On Wellness in WV

Charleston, W.Va. (Sept. 12, 2013) – Dr. Julie Testman, Associate Professor at the University of Charleston School of Pharmacy, fulfilled requirements for the qualifications as a Fellow of the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists ASCP).

ASCP Fellowship is a special honor bestowed upon pharmacists who meet the highest standards in Senior Care Pharmacy and have demonstrated an extraordinary level of service and dedication in professional practice activities.

A Fellow of the Society must fulfill rigorous criteria established by the ASCP Board of Directors. A Fellow must demonstrate dedication and achievement in professional activities, educational activities, professional innovation, advocacy and civic activities.  An ASCP Fellow has made a commitment to go above and beyond the traditional pharmacy practice by distinguishing themselves through exemplary service and important contributions to the practice of senior care pharmacy and to society.

Dr. Testman earned her doctorate of pharmacy degree from West Virginia University School of Pharmacy in 2005.  She completed a PGY-1 residency in Pharmacy Practice at Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center in Clarksburg, W.Va.

Mr. David Bowyer, Interim UCSOP Chair, Department of Pharmacy Practice said, “This recognition is richly deserved and emblematic of the dedication Julie provides to both her students and her patients.  She has always shown tremendous respect for the profession and it is very gratifying to see her honored for her efforts.”

The University of Charleston School of Pharmacy will hold its eighth annual White Coat Ceremony at 2 p.m. today in Geary Auditorium.

The white coat is a symbol of the health care profession, and each year the UC School of Pharmacy places the white lab coat on new pharmacy students as part of their entry into the profession.  This year, 94 members of the pharmacy class of 2017 will participate. Students, faculty, and families will gather to mark this rite of passage.

White Coat Ceremonies originated in the medical profession, and over the past 10 to 15 years have been embraced and adopted by several health professional programs such as dentistry, osteopathy, pharmacy and physical therapy.

This event provides a venue for the public witnessing of their acceptance of the responsibilities and expectations of the profession of pharmacy.

Dr. Craig Kimble, Director of Pharmacy and Clinical Services for Fruth Pharmacy, will be the keynote speaker.

PharmUC, the University of Charleston School of Pharmacy’s Patient Care Clinic, will sponsor a Drug Take Back event on Friday, August 30, 2013 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.  PharmUC is located on first floor of the UC School of Pharmacy building.

Non-controlled and over the counter medications will be accepted for safe disposal. PharmUC sponsors free monthly health events, which are open to the public. For more information call 304-357-4362 or email pharmuc@ucwv.edu.