Student Society of Health System Pharmacists

SSHP is the professional student organization at the School of Pharmacy dedicated to increasing interest in health-system pharmacy. Our organization promotes this field of pharmacy practice as a future career path, by placing a special emphasis on building clinical skills during pharmacy school. The mission of KU-SSHP is to encourage and educate students interested in health-system pharmacy, which offers practices in hospitals, health maintenance organizations, long-term care facilities, home care and other health care settings. Our organization is affiliated nationally with the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) and at the state level with the Kansas Council of Health-System Pharmacists (KCHP).

We invite practicing pharmacist to speak at our monthly meetings to discuss the current trends in pharmacy practice. Recent guests have included clinical pharmacists specializing in residency roles, leadership in the field of pharmacy, and even a speaker presenting on how to write a curriculum vitae accompanied by a hands on workshop. We have a variety of guests presenting, from small hospitals to major medical institutions.

We also offer more informal ways to network with health-system pharmacists. We have a new program through KCHP that allows for pharmacy students to be able to shadow pharmacists at different hospitals throughout the area. This is a great opportunity to get a feel of other hospitals for future rotations or even residencies.

Our largest community service project is the "Medication Brown Bag,” which is held each semester at a hospital or facility in the area. At this event, traditionally patients bring in a brown paper bag filled with all their medications. With pharmacist oversight, students interview the patients and answer questions about these medications. We counsel on a medication’s proper use and make recommendations if the patient is having problems. We also provide each patient with a medication list that they can carry to their medical appointments. This project is rewarding, because students get to use the knowledge they gain in the classroom, while having the opportunity to give back to the public.

Students who want to provide direct patient care as pharmacists are encouraged to seek residency training after graduation. Residencies offer newly graduated pharmacists the opportunity to rapidly gain experience, and to be better educated in a specialized field of pharmacy. Our goal is to provide information and resources to encourage students to pursue residencies; we invite area residency directors to showcase their residencies during our meetings. We also invite current and former residents to share their experiences so that our members know what to expect from a residency, and how the application process works.

At the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting in December of each year, a residency showcase is held with representatives from nearly every residency in the country in attendance. Most students considering a residency will travel for this event in their 5P and/or 6P year.

Additionally, we hold a Clinical Skills Competition each fall, in which teams of two students compete to put their clinical skills to the test. They are given a patient’s case to review and challenged to produce a treatment plan, using their knowledge gained from the classroom. The winning team receives free registration to the Midyear Meeting and competes at the national competition. SSHP Officer elections are held annually in November and officer position turnover occurs in December.

We invite you to join us and learn more about the exciting practice of health-system pharmacy!

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7 of 19 cancer drugs formulated through the National Cancer Institute were developed at the KU School of Pharmacy
3,000 free flu shots given to needy Kansans during the past 5 years
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