effective. I think that it is important to set goals early so that everyone is on the same page. In addition, I think it is beneficial to utilize multiple communication tools. For example, when working with my virtual team, we used Zoom, email, text, and Google Docs in order to complete our assignment. Ultimately, I feel that a team dynamic is strongly influenced by how well the team communicates. I have had several opportunities at Purdue to develop my communication skills, and I feel that these skills will definitely help me be an effective team member within the IASP board of directors.

Haylie Lohmar

Purdue University ‘22

  1. For each position for which you are applying, please briefly explain why you are interested in that position and your plans to continue to grow the academy.
    • I am interested in the position of President-elect because of the opportunity to engage more student pharmacists across the state with each other and pharmacists. It is important that students understand the value of state organizations to our future as professionals and that as students we can start making changes for the future of pharmacy now, we don’t need to wait until we have our licenses. I would like to encourage student pharmacists to become members of IPA for the educational and mentorship opportunities as well. I think the mentorship program is a unique and valuable feature of IASP and would like to encourage more pharmacists from different career paths to join the program and educate students on these opportunities and how to pursue these career. I would encourage the universities to advocate awarenss of our career on their campus by continuing IPA student organization on each campus and hosting a pharmacy day where student pharmacists can educate other college students of the value pharmacists bring to healthcare. Finally, I would like to provide students with resources relevant to their current position as students. Providing students with new and efficient study strategies, stress reduction techniques and how to time manage with short-term and long-term goals can be beneficial to many students.
  2. Please describe a previous leadership experience that you feel has helped prepare you to serve as a board member of IASP
    • I had the opportunity this year to work with two different committees to organize Pathway to Health Indianapolis. This was an event that would provide free healthcare services and medications to the underserved population in Indiana. I worked between our outreach committee and clinical committee to organize student and pharmacist trainings to be completed prior to the event to ensure the pharmacy worked as efficiently as possible. This role required strong communication between two committees that were already busy and working to bridge gaps between each group to ensure information being provided to students and pharmacists was as clear and detailed as possible. It also required creativity regarding the method of delivery of training, because we were only provided videos, but wanted to ensure everyone had all the information necessary to be confident in their role. We worked on designing a presentation for the program and activities for recognizing the formulary and screening patients mental health. During this time I have worked on my communication skills and adaptability to changing situations both of which I feel are important skills when working within teams.
  3. Have you had the opportunity to work with a virtual team? If you have, what special team dynamics, activities and actions did working virtually require? If you have not, how would you create team cohesiveness in a virtual setting?
    • Planning for Pathway to Health, was largely completed virtually and it is definitely a learning curve communicating in this way. In my opinion, the team needs to be more organized by distributing agendas to the members early and have a clear expectations of each group member. Communication can be difficult, it is necessary for the leader to remember to ask and encourage feedback. Often it seems that people don’t want to risk interrupting or speaking concurrently with another member and ideas are not shared as freely. In a virtual team meeting, I think it is best if each member can have an agenda and follow along throughout the meeting. There should be built in breaks throughout the agenda to encourage people to discuss the topics and the leader should make requests of individuals routinely to share their opinions. It is also necessary that a summary is provided with decisions and timelines before moving on to another discussion point and these should be recorded and sent to each attendee at the conclusion.

