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Pharmacy Day of Service Gets New Twist

April 8, 2021

A hallmark of the Pharm.D. program, the annual Wegmans School of Pharmacy Service Day brings students, faculty, and staff together to volunteer in the community. This year, the event saw two big changes: a new two-day format to accommodate a wide range of projects planned and a virtual component.

Two pharmacy students volunteer at the RRH COVID0-19 vaccine clinic.

More than 220 students, faculty, and staff served at 18 different sites around the region and country, including students in the online pathway, who volunteered in their home communities. The day also featured several virtual projects.

Dr. Christine Birnie, dean of the School, said the Day of Service is a tangible way to live the mission of the School as well as the profession. 

“There has never been a more important time to do that than in the midst of this pandemic, where so many individuals and organizations are in need of support and the pressing needs related to COVID and vaccine distribution,” said Birnie, noting that the School helped staff 14 different COVID clinics across the city. “We are particularly pleased to utilize the skills of our pharmacy students and faculty, vaccinating patients and supporting COVID vaccine clinics around the region.”

Consistent with the mission and vision of the School, the Day of Service engaged in projects related to COVID vaccinations, testing, and education and served organizations that support diverse populations, including St. Joseph’s Neighborhood Center, Mary’s Place, and several houses of worship and community centers, among others.