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Pharmacy Students Complete Training in Emergency Preparedness


Nine students from the Wegmans School of Pharmacy have completed emergency preparedness and response training with the Monroe County Health Department.

The course was a two-credit elective, comprised of a mix of classroom, local, and federal live training, as well as virtual training, including 20 hours of federal online education. They learned how to design, implement, and test emergency pharmacies in firehouses, churches, or other public settings in case of an emergency or crisis. During each session, the students worked in teams alongside public health officials, police, firefighters, and nurses. The sessions took place throughout the course of last year in Rochester, Buffalo, and Syracuse.

“Pharmacists play critical roles in the design of local emergency plans and in the dispensing of medications and vaccinations to the public in the event of an emergency,” said Dr. Jill Lavigne, Associate Professor in the Wegmans School of Pharmacy. “We are proud of this new training collaboration with the County Health Department through which students can earn elective credit and hands-on training experiences.”

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