Pharmacy Students Selected for National Competition


ATLANTA – Several Mercer pharmacy students recently competed to represent the Southern School of Pharmacy at the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) clinical skills competition  to be held in Las Vegas, Nev., this coming December.

Students from the Mercer student body competed in teams of two to solve a pharmacotherapy case and present their findings to a panel of judges. The local clinical skills competition was sponsored by the student chapter of the Georgia Society of Health-System Pharmacists (GSHP). First place honors went to Pharm.D. students Kat Wyatt of Peachtree City, Ga., and Candace Stearns of Colonel Heights, Va. Maureen Strong of Huntsville, Ala., and Kinjal Vakil of Augusta, Ga., won second place. Felicia Roberts of Atlanta, Ga., and Janene Marshall of Matteson, Ill., rounded out third place.

The Mercer student chapter of GSHP is an affiliate of the Georgia Society of Health-System Pharmacists, which was formed to provide opportunities for pharmacy students to become informed about institutional pharmacy practice; to encourage post-graduate involvement in pharmacy organizations; and to provide a forum for interchange of information among students interested in institutional practice.

About Mercer University and the Southern School of Pharmacy:

Mercer University’s Southern School of Pharmacy has a century-long tradition of excellence and a national reputation for producing outstanding leaders in the profession of pharmacy. In September 1981, Southern School of Pharmacy became the first pharmacy school in the Southeast and fifth in the nation to offer the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) as its sole professional degree. The School also offers the Ph.D. in pharmaceutical sciences. Pharmacists from Mercer are currently practicing in 43 states and in several foreign countries.  

Founded in 1833, Mercer University has campuses in Macon and Atlanta as well as three regional academic centers. With 10 schools and colleges, the University offers programs in liberal arts, business, engineering, education, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, law and theology. For 16 consecutive years, U.S. News & World Report has named Mercer University as one of the leading universities in the South.