Petrovskis Recognized for Outreach Efforts
Kriss Petrovskis, a third-year doctor of pharmacy student, has been named a recipient of The Ohio State University 2014 Outstanding Graduate/Professional Student Award.
The award, one of the highest bestowed to graduate and professional students, recognizes students who have made outstanding contributions to Ohio State in leadership and service outside of their academic program.
Petrovskis, a current Schweitzer Fellow, has devoted the past year to helping patients at the Helping Hands Free Clinic monitor their blood pressure. To date, the program has served more than 112 patients with more than 134 hours of direct patient service and nearly 60 hours of planning hours.
“Helping Hands staff, prescribers, pharmacists, nurses, social workers, volunteers and students have been very supportive of the program from day one,” said Petrovskis. “Many patients have expressed their gratitude for the help we can provide. It has been an incredibly rewarding learning experience to be a part of, and I hope the program grows and improves beyond my time leading it.”
In addition to his fellowship duties, Petrovskis serves as Pharmacy Council president and is an Inter Professional Council Senator, which have both positively impacted his work at Helping Hands.
The blood pressure program is expected to continue after Petrovskis’s fellowship ends, with the help of several other professional students who assisted this year.
Petrovskis will be honored at the annual Leadership Awards Celebration on April 11 at the Ohio Union and will present his final work to the Schweitzer Fellowship on May 1 at the Schweitzer Celebration of Service.