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Wilkes University Pharmacy Student Alysha Lopez of DuBois, Pa., Wins “Know Pain, Know Gain” Competition at Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association’s Mid-Year Conference

Alysha Lopez of DuBois, Pa., won the 2015 “Know Pain, Know Gain” competition held on February 21 at the Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association’s Mid-Year Conference in Harrisburg. Lopez, a fourth-year pharmacy student at Wilkes University, competed against 11 other pharmacy students from colleges and universities across the state.

Lopez had not planned to participate in the competition but was persuaded the night before the event by her peers and educators to represent Wilkes. After passing a round robin of pain questions, Lopez competed against two other finalists in a patient counseling segment.

“Patient interaction is my favorite part of pharmacy,” Lopez says, “and Wilkes has ample opportunities to practice patient counseling in the curriculum.”

Lopez displayed compassion and friendliness while she counseled a patient in discomfort and placed first in the competition, receiving an acknowledgement of her achievement and a $50 donation to the association’s Education Foundation on her behalf.

Lopez is an active member of the Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association and Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity, the oldest and largest professional pharmacy fraternity in the world. She plans to practice pharmacy in Pennsylvania after graduation.

Lopez is the daughter of Mark and Karen Lopez of DuBois and the granddaughter of Richard and Shirley Sprague, also of DuBois.