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Student Pharmacists Attend First National Conference and Competition

pharconv.jpgFour students from the Belmont University School of Pharmacy recently traveled to San Antonio for the annual American Pharmacists Association and Academy of Student Pharmacy conference. This meeting was attended by more than 7,000 pharmacists and pharmacy students nationwide. Belmont student pharmacist chapter President Zac Renfro received the chapter’s inaugural charter. The conference was also the site for the National Patient Counseling Competition, where students compete in demonstrations on counseling patients on the safe use of medications. Bethany Bedford, the winner of BUSOP’s own competition, competed against 109 other student pharmacists from across the U.S. and Puerto Rico. Fellow attendees included Diane Akin, Zac Renfro, David Jones and chapter advisor Dr. Salvatore Giorgianni. The participants also attended leadership, educational and networking conferences and activities. Giorgianni said, “Having our student pharmacists attend and participate in professional meetings such as this is an essential component of their growth as professionals and leaders.”