2012 Student Grant Recipients Inspire

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2012 Student Grant Recipients Inspire. ment Health Clin 2012;1(9):27. Available at: http://cpnp.org/resource/mhc/2012/03/2012-student-grant-recipients-inspire. Accessed January 29, 2015.

The CPNP Student Registration Grant Program is designed to assist passionate student members in attending the Annual Meeting and participating in the poster session. The grants were made possible by a number of generous donations, as well as matching funds provided by CPNP, from the following members: Jennifer Bean, PharmD, BCPS, Matthew Brown, PharmD, Martha Fankhauser, MSPharm, RPh, BCPP, FASHP, Sarah E. Grady, PharmD, BCPP, BCPS, Melody Huang, PharmD, Karen A. Kelly, MD, Julie C. Kissack, PharmD, BCPP, Gary M. Levin, PharmD, BCPP, FCCP, Jerry R. McKee, PharmD, BCPP, MS, Chloe E. Morgan, PharmD, BCPP, BCPS, Carol A. Ott, PharmD, BCPP, Tara Purvis, PharmD, BCPP, Gregory B. Toney, PharmD, BCPP, Julia E. Vertrees, PharmD, BCPP, and Barbara G. Wells, PharmD, BCPP, FCCP.

In order to apply, individuals had to be full-time second, third or fourth year students in a professional pharmacy degree program, and had to be active, paid student members of CPNP in good standing. The application included the student’s curriculum vitae or resume, a letter of recommendation from a clinical pharmacist or faculty member, and a personal essay. Within the essay, students were asked to describe their interest in CPNP and psychiatric or neurologic pharmacy, as well as personal objectives for attending the annual meeting.

Fourteen students submitted online Meeting Registration Grant applications to the student committee in February. The student committee greatly enjoyed reviewing the students’ personal essays. Much like the pharmacists fortunate to work in the mental health field, these students cited various reasons for their passion for psychiatry, including the desire to raise awareness about mental illness, overcome stigma, and provide support for individuals who lack the support of family, friends and community. Many students included stories in their essays about friends, family or strangers who have inspired them with their triumphs over mental illness.

These students are very excited about and proud of their involvement with CPNP. Within their essays, they listed the many benefits of CPNP membership, including opportunities for networking, expanding their knowledge and advocacy. Students appreciate CPNP because it connects them to psychiatric and neurologic pharmacists, other students with similar interests, and even other national organizations related to mental health, such as the National Alliance on Mental Illness. They enjoy the various resources provided by CPNP, including articles in Saavy Pharmacology and The Mental Health Clinician, emails from the listserv, and access to free continuing education courses. Mostly, they are passionate about mental health and see CPNP as an opportunity to advocate for improved care for this very important population.

Being awarded a meeting registration grant will afford these students with an opportunity to attend the annual meeting in Tampa, and many of the applicants spoke about their objectives for attending the meeting, including exploring the careers of psychiatric and neurologic pharmacy, gaining new knowledge, networking with psychiatric and neurologic pharmacists as well as other students, evaluating potential residency options through the Residency Roundtable, and presenting posters. Additionally, those who are part of a student chapter of CPNP at their institution are looking forward to networking with students from other chapters and, and “showing off” all of their chapter’s accomplishments.

The Student Committee, chaired by Sarah Grady, had the privilege of awarding the grants. The student member grant recipients and associated schools of pharmacy are listed below:

  • Gabriela Dimitrievski, Purdue University
  • Kristen Gardner, University of Michigan
  • Kalyn Hendrix, Auburn University
  • Caitlin Lentz, Purdue University
  • Natalya Maslow, University of Maryland
  • Pauline Park, Nova Southeastern University
  • Nora Roman, Purdue University
  • Barbara Swift, University of Florida

Reviewing these essays was an inspiring exercise, and the committee was amazed by the drive, passion and accomplishments of these student members of our organization. Not only was it exciting to learn more about the potential future leaders of CPNP, it also reminded us of why we practice in our chosen  fields of psychiatry and neurology: to provide education about medications, to serve our patients, and to be inspired by their stories. Thanks to all who submitted applications.

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