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The News Magazine of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy

Academic Pharmacy NOW 2014 Issue 1

Volume 7 Issue 1

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Also in this issue: 12 Finding the “I” in Leadership

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Academic Pharmacy NOW

2014 Issue 1 Volume 7 Issue 1

Departments 5 News Briefs 8 Academy in Action • Making the Case for Collaboration Across Universities

• Educational Engagement • A Bright Future

11 Around the World • 2014 Global Pharmacy

Education Conferences

26 Faculty News 34 The Last Word • Pharmacy Education:

Student Pharmacist Q&A

Columns 3 Maine Message By Lucinda L. Maine 7 Will on the Hill

Shared Responsibility for Student Success

By William G. Lang



Features 12 Finding the “I” in Leadership By Kyle R. Bagin As AACP Interim Meeting participants discovered, making their mark in pharmacy education requires embracing the many changes within the nation’s health system.

18 Blending Tomorrow and Today By Karla Taylor Even as MOOCs, social media and video are transforming some aspects of pharmacy school, there’s still a place for time-honored techniques that improve teaching and learning.

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Dear Colleagues: A recent learning experience drove home ever so clearly that teaching and learning must change. The context was an AACP leadership program attended by about 50 members. The first session was a necessary presentation on legal issues in non-profit organizations delivered by an exceptional individual with decades of experience in a wide range of organizations like AACP. For approximately 50 minutes he lectured from his text-heavy PowerPoint slides, providing definitions and examples of pitfalls for directors and other elected leaders. There was time for questions following the presentation and two participants asked simple questions that were answered very well. After a break the group reassembled. The format of the next session changed dramatically. It was a strategic planning session (not everyone’s favorite use of time). The introduction was presented using a program that produces animation, including avatars resembling the three session leaders. Throughout the two-hour session (that could have been at least another hour longer) the group engaged in a variety of exercises related to the three topics the session was built to explore. Thoughts flowed from participants, both in small groups and in the full group recap sessions, enriching the understanding of topics such as educational innovation, enhanced communication and knowledge management. The time went so quickly, too quickly perhaps, but a great deal of learning was accomplished for both the AACP leaders and staff. If anyone at the AACP leadership meeting had doubts that we must find engaging ways to teach and learn in our education programs at all levels those doubts were dispelled by this one morning’s learning activities. AACP has long been highly committed to facilitating faculty members’ appreciation of and ability to engage in active learning and we are excited about opportunities on the horizon to take this to a new level. At the 2014 Interim Meeting, AACP Associate Executive Vice President Dr. Ruth E. Nemire made the first announcement of a new partnership between AACP and the George Mason University Simulation and Gaming Institute (SGI). SGI has accepted AACP as one of its incubator partners in the creation of serious education game technologies to advance interprofessional learning. Much more information will be available on this new initiative and the first game, expected to be available in early 2015, at the Annual Meeting in Grapevine, Texas. Like the 2014 Interim Meeting, the Annual Meeting will provide members with yet another exceptional platform for learning together about advancing pharmacy education and for the exchange of ideas with our colleagues and friends. Registration for the meeting will open in just a few weeks and preliminary information is available on the AACP Web site. Sincerely,

Lucinda L. Maine, Ph.D., R.Ph. CEO and Publisher



academy in action American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy 1727 King Street Alexandria, VA 22314 Phone: 703-739-2330 • Fax: 703-836-8982 Founded in 1900, the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy is the national organization representing the interests of pharmacy education. AACP comprises 131 accredited colleges and schools of pharmacy, including more than 6,400 faculty, approximately 62,500 students enrolled in professional programs and 5,100 individuals pursuing graduate study.

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Providing forums for faculty development and networking. Disseminating cutting-edge pedagogy related to professional and graduate education. Fostering environments and stimulating the development of resources that support the research and scholarship of faculty. Creating leadership and advocacy skills development opportunities for members and students. Fostering development of innovative professional and graduate education programs, assessment, resources and strategies. Facilitating members’ development, evaluation and dissemination of new practice models through collaboration with other healthcare organizations and practitioners. Facilitating development of products, programs and services for members that create efficiencies and effectiveness, and enhance value. Ensuring the appropriate infrastructure and resources are in place to advance our mission. Providing advocacy for academic pharmacy. Supporting faculty and graduates dedicated to and equipped for life-long learning, utilizing models of continuing professional development.



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News Briefs UF Faculty Finds Alternative Therapies May Reduce Effects of Functional Bowel Disorders University of Florida faculty members have found evidence that alternative therapies such as hypnosis and cognitive behavioral therapy may benefit patients suffering from functional bowel disorders. Dr. Oliver Grundmann, clinical assistant professor at the UF College of Pharmacy, and Dr. Saunjoo “Sunny” Yoon, associate professor at the UF College of Nursing, reviewed 19 recent clinical trials to examine the potential benefits of using four common mind-body therapies—yoga, hypnotherapy, cognitive behavioral therapy and biofeedback—to treat functional bowel disorders. In particular, the researchers found indications that there were some benefits to hypnotherapy and cognitive behavioral therapy. Functional bowel disorders occur when the stomach and bowels aren’t working properly. Treatments typically target stomach pain, bloating and other intestinal symptoms. Because functional bowel disorders are chronic conditions that come and go over time, patients sometimes develop negative attitudes that can affect treatments. Cognitive behavioral therapy is used to help patients feel more positive. In one study the researchers examined, cognitive behavioral therapy worked as well as antidepressant medications. Some of the studies showed that hypnotherapy—used to reduce patients’ pain—worked as well as medication. The results were inconclusive, but Yoon said doctors should not exclude complementary therapies when treating functional bowel disorders.

Hormone-Free Birth Control Research Advances With $8.3 Million NIH Contract University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy researchers will investigate pharmaceutical alternatives to existing hormonebased birth control under a new $8.3 million contract from the National Institutes of Health’s Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD). The primary goal of the five-year research contract is to develop new non-hormonal male and female birth control drug targets and expand on existing targets. Researchers from the college, the Institute for Therapeutics Discovery & Development and their collaborator at the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Fla., will work to further birth control research conducted at the University of Minnesota, The University of Kansas and elsewhere. Dr. Gunda I. Georg, professor and head of the College of Pharmacy’s Department of Medicinal Chemistry, is at the forefront of developing a non-hormonal pharmaceutical solution to stop sperm from ever reaching maturity. Georg, principal investigator for the NICHD contract and 2013 recipient of AACP’s Volwiler award, and her colleagues are also working to develop a non-hormonal birth control pill for women.

Pharmacists’ Services Championed at Capitol Hill Health Fair More than 75 pharmacists, pharmacy residents and student pharmacists from the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy, University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Shenandoah University and Virginia Commonwealth University descended on Capitol Hill last November for a health fair aimed at informing legislators and their staff about the services that pharmacists can provide to help individuals maintain healthy lifestyles and prevent and manage chronic illnesses. “[Pharmacists] are trained to provide a variety of healthcare screenings and patient counseling services, but our skills are often underutilized,” said Dr. Cherokee Layson-Wolf, associate dean for student affairs and associate professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy. “By staging a health fair on Capitol Hill, pharmacists and pharmacy students were able to show legislators and their staffers that our services extend far beyond medication dispensing.” The American Pharmacists Association, American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, National Community Pharmacists Association, National Association of Chain Drug Stores and the Congressional Community Pharmacy Caucus organized the first-ever health fair on the Hill. Assisted by faculty, preceptors and other pharmacists, student pharmacists provided participating legislators, congressional aides and other government staff members with medication consultations and screenings for bone density, body composition, glucose, cholesterol and blood pressure. Following the screening, participants met with student pharmacists to learn more about the scores they received and how to adjust their diet and supplementation to obtain optimum levels of calcium and Vitamin D, get adequate exercise and prevent falls. The event was part of an ongoing initiative led by professional pharmacy organizations and schools of pharmacy to raise awareness and provide insight about healthcare policy and other issues related to the profession, including provider status.

NCPIE Report Reveals Poor Medication Adherence in Americans With Multiple Chronic Conditions The National Council on Patient Information and Education (NCPIE)—a nonprofit coalition of more than 100 organizations working to improve communication on the appropriate use of medicines—released a 10-step Adherence Action Agenda to combat the looming crisis of medication mismanagement among older adults with multiple chronic conditions. This population is at the greatest risk of medication errors, drug interactions and costly disease complications; and evidence suggests that poor medicine adherence will increase dramatically



academy in action with the projected rise in age-related chronic illnesses. Studies document a rise in the incidence of drug reactions from 6 percent in patients taking two medications a day to as high as 50 percent in patients taking five drugs a day. It is estimated that $1.3 billion is spent annually on the avoidable healthcare costs associated with mismanaged multiple drug use by American seniors. The agenda lays out 10 policy and programmatic solutions to improve medication adherence: 1.

Establish medicine adherence as a priority goal of all federal and state efforts designed to reduce the burden of multiple chronic conditions.