Teresa West

Purdue University ‘22

  1. For each position for which you are applying, please briefly explain why you are interested in that position and your plans to continue to grow the academy.
    • I enjoyed my involvement and leadership opportunities I had at IUPUI and Purdue. I would like to develop similar involvement at the state level. After having two successful years at the Purdue School of Pharmacy Program, I am confident in my ability to manage my academics and make extracurricular activities a priority. I am currently involved in a few large pharmacy organizations. However, I would like the opportunity to invest myself and time into a statewide program like IASP. As an eager pharmacy student, I hope to pursue a career in ambulatory care and practice at the top of my license. A major career goal for me will be to provide genuine and individualized care to my patients. The ability to share pharmacologic knowledge with patients to increase their quality of life is the reason I chose pharmacy. My passion for a lifetime of learning and compassionate understanding for patients will be key assets to my pharmacy career. With this position, I hope to inspire other future pharmacists to take pride in the pharmacy profession and facilitate steps necessary to expand pharmacist’s scope of practice in the state of Indiana. The expansion of pharmacy practice is essential to provide the best care and medication experience to patients. I hope to inspire this change through the bi-annual webinars and monthly conference calls.
  2. Please describe a previous leadership experience that you feel has helped prepare you to serve as a board member of IASP.
    • As the Vice President of Public Relations and Recruitment for my sorority Alpha Sigma Alpha, I promoted the sorority image on and offcampus. I created annual plans for the chapter and coordinated all membership recruitment activities. I abided by all National, Campus, and Chapter policies. I collaborated and oversaw the Panhellenic Delegate, the Public Relations Chairman, the recruitment committee, and the public relations committee. I shared the role of helping the chapter President and other Vice Presidents create and implement ideas for chapter meetings, volunteer work, and social events. This position has taught me the value of working together towards a common goal. This experience has prepared me to serve as a president-elect board member of IASP. As a Previous Vice President, I will utilize my participative leadership style to inspire confidence and motivation for the student leaders I oversee. My experience in creating and executing membership programs demonstrates my ability to create innovative bi-annual webinars. As a previous member of Alpha Sigma Alpha’s executive board, I was involved in assisting and implementing projects of other executive members which exemplifies my ability to assist IPA staff with projects when necessary. I will utilize the knowledge and skills I have developed from facilitating recruitment committee meetings to create agendas for monthly board conference calls.
  3. Have you had the opportunity to work with a virtual team? If you have, what special team dynamics, activities and actions did working virtually require? If you have not, how would you create team cohesiveness in a virtual setting?
    • As a teaching assistant for the Pharmacy Skills and Patient Counseling Course at Purdue University, I assist seven first-year professional students in learning pharmacy computer software and filling prescriptions. I also conduct counseling simulations for each prescription filled by first-year professional students. In addition, I help facilitate recitation activities and assist in the learning of medication lists. With the conversion to online learning, all my roles and responsibilities are now conducted remotely. Every Thursday, I have individual 25-minute virtual meetings through Zoom with each first-year professional student to meet weekly course requirements. Class activities were modified for virtual learning. My students and I have implemented flexibility to adapt to revised course activities and to meet individual schedules due to learning environment changes. Strong communication of all team members was executed not only during virtual meetings but also through email for periods between meeting sessions. These experiences I have gained as a virtual learning teaching assistant will provide me with the skills and qualifications necessary to participate in successful remote meetings.

Candidates for Board Member at Large (Purdue)

Dayna Gumm

  1. For each position for which you are applying, please briefly explain why you are interested in that position and your plans to continue to grow the academy
    • I would like to become an IASP Board Member-At-Large because it would provide the opportunity for me to work alongside other students from different pharmacy schools. I want to bring ideas that I have gathered from other students and present them to IASP. I believe that by doing this, it would help grow the academy by having more student involvement because the students would feel that they had a say in the organization without having a leadership position.
  2. Please describe a previous leadership experience that you feel has helped prepare you to serve as a board member of IASP
    • Being president of the Disability Resource Center Student Advisory Committee at Purdue I believe has helped to prepare me to serve as a board member of IASP. As president, I value the ideas that came from other students because I wanted their voices to be heard throughout the club. As president, I also promoted bonding between members by hosting different social activities. An important role that had as president was working alongside the Disability Resource Center to help implement new policies to improve student experiences.
  3. Have you had the opportunity to work with a virtual team? If you have, what special team dynamics, activities and actions did working virtually require? If you have not, how would you create team cohesiveness in a virtual setting?
    • Yes, I have had the opportunity to work with a virtual team. I have worked virtually with the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America to help execute plans for Camp Oasis. I helped to create rules for camp and special screening procedures for incoming campers. While participating in social distancing, I have created a club with fellow Purdue student pharmacists in which we are trying to expand prescribing power for pharmacists in Indiana and allow retail pharmacists to make dosing changes for patients on Medicare and Medicaid. Working virtually requires dedication because it can be difficult to remember to log on to a meeting when a person has a busy schedule.

