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Advocacy and Service Programs

Ecuador medical mission

Giving back to the community is part of the D'Youville way of life.

The School of Pharmacy's mission emphasizes social responsibility and contributing to the health and well being of the community through advocacy and service.

The School of Pharmacy's students and faculty are involved in a variety of service programs to improve the lives and people at home and across the globe. Our students and faculty also participate in fundraising walks to support research and programs for breast cancer, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, diabetes, and asthma.

Medical Service Brigade to Ecuador (Timmy global health)

The D’Youville Timmy Global Health Chapter was founded in 2012 and has since enabled dozens of students and faculty members to travel to various parts of Ecuador over the course of 10-day trips that include clinic work as well as side trips such as white water rafting and visits to local zoos and waterfalls.

As part of their experience in a medical service brigade, pharmacy students rotate through various clinic stations such as triage, lab, provider care and pharmacy consulting. Pharmacy students earn clinical practice credits (IPPE and APPE) for their participation.

The D’Youville Chapter executes the vision and mission of the Timmy Global Health Foundation to help foster a passion for global health and provide students with unique interprofessional service learning opportunities.

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Uganda (Service Learning)

Students at D’Youville’s School of Pharmacy can learn about health care systems different than their own through a faculty-led service learning trip to Mulago Hospital in Uganda. These experiences provide students an opportunity to provide primary care services to underserved nations. Students earn International Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience (IPPE) credits for their participation.

Traditional Chinese Medicine (Guangxi University)

DYC pharmacy students can explore the philosophy and practice of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) through a two-week elective clinical rotation at Guangxi University of Chinese Medicine in Nanning, China. D'Youville opened an exchange program with Guangxi University in 2015.

The rotation is designed to give students a new perspective about cultural differences. During their clinical rotation, students participate in faculty lectures, visit an herbal pharmacy in a hospital setting, compound TCM medications, tour TCM medicinal gardens and forage for medicinal herbs in the wild. They observe a TCM doctor evaluate patients and prescribe medications.

APhA-ASP & Generation RX

Starting in their first year of the professional program (P1), all pharmacy students join the Student Chapter of the American Pharmacists Association Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP).

Generation Rx is an educational program that increases public awareness of the dangers of misusing prescription medications. As part of its Generation Rx initiative, D'Youville student pharmacists have visited middle and high schools and made presentations to teens and adults. Members of the chapter have also participated in prescription drug "take-back" days at sites across Western New York.

In 2012, D'Youville’s APhA-ASP chapter was awarded first place for their Generation Rx project, placing first among 55 entries at the 2012 APhA Annual Meeting and Exposition.

Other Community Outreach Projects

DYC Pharmacy students take part in community outreach projects throughout Western New York to educate grade school students about asthma, adults and children about poisonings and poison plants, middle and high school students about the hazards of prescription drug abuse, and minority students about careers in pharmacy:

Drug Take Back Drives

Drug Take Back drives bring in thousands of pounds of pills, capsules and tablets that otherwise might wind up in landfills, waterways or most worrisome of all, the wrong hands. D'Youville pharmacy students at all levels help in the collection events.

Heartburn Awareness

At the National Buffalo Chicken Wing Festival, D'Youville Pharmacy students set up a table and offered presentations to help the public recognize, treat and control heartburn.

Healthy Buffalo

Healthy Buffalo focuses on providing blood pressure and glucose tests to the community at Western New York events like the Elmwood Bidwell Farmer’s Market and at community centers like West Side Community Services.

Medicinal Gardens Exhibit at Buffalo Botanical Gardens

In 2011, D’Youville’s School of Pharmacy created a medicinal garden exhibit in conjunction with Mercy Hospital at the Buffalo Botanical Gardens. The exhibit features several plants used within medicine and educates the public about the value of these plants in the medical field.