2. Establish the role of the patient navigator within the care team to help patients with multiple chronic conditions navigate the healthcare system and take their prescription medicines as prescribed. 3. Promote clinical management approaches that are tailored to the specific needs and circumstances of individuals with multiple chronic conditions. 4.

Incentivize the entire healthcare system to incorporate adherence education and medication support as part of routine care for MCC patients.

5. Eliminate the barriers that impede the ability of patients with multiple chronic conditions to refill their prescription medicines.

Have an interesting story involving your students? Let us know! News Briefs will now include a special section highlighting student pharmacist achievement. For more information, contact Kyle Bagin at

Northeastern Student’s Research Published in Two Prestigious Journals A fourth-year student pharmacist at Northeastern University School of Pharmacy had his research published in both the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) and Health Affairs. Through his work as a research assistant at the Northeastern University Center for Health Policy and Healthcare Research, Eli Raver assisted faculty with project planning, data collection, analysis and report generation, acting as an active member of the research team. “Dr. Chia-Hung Chou took it upon himself to be my mentor and really encouraged me to strive for excellence and step outside my comfort zone,” Raver said, noting that Chou encouraged him to learn a statistical program known as SAS. “This helped me become more engaged and involved in the various research projects I was working on.” The NEJM article outlined results of a study of the community benefits that tax-exempt hospitals provide. The piece in Health Affairs described results of an investigation into whether socioeconomic characteristics play a role in Medicare Part D contractors’ performance ratings for medication adherence.

6. Reduce the cost-sharing barriers for patients by lowering or eliminating patient copayments for prescription medicines used to treat the most common chronic diseases. “Eli’s contribution to two manuscripts in competitive, highly 7. Accelerate the adoption of new health information tech- prestigious health journals is noteworthy given that the typical pharmacy student does not have the opportunity to publish in nologies that promote medication adherence. even one prestigious journal,” said Dr. Nathaniel M. Rickles, 8. Establish medication adherence as a measure for the ac- associate professor of pharmacy practice and administration creditation of healthcare professional educational pro- at the Northeastern University School of Pharmacy. “Eli’s ingrams. tellectual contributions to both publications were noteworthy 9. Address multiple chronic conditions and optimal medica- and contributed significantly to the work getting published.” Raver will graduate in May and plans to pursue a career in tion management approaches in treatment guidelines. managed care pharmacy. 10. Stimulate rigorous research on treating people with multiple chronic conditions, including focused research on medication adherence to promote the safe and appropriate use of different medicines in this patient population.

Online Only: Academic Pharmacy Now’s In Memoriam Section The In Memoriam section regularly featured here will now be published exclusively online at



will on the hill

Shared Responsibility for Student Success Overcoming questions of value in higher education may require expanding accountability for student achievement. By William G. Lang In prior editions of Will on the Hill, my intent has been to inform the reader of the congressional discussions related to higher education. The takeaway, clearly, is that members of Congress and other policymakers, including those at the U.S. Department of Education, are laser-focused on the increasing cost of higher education. In the past, health professions education was frequently disassociated from this focus. This was in large part due to the fact that even with the high debt burden associated with health professions education, initial and certainly life-time earnings were sufficient to overcome this burden within an acceptable period of time. Institutional research from AACP members in 2013 now indicates that our graduates have, on average, a debt burden of $133,000. Higher education policymakers frequently use a metric that compares the average debt burden to a graduate’s first year income to determine the value of that education. If the ratio of cost-to-salary is one or less than one, it can be assumed that there is value in the education. Now the 2013 debt burden information indicates that for some graduates, that ratio is greater than one.

Measuring Value In the last edition of Academic Pharmacy Now, readers were asked to think about how they would respond to questions from members of Congress regarding affordability and innovation. Regardless of how you, or how think tanks and educational organizations, determine the value of higher education, the ready assumption is that tuition costs drive debt burden. This places the responsibility for demonstrating value on the back of the institution of higher education. Institutions are seeking opportunities to improve measures of student success such as student learning and graduation rates.

Fostering Engagement Assessment of student learning throughout the curriculum provides a continuous quality improvement approach. This approach, while important, could indicate that the institution is solely responsible for student success. Another approach is to place greater responsibility on the student to be an engaged learner. “Facilitated learning” is a term now in vogue that includes strategies focused on increased student engagement.

Facilitated learning strategies include approaches that require the student to engage in some learning activity prior to class. During class, the faculty member facilitates a discussion that offers the student the opportunity to synthesize, interpret and integrate information gained from that pre-class learning. What facilitated learning strategies are you using in your classroom? Is your scholarly work demonstrating the value of facilitated learning to improving student success? These are important questions that can guide and support AACP advocacy on higher education issues. William G. Lang is Vice President of Policy and Advocacy at AACP;

Resources Graduating Student Survey Summary Report– 2013, AACP institutionalresearch/Documents/2013_GSS_ summary%20report_all%20schools_113.pdf Rising Student Debt Burdens: The Factors Behind the Phenomenon, Brookings Institution posts/2013/07/05-student-loans-debt-burdens-jobsgreenstone-looney Student-Loan Debt Has Rippling Effect on Broader Economy, Center for American Progress



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Making the Case for Collaboration Across Universities Cleveland State University and Northeast Ohio Medical University will debut an interprofessional model for healthcare education. Better health. Better care. Lower costs. Cleveland State University and Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED) are pursuing a new collaborative approach to healthcare education that they say will bring about these positive changes. CSU broke ground for a health sciences building that will be a stateof-the-art facility where future physicians, pharmacists, nurses and other health professionals will learn to work together at the forefront of collaborative healthcare education and research.

Taylor, dean of the NEOMED College of Pharmacy. “We embrace the continued evidence that streamlined, team-based care delivery results in better patient outcomes and join in the advocacy for team-based models of care. Pharmacy stands to benefit from this collaborative model in that we can educate our peers on our crucial role in disease management, our expertise in medication management and our ability to take on direct patient care responsibilities.”

In addition to housing CSU programs offered by the School of Nursing and the School of Health Sciences, the building will house the Cleveland cohort of NEOMED’s programs within their College of Pharmacy, College of Medicine and College of Graduate Studies. It will also serve as the home of the NEOMED-CSU Partnership for Urban Health, which is dedicated to training physicians and other health professionals that deliver primary care services to address the unique healthcare needs of metropolitan communities. Set to open in June 2015, the $45 million, 100,000-square-foot facility will foster interprofessional teaching, learning and research in community-centered healthcare.

Despite growing evidence that patients benefit from streamlined healthcare delivered by tight-knit teams of professionals, most institutions continue to train these professionals separately, with no emphasis on developing team skills or nurturing a mutual understanding of different professional roles, according to a recent report by the Josiah Macy Foundation. CSU’s new facility will emphasize multifunctional collaborative spaces. Interdisciplinary team learning will occur in flexible classroom spaces and teaching clinics, where students will interact with each other and with community clients. Taylor noted that this model enriches the student experience by allowing for more diversity and promoting greater respect for other health professions.

“Growing needs for health professionals that deliver primary care services have created a great demand for a more diverse healthcare workforce with interdisciplinary skills to care for underserved populations, especially within America’s cities.”

The NEOMED-CSU Partnership for Urban Health encourages economically disadvantaged students from Greater Cleveland to complete undergraduate coursework at CSU, enroll in the College of Medicine at NEOMED to earn a Doctor of Medicine degree and return to work in medically underserved communities in Northeast Ohio after residency. “The partnership gives the College of Pharmacy a new pipeline of diverse and talented applicants who are trained in the health professions at the undergraduate level, supported by a clear path to professional opportunities at NEOMED and recruited to pursue a career in pharmacy through our College of Pharmacy,” said Taylor. The partnership admitted its second class in August 2013, with 35 pre-medical students.

Serving the Community

—Jay A. Gershen, NEOMED President

“Growing needs for health professionals that deliver primary care services have created a great demand for a more diverse healthcare workforce with interdisciplinary skills to care for unShared Resources, Diverse Experiences derserved populations, especially within America’s cities,” said “The current system of health professions education has too of- NEOMED President Jay A. Gershen. “Meeting this demand will ten focused on silos rather than collaborative teams prepared to be central to the mission of the new health sciences facility. Also, deliver high-quality, effective patient care,” said Dr. Charles T. bringing the resources of two Ohio universities together to create this first-in-the-nation program demonstrates a prudent and wise use of higher education dollars.”



