MPA | Pharmacy News

Feb. 27, 2015
Contact: Leah Ball, director of communications
(517) 377-0232

Elizabeth Laswell will be honored by the Michigan Society of Pharmacy Technicians (MSPT) with the MSPT Service Award. The award will be presented at the Michigan Pharmacists Association (MPA) Annual Convention & Exposition, Feb. 27-March 1 at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center.

The MSPT Service Award is presented annually to an individual who has shown outstanding dedication and commitment to advancing pharmacy technician practice.

Laswell is currently in her final year of the Doctor of Pharmacy program at the University of Michigan (U-M) College of Pharmacy. In addition, she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in biology from Albion College in 2009. While working toward her Pharm.D., she has practiced as a pharmacy technician and pharmacy intern for Wal-Mart pharmacy locations in Hartland and Saline.

Laswell served as chair of the MPA Student Pharmacist Executive Council and as a member of the MPA Executive Board during her P3 year in 2014. During her time on the Executive Board, she knew that she had limited time in this leadership position and had to make it count. Laswell contacted the office of Rep. Jim Stamas (R-Midland) and worked to arrange a coffee shop meeting with him to discuss Senate Bill 92 focused on pharmacy technician licensure. Her efforts helped to move the legislation out of the Michigan House of Representatives, as Rep. Stamas served as the Majority Floor Leader of the House for the final four years of his tenure as a state Representative. Through her efforts, Laswell also highlighted the importance of student advocacy and contributed to advancing an important patient safety issue that has been a goal of MSPT since the mid-1980s.

Beyond serving in MPA leadership positions, Laswell has remained involved on her campus and supported future practitioners who are interested in the profession. She is currently a member of the U-M College of Pharmacy Leaders, participating in retreats and monthly meetings. As a student ambassador since 2011, Laswell has assisted with interviewing potential Pharm.D. candidates at U-M and served as a contact to prospective students.

Throughout her final year in pharmacy school, she has completed rotations for the Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience in a variety of areas, including association management, drug information, inpatient general medicine and ambulatory care. She is looking forward to graduating, and continuing her career in community pharmacy.

The Michigan Society of Pharmacy Technicians (MSPT) is an affiliated chapter of Michigan Pharmacists Association (MPA) that represents pharmacy technicians in Michigan, working with pharmacists and the public to provide quality care and education to patients and helping to establish pharmacy technicians as valued members of the health care team. MPA advances the profession of pharmacy and patient care on behalf of the 9,000 pharmacists and 15,000 pharmacy technicians in the state.

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