SPPS students sweep PSSNY Mid-Winter Conference competitions


L-R: Clinical Assistant Professor Chris Daly, Husain Ahmed, Omar Marzouk, Kevin Lavery, Alison Oddi, Mercede Siu, Melanie Ngoc Hanh Nguyen, Senior Associate Dean Karl Fiebelkorn

By Kara Sweet

Published January 29, 2018

University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences students won both main competitions at the Pharmacists Society of the State of New York (PSSNY) Mid-Winter Conference in Albany.

The Student Poster Competition was won by Alison Oddi, 20, and Kevin Lavery, '19, for “Community Pharmacists’ Perception of Medication Indication Inclusion on Electronic Prescriptions in Relation to Patient Consultation and Pharmacy Workflow.”

The PSSNY Business Plan Competition was won by Husain Ahmed, '19, Omar Marzouk, '20, Melanie Ngoc Hanh Nguyen, '20, and Mercede Siu, '20. Their analysis and improvement of the fictional "Daisy’s Pharmacy" showed the judges how a community setting could establish a payment structure for integrating Comprehensive Medication Management (CMM) to optimize patient outcomes.

The PSSNY Mid-Winter Conference is attended by over 200 pharmacists and student pharmacists.

The Pharmacists Society of the State of New York's mission is to unite the pharmacists of the state for mutual assistance, encouragement, and improvement in order to maintain the standard of pharmacy practice at a high professional and ethical level.

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 is the No. 1 ranked school of pharmacy in New York State and No. 22 in the United States by U.S. News & World Report.