College of Pharmacy hosts Pharmacy Robbery Training for first and second-year students


April 13, 2018

Donnie Sullivan leading robbery training
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The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy is committed to ensuring students are prepared for any situation that may come their way.  From acing exams, to counseling patients and even being prepared in case of a robbery.

According to FBI Crime Statistics, there are more than 350,000 robberies annually, with 822 taking place in pharmacies. In an effort to keep students safe on their Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences (IPPE) and Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPE), the College of Pharmacy conducted a Robbery and Burglary Training for first year students. The training took place on Thursday, April 5, led by Donnie Sullivan, professor of clinical pharmacy. A second training, for second year PharmD students took place on April 13.

“We want to make sure our students are prepared for whatever may happen while they are out on rotation,” Sullivan said. “The goal for these trainings is to give them the tips and tools they need to stay safe if they end up in a situation like a robbery.”

While third and fourth year students receive training before they begin their rotations, this is the first year younger students have been introduced to this topic. During the hour-long training, Sullivan used simulations, videos and case studies to show students what could happen during a pharmacy robbery and how to react in the safest way possible. He roleplayed with the students to demonstrate what different types of robberies could look like, from being slipped a note to being held at gun point.

“You don’t think as a student that something like this could happen while you’re out on rotation getting hands-on experience,” Daniel Senger, a first-year student, said. “I’m thankful we are receiving this type of training and information early on in our careers.”

Moving forward, the college looks to continue to host these trainings for their students and keep them best prepared for whatever may come their way.