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Kristin Olejar Wins Patient Counseling Competition

Mylan School of Pharmacy

Kristin Olejar, a PY-III student pharmacist, won the Annual Patient Counseling Competition for the second year in a row, sponsored by the Duquesne University chapter of the APhA-ASP. She will represent Duquesne University on March 29 at the national competition, to be held at the APhA-ASP Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida.

The local competition serves to encourage student pharmacists in their efforts toward becoming better patient educators. It is designed to reflect changes that are occurring in practice, to promote and encourage further professional development of the student pharmacist and to reinforce the role of the pharmacist as a health care provider and educator.

At the national level, the final round of competition involves a more complex counseling situation where the participants select a prescription at random and are asked to counsel a patient on safe and effective drug use. In addition, the patient in the final round will display personality characteristics such as anxiousness, belligerence or apathy to challenge the participants' ability to convey pertinent information in a realistic situation.

"I am very excited to represent Duquesne University at the national competition again and escape this cold weather in Orlando," said Olejar.

Mylan School of Pharmacy


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