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Pharmacy Student Selected for National Committee

Ryan Fischer, a fifth-year Ohio Northern pharmacy student from Spencerville, Ohio, has been selected to serve on the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) National Advisory Committee on Policy and Legislative Advocacy. The selection is a highly competitive process in which only 10 students nationally earn a spot on each committee.

“It is rewarding for Ohio Northern students to be involved at the national level in issues that are important to the profession of pharmacy,” said Dr. Kelly Shields, ONU associate professor of pharmacy practice. “Ryan will have the unique opportunity to represent the voice of students across the nation as well as to share ideas for continuing to develop ONU’s student chapter of ASHP.”

The ASHP Pharmacy Student Forum has five advisory groups who advise the forum on key student needs and offer suggestions for how to meet these needs. The Policy and Legislative Advocacy Advisory Group recommends on policy to help pharmacy students develop into effective advocates for the profession of health-system pharmacy.

Some of the responsibilities of group members include: determining the most efficient means to educate students about political issues in the pharmacy and health care system as well as current legislation; educating fellow pharmacy students about policy and issues presented before the ASHP House of Delegates; exploring innovative methods to promote student participation in ASHP policy and legislation, and assisting the student delegate to the ASHP House of Delegates.