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An Educational Engagement AACP member Dr. Seena L. Haines connects with pharmacists at a broad level through her involvement with TEDMED. By Jane E. Rooney What if you could help health and medicine move forward faster and better by connecting the broadest possible range of people, science and innovations from around the world? That’s the mission of TEDMED, a multidisciplinary community of innovators and leaders. Its aim is to connect with people of common goals but varied experiences to inspire new thinking about health and medicine. TEDMED hosts an annual gathering in Washington, D.C., as well as online dialogues to move toward understanding of complex medical issues.

working opportunity for pharmacists who have an opportunity to attend. “I was very impressed with the diverse programming, cutting-edge technology shared and pioneering efforts in the great challenges facing healthcare today. TEDMED has visibility around the world and [the organization has] partnered with several universities to host events and provide satellite feed of the conference.” For her role as a facilitator during the Great Challenges Day, Haines led a discussion about managing chronic diseases. She said the group was quite diverse and included a range of stakeholders in the conversation. In November, she served as the pharmacist member in a Google Hangout on World Diabetes Day, a live, online discussion about models in collaborative care that are making a difference in managing chronic diseases. During that discussion, she advocated for integrating pharmacists into primary care models.

Last fall, Dr. Seena L. Haines, professor and associate dean for faculty at the Palm Beach Atlantic University Lloyd L. Gregory School of Pharmacy, served on a TEDMED panel in which she offered a pharmacist’s perspective on managing chronic diseases. She also facilitated the TEDMED conference’s Great Challenges Day, a session devoted to the 20 great challenges of health and medicine that explored how storytelling and narrative framework can be used to gain a deeper understanding of “There’s a workforce shortage in primary care in our family medithese topics. cine space, and therefore nurse practitioners, doctors of pharmacy, case mangers and dietitians all have to come around and Exposure to Diverse Voices bring our own skills and expertise,” Haines said. “Otherwise, the Pharmacists involved in TEDMED are part of an interprofeshealth outcomes we’re striving for are unreachable and too timesional team focused on improving the health and wellness of consuming. We have to be strategic in how we message patients, patients they serve, Haines explained. She first became involved and maximize what we do.” with the organization simply by going online to watch TED and TEDMED talks devoted to teaching content areas, as well as She touted research that shows that patients are significantly those related to ethics and professional development. Haines healthier as a result of working with a pharmacist. She also learned about an opportunity to apply for a grant to attend the pointed out that expanding the primary care team helps bring conference and received a sponsorship. medicine to special needs populations. “Inspiring motivation is She described the conference experience as “an incredible fusion of health, science, language, art, design innovation and networking.” She emphasized that TEDMED is a great net-

key, as well as being culturally targeted to groups you’re working with,” she said. “It’s important to engage patients in their own care and treatment strategy.” Jane E. Rooney is a freelance writer based in Oakton, Virginia.

Have you been taking advantage of AACP’s online learning opportunities? Webinar registration is free for AACP members. Visit for more information. ACADEMIC PHARMACY NOW  2014 Issue 1


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A Bright Future Supporting the IOM Anniversary Pharmacy Fellowship helps make a significant impact on the national level. AACP would like to thank the following individuals and institutions for their generous support of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) Anniversary Pharmacy Fellowship. This program is enabling talented, early-career health science scholars to participate actively in IOM initiatives and further their careers as future leaders in our field. The pharmacy academy and the wider pharmacy community are now making a significant impact on the work of the esteemed Institute of Medicine through this fellowship. Thank you for helping AACP support this critical endeavor. It is not too late to join the 64 pharmacy schools that have contributed* to the full funding of the IOM Anniversary Pharmacy Fellowship. Please visit for more detailed program and donation information. As you consider contributing to the IOM pharmacy fellowship, please know that we will match our gratitude with recognition of your support in various communications related to this fellowship. Thank you for your support.

Individuals Jennifer L. Adams Mikhail D. Antoun Pamela Barrett Hershey S. Bell John A. Bosso Cynthia J. Boyle Lynette Bradley-Baker Gayle and Daniel Brazeau Rodney A. Carter Daniel J. Cassidy Patricia A. Chase Robert M. Cisneros Brian and Mary Crabtree M. Lynn Crismon Robin A. Dodson Tricia Ekenstam Gordon William K. Fant Rebecca S. Finley Keith N. Herist Timothy J. Ives Mark S. Johnson Jennifer Kirwin William G. Lang Vincent and Janine Lau Allan Lee Anne Y. Lin Earlene E. Lipowski Lucinda L. Maine Patricia A. Marken John S. Markowitz Wallace A. Marsh Miriam A. Mobley Smith John E. Murphy Marcos Oliveira Taylor Palmer Peggy Piascik Cecilia Plaza Sibu Ramamurthy Anna Ratka


David and Gail Riese Gerry Romano Brendan and Leigh Ann Ross Terry J. Ryan Rosalie Sagraves Virginia Scott Hazel H. Seaba Denise and Robert Soltis Maureen Thielemans Paula Thompson R. Pete Vanderveen Richard and Barbara Wells David P. Zgarrick

Institutions Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Auburn University California Northstate University Cedarville University Chicago State University Concordia University Wisconsin Creighton University Drake University D’Youville College Ferris State University Idaho State University Lipscomb University Loma Linda University Medical University of South Carolina Mercer University Northeast Ohio Medical University Northeastern University Notre Dame of Maryland University Nova Southeastern University Ohio Northern University Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science Samford University South Carolina College of Pharmacy St. John’s University


St. Louis College of Pharmacy Sullivan University Temple University Texas A&M Health Science Center Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center The University of Arizona The University of Findlay The University of Georgia The University of Iowa The University of Kansas The University of Oklahoma The University of Rhode Island The University of Tennessee The University of Texas at Austin The University of Toledo Thomas Jefferson University Touro College of Pharmacy–New York Touro University California University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences University of California, San Diego University of California, San Francisco University of Cincinnati University of Colorado University of Connecticut University of Florida University of Houston University of Maryland University of Maryland Eastern Shore University of Missouri–Kansas City University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill University of Puerto Rico University of Saint Joseph University of South Florida University of Southern California University of the Sciences University of Washington Virginia Commonwealth University Wayne State University West Virginia University Xavier University of Louisiana *as of January 31, 2014

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Where in the World? Global pharmacy education conferences return to the United States in 2014. By Lucinda L. Maine, Ph.D., R.Ph., and Ruth E. Nemire, Pharm.D., Ed.D.

Whether the world is truly flat or, despite the trends in temperatures over the last several months, becoming warmer, one thing is true in 2014. A significant number of international meetings of interest to pharmacy faculty are being held in the United States later this year. Some meetings will target a global pharmacy education audience and others have a broader interprofessional focus. Regardless, they are addressing two of AACP’s top priorities in the global and interprofessional realms of learning.

Success Story The U.S./Thai Consortium was initially founded at the request of the government of Thailand. The aim was to create relationships between the existing pharmacy schools in Thailand and colleges of pharmacy in the United States for the purpose of advancing pharmacy education to improve patient care in the country. The result was a sustained and robust collaboration that has enabled faculty development and produced important curricular change. While much of the activity is school-to-school, every other year the participants in the Consortium hold a meeting, alternating the venue between Thailand and the United States. The 2014 meeting will be held at the University of Maryland Health Science Campus in Baltimore from May 28 to 30. Additional information is available at: edu/globalhealth/usthaiconsortium/index.html

Pan American Congress Homecoming A recognition of the value of collaboration in pharmacy education across another geographic sector led to the initial convening of the Pan American Congress on Pharmaceutical Education more than 20 years ago. AACP co-hosted the inaugural meeting of delegates from 20 countries in North and South America. Since that initial gathering, representatives of countries in the Americas have gathered every two to three years to continue discussions related to quality assurance and curriculum design. The previous meeting was convened in Havana, Cuba, in July 2012. The 2014 meeting will be held at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy, June 2 to 4.

A First For Everything All Together Better Health (ATBH) is the leading global interprofessional practice and education conference. The conference, June 6 to 8, in Pittsburgh, Pa., brings together providers, health system executives, educators, policymakers, and healthcare industry leaders to advance interprofessionalism locally, regionally and worldwide. Previous conferences in the ATBH series have been held in Kobe, Japan; Sydney, Australia; Stockholm, Sweden; London, England; and Vancouver, British Columbia. The University of Pittsburgh is pleased to serve as host for the first ATBH conference in the United States. The meeting will build on the themes of previous ATBH conferences, reflecting the contemporary focus on improving healthcare and population health while lowering costs. Early bird registration for the conference ends on April 25.

