A team of University of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy students recently placed in the top two in the nation in a student business plan competition in Nashville.
Competing in the National Community Pharmacist Association Pruitt-Schutte Student Business Plan Competition were Brittain Manchester, Cale Leeper, Tara Hutchinson and Caleb Reaber. Justin Wilson, Pharm.D., served as faculty advisor. Serving as faculty mentor was Eric Johnson, associate dean for administration and finance.
The OU student chapter of the National College of Pharmacy Association was awarded $2,000, and $2,000 was contributed to the college to support efforts to promote independent pharmacy.
Wilson said this year’s team produced an excellent and professional-looking plan that contained many creative ideas that took their pharmacy to the next level.
“The passion they had for their innovative ideas and patient-care services was apparent throughout the plan. It was no surprise to me that they were chosen as finalists,” Wilson said.
Wilson is a clinical assistant professor in Clinical and Administrative Sciences and an independent pharmacist.
In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Wilson he believes it’s important to share opportunities available in the independent sector with students — from patient care services to the advantages of being your own boss. He takes a special interest in the elective class PHARM 7703 (Practice Management) and has served as the faculty adviser for the OU-NCPA student chapter since 2004. He is the Oklahoma City campus adviser, and Robin Milton serves as adviser for OU-Tulsa.
Johnson agreed that this team was exceptional.
“While all the teams in the class presented viable and great business plans, this team won the original class competition with some innovative ideas,” Johnson said.