Pharmacy students help install ramps

Texas Ramp ProjectAs part of their Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences (IPPE) course, a group of first-year (P1) students from the School of Pharmacy recently spent part of their Saturday afternoon helping improve wheelchair access for several members of the Amarillo community. Their efforts were part of the Texas Ramp Project, which constructs and installs wheelchair ramps for disabled or elderly people who can’t afford to buy one. Jim Ziolkowski, R.Ph., a long-time School of Pharmacy preceptor, heads the Amarillo chapter of the Texas Ramp Project.

P1s Albert Ngo, Dung Nguyen, Carly Obverdieck, Adam Olson, Dale Park, Jiffy Philip, Danielle Pierce and Tejal Rana helped install a ramp on Oct. 22. Classmate Joseph Vu was part of a group of local community volunteers that helped Ziolkowski install another ramp Nov.5.

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The School of Pharmacy was established in 1996 and now has campuses in Amarillo, Lubbock, Dallas and Abilene. Since its inception, the school has played a significant role in addressing the state's pharmacist shortage. Today, more than 90 percent of its graduates remain in Texas.

The school requires its students to complete more clinical training hours than any other pharmacy program in the country, making its students some of the most sought after graduates.