Township Resident Takes First Place In National Student Pharmaceutical Conference

Sefa Kploanyi

Sefa Kploanyi, a third-year pharmaceutical school student from Franklin Township, recently took first place in a national pharmacy student competition.
Photo: Touro College of Pharmacy.

Sefa Kploanyi, a third-year Touro College of Pharmacy student, recently won first place in the 2015 Student National Pharmaceutical Association Conference in Orlando, Fl.

Kploanyi, a township resident, won the prize in the Kroger Clinical Skills Competition with teammate Justice Kwansa. The two competed against students from 20 other pharmaceutical schools.

The pair each won $1,000, an iPod, a $195 Amazon gift card and a one-year subscription to Lexicomp, an online pharmacy resource.

The Kroger competition is an opportunity for students to display their expertise in analyzing and reviewing a patient case and presenting recommendations on treatment, according to a press release about the event. It’s a two-day competition and the three schools that make it to the finals finish off on the second day.

On the first day, each team is given notes on the same case study, according to the release. In this year’s competition, the case involved a pregnant patient with several disease states who was on multiple medications that were not working. The students had 90 minutes to come up with effective therapy recommendations.

On the second day, the three teams in the final round defended their recommendations to a medical team of board-certified pharmacists acting as judges, and then were observed interviewing and counseling a live pregnant patient, according to the release.

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