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Wilkes University Student Pharmacists Named to CVS Health Foundation Scholars Program

Wilkes University student pharmacists Alexandra Grudeski of Gouldsboro, Pa., and Cody Morcom of Scott Township, Pa.,  participated in the CVS Health Foundation Scholars Program in summer 2017. The program, which was created in collaboration with Pharmacy Quality Alliance and the CVS Health Foundation, works to foster student engagement in performance measurement and quality improvement while working with a mentor to implement their quality-based project.  The 20 selected scholars will present the results of their work during the 2018 PQA Annual Meeting poster session.

Grudeski’s project entitled, "Combatting the Opioid Epidemic - The Power of Naloxone within Pharmacies,” focuses on supplying naloxone to pharmacies across the region. Naloxone is a medication used to reverse an opioid overdose. Working with Ellie O'Dea, an alumna of the Nesbitt School of Pharmacy, she will be measuring the progress by seeing how many naloxone prescriptions are filled when counseling and pamphlets on naloxone are offered versus when it is not conversed to patients in an open manner.

Morcom’s project entitled, “The Effect of Topical Pain Creams: An Alternative to Prescription Opioids,” focuses on the opioid epidemic in the United States and evaluates whether or not topical pain creams can be a successful alternative to oral opioids. His mentor is the director of clinical services for Chancy Drugs in Valdosta, Ga.

The students will present their research at two conferences, one in Alexandria, Va., and another in Baltimore, Md., in 2018.

Grudeski and Morcom also completed a summer leadership internship with CVS pharmacy in Cape Cod, Mass., working 50-60 hours per week across the region to ensure Genuine Care was achieved and metric scores of patient satisfaction were improved upon as well as learning more about the company and becoming managers in all positions.

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About Wilkes University:

Wilkes University is an independent institution of higher education dedicated to academic and intellectual excellence through mentoring in the liberal arts, sciences and professional programs. Founded in 1933, the university is on a mission to create one of the great small universities, offering all of the programs, activities and opportunities of a large, research university in the intimate, caring and mentoring environment of a small, liberal arts college, at a cost that is increasingly competitive with public universities. The Economist named Wilkes 25th in the nation for the value of its education for graduates. In addition to 42 bachelor’s degree programs, Wilkes offers 25 master’s degree programs and five doctoral/terminal degree programs, including the doctor of philosophy in nursing, doctor of nursing practice, doctor of education, doctor of pharmacy, and master of fine arts in creative writing. Learn more at www.wilkes.edu.