Life-Long Learning The University of Florida College of Pharmacy is honored to host the 10th International Conference on Life Long Learning in Pharmacy. The conference, in Gainesville, Fla., June 2 to 5, will gather pharmacy educators, practitioners and students from around the world. Previous events in this conference series have proven to be an excellent opportunity to share and exchange experiences of innovative learning models contextualized within the continuously changing environment of pharmacy practice. The theme for the 2014 conference is The Magic of Discovery: What Lies Ahead, and the keynote address will be presented by Dr. Zubin Austin from the University of Toronto School of Pharmacy. All these global meetings set the stage for the July 2015 AACP Annual Meeting, jointly convened by our organization and the Association of Faculties of Pharmacy of Canada. The 2015 conference, to be held at the Gaylord National Harbor near Washington, D.C., will provide a robust platform for colleagues in pharmacy education from around the world to learn and share and network to advance pharmacy education. Lucinda L. Maine is Executive Vice President and CEO of AACP; Ruth E. Nemire is Associate Executive Vice President of AACP;





Finding the “I” in


As AACP Interim Meeting participants discovered, making their mark in pharmacy education requires embracing the many changes within the nation’s health system. By Kyle R. Bagin

Leadership often requires a view of the bigger picture, but that’s not always easy in this new era of healthcare delivery in the United States. It can be difficult to grasp where pharmacy education stands, let alone where it’s going. At the 2014 AACP Interim Meeting, Feb. 8–11, attendees learned how to best lead their institutions through the continuously evolving field of healthcare. Initiating new partnerships, discovering innovation in higher education and learning about new approaches in healthcare delivery were just some of the tools meeting-goers were given to turn their untapped leadership skills into action. ACADEMIC PHARMACY NOW  2014 Issue 1


Meeting attendees presented their innovative solutions during Dr. Robert Brodnick’s session, Unlocking Creativity, Curiosity and Imagination. Brodnick, director of the AMI Institute in the Association for Managers of Innovation, challenged groups to solve common institutional issues using one of his creative methodologies.

A Family Affair


“This is a time of change in healthcare, and the pace is incredible.” During her opening keynote address, Beverley H. Johnson, president and CEO of the Institute for Patient- and Family-Centered Care, described the landscape in which today’s health professionals operate. By doing so, she highlighted how pharmacy education can help direct this future in flux. “We have to have a healthcare system grounded in primary care.” The most effective future, she added, is created by moving away from the current dynamic between patient and provider. “Organizations need to make the patient central” to the healthcare team and it’s important that providers “not talk at, or above, or to a patient, but with them.” Using her own mother as an example, Johnson illustrated how family members can be allies for quality and safety, as they are often closely monitoring the health



of their family. Preparing students for the team-based environment should include the patient and his or her family as members of the team. Continuing this theme, Amy Gibson, chief operating officer at the Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative, detailed how many of the issues facing healthcare can be solved by strengthening primary care through the patient-centered medical home. Gibson described the medical home model as revolving around several features: making the patient central to care, and making care comprehensive, coordinated, accessible and committed to quality and safety. Though she recognized that trying to transform the health system “was like trying to fix a bike while riding it,” her vision for the future of healthcare–one of collaborative care, integrated electronic records and shared risk/reward structures–was echoed by many of her colleagues throughout the conference.

Dr. Ruth E. Nemire, AACP associate executive vice president, moderates a panel of experts as they field questions about interprofessional education. The speakers discussed success in creating a culture for interprofessional education at their institutions, as well as the field’s broader desire for team-ready graduates.

Locally Grown “We are in the dawn of digital medicine,” Dr. Gary A. Puckrein, president and CEO of the National Minority Quality Forum, informed the crowd. “And that means more than just electronic health records.” Puckrein demonstrated how to discover in-depth community health information and forge partnerships with local organizations, while also providing a glimpse into the future of health technology. “We are, in effect, information systems—and we are just starting to tap into all that information.” Citing new platforms such as HealthIT. gov’s Blue Button Connector initiative, and Microsoft and Google products collecting real-time health data, Puckrein explained that as this wealth of information is collected, digital medicine will shift the field’s focus to a population level. These innovations in technology, however, aren’t simply confined to practice. Dr. Holly Ludgate, senior director

for program development at the New Media Consortium, explored the rapidly changing ways in which technology is transforming education. Examples include Pennsylvania State University’s “One-Button Studio,” which allows faculty to record polished, ready-to-view video lessons, as well as a student’s triumph over cerebral palsy with the aid of computer programs that monitor head movements. The bottom line is that technology is enabling both sides of the education equation to access more engaging and effective content and learning methods. Ludgate acknowledged that “educators are the most challenging students” due to barriers such as low “digital fluency;” however, informal learning and professional development are helping to close the gap. With advanced technology such as 3D printing quickly becoming more commonplace, innovative teaching methods, from the flipped classroom to educational gaming, will continue to rise and meet the challenge.




The New Normal


In preparation for these groundswells in the field, the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education held an open forum to discuss changes to accreditation policy highlighted in their Draft Standards 2016 report. Dr. Jeffrey W. Wadelin, associate executive director of ACPE, informed attendees that the organization is changing the old standards in response to user experience, stakeholder feedback from their 2012 ACPE Invitational Conference, the changing legal landscape and the release of the new 2013 CAPE Educational Outcomes. The new draft standards, he explained, “represent an evolutionary change, rather than a revolutionary change.” With a new format that differentiates between key elements of accreditation and non-essential guidance goals, Wadelin noted that the changes can help pharmacy schools better understand the issues behind achieving a standard. A shift in philosophy means the



new standards are designed to “ensure graduating students are ‘practice-ready’ and ‘team-ready,’” with a greater emphasis on the “critical education outcomes identified by CAPE and the assessment of student achievement of outcomes.” Being “team-ready” was the focus of a panel of experts that provided insight into the demand for interprofessionally-trained graduates, as well as success stories in developing a school culture where interprofessional education is valued. Dr. Leo E. Rouse, deputy provost for health science and dean at the Howard University College of Dentistry, called accreditation the “elephant in the china cabinet.” To create a culture that values IPE, he said, change must come from the top–and those attitudes are moved by changes in the accreditation standards. Faculty should speak candidly, the panel advised, with their superiors about the type of training healthcare professionals need to help round out the “health home.”

Page 16: Collaboration and initiating new partnerships was a key theme of the 2014 Interim Meeting. Participants worked with their colleagues to determine the best ways to handle common problems facing their institutions. Left: AACP Executive Vice President and CEO Dr. Lucinda L. Maine and Immediate Past President Dr. J. Lyle Bootman network with Dr. Henry J. Mann, dean and professor at The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy at Interact, the Interim Meeting welcome reception. Meetinggoers took the opportunity to become acquainted and re-acquainted with peers from all over the country. Above: Dr. Leo E. Rouse begins a panel discussion on the value of interprofessional education.

Actions Speak Louder Than Words With all of these changes affecting technology, accreditation and the broader health system, higher education must also adapt. Dr. Robert Brodnick, director of the AMI Institute within the Association for Managers of Innovation, challenged existing and potential leaders to solve problems in innovative new ways. Defining innovation as “putting ideas into valuable action,” he framed methods for finding creative solutions to institutional issues such as designing collaborative interprofessional partnerships and diversifying revenue streams. Breaking into groups, attendees had to work fast to apply their chosen method to one of these issues and present their findings. Brodnick led a concluding discussion comparing the merits of each method to each problem, with audience feedback fueling the dialogue. Continuous change and innovation can lead to miscommunication. Making an effective impression with the media can help achieve support for new initiatives, change images and attitudes, and open up even greater opportunities for partnership and improvement. “Every interview is an op-

portunity,” said Stephanie Saunders Fouch, interim director of communications and marketing at AACP. Audience members revealed their biggest fears in speaking with the media, while Fouch provided best practices to overcome them, make effective contact, and navigate in a crisis. In keeping with the meeting’s trend of changing technology and innovation, participants had great interest in how to best use social media to meet their goals. “Twitter is a conversation,” Fouch told the crowd. “Tweet like a person!”


The I’s Have It AACP Interim Meeting attendees at both the individual and institutional levels set out to discover innovations and initiate partnerships to influence healthcare. After four days of rigorous professional development, participants undoubtedly returned home with a clear perspective on the future of the health system and a full arsenal with which to lead their institutions to effectively embrace it. Kyle R. Bagin is Communications Assistant at AACP;





Even as MOOCs, social media and video are transforming some aspects of pharmacy school, there’s still a place for time-honored techniques that improve teaching and learning. By Karla Taylor



If you try to picture the future of pharmacy schools, it’s not hard to imagine a time when much of what first-year classes cover will be outdated by the time students graduate. Given the pace of change in the profession and in technology, students may well learn much of their subject matter online, at whatever pace they can manage. “Students won’t be in a fixed time program but instead in a show-achievement program,” says Dr. Ruth E. Nemire, AACP’s associate executive vice president. “What they learn won’t be time-bound but instead achievement-bound.

That doesn’t mean professors will be extinct. Whether online or in person, Nemire says, “they’ll go beyond imparting facts to directing students in how to integrate the knowledge they gain with skills involved in professionalism and patient care.” At the same time, faculty will be freed up to devote more time to research, “unhindered by the classroom while still connected to students.” Change is inevitable in part because students are demanding new access, speed and convenience, Nemire says. “But the changes will also help faculty impart more knowledge and refine their techniques even as they have more time for scholarly work. With the help of technology, they can improve both student-centered learning and their research.” The future Nemire foresees isn’t here—yet. But efforts to both meet student demands and improve teaching are underway. Here are examples of how innovative professors are bringing the world of tomorrow into pharmacy schools today while also using proven techniques that help individual students learn more.