Haylie Lohmar

  1. For each position for which you are applying, please briefly explain why you are interested in that position and your plans to continue to grow the academy
    • I am interested in the Board Member-at-large position representing Purdue for the chance to work with the different academies to continue educating students the different career opportunities for pharmacists and how to make the most out of their time in school to be best prepared for working. Through the mentorship program I would like to see an increased opportunity for students to work with pharmacists in their research and publications outside of the university setting. I would like to support student chapters at the three university get started and grow into a larger organization to help serve future generations of pharmacy students. Gaining enrollment into the organization would take advertising of the value of being a part of state organization, the mentorship program, learning opportunities and the need for advocacy support. This can be accomplished by reaching out to other student organizations and the Dean’s asking for them to share IASP’s initiatives and events that are planned for the upcoming year.
  2. Please describe a previous leadership experience that you feel has helped prepare you to serve as a board member of IASP.
    • I had the opportunity this year to work with two different committees to organize Pathway to Health Indianapolis. This was an event that would provide free healthcare services and medications to the underserved population in Indiana. I worked between our outreach committee and clinical committee to organize student and pharmacist trainings to be completed prior to the event to ensure the pharmacy worked as efficiently as possible. This role required strong communication between two committees that were already busy and working to bridge gaps between each group to ensure information being provided to students and pharmacists was as clear and detailed as possible. It also required creativity regarding the method of delivery of training, because we were only provided videos, but wanted to ensure everyone had all the information necessary to be confident in their role. We worked on designing a presentation for the program and activities for recognizing the formulary and screening patients mental health. During this time I have worked on my communication skills and adaptability to changing situations both of which I feel are important skills when working within teams.
  3. Have you had the opportunity to work with a virtual team? If you have, what special team dynamics, activities and actions did working virtually require? If you have not, how would you create team cohesiveness in a virtual setting?
    • Planning for Pathway to Health, was largely completed virtually and it is definitely a learning curve communicating in this way. In my opinion, the team needs to be more organized by distributing agendas to the members early and have a clear expectations of each group member. Communication can be difficult, it is necessary for the leader to remember to ask and encourage feedback. Often it seems that people don’t want to risk interrupting or speaking concurrently with another member and ideas are not shared as freely. In a virtual team meeting, I think it is best if each member can have an agenda and follow along throughout the meeting. There should be built in breaks throughout the agenda to encourage people to discuss the topics and the leader should make requests of individuals routinely to share their opinions. It is also necessary that a summary is provided with decisions and timelines before moving on to another discussion point and these should be recorded and sent to each attendee at the conclusion.

 

Kennedi Satterfield

  1. For each position for which you are applying, please briefly explain why you are interested in that position and your plans to continue to grow the academy
    • My studies at Purdue’s College of Pharmacy and my growing understanding of managing change from my minor in Organizational Leadership, I have a strong desire to advance impactful opportunities for student pharmacists within a leadership and an advocacy sector. IPA seeks to understand public oppression and challenges in the state of Indiana. With the aid of IPA and growth-minded advocates like me, we are able to pinpoint privilege, recognize their positionality, and listen intently. This creates a space for the vulnerable, and addresses how IPA and other advocates can assist in progressing social change through legislation. As a Member-AtLarge, I would be able to effectively communicate about these ameliorating processes to student committees within IPA’s academies and councils and become an intermediary to provide thorough correspondence with everyone involved. This position would also allow me to assist students in connecting with professionals to provide them ample opportunities to advance their careers and professionalism. These experiences would become a catalyst in changing countless lives due to innovation and refinement in the pharmaceutical industry. As for growth, it is of utmost importance to start with evaluating the current state of the academy. Intense analysis and practicality are vital to achieving progress in the academy. I would like to see the academy reach more students to demonstrate commitment and outreach through educational seminars at various universities. I believe that if more students are informed of opportunities to get involved, they are more motivated to grow as students, individuals, and future pharmacists.
  2. Please describe a previous leadership experience that you feel has helped prepare you to serve as a board member of IASP
    • In my years as a member of Purdue University’s Dance Marathon, I have been taught many lessons on leadership, innovation, and advocacy. I learned how to be an advocate for pediatric cancer and how to make individuals aware of Riley Children’s Hospital and what they do for their patients. Being a very vocal and passionate advocate helps to raise funds for the Herman B. Wells Center and research at Riley. I had the opportunity to send multiple informative messages to leaders and professionals in the community, expressing my passion and testimony for Riley. Additionally, I had the privilege to hold the position of a Conductor for the past two years. A conductor works with new committee members, is a liaison for them to the executive teams, and a mentor for their first year within the organization. I spoke with them frequently, asking questions concerning how they were doing personally, how I can walk alongside them to their individualized goal for the year, and answer any questions they had for me. This included the organization, clarification on events, fundraising tips, and formulating a growth mind-set to be better advocates for Riley. This experience has helped me serve as a board member of IASP because it has taught me the importance of communication and caring for your members of your team. Community is just as important as achieving your mission. Without a team, nothing can be accomplished to the fullest capacity, especially if the team does not truly care for each other.
  3. Have you had the opportunity to work with a virtual team? If you have, what special team dynamics, activities and actions did working virtually require? If you have not, how would you create team cohesiveness in a virtual setting?
    • Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic causing all educational activities to go online, I have had experience with working on virtual teams in my involvement with Young Life. It is important to set ground rules and incorporate interactive elements to the team. This helps all parties understand the individual and team expectations for each meeting. We have found it is best to have an agenda for meeting that fits the allotted time. It is imperative that the agenda has clear objectives and is sent to everyone at least 24 hours before the meeting. At the beginning of the meeting, it is helpful to ask an icebreaker question that makes everyone think outside the box. This creates a more comfortable environment for the team to ease into the rest of the meeting. During the meeting, we have assigned speakers to speak through each part of the itinerary and prompt group conversations. This creates a shared responsibility of success and preparedness for the meeting. While an individual is talking, others will mute their microphones so there are no extraneous sounds while a teammate is talking, allowing our full attention. Outside of the intentional meetings, we have an open line of communication through a team chat, including collaborative documents that the whole team can work and comment on that each member can update and change cohesively. This aids in team comradery, allows insight into individual progress of each teammate including their approach to a topic or project, and allows everyone to share their efforts.

