Last year, third-year Creighton University distance pharmacy student Bethany Abrahams took runner-up in the American Pharmacists Association – Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP) National Patient Counseling Competition. A year later, with another academic year under her belt, the now fourth-year student competed again and took first place at the American Pharmacists Association Annual Meeting & Exposition in San Francisco.
Abrahams worked through several rounds of the national competition, “The Art of Patient Counseling,” to earn the top prize over hundreds of students representing pharmacy schools across the country.
“We could not be prouder of Bethany,” said J. Chris Bradberry, PharmD, dean of the School of Pharmacy and Health Professions. “She outperformed pharmacy students from all over the nation to bring home this very competitive and prestigious award.”
The competition involves counseling patients on the safe and effective use of a medication after consulting medication information resources and a patient medication profile. Participants are evaluated on their communications skills and the content of the information they provide.
There are several rounds to the competition, beginning first on the local level. During a preliminary round at the annual meeting, the local winners select a simple practice scenario at random and are required to counsel a patient on the appropriate use of the drug involved. After consulting references, the student then counsels the patient.
The 10 highest-scoring participants are invited to the final round, which involves a more complex counseling situation. Abraham’s involved a patient who was displaying personality characteristics such as anxiousness, belligerence or apathy, which challenged her ability to convey pertinent information.
Abrahams was recognized for her top accomplishment during the APhA-ASP awards celebration. To learn more about this competition, please visit here.