MOOCs’ Massive Reach The numbers are always the eye-popping part about Massive Open Online Courses, or MOOCs. An amazing 34,000 students signed up when Dr. Kenneth M. Hale, assistant dean, taught his first MOOC—Introduction to Pharmacy—through The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy in October



2013. The students came from 143 countries and ranged in age from 14 to 90. However, when the course ended in November, only 664 earned a “statement of accomplishment,” signifying they had successfully completed the required weekly quizzes and one written assignment. And as far as tuition dollars were concerned, the course earned precisely zero. Despite the many challenges MOOCs present, Hale uses the word “intoxicating” to describe the experience. “Students really want it,” he says. “And it can be a better and more efficient way to deliver content, as opposed to me standing there putting up slides. I love colleges, and I love being here in this place with students. But in terms of distance education and using technology, this is the future.” Intro to Pharmacy is one of about a dozen free, not-for-credit MOOCs that have grown out of a partnership between Ohio State and the education company Coursera since early 2013. Hale is a 30-year teaching veteran who has taught in traditional classrooms as well as via videoconference. Developing the seven-week course took more than 200 hours between April and August 2013. Preparation included creating approximately 140 videos, divided between 10-minute content videos and interviews with guest practitioners. Because of the heavy advance work, he says, the course practically runs on autopilot once it starts. (Learn more at course/intropharma.)

Left: Dr. Jeff J. Cain, adjunct associate professor and director of education technology at the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy, advises a student using a tablet. Cain has found great success with incorporating technology in reaching students. Above: More than 34,000 students initially signed up for an introductory pharmacy MOOC taught by Dr. Kenneth M. Hale, assistant dean at The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy. Students ranged greatly in age and background, logging in from across 143 countries.

Hale recognizes the advantages and disadvantages of MOOCs, which he says are “different— very different” from teaching in the classroom or even via videoconference. As great as it is to reach students from around the world, he estimates that only about one-third are genuinely engaged. (Because the course is free, “a lot are just playing around with it,” he says.) And he echoes the theme of much of the news coverage MOOCs have received: It’s hard to figure out how to make money from courses that students don’t pay for. That said, at least two of his MOOC students—from Arizona and Maryland—applied for admission to Ohio State’s pharmacy school. He makes a point of using attractive campus settings as backdrops in the videos, and “I’m starting to see the power of reaching people around the world who know Ohio State only as a football school. This lets us tell them something else about ourselves.” For others who may consider MOOCs, Hale’s major piece of advice sounds familiar: Develop a clear, detailed road map for the course up front. But he also stresses the need for 24-houra-day tech support (Coursera provides his); attentive teaching assistants to manage the message boards through which students communicate; and wise use of social media (he uses Twitter to distribute a question of the week). In addition, Hale says, don’t underestimate the importance of marketing. The second time he offered the class, in winter

2014, it drew 12,000 students—about a third as many as the first offering. He thinks the heavy promotion the class got before its 2013 introduction may have been a major factor in higher initial enrollment.

Social Media’s Compelling Convenience Convinced that social media could be useful for more than distributing announcements, in 2011, Dr. Jeff J. Cain, along with co-instructor Dr. Anne Policastri, started Facebook groups to encourage informal learning in the pharmacy management and leadership classes he teaches at the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy. Since then, some 90 percent of his students have signed up for the optional, course-related groups. An adjunct associate professor and director of education technology, Cain uses the Facebook groups to expose students to: • real-world topics in healthcare, business management, and pharmacy management; • professionals who are influencing the field; and • ways to use social media for lifelong learning. Because they’re already on Facebook anyway, “students like it and find it more convenient than Blackboard,” Cain says. One sign of their enthusiasm: Many students stay with his Facebook groups after finishing the class. And Cain finds that the informality and ubiquity of Facebook generates after-class ACADEMIC PHARMACY NOW  2014 Issue 1


conversations. The groups are convenient for Cain, too. They take little of his time other than accepting students and guests, and monitoring them. Like Cain, Dr. Margarita V. DiVall of Northeastern University uses Facebook to connect and share information with students, including those in her four-semester therapeutics course. DiVall is associate clinical professor and director of assessment at the Northeastern University School of Pharmacy. When she and her colleagues did an experiment to compare students’ use of the discussion boards on Blackboard and Facebook, they saw that “students had a preference for seeing things on Facebook because that’s where they were already”—despite the fact that syllabi, course materials, and announcements were on Blackboard. From her perspective, Facebook makes it easier to share news, such as FDA press releases about new medications, and has a “cool factor” that other online resources don’t. That said, based on the research and her own experience, DiVall can see drawbacks. “You can’t require students to have a Facebook or Twitter account,” she says. In addition, Facebook is not a surefire way to get students engaged: “In a class of 150 students, you don’t get 150 students responding or posting.” She recommends considering incentives, such as extra credit for posting a link on a specific topic.

The Enduring Importance of Experimentation As a “teaching and learning guy,” Dr. Adam M. Persky is fascinated by techniques that get students to prepare better so he can use class time more effectively. And he’s willing to experiment to get the techniques right. Persky is a clinical associate professor and pre-pharmacy adviser at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Eshelman School of Pharmacy. A few years ago, he performed an experiment in long-term retention and application with his class in physiology for first-year students. The study compared a previous lecture version of the course to a newly created “team-based learning lite” version. The TBL-lite course assigns brief readings for students to complete in advance, gives quizzes to check comprehension, and either provides cases to read before class or puts students in structured teams within class to apply what they learned to those readings. The main performance outcome was retention and application of information one year after the lecture course or new course was completed. The result: Persky has adopted the TBLlite approach, and students now have better facility with applying the knowledge as well as better retention. In a foundational pharmacokinetics class, Persky experimented with more approaches: conducting in-class lectures followed by problem-solving practice; delivering content via narrated animations or readings that students could view or complete before a

DiVall also thinks it’s important to have a policy that spells out responsible social media use, protects your school, and may even prompt discussions about social media and professionalism. For the sake of her own privacy, and students’, DiVall doesn’t friend students on her personal Facebook page until after they graduate. Cain and DiVall concur about this major point: Faculty shouldn’t use social media for social media’s sake. Instead, Cain says, concentrate on “producing graduates with the knowledge and skills to be competent pharmacists and problem solvers.” “In general, technology is another tool—it should not determine how or what we teach,” DiVall says. “We have to use it with sound instructional design in mind. The first, most important consideration is this: What outcomes are we trying to achieve? Only then should we think about whether we have technologies that can help us teach and our students learn better.”



Dr. Adam M. Persky, clinical associate professor and pre-pharmacy adviser at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Eshelman School of Pharmacy, found greater retention and application among students under his “team-based learning lite” course-style.

The title shot from Dr. Craig D. Cox’s video shown to students during orientation. Cox, vice chair of experiential programs and associate professor of pharmacy practice at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Pharmacy, believes the video helps strengthen the student-preceptor connection from the start.

large recitation; and, eventually, a team-based learning course in which they read the material on their own and get repetition and reinforcement in in-class work. To ensure the best retention, Persky keeps a close watch on student grades and evaluations and whether students need more lectures, time to study, or review. For those who might want to apply his flexible techniques, “my first advice, usually, is to start small,” he says. “Use the 80/20 rule—you can often get 80 percent of your impact by changing 20 percent of what you do. For example, look at your alignment between learning objectives, assessments and instructional techniques. If your goal is to teach critical thinking and you spend most of your time lecturing, that’s a misalignment.” Ultimately, though, Persky believes that the best way to maximize student learning and improve teaching is to design a curriculum that constantly reinforces the material. “One-and-done has never really worked,” he notes. As part of a strategic-planning process, the Eshelman School of Pharmacy is now revising its curriculum to reinforce connections among classes, make it easier for students to retrieve information as needed once they’ve covered it, and increase experiential education.