Abigail Seger

  1. For each position for which you are applying, please briefly explain why you are interested in that position and your plans to continue to grow the academy.
    • I am interested in applying to the Board Member-at-Large position because of the vast networking and leadership opportunities it would give me. Involving myself in the academy not only allows me to meet other pharmacists in my area, but pharmacists from around the state. As a pharmacy student, I have come to learn the value of meeting and interacting with other pharmacists which allows us to be stronger advocates for our profession and our patients. I can’t think of a better opportunity for growth as a student pharmacist than through immersing myself in learning the business and policymaking of the pharmacy profession through involvement in IPA. While I would hope to be involved in many areas helping to grow the academy, my first thought would be to significantly increase visibility of our Purdue University chapter. This would include active involvement and working with the current leaders. Additionally, I would love to see strong collaboration among Indiana student pharmacists. I believe pharmacist involvement in patient care is vital to our profession and in order to expand the abilities of our license, it is important for the public to see how helpful and passionate pharmacists can be. Working on teams to promote advocacy, patient education programs, and student pharmacists working to help the public is the idealistic vision I have while serving on the Board Member-at-Large position.
  2. Please describe a previous leadership experience that you feel has helped prepare you to serve as a board member of IASP
    • This academic year I had the opportunity to be president of Purdue Student Health Advocates. This was a smaller club requiring all leaders to take on a significant amount of responsibility. Some of my responsibilities included scheduling guest speakers, delegating and managing the group’s public relations, planning tabling and volunteer events, as well as setting a meeting schedule that allowed maximum attendance of all members. These experiences grew my leadership skills and I have learned how to be organized in order to accomplish the appropriate tasks for the club each month. This has been a valuable experience for me and I believe it has prepared me for the leadership skills necessary to be an effective board member of IASP.
  3. Have you had the opportunity to work with a virtual team? If you have, what special team dynamics, activities and actions did working virtually require? If you have not, how would you create team cohesiveness in a virtual setting?
    • Although I have not had the opportunity to work on a virtual team, this has become a reality of many organizations as more of our world becomes virtual. Team cohesiveness can be a challenge virtually especially with so many potential personality types but is doable with some intentionality and thoughtfulness. Relationship building and cohesiveness occurs over time with communication and trust which should be the basis of team building activities. For example, start a meeting by asking all to share a recent positive event related to their school or even just something in life, ask very general critical thinking questions, or for new, young teams encourage each person to bring a picture of something to share and talk about or a special song to talk about. Starting meetings with activities that encourage involvement by all before diving right into business allows a virtual team to laugh together, get to know one another and to start to build that trust and cohesiveness.

