The College of Pharmacy's mission includes a commitment to “excellence in education, service, and research with the ultimate goal of enhancing the health and quality of life of the people of the State of Michigan, the nation, and the international community.”
Our strong culture of service can be seen in course-related service experiences, student-led extracurricular activities, and the many ways in which our students and faculty choose to volunteer their time.
- Pharmacy Students Educate Public on Safe Opioid Use and DisposalWith overdose deaths in Michigan from opioids jumping 54 percent between 2015 and 2016, and more than tripling since 2012, University of Michigan students were out in the community Tuesday, Aug. 29, to help those with prescriptions understand the risks of their medications.
Roughly 70 teams of students from UM's College of Pharmacy were stationed at 35 different community pharmacies in Washtenaw County to talk to customers about safe opioid use and disposal, recognizing abuse and how to connect to local resources for help. Students occupied a booth at pharmacies providing information about opioids at these locations.With 1,275 people in Michigan dying from opioid overdoses in 2015, proper education about that use is essential for both patients and future pharmacists, first-year pharmacy student Raul Ghib said.
- A New Perspective -- Kurtis Lee
A New Perspective
My service with Community Action Network (CAN) as part of the Interprofessional Service Learning course was an eye opening experience. In pharmacy school, it can be easy to lose sight of the world around you. There is just not enough time in the day to fit studying and extracurricular involvement, so it is easy to forget about life outside the College. We see pharmacy students day in and day out. That is exactly why the service learning course is an invaluable experience for pharmacy students.
At my service placement, I along with three kinesiology students interacted with first and second graders at Bryant Elementary School – one of four CAN sites. There I met a child who taught me a lesson in empathy. During play time, reading time, and homework time this child had a tendency to drift toward me and became quite comfortable. A few weeks into volunteering, he tried to read a book to me but struggled reading the words. I tried helping him sound the words out, but then he just got quiet. He proceeded to become emotional and expressed that he did not have any friends to play PlayStation with him. He leaned his head on my shoulder and asked if there was something wrong with him.
Many of the kids I worked with just wanted reassurance that they were doing something right. These children are at such a critical point in their life and it is tough that their parents often have to work long, inflexible hours to provide for them. Though I initially did not see the connection between my placement and the course, the experience really helped me put life in perspective. The next time I encounter a busy parent in a pharmacy setting, I will be better able to empathize with their hectic schedule and communicate more effectively knowing the difference it may make for them and their child.
-- Kurtis Lee, PharmD ‘18