Mixing the Time-Honored With High-Tech Some techniques can work well by themselves or blended with high-tech tools, video, or even the old-fashioned 3-by-5 card. For example, to uncover roadblocks to comprehension, DiVall gives tried-and-true active-learning techniques an update with the help of Facebook. At natural breaks in class, she stops to ask students to write Facebook posts about what they see as the “muddiest point”—the material she most needs to clarify. She can watch the posts as they roll in and respond immediately. A variation is the “one-minute reflection,” when she asks students to take 60 seconds to post one thing they learned and one they didn’t understand. At the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Pharmacy, Dr. Craig D. Cox is a specialist in experiential learning and faculty development who believes in starting strong by getting to know the learner. As vice chair of experiential programs and associate professor of pharmacy practice, Cox especially likes icebreaker exercises. During pre-rotation orientation, Cox asks students to complete a Pharmacist’s Inventory of Learning Styles, or PILS, question-





Expert Advice Seasoned professors offer tips on how to—and how not to—integrate technology into teaching. naire. Answering the 17 questions takes just a few minutes, and the results give both the students and their preceptor insight into how they absorb new material most effectively. “It’s a fun way to teach students about themselves and for me to learn about their tendencies,” he says. (See the inventory at Cox also uses a video he produced himself to deepen the student-preceptor connection. The video, which students view before meeting with him on orientation day, includes an overview of rotation activities, an active-learning exercise, plus a few fun facts Cox included about himself. In addition to saving time, he says, “having a prerecorded session that introduces basics to students without my having to be in the room has proven beneficial. And with the humor and active-learning exercises, students find the video both engaging and educational. By the end of day one, we’re comfortable with each other, and it really allows us to hit the ground running.” To deliver feedback at the middle and end of rotation, Cox goes low-tech with the note card method. On a card, he writes three things each student is doing well and three he or she needs to work on. Before letting students look at their cards, he asks how they think they’re doing. Then they compare answers. “If a significant discrepancy exists, it may signal that students need better and more regular feedback,” he says. This method is also good for learners who get defensive, since it lets them tell you what they need to work on. “All these things are good for getting out of your comfort zone,” Cox says. “And the students love them.” Cox’s latest—and most ambitious—project combines his interest in video with his belief that the future of learning is far from dull. To teach preceptors to be better student trainers, in spring 2014 he’s introducing a professionallyproduced video miniseries. Its 12 episodes follow a novice preceptor and her two polar-opposite students—an anxious overachiever and a slacker—through a six-week clinical rotation at a hospital. At the end of each five- to eight-minute installment, two commentators offer takeaway lessons and encourage viewers to reflect on how to deal with their own challenging students. Although Cox designed the series so that viewers can earn continuing education credit, he’s hoping it accomplishes something more—something most pharmacy professors can relate to, no matter whom they work with or how. By blending technology with a deep desire to make education more effective and even fun, “I want to help make learning something people want to do and provide them with motivation to improve. I hope the miniseries provides a medium for them to do this, as opposed to just passively watching another PowerPoint presentation.” Karla Taylor is a freelance writer and communications consultant based in Bethesda, Md.

Choose your tools for the right reasons. “‘How do I use technology in my teaching?’ is the wrong question to ask,” says Dr. Adam M. Persky, clinical associate professor and pre-pharmacy adviser at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Eshelman School of Pharmacy. “Rather, focus on bigger-picture foundational learning. Use backward design—what are they going to be doing as pharmacists, and what can your course do to make sure they can? Technology may help—or it may not.”

Let your objectives determine your approach. “It’s important to have really clear objectives and then to review and reinforce the really important material to meet the objectives,” Persky says. True, making sure objectives, teaching and learning are aligned takes more time up front, and “it’s not very sexy. Sometimes we forget about it because we get so obsessed with techniques and technology.” But he finds it vital to track course objectives and individual learning objectives, and then perform assessments to make sure they align.

As a person who likes to make data-driven decisions, Persky always measures the effects of changes he makes—when, for example, he considers whether to present all problem sets at once or space them out to see which encourages better retention. •

Don’t make age an excuse. “The generalization that older faculty are not technologically savvy is simply not true,” says Dr. Margarita V. DiVall, associate clinical professor and director of assessment at the Northeastern University School of Pharmacy. “Age doesn’t limit faculty members’ ability to learn a new technology or improve their teaching. Younger faculty may have an advantage from growing up with the technologies we currently use, but with the rapid pace of development, all of us have to keep an eye on technology trends in education.”

Remember that everyone is in this together. Often called upon to talk to other faculty about teaching, Persky sees that “there is some comfort when you hear others say, ‘I’ve had the same problem and here’s how I solved it.’ We all have the same issues. Being able to discuss them is really helpful. The nature of scholarship is to share what you’ve learned. Otherwise you’re not advancing teaching, whether in pharmacy or in health education in general.”



Faculty News Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

• Kimberly Braxton-Lloyd entered into an agreement with Adams Drugs for the development of a $348,340 Community Pharmacy Residency Program.


• Randall Clark and Jack DeRuiter were awarded $344,325 from the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, National Institute of Justice for “Bath Salt-type Aminoketone Designer Drugs: Analytical and Synthetic Studies on Substituted Cathinones.”

• Gregory Dewey has been named the eighth president of the Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.

Auburn University Appointments/Elections

• Emily Armstrong has been elected secretary, American College of Clinical Pharmacy Ambulatory Care Practice and Research Network. • Amanda Fowler was named manager of post graduate education for the Harrison School of Pharmacy. • Scott Gulley was named practice operations manager for the State Wellness Center in Montgomery. • Lori Hornsby has been elected secretary/treasurer, American College of Clinical Pharmacy Education and Training Practice and Research Network. • Kristi W. Kelley has been elected chair, American College of Clinical Pharmacy Education and Training Practice and Research Network. • Anne Marie Liles has been elected chair-elect, American College of Clinical Pharmacy Education Nephrology Practice and Research Network. • Karen F. Marlowe has been elected chair, American College of Clinical Pharmacy Education Pain and Palliative Care Practice and Research Network. • Paige Patterson was named manager of practice operations in the Division of Pharmacy Health Services, Harrison School of Pharmacy. • Vishnu D. Suppiramaniam has been appointed to the National Institutes of Health study section: Neurodevelopment, Synaptic Plasticity & Neurodegeneration.


• Rajesh Amin received the Auburn University Graduate Student Council’s annual Outstanding Graduate Mentor Award. • Murali Dhanasekaran was honored as an Outstanding Faculty Advisor by Auburn University. • Joshua C. Hollingsworth was awarded a pre-doctoral fellowship from the American Foundation for Pharmaceutical Education valued at $6,500.


• Robert D. “Rusty” Arnold received a $1,345,892 grant from the National Institutes of Medicine/NIBIB, PAR-11-148, Nanoscience and Nanotechnology in Biology and Medicine for “Secretory phospholipases (sPLA2) & their receptors for delivering nanoliposomes.” Arnold also received subrecipient funding from The University of Georgia to assist with “Pharmacokinetic Evaluation of Generic Levetiracetam Extended Release in Comparison to Keppra XR and Standard Release Keppra” ($8,800).



• Jan Kavookjian received a $25,000 grant from the Blue Cross Blue Shield Caring Foundation to support extending health behavior change interventions to persons with chronic conditions, particularly in rural Alabama communities. • Wesley Lindsey received a $3,000 grant from the Alabama Pharmacy Association to create continuing pharmacy education journal articles for the Alabama Pharmacy Association Research and Education Foundation. • Peter Panizzi received a sub-award agreement from Massachusetts General Hospital (NIH Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute) for $454,441. The five-year award will study pathogen specific imaging of endocarditis. • William R. Ravis was awarded a $50,271 contract from War Eagle Labs, LLC to evaluate “Buprenorphine Nanoparticles for Long Term Pain Relief and the Treatment of Addiction Formulation and Comparative Bioavailability.”

Duquesne University Appointments/Elections

• Karen M. Fancher, faculty of the Board Certification in Oncology Pharmacy Review & Recertification Course. • Jacqueline M. Klootwyk, assistant professor of pharmacy practice • Branden D. Nemecek, assistant professor of pharmacy practice • David E. Zimmerman, assistant professor of pharmacy practice


• Janet K. Astle and Bruce Livengood (2013). Assessment Award for the development of PharmEd Plus. Awarded by Duquesne University Academic Affairs. • Pamela H. Koerner (2013). American College of Clinical Pharmacy Academy Teaching and Learning Certificate Program. • Robert L. Maher Jr. (2013). National Alliance of State Pharmacy Associations Excellence in Innovation Award sponsored by Upsher-Smith Laboratories. Awarded by the Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association. • Jamie L. McConaha (2013). American College of Clinical Pharmacy Academy Teaching and Learning Certificate Program. • Duquesne University (2013). Was recognized with a service award for providing over 25,500 hours of clinical service

through student pharmacists and residents since Autumn Stewart started in 2008. Presented at the Catholic Charities Free Health Care Center Red Carpet event.

Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine Awards

• The Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine School of Pharmacy received the Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association’s 2013 Public Relations Award.

Manchester University Promotions

• David F. McFadden has been named to the University presidency, effective July 1, 2014.

Midwestern University/ Downers Grove Appointments/Elections

• Jaclyn A. Kruse was appointed to the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists Section Advisory Group on Small and Rural Hospitals.


• Magdi Awad, Susan P. Bruce and Timothy R. Ulbrich were awarded $10,000 for “Impact of clinical pharmacy service on clinical measures in an underserved population,” by the Consortium of Eastern Ohio Master of Public Health IntraPartner Research Program. • Samuel Crish received additional funding in the amount of $18,980 from the National Eye Institute to support his grant, “Axonopathy in Glaucoma.” • Gina Wilson, first-year Kent State biomedical sciences Ph.D. student, received $5,000 to support “Cytoskeletal Changes in Glaucoma,” conducted under the direction of advisor Samuel Crish. This was awarded by Prevent Blindness Ohio through the organization’s Young Investigator Student Fellowship Award for Female Scholars in Vision Research. • NEOMED Foundation was awarded $2,000 by Target for its submission to their annual campus award.

