UF Student Pharmacist Guest Column News Gets APhA “Tip of the Hat”

Published: August 11th, 2014

Category: News, Student Affairs News

Thomas E. Menighan, BSPharm, MBA, ScD (Hon), FAPhA executive vice president and CEO of American Pharmacists Association sent an email to Dean Julie A. Johnson praising one of her students, Christina Beatty (Pharm.D. candidate 2015) for her guest column in the Space Coast Daily news, “Pharmacists Are Integral Member of Healthcare Team.”

Fourth-year student pharmacists Christina Beatty and Joeseph Bratsch gain practice experience working under supervision of clinical pharmacists in a hospital setting.

Fourth-year University of Florida College of Pharmacy student pharmacists Christina Beatty and Joeseph Bratsch gain practice experience working under supervision of clinical pharmacists in a hospital setting.

Beatty, a student at the college’s St. Petersburg campus, was not expecting the national attention and promotion of her article. She thanked the leaders and her faculty mentors for their encouragement and simply said, “I am appreciative of the opportunity to advocate for our profession, especially during this important time with regard to HR 4190.”

Tip of the hat: Student pharmacist shares her story in op-ed for H.R. 4190

August 04, 2014

Every day, in one way or another, I ask pharmacists to get involved with us, and to share their patient care stories in our quest to help our patients get access and coverage for our services. I often recognize that our story of underutilized capacity is beginning to be heard. This morning, as I was catching up on my reading, an op-ed jumped out at me—a guest column on SpaceCoastDaily.com by Christina Beatty, a 2015 PharmD candidate at the University of Florida College of Pharmacy and a member of the APhA Academy of Student Pharmacists.

It’s very well written—short and to the point with a specific anecdote that any reader can identify with. It tells a story without preaching and does so accurately with regard to H.R. 4190, our proposed provider status legislation. So here’s a tip of the hat to Christina and her mentors. Such a well-written article doesn’t just happen; it takes time to write and to “pitch” to the news outlets. Here’s one student pharmacist who showed real leadership and got involved!