Joshua Gass is a current student in South College’s School of Pharmacy, Class of 2018. He chose to attend South College because they offer a three-year program, and so he could stay in Knoxville.
He recently participated in the National Patient Counseling Competition which is put on by the American Pharmacists Association. This competition displayed students’ abilities to connect with patients and show empathy, properly communicate to patients on their disease states and properly communicate important information about the medications they were receiving.
In order to compete there, he had to compete locally and qualify. Once he did, he made it to the national competition in San Francisco. There were two rounds – the first round was the prelims and the second round was the final, with only 10 people selected to move on. Joshua was one of the 10 in the final round.
During this round, finalists are in a simulated pharmacy and have a “patient” to interact with. Each person drew a random prescription that had a certain medication on it. Then the “patient” walked in, and without knowing anything about them, the finalists were tested on their ability to handle the questions, learn about them properly communicate info to them and answer their questions about either the drugs or disease state itself.
Joshua drew a prescription for an apparatus/device a patient would have to use and administer. When the “patient” walked in, Joshua discovered he was blind. So his challenge was figuring out how to effectively communicate how to use the device to this blind “patient.”
He won second runner up, receiving a certificate and cash prize. South College is extremely proud of Joshua! Thank you for taking your education and experience, and showcasing it on a national level. You are an example to all!
If you are interested in enrolling in South College’s School of Pharmacy and receiving your Doctorate in three years, visit https://www.south.edu/academics/academic-programs/doctorate-of-pharmacy/.