Teresa West

  1. For each position for which you are applying, please briefly explain why you are interested in that position and your plans to continue to grow the academy
    • I enjoyed my involvement and leadership opportunities I had at IUPUI and Purdue. I would like to develop similar involvement at the state level. After having two successful years at the Purdue School of Pharmacy Program, I am confident in my ability to manage my academics and make extracurricular activities a priority. I am currently involved in a few large pharmacy organizations. However, I would like the opportunity to invest myself and time into a statewide program like IASP. As an eager pharmacy student, I hope to pursue a career in ambulatory care and practice at the top of my license. A major career goal for me will be to provide genuine and individualized care to my patients. The ability to share pharmacologic knowledge with patients to increase their quality of life is the reason I chose pharmacy. My passion for a lifetime of learning and compassionate understanding for patients will be key assets to my pharmacy career. With this position, I hope to be the representative and voice of Purdue pharmacy students. I hope to collect the ideas and opinions of students and voice those during board member meetings. I believe that the collaboration of all student efforts is essential to obtain the most benefit during meetings.
  2. Please describe a previous leadership experience that you feel has helped prepare you to serve as a board member of IASP.
    • Being a School of Science Representative of the Pre-Pharmacy Club at IUPUI has helped me develop and practice my strong communication skills regularly. As a school of science representative, I attended weekly meetings held by the school of science and took notes on relevant information for Pre-Pharmacy Club and voiced our opinions on important issues. I acted as a connector between the School of Science and Pre-Pharmacy club. I requested funds from the School of Science to support Pre-Pharmacy club activities. I also communicated Pre-Pharmacy’s programmed events to the School of Science to enhance the promotion and execution of programming. I informed the School of Science about Pre-Pharmacy club activities and received recommendations on how to improve the organization. As a result, the Pre-Pharmacy Club was able to have a stronger presence within the IUPUI community with the help of resources from the school of science. This experience has prepared me to serve as a board member-at-large of IASP. As a previous liaison between the Pre-Pharmacy Club and the School of Science, I am equipped to serve as a liaison for Purdue’s campus IASP group. My development of strong communication skills will enrich my interactions with the IASP President on respective University matters.
  3. Have you had the opportunity to work with a virtual team? If you have, what special team dynamics, activities and actions did working virtually require? If you have not, how would you create team cohesiveness in a virtual setting?
    • As a teaching assistant for the Pharmacy Skills and Patient Counseling Course at Purdue University, I assist seven first-year professional students in learning pharmacy computer software and filling prescriptions. I also conduct counseling simulations for each prescription filled by first-year professional students. In addition, I help facilitate recitation activities and assist in the learning of medication lists. With the conversion to online learning, all my roles and responsibilities are now conducted remotely. Every Thursday, I have individual 25-minute virtual meetings through Zoom with each first-year professional student to meet weekly course requirements. Class activities were modified for virtual learning. My students and I have implemented flexibility to adapt to revised course activities and to meet individual schedules due to learning environment changes. Strong communication of all team members was executed not only during virtual meetings but also through email for periods between meeting sessions. These experiences I have gained as a virtual learning teaching assistant will provide me with the skills and qualifications necessary to participate in successful remote meetings

 

Candidates for Board Member at Large (Manchester)

Alexa Hamel

  1. For each position for which you are applying, please briefly explain why you are interested in that position and your plans to continue to grow the academy.
    • I have worked in community pharmacy as a technician or intern for many years and have seen the impact of outrageous drug pricing on patient health and well-being. When I learned about IPA-IASP's involvement in supporting and pushing for legislation to regulate PBM's, I felt that this was my opportunity to get involved. I joined IPA-IASP in the fall of 2019 had the opportunity to attend Legislative Day in January 2020. It was incredible to see how much of an impact pharmacists and student pharmacists can have in educating our legislators and advocating for our profession and the patients we serve. One presentation was all it took to peak my interest in advocacy for pharmacy. Imagine what we could accomplish if we continue to get our peers involved. My goal is to spread the word on my campus and hopefully educate my peers on the impact students can have in shaping our futures as pharmacists.
  2. Please describe a previous leadership experience that you feel has helped prepare you to serve as a board member of IASP
    • I served as fundraising chair in Lambda Kappa Sigma Professional Pharmacy Fraternity for a year in undergrad. Organizing and coordinating fundraising events was a big part of my job, and that included knowing the right people to talk to. I think that experience will benefit my ability to organize small events that will hopefully get more students interested in IPA-IASP. I also currently serve as the student representative on the Co-curriculum committee. The ability to contribute ideas and initiatives has been fulfilling, and will be a driving force for me should I be elected as a Member-at-Large for IPA-IASP.
  3. Have you had the opportunity to work with a virtual team? If you have, what special team dynamics, activities and actions did working virtually require? If you have not, how would you create team cohesiveness in a virtual setting?
    • Prior to COVID-19, I would not have had a good answer for this question. I have learned a lot over the past few weeks and am confident in my ability to plan and implement team meetings efficiently. Working virtually with a team requires the ability to plan and coordinate schedules and it also requires a platform (such as zoom), that is user friendly and does not require any special equipment. Furthermore, a meeting outline is important to keep the team on track. Lastly, you have to be reliable but also flexible. I feel I would be a positive addition to the IPA-IASP team as a Member-at-Large representing Manchester University College of Pharmacy.