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Albany College of Pharmacy Student Elected Regional Representative to National Association
   December 2, 2003


ALBANY, N.Y. – Nimish Patel, a fourth-year student at Albany College of Pharmacy, has been elected to the office of regional delegates of the American Pharmacists Association’s Academy of Students of Pharmacy.

APhA-ASP, which serves as a collective voice for pharmacy students and promotes professionalism, leadership development and awareness of legislative issues, represents more than 19,000 student members in 82 chapters at colleges of pharmacy nationwide. Albany College of Pharmacy has about 200 members in its ASP chapter.

Patel, a native of Pointe-Claire, Quebec, near Montreal, was selected by his peers at the association’s midyear regional meeting Oct. 31-Nov. 2 in Providence, R.I. In his new role, he will represent the nine pharmacy schools that comprise Region 1 by serving as one of the 28 members of the APhA-ASP House of Delegates.

“This is a significant accomplishment,” said Macary Weck, Pharm.D., assistant professor of pharmacy practice and a co-advisor to the school’s ASP chapter. “We’re very proud of Nimish and believe he will well represent Albany College of Pharmacy and all of Region 1 as a newly elected APhA-ASP regional delegate.”

Patel has been a member of APhA-ASP for two years and currently serves as president-elect of the school’s chapter. As the Region 1 representative, Patel will serve as a member of the APhA-ASP Resolutions Committee, help plan the 2004 midyear regional meeting and preside over a regional caucus at the APhA annual meeting in Seattle. He also will maintain regional communications by developing and disseminating newsletters.

Founded in 1881, Albany College of Pharmacy is the oldest pharmacy school in New York state and one of the only private, independent pharmacy schools in the United States. The college has a long history of serving its students and health care professionals as one of the premier pharmacy colleges in the nation. The college now enters a new era in health care with a focus not only on pharmacy, but also on pharmaceutical sciences, biomedical technology and research.

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