International Pharmaceutical Student Federation participates in largest free health clinic in the U.S.

IPSF Students.

By Kara Sweet

Published July 3, 2019

Ten students from the University at Buffalo chapter of the International Pharmaceutical Student Federation (IPSF) traveled to Wise County, VA, to participate in Remote Area Medical (RAM), the largest free health clinic in the U.S.

“This is a great experience for pharmacy students to partake in health-related activities such as Naloxone training and administering vaccinations.”
Zakiya Rhodie, PharmD/MPH '22
President, UB International Pharmaceutical Student Federation

Remote Area Medical is a major nonprofit provider of free mobile clinics whose mission is to prevent pain and alleviate suffering by providing free, quality healthcare to those in need. The Virginia clinic, now in its 20th year, provided nearly $650,000 in health care services to 1,128 patients.

Under the guidance of preceptors Traci Aladeen (PharmD '16) and Edward Russak, senior research scientist, pharmacy practice, pharmacy students gave education and guidance on how to maintain a healthy lifestyle, along with counseling information to assist patients with managing their medications.

The UB International Pharmaceutical Students Federation is an organization focused on outreach initiatives to underserved populations on the local, national, and international level, including annual mission trips.

For over 130 years, the University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences has continually been a leader in the education of pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists, renowned for innovation in clinical practice and research. The school is accredited by the American Council of Pharmaceutical Education (ACPE) and ranked as one of the top 25 schools of pharmacy and pharmaceutical sciences in the United States.