Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Pharmacy student sentenced for killing mother

This is a sad story of a pharmacy student who literally took things into his own hands.
A pharmacy student was sentenced today to six years in state prison for strangling and killing his mother after becoming angry that she disapproved of his pharmacy studies and wanted him to become a physician.

Son Richard Lam Nguyen, 31, Garden Grove, was convicted by a jury March 23, 2010, of one felony count of voluntary manslaughter.

The defendant is a graduate of the University of California, Irvine with a Bachelor of Science in biology. At the time of the crime, he was a first-year student at Ross University in Dominica, located in the Caribbean, studying to be a pharmacist. 
 To read about this case, click here.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Factors That Affect Academic Performance Among Pharmacy Students

There's an interesting article published in the 2006 Am J Pharm Educ. titled, "Factors That Affect Academic Performance Among Pharmacy Students." Here's what the authors found:
Academic performance was significantly associated with factors such as academic competence and test competence. Students with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or greater significantly differed in their level of test competence than those with a GPA of less than 3.0. Students enrolled in their experiential year differed from students enrolled in their second year of curriculum on factors such as test anxiety, academic competence, test competence, and time management skills.

Test competence was an important factor to distinguish students with low vs. high academic performance. Factors such as academic competence, test competence, test anxiety and time management improve as students' progress in their experiential year.
Some pharmacy students have learning disabilities and others may have similar conditions such as attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Some students may suffer from severe anxiety of depression and these conditions can significantly impact their academic performance. If you're a student and you have a disability or if you feel disabled, then make sure to reach out to the proper resources within your school.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Students with Disabilities: Implications for Pharmaceutical Education

There's an article in the American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education titled, "Students with Disabilities: Implications for Pharmaceutical Education." This paper was published in 2001 by Virgil Van Dusen. Here's a brief summary:
The Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 requires the provision of “reasonable accommodations” to those qualified individuals with disabilities by providing equal, nondiscriminatory program access in the academic setting which includes professional pharmacy education. This article explores the issues surrounding the disabled student and the corresponding responsibilities of the institution to provide reasonable accommodations. Eligibility for services, including documentation, and the need for the student to self-identify disabilities are discussed. “Reasonable modifications” are reviewed from both a legislative point-of-view and from relevant case law. Also discussed in this article are exceptions for the need to accommodate which includes a direct threat to others and the “undue burden” concept relative to costs associated with accommodation.
To read the complete article, click here (PDF)

Monday, June 7, 2010

Jobs for disabled pharmacists at

GettingHired is committed to helping people with disabilities reach their full potential in the workplace, and increasing their visibility to prospective employers. If you are a disabled pharmacist, you might be able to find a job that will allow you to remain productive in the workplace.

More than 23 million disabled individuals are either unemployed or underemployed, despite their education, skills, and professional qualifications.
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