• Brooke Griffin is serving as secretary/treasurer in the Women’s Health Practice and Research Network for the American College of Clinical Pharmacy Education.

• The Fibus Family Foundation gave a $100,000 gift to NEOMED to initiate the development of a drug to treat diabetic cardiomyopathy.

• Jaini Patel has been hired as an assistant professor in pharmacy practice.

Purdue University

• Marc Scheetz has been appointed to the U.S. Food & Drug Administration’s Anti-Infective Drugs Advisory Committee.


• Mary Leonard and Anil Gulati were awarded the third place poster prize at the 2013 American Heart Association Chicago Research Network Symposium for “Endothelin B Receptor Agonist, IRL-1620, Enhances Angiogenesis and Neurogenesis Following Cerebral Ischemia in Rats.” Their work also received the Young Investigator’s Award at the 13th International Conference on Endothelin.


• Marc Scheetz received a NIH-National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases grant for his contribution to “Patient-Oriented Research on Hospital-Acquired Pathogens.” Hauser (PI) Scheetz (PI, subcontract). Total award: $500,240, Subcontract: $36,682. He also received a grant from Cubist Pharmaceuticals for “Beyond Benchmarking: Evaluation of Carbapenem Utilization in a National Network of Healthcare Facilities.” (Co-PI). Total award: $50,000.

Northeast Ohio Medical University Appointments/Elections

• Louis D. Barone was appointed as associate dean for clinical and strategic partnerships. • Alexander Hoffman joined the Department of Pharmacy Practice as assistant professor and holds a shared position with Kaiser Permanente in Ohio.


• Marlene Heeg received $60,500 from Genentech Corporation, Inc. for “The Promise of the MET Signaling Pathway in Cancer” and $150,000 from AbbVie Inc. for “Update on the Management of Chronic Hepatitis C, Focus on Novel HCV Treatments.” Additionally, she received $250,000 from Auxilium Pharmaceuticals, Inc. for “2013–2014 National Hypogonadism/Testosterone Replacement Therapy Educational Initiative,” $2,000 from Foundation for Men’s Health for “Hypogonadism News Tonight Satellite Symposium” and $90,000 from Takeda Pharmaceutical International Inc. U.S. Region for “2013 Rome Update from DDW.” She also received $330,350 for “Peer View Live, Optimizing Early Recognition, Diagnosis and Management of Bipolar Depression in the Primary Care Setting.”

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey Appointments/Elections

• Joseph A. Barone, dean, Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy

Shenandoah University Awards

• Amber R. Wesner received the 2013 Virginia Society of Health-System Pharmacy New Practitioner Award.



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Southwestern Oklahoma State University Appointments/Elections

• Lisa A. Appeddu joined the Pharmaceutical Sciences Department as associate professor of physiology. • Erin D. Callen joined the Pharmaceutical Sciences Department as associate professor of health-system pharmacy. • Tami Moser joined the Pharmaceutical Sciences Department as assistant professor of pharmacy administration.


• M. Omar Faruk Khan was selected as the Dr. H.F. Timmons Endowed Professor in Pharmacy. He was also selected to participate in the 2013–2014 American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy Academic Research Fellows Program. • Edna Patatanian was selected as a fellow of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists.


• M. Omar Faruk Khan was named chair of the Pharmaceutical Sciences Department.


• William “Benny” French retired on July 31, 2013. He served as a faculty member at the Southwestern Oklahoma State University College of Pharmacy from 1976–2013.


• Rajgopal Govindarajan received $6,500 from the American Foundation for Pharmacy Education for understanding the progression of cancer: novel approach for overcoming chemoresistance and metastasis. • Eileen J. Kennedy received $191,160 from the National Institutes of Health for probing the role of AKAPS in breast cancer using stapled peptide inhibitors. • Yujun Zheng received $82,500 from the American Heart Association to develop novel chemical probes to profile substrates of histone acetyltransferases. He also received $238,431 from the National Institutes of Health for study of chemical approaches to protein arginine methylation.

The University of Iowa Appointments/Elections

• Emily Beckett, assistant professor (clinical) • Leonard R. MacGillivray, affiliated faculty member, Division of Pharmaceutics and Translational Therapeutics • Stephanie Malenfant, assistant professor (clinical) • Himansu Mohapatra, post-doctoral research scholar


• Nicole Brogden, 2013 Principal Financial Group Iowa Women of Innovation Award Finalist

The University of Georgia

• Colin Higgins, 2014 Washington Fellow, American Society of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics


• Henry H. Cobb III was appointed an associate editor for Toxicology Reports.

• Donald E. Letendre was recently elected to the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists Board of Directors. His three-year term will begin in June 2014.



• Amber Bradley-Clemmons, first recipient of the American Society of Blood and Marrow Transplantation Pharmacy SIG New Practitioner Award to the field of hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. • Henry H. Cobb III was chosen to receive 2013 Distinguished Alumnus Award. • Michael W. Neville was honored at Mercy Health Center’s Open Heart Dinner as one of four people to receive the Volunteer of the Year Award. • Marjorie Shaw Phillips was appointed to the Nominating Committee for the new Pharmacy Technician Accreditation Commission being created through collaboration between the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists and Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education.

• Maureen D. Donovan, National Institute for Pharmaceutical Technology and Education, $84,560, “Pediatric Nasal Dosage Forms: In Vitro Characterization of Intranasal Deposition Patterns in Children for Optimal Delivery and Performance.” • Jonathan Doorn, Environmental Health Sciences Research Center, $40,000, “Novel biomarkers of exposure to organophosphate pesticides.” • Barry L. Carter, National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, $3,601,876, “Improved Cardiovascular Risk Reduction to Enhance Rural Primary Care (ICARE).”


• Aliasger Salem, Lyle and Sharon Bighley Professorship in pharmaceutical sciences

• Somanath Shenoy was elected a fellow of the American Heart Association, Council of Atherosclerosis Thrombosis and Vascular Biology.

The University of Mississippi

• Trina J. von Waldner received the Georgia Society of HealthSystem Pharmacists Community Service Award.

• David F. Gregory, associate dean for academic affairs and clinical associate professor of pharmacy practice




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• Robin Buchannon, principal investigator, and Marc Slattery, co-principal investigator. Source of Award: U.S. Department of Commerce, NOAA. Amount: $599,965. Title: NIUST Integrated Exploration, Research and Technology Development. • Alice M. Clark, principal investigator, and Ameeta Agarwal, co-principal investigator. Source of Award: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Amount: $375,897. Title: New Drugs for Opportunistic Infections. • Robert J. Doerksen, co-principal investigator. Source of Award: Mississippi State University/National Science Foundation. Amount: $68,861. Title: Modeling and Simulation of Complex Systems. • Ikhlas Khan, principal investigator, and Larry Walker, co-principal investigator. Source of Award: Food and Drug Administration. Amount: $2,500,000. Title: Science Based Authentication of Dietary Supplements. • Rahul Khanna, principal investigator. Source of Award: Biogen Idec. Amount: $93,001. Title: Health Utility among Caregivers of Individuals with Multiple Sclerosis. • Dale Nagle, principal investigator, and Yu-Dong Zhou, coprincipal investigator. Source of Award: National Institutes of Health. Amount: $246,402. Title: Anticancer Drug Discovery that Targets Tumor Hypoxia. • David Pasco, principal investigator, Colin Jackson, co-principal investigator, and Nirmal Pugh, co-principal investigator. Source of Award: National Institutes of Health. Amount: $354,177. Title: Immune Enhancing Echinacea Bacterial Endophytes. • Michael A. Repka, principal investigator, and Soumyajit Majumdar, co-principal investigator. Source of Award: Hercules Incorporated. Amount: $60,000. Title: Fundamental Studies in the Application of Ashland Aqualon Polymers for Hot-Melt Extrusion for the Oral Delivery of Soluble and Insoluble Drugs from Tablets, Capsules and Oral Film Dosage Forms. • Leigh Ann Ross, principal investigator, Ashley Ellis, coprincipal investigator, and Lauren S. Bloodworth, co-principal investigator. Source of Award: Funderburk’s Pharmacy. Amount: $201,844. Title: Community Pharmacy Residency Expansion Project. • Larry Walker, principal investigator, Babu Tekwani, coprincipal investigator, and Dhammika Nanayakkara, coprincipal investigator. Source of Award: U.S. Army Medical Research Acquisition Activity. Amount: $1,376,305. Title: Development of Safer Drugs for Treatment of Malaria in U.S. Troops, Civilian Personnel & Travelers.


