ETSU pharmacy students featured on national pharmacy magazine cover

Published 9:02 am Thursday, February 20, 2020

JOHNSON CITY — A group of students at East Tennessee State University Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy were featured on the cover of the American Pharmacist Association-Academy of Student Pharmacists’ (APhA-ASP) Student Pharmacist magazine.

The theme of the photoshoot in the November/December 2019 bi-monthly magazine was “Personal & Team Development” and featured students on the ETSU Basler Team Challenge and Aerial Adventure Course completing team-based activities. The photos were included in the magazine’s feature article, “Becoming a Successful Team,” by Dr. Crystal Atwell, APhA director of student and new practitioner development in Washington, D.C.

The pharmacy students pictured on the cover are Alexa Bancroft (’21) of Cleveland, Tenn.; Andrew Dickerson (’21) of Chattanooga; Dawnna Metcalfe (’21) of Bluefield, Va.; and Kelsey Brimer (’21) of Hiwassee, Va.

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Auggie Bui (’20), of Baldwin Park, Calif., took the photos that were featured on the cover and throughout the magazine. He is a member of the college’s APhA-ASP chapter and serves on the organization’s Communications National Standing Committee along with four other student pharmacists from across the country.

“As future pharmacists, teamwork is an essential skill,” said Dickerson, president of the college’s APhA-ASP chapter. “We have to be able to rely on each other in order to achieve the ultimate goal. This applies to both our organization and for us as members of an interprofessional health care team. Overall, I think the photoshoot turned out really great and represents our chapter and college well.”

The magazine also featured Metcalfe in a separate article on her efforts as part of APhA-ASP’s Generation Rx committee to save lives through naloxone training. Gatton College of Pharmacy’s Generation Rx committee has ranked #1 or #2 in the country the past six years in a row.

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