The American Pharmacists Association Academy of Student Pharmacists has selected Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s Gireesh Gupchup, dean of the SIUE School of Pharmacy, for its Outstanding Dean Award.
The award recognizes school or college of pharmacy deans who have made significant contributions to academy chapters and who have promoted, with distinction, the welfare of student pharmacists through various community service, leadership and professional activities.
Gupchup will receive the award Sunday, March 26, at the American Pharmacists Association Annual Meeting in San Francisco.
“(The academy) allows students to gain skills through co-curricular activities to be of service to their patients in meaningful ways,” Gupchup said. “With advances in medicine, pharmacists have the opportunity to help their patients navigate these changes. Service to patients is one of the highest callings of the profession and is something that I truly value about our profession.”
A year before the school opened its doors in 2003, Gupchup was creating the campus relationships that became the groundwork for a pre-pharmacy student organization. Those founding members formed SIUE’s pharmicists association academy chapter.
Gupchup enthusiastically supports the chapter. He ensures that chapter members secure funding to travel to professional meetings and participate in professional development events, including international exchange opportunities.
Gupchup advises pharmacists to get involved. “Be an advocate for the change that you want to see in health care,” he said. “You never know how your actions can help make a change. I love the profession of pharmacy, because it is ever changing.”
Gupchup’s leadership has led to numerous innovative academic programs, including PharmD specializations in education and pediatrics, the joint PharmD/MBA degree and the conditional entry program, which assures qualified high school students a spot in the SIUE SOP.
Twenty-two affiliated residency programs have been initiated under Gupchup’s supervision as well as interprofessional educational opportunities with the SIU School of Dental Medicine and SIUE’s School of Nursing.
— From the Illinois Business Journal