The American Pharmacists Association Annual Meeting and Exposition was held in-person for the first time in three years, and students from the University of Florida College of Pharmacy made their presence known winning multiple national awards in San Antonio, March 18-21.
The 2020-21 UF American Pharmacist Association – Academy of Student Pharmacists, or APhA-ASP, chapter won the National Chapter Achievement Award for Division A. The Chapter Achievement Awards Program recognizes outstanding activities of APhA-ASP chapters at colleges of pharmacy in the United States and Puerto Rico. It is the second consecutive year the chapter has won the award.
Ronald Levinson, a third-year student pharmacist, was elected as the APhA-ASP National Speaker of the House. As speaker, he will guide student pharmacists through the policy process and work with national, regional and chapter officers to ensure student pharmacists are prepared to write effective resolutions and policies. In assuming this role, Levinson wants to be a voice for student pharmacists across the country and inspire advocacy in the profession.
Megan Backus, a third-year student pharmacist, finished second runner-up in the APhA-ASP National Patient Counseling Competition, encourages student pharmacists to become better patient educators. Backus represented the UF College of Pharmacy in the national competition after winning the college’s local contest. In finishing second runner-up, she was recognized during the APhA-ASP Awards Celebration in San Antonio and received a cash prize.
Shirly Ly, a third-year student pharmacist and president of the UF APhA-ASP chapter, was one of four national recipients of the 2022 APhA-ASP Student Leadership Award. Established in 1983, the APhA Student Leadership Award recognizes outstanding academic achievement and leadership ability in APhA-ASP at the local, regional, and national levels of students who are currently in their next to the last year of pharmacy school.
Finally, Theresa Tolle, a 1988 graduate of the UF College of Pharmacy, was sworn in as president of APhA. The owner of Bay Street Pharmacy in Sebastian, Florida, will serve a one-year term leading the largest association of pharmacists in the U.S. Tolle has previously served APhA in several national leadership roles, including committee appointments, Speaker of the House from 2014-17 and as a Trustee from 2018-2021.