Student Outreach and Research

The UW pharmacy students participate in many community outreach activities and research projects. Here are some recent highlights.

ASCP Student Chapter

The American Society of Consultant Pharmacists (ASCP) is the only international professional society devoted to optimal medication management and improved health outcomes for all older persons. ASCP represents over 9,000 pharmacy professionals, including students, serving the unique medication needs of the senior population.

The UW Student Chapter of ASCP is a large and active student organization! They sponsor several outreach events for older adults every year– all very popular among students and very much appreciated by participants. Examples include:

  • Health fairs
  • Brown bag medication reviews
  • Interprofessional fall prevention educational programs
  • Osteoporosis screenings

Students also work with faculty mentors to develop and conduct research projects, many of which are presented at local and national meetings.

Other highlights of the Student Chapter include hosting speaking engagements for nationally-recognized pharmacists who specialize in geriatrics.

See their most recent newsletter for detailed information about their important work.

Student Research

Plein Student Scholars

Heather Huang
Comparative Pharmacodynamics, Pharmacokinetics, and Physiology of Rapamycin (Sirolimus) on Aging in Animal Models and Humans.

Woojung Lee
The Use of Geriatric Assessment in Cancer Clinical Trials: A Systematic Review

Ananya Murali
Comparison of Anticoagulants/Antiplatelet drugs Based on Fall Risk Potential in Geriatric Patients

Caitlyn Tung
The Prevalence of Loneliness in Era Living Communities

Dana Hackett & Heidi Reynolds
Beers Criteria Talk / Continuing Education

Natalie Lim & Janey Guo
Reducing Hospital Readmission by Pharmacists’ Intervention through Medication Reconciliation

Ladan Mukherjee
Medication Safety in Nursing Homes

Nahid Khaghani
Use of Reversal Agents for Adverse Drug Reactions in Nursing Homes

Lena Chaitesipaseut
Analyzing Multi-year Falls Data to Improve Quality Outcomes at Era Living Facilities

Melissa Julyanti
SHAG Housing: Increasing Bone Health Awareness and Encouraging of Walks in a Senior Living Community

Richard Lee
i.) Chronic Condition Screening and the Assessment of Hypertension and Stroke Awareness Among Geriatric Patients in the Ekumfi district of Ghana
ii.) Cannabidiol Use in Geriatric Patients, a Literature Review and Study Design Creation for an Understanding of Perceptions with a Knowledge, Attitudes, Practices Study

Tamatha Mikes
PGx-MEDS: Medication Effectiveness Delivered Safely – Testing the Feasibility of Pharmacogenetic Testing to Optimize Medication Management

Tien Nguyen & Elizabeth Kong
Understanding the Needs of English-Second-Language Patients in Independent Living Facilities

Ananya Murali & Fendi Jan
From Hospital to Long-Term-Care (LTC): Assessing The Value Of Incorporating Inpatient Pharmacy Services To Improve Transitions Of Care And Reduce Medication Errors In Elderly Patients At Era Living Facilities

Michelle Lan. Impact of Osteoporosis Education Among Older Adults

Thanh Nguyen. Impact of Osteoporosis Education Among Older Adults

Tram Le. Developing Patient Education Pages for the Plein Center in Geriatrics

Quynh Tran. Developing Patient Education Pages for the Plein Center in Geriatrics

Mackenzie Bredereck. Identifying Potential for Pharmacist Involvement during Transitions of Care within ERA Living Communities

Soyoung Park. The Impact of Probiotics on Older Adults and Future Pharmacists’ Perception of Probiotics

Julia Yunkyung Yi. Review of the Impact of Pharmacist’s Intervention in Fall Risks in Older Adults with Cognitive Impairment

Lena Chaitesipaseut. Analyzing multi-year data to improve medication-related quality outcomes

Mat Jenkinson. SHAG Housing Goes Back-to-School: Pharmacist Interventions for Safer Medication Practices

Sean Linn. Managing Medications During Transitions of Care, ERA Living Residents

Jane Nazareno. Mapping UWSOP Curriculum to the ASCP Geriatric Pharmacy Curriculum Guide

Sarah Tu. Marijuana for Chronic Pain in the Elderly

Yutong Yang. Roles of Chinese Community Pharmacists in Osteoporosis Prevention and Management through Elderly Patient Education

Jina Yun. Student-pharmacist-led fall risk outreach event in older community-dwelling adults

Diosalyn Alonzo. Pharmacist-Led Interventions to Improve Medication Adherence. Zach Marcum (mentor).