• John C. Matthews, professor of pharmacology and research professor in the Research Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences

The University of Montana Grants

• Annjeanette Belcourt-Dittloff has received $21,600 from the University of Washington for Mental and Sexual Health in Native American Communities: Understanding adaptive recovery following trauma among a sample of American Indian Women. • Michael Kavanaugh has received an additional $10,160 from NIH for The Big Sky Brain Project. • John Lawrence has received a diversity supplement of $54,728 from NIH to study Differential Modes of Cholinergic Transmission onto Cellular Hippocampal Targets. • Curtis Noonan has received an additional $135,662 from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine for a Libby, Montana Epidemiology Research Program. • Curtis Noonan, Annjeanette Belcourt-Dittloff and Anthony Ward have received $172,389 from NIH for Residential Wood Smoke Interventions; Improving Health in Native American Populations. • David Poulsen was awarded $1,047,454 from the U.S. Department of Army for Pre-clinical and Clinical Development of Low Dose Methamphetamine for the Treatment of Traumatic Brain Injury. He also received $16,835 from Thomas Jefferson University to study Respiratory Motor Neuron Protection following Cervical Spinal Cord Injury. • Kendra Procacci has been awarded $50,000 from the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services for Implementing Asthma Clinics in Community Pharmacies. • Elizabeth Putnam received $420,011 from NIH for The Role of SPARC in Lung Fibrosis. • David Shepherd received $1,787,639 from NIH for Consequences of AhR Activation in Dendritic Cells.

The University of Tennessee Appointments/Elections

• William E. Evans, appointed to the Board of Pharmaceutical Specialties Board of Directors • Stephanie J. Phelps, appointed to the first Board of Pharmaceutical Specialties Pediatric Pharmacy Specialty Council • Murali Mo Yallapu, assistant professor of pharmaceutical sciences


• Jason Carter, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services/White House Champion of Change Nominee • Christopher K. Finch, Memphis Business Journal Top 40 Under 40 Award • Stephanie J. Phelps, American College of Clinical Pharmacy Education Award • Kelly Rogers, American College of Clinical Pharmacy fellow



faculty news


• Tao L. Lowe, Family Health International/Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for $164,472, “In-situ gelling dosage form for long-acting contraception”


• Joseph M. Swanson, promoted to associate professor of clinical pharmacy

University at Buffalo, The State University of New York Appointments/Elections

• James M. O’Donnell, dean, School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences • Ying Xu, research assistant professor, pharmaceutical sciences


• Marilyn E. Morris received the 2013 Faculty of Pharmacy Alumni of Distinction Award from the University of Manitoba.


• Brian Tsuji, co-investigator on a $2,500,000 R01 grant from the National Institutes of Health for “Persistent H. influenza in COPD - virulence, vaccines and antibiotic resistance,” through Aug. 31, 2018.

University of California, San Diego Appointments/Elections

• Philip E. Bourne was selected as the first permanent associate director for data science at NIH.

University of Colorado

• Samuel Grossman was recently recognized as Specialty Pharmacist of the Year by Parata Systems and Pharmacy Times. • Ty Kiser was awarded the 2013 Chancellor’s Teaching Recognition Award. • Robert Page recently received the 2013 American College of Clinical Pharmacy Clinical Practice Award. • Sarah Anderson, Joel C. Marrs and Joe Vande Griend were recipients of American Society of Health-System Pharmacists Best Practices Award in Health-System Pharmacy for their work at the Denver Health Medical Center.


• Daniel LaBarbera was awarded a Department of Defense career development award to develop a novel lead compound as a potential therapeutic agent for the treatment of colorectal cancer. The $380,000 grant, “Novel Antimetastatic Agents for the Treatment of Drug-Resistant and Metastatic Colon Cancer,” is a collaborative effort with Wells Messersmith, a professor and clinician in the University of Colorado School of Medicine. • Manisha Patel was awarded $4.3 million by the NIH to study a drug that may protect the brain from damage caused by seizures produced by nerve agents such as Soman or Sarin gas.


• Chapla Agarwal, research professor • Ty Kiser, associate professor • Robert MacLaren, professor • Kavita Nair, professor with tenure

University of Connecticut Appointments/Elections


• James Halpert has been named the eighth dean of the School of Pharmacy.

• Jared Brown, assistant professor of toxicology

University of Maryland Eastern Shore

• Candido A. Chacon III, director of admissions, senior instructor


• David W. Bourne, associate professor

• Jeff E. Freund, senior clinical instructor • Kristofer S. Fritz, assistant professor of toxicology • Molly M. Huntsman, associate professor • Robert Lee Page was appointed as the pharmacy representative to the Board of Directors for the “Think About It Colorado” patient safety program. • James R. Roede, assistant professor toxicology • Sarah Scoular, senior instructor • Dmitri Simberg, assistant professor


• Douglas N. Fish was awarded the President’s Excellence in Teaching Award for the fifth year.



• Dennis Killian is to serve as interim dean, School of Pharmacy.

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Appointments/Elections

• Josh Guffey, adjunct assistant professor • Nathaniel “Nate” Hathaway, assistant professor • Ashley Marx, adjunct assistant professor • Jacqueline McLaughlin, assistant professor • Jennifer Shell, research assistant professor • Thomas Shell, research assistant professor • Scott Wilkie, assistant professor of clinical education

faculty news


• Susan J. Blalock; $25,000; Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America Foundation, Inc.; “The effect of first-line therapy for patients with chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) on outcomes in a commercial and Medicare population” • Kim R. Brouwer, $534,184, National Institute of General Medicine Science, “Altered Hepatic Disposition of Anionic Drugs Mechanisms” • Delesha Carpenter, $40,000, American Lung Association, “Developing a mobile health application to help adolescents self-manage their asthma” • Stephen C. Dedrick, $242,885, Teva Pharmaceuticals, “Improving Outcomes and Reducing Costs: Strategies for Preventing and Managing Febrile Neutropenia” • Stephen Eckel, $32,153, Yukon Medical LLC, “DVO Microbiological Study for Yukon Medical” • Gang Fang, $227,680, NIH National Institute on Aging, “Should the elderly have lower dose of ACE inhibitors for secondary prevention after AMI?” • Joel F. Farley, $75,774, North Carolina Community Care Networks, “The Anti-Psychotics for Kids Program” • Federico Innocenti, $130,043, National Cancer Institute, “Genome-wide molecular epidemiology of treatment outcome and cancer risk” • William Janzen, $217,535, NIH National Cancer Institute, “Cavitation Enhancement of Biospecimen processing for Improved DNA Fragmentation” • Jian Jin, $327,258, NIH National Institute of General Medical Sciences, “Creating in vivo Chemical Probes for Lysine Methyltransferases G9a and GLP” • Rudolph Juliano, $155,382, NIH National Cancer Institute, “Addressing Undruggable Targets Using Oligonucleotides and Small Organic Molecules (PQ 18)” • Alexander Kabanov, $375,556 and $130,729.78, NIH National Cancer Institute, “High Capacity Nanocarriers for Cancer Chemotherapeutics” • Angela Kashuba received three grants: $364,072, Eastern Virginia Medical School, “Lab service for A Phase I Clinical Trial Assessing the Safety, Pharmacokinetics, Pharmacodynamics, and Disintegration Time of Vaginal Tablets Containing Tenofovir and/or Emtricitabine, Protocol A11-117;” $229,848, Eastern Virginia Medical School, “PPC-11-119: Pharmacokinetic and Pharmacodynamic Study of Tenofovir 1% Gel Using the BAT 24 Regimen Versus Daily and Pericoital Dosing;” and $668,820, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, “Preventing HIV Infection in Women: Targeting Antiretrovirals to Mucosal Tissues.” • Craig Lee, $50,000, American Heart Association, “Soluble epoxide hydrolase and cardioprotection: translation from mice to humans”

• Kuo-Hsiung Lee, $376,379, NIH National Cancer Institute, “Novel Antitumor Agents” • Feng Liu, $288,674, National Cancer Institute, “Nanocrystals for the Treatment of Multidrug Resistance in Cancer” • Jian Liu received five grants: $84,613, Michigan State University, “Chemoenzymatic synthesis of heparan sulfate oligosaccharides- subcontract;” $32,042, NIH National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, “Chemical and enzymatic synthesis of multi-domain heparin mimetics;” $390,190, NIH National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, “In vitro synthesis of recombinant heparan sulfate;” $250,000, DHHS Food and Drug Administration, “Probing the heparin structural elements for high risk of heparin-induced thrombocytopenia (HIT);” and $310,749, NIH National Institute of General Medical Sciences, “Uncovering the controlling mechanisms in heparan sulfate biosynthesis.” • Philip Smith received three grants: $24,240, Partnership for Clean Competition, “Does Interindividual UGT2B17 Expression and Testosterone Glucuronidation Support the Use of the T/E Ratio;” $35,480, GlaxoSmithKline, Inc., “Quantitative Proteomics of Four Novel Proteins in Membranes Using nanoLC-Mass Spectrometry;” and $30,414, Eli Lilly and Company, “Targeted Quantitative Proteomics Analysis of CES1 and CES2 in Four Species.” • Dhiren Thakker; $302,809; National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive and Kidney Diseases; “Role of a Novel Absorption Mechanism in Metformin Disposition and Pharmacology” • Alexander Tropsha