UW School of Pharmacy Celebrates American Pharmacists Month
In 1924, Robert J. Ruth of Asheville, N.C., proposed celebrating National Pharmaceutical Week at the American Pharmacists Association Annual Meeting. The first week in 1925 saw radio stations airing broadcasts emphasizing the professional side of pharmacy and, over coming years, the expanding role of the pharmacist. American Pharmacists Month (APhM) came to be in 2004 and, in 2005, President George W. Bush acknowledged the important role of pharmacy professionals in patient care. Currently, the goals of APhM are to recognize pharmacists' commitment to patient care and our contributions in all practice settings.
Though October is APhM, advocating for our profession is an ongoing cause to which we should all be committed. As the American healthcare system evolves, it should be our goal to inspire our colleagues, educate our patients and advocate to politicians about the bounty of knowledge and skill that we have to offer.
By Megan Saunders
Doctor of Pharmacy Candidate 2014
APhA-ASP UW Chapter President
PLS UW Chapter Vice-President
P3 Class President
University of Wyoming
School of Pharmacy
American Pharmacists Month (APhM) in October recognizes pharmacists for their vital contributions to health care. UW Pharmacy students put up a display honoring APhM in the College of Health Sciences building. Pictured (L to R) are pharmacy students Andrew Grothen, Megan Saunders, Jaimie King, Matthew Robison, and Forrest Floyd.