Kyle Bigham. Evaluating Pharmacist-Led Transitional Care Management Services at a Senior Health Clinic. Laura Hart (mentor).

Mackenzie Bredereck. Hospital Readmission Rates: Comparison between Independent Living, Assisted Living, and Skilled Nursing Care. Jennifer Wilson Norton & Karan Dawson (mentors).

Mallory Farrar. Demonstrating the Safety Benefits and Cost Savings of Deprescribing Insulin in a Defined Subset of Geriatric Patients with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus. Leigh Ann Mike (mentor).

Erica Hecker. Identifying the Clinical Factors Associated with Altered Intestinal Microbiota in Older Adults. Lingtak-Neander Chan (mentor).

Michelle Lan & Thanh Nguyen. Common Dietary Supplements for Cardiovascular Disease in Geriatric Population. Shelly Gray (mentor).

Julia Yunkyung Yi. Review of Medications as a Modifiable Risk Factor in Older Adults with a Recent Injurious Fall. Shelly Gray (mentor).

Monish Naidu. Transitions of Care among Older Adults with Cancer: The Role of Pharmacists. Zach Marcum (mentor).

Soyoung Park. Neurodegenerative Disorders and Medication Adherence in Older Adults. Tom Linder (mentor).

Marian Dobles. Description of an Interprofessional Falls Prevention Initiative in Community Dwelling Older Adults. Shelly Gray (mentor).

Alaina Jewell. Pharmacist Home Visits for Aging Adults. Don Downing (mentor).

Emily Kill. End-of-Life and Long Term Care Education in Schools of Pharmacy. Karan Dawson (mentor).

Moonjoo Koh & Rebekah Sadikin. Pharmacists Learning to Advocate for Nutrition in Elders with Diabetes. Michelle Averill (mentor).

Minako Berthet. Effect of Pharmacists Performing Medication Reconciliation and Medication Reviews in a Geriatric Clinic. Trang Le (mentor).

Student Presentations and Publications

Marcum ZA, Tu S, Crawford C, Hirano L. Marijuana use in older adults: employing a risk reduction strategy. Ann Pharmacother 2019 [in press]

Park S, Marcum ZA. Interventions to improve medication adherence in older adults with cognitive impairment. Consult Pharm 2018;33:382-5.

Yi JY, Hart LA, Gray SL. Definitions of Fall Risk Increasing Drugs in the Literature: Challenges and Implications. Presented Research at American Society of Consultant Pharmacists National Meeting. November 2018, National Harbor, MD.

Yun, Jina. Student-pharmacist-led fall risk outreach event in older Korean adults: Summary of participants’ experience and satisfaction. Presented Research at American Society of Consultant Pharmacists National Meeting. November 2018, National Harbor, MD.

Farrar M, Mike LA. The Impact of Deprescribing Insulin in a Subset of T2DM Geriatric Patients: the Potential for Adverse Events Avoided and Cost Savings. Presented at AMCP Nexus, Dallas, TX 2017.

Farrar M, Mike LA. The Impact of Deprescribing Insulin in a Subset of T2DM Geriatric Patients: the Potential for Adverse Events Avoided and Cost Savings. Presented at Elder Friendly Futures Conference, Lynwood, WA 2017.

McDonald D, Chaitesipaseut L, Lan M. SB 5557: Washington Legislation Allows Patients Greater Access to Pharmacist Services. Presented at Elder Friendly Futures Conference, Lynwood, WA 2017.

Andrews C, Tran E, Lam A. Development and Growth of Student Involvement and Clinical Skills through the ASCP_UW Chapter During the 2015-2016 School Year. Presented at ASCP Annual Meeting, Dallas, TX 2016.

Dobles MJ, Chung SM, Murphy N, Gray SL. Description of an interprofessional falls prevention initiative in community dwelling older adults. Consult Pharm 2016;31:573. Presented at ASCP Annual Meeting, Dallas, TX 2016.

Lee G, Huang J, West R, Lam A. Overview of Transition of Care Processes in Two Washington State Hospitals. Presented at ASCP Annual Meeting, Dallas, TX 2016.