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UW’s Megan Saunders Named Finalist for National Pharmacy Award


July 17, 2014 — Recent University of Wyoming School of Pharmacy graduate Megan Saunders of Chinook, Wash., has been selected as a finalist for the Next-Generation Pharmacist award.

Finalists were selected from more than 500 entries from 17 states. Saunders was selected in the Future Pharmacist awards category based on excellence in pharmacy education.

Now in its fifth year, the Next-Generation Pharmacist program is the pharmacy industry’s premiere recognition program, established through a partnership of Parata Systems and Pharmacy Times. The program honors and inspires pharmacists, technicians, student pharmacists and industry advocates who define the industry’s future.

“The biggest impact Megan Saunders has had on the practice of pharmacy is serving as a role model for children and adolescents, with her peers, and with various constituencies from the local public health community to the state level and at the national level,” says Linda Gore Martin, UW School of Pharmacy dean. “Her broad experience with the various organizations allows her to have a multi-faceted perspective that can only benefit patient care across the continuum.”

Saunders says her involvement in numerous organizations and campus activities has been important in her career development.

“It allowed me to not only meet new friends and mentors on campus, but regionally and nationally,” she says. “To me, that is absolutely invaluable. By taking on leadership roles and official positions, I have been able to hone in on the skills I need to spend more time in developing, and I have been able to get in touch and stay in touch with people who can help me develop them.”

The School of Pharmacy contributed to her success, too, she says.

“The school allowed me opportunities I never would have dreamt of including leadership positions with student organizations, travel to various meetings and the chance to represent the College of Health Sciences at the National Conference for College Women Student Leaders,” she says. “The support of faculty and staff, the family atmosphere I felt during my time there, and the memories shared with peers and mentors have formed me to be the person that I am today. I wholeheartedly believe that I would be a completely different person – and pharmacist – if I had gone anywhere else for school.”

Saunders has started her post-graduate, first-year pharmacy practice residency program at the Billings Clinic in Billings, Mont.

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Recent University of Wyoming School of Pharmacy graduate Megan Saunders is a finalist for the Next-Generation Pharmacist award. (UW Photo)

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