Service in Pharmaceutical Sciences
A Commitment to the Community
Faculty within the department are actively engaged in community partnerships aimed at providing both our students and the global community with unique learning opportunities and solutions to today's health care problems.
Medical Service Trips
Members of the School of Pharmacy routinely travel around the world to provide life-saving treatment, supplies, and education to impoverished communities.
Most recently, four P4 students completed a clinical rotation and medical mission to Pune, India. They traveled in partnership with Koinonia Ministries as part of a larger team of 16 which included physicians, nurses, dental professionals, and volunteers. While there, they conducted diabetes and hypertension screenings; provided medical and dental screenings; and provided eyeglasses, medication, and vitamins to patient who needed them.
Read more about medical service trips:
- Pharmacy Students Travel to Pune, India
- Wegmans School of Pharmacy Students, Faculty Travel to Montana for Service
- Pharmacy Students Complete Fifth Summer Mission
- Pharmacy Faculty, Students Complete Pune Medical Mission
- Montana Medical Mission Complete
- Pharmacy Students Complete Another Mission in El Salvador
Collaborations with Hope Lodge Hospitality House and 13Thirty Cancer Connect
Since the fall 2012, Wegmans School of Pharmacy students have had the opportunity to work with Melissa’s Living Legacy Teen Cancer Foundation (13Thirty Cancer Connect) and the Hope Lodge Hospitality House in a variety of capacities including offering fundraising support and educational presentations.
13Thirty is a non-profit organization headquartered here in Rochester dedicated to serving teens and young adults undergoing treatment for cancer. Hope Lodge is an American Cancer Society facility that offers free or low-cost lodging for patients and caregivers in a supportive environment.
In the past, students have held focus groups on cancer treatment for the teens and parents at 13Thirty and have also created informational materials for their website.Students working with Hope Lodge have planned dinners for the guests at the Lodge and also create medication-related activities for the guests after dinner (ex. Cough and Cold Jeopardy). In addition, P4 students have the option of completing an elective rotation at one of the organizations.
Gay Alliance of Rochester
Introduced in December 2010, Healthy People 2020 aims to eliminate health care disparities, promote quality of life, and create social environments that promote good health for all. To improve the health of LGBT individuals and to increase culturally competent medical care and prevention services, these guidelines and others recognize the importance of providing students with opportunities for training regarding LGBT patients.
Through collaborations with the Gay Alliance of the Genesee Valley we have provided integral training to students, practitioners, and patients. Programming has included: Ice-breaker activities at P1 orientation, LGBT presentations in the required Diversity course, a transgender panel discussion for students and practitioners, continuing education events, Safe Zone training for faculty and staff, and community outreach at Pride.
Edison Technical High School
It has been suggested that college outreach programs can have positive effects on students’ educational outcomes and that exposure to science and science in practice may increase students’ interest in the discipline. Outreach programs have become an important part of creating a generation of students that are scientifically literate and interested in pursuing science careers.
President Obama has launched an “Educate to Innovate” campaign aimed at increasing student participation in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Efforts within the campaign call for scientists to work with these students and to help them excel in science and math.
A recent article (2010) in JAMA highlights the unique role that professional programs can play in “promoting excitement about science and healthcare to young people by connecting them with strong role models, state-of-the-art laboratories, and innovative technology”. These same programs can also “expose low-income and ethnic minority students to the culture of higher education, expand their knowledge base, and convey the need for them to enter science and health-related careers”.
Students and faculty have participated in outreach with Edison Tech including: participation in health classes related to substance abuse, presentations on pharmacy as a career, interactive lab exercises, and a substances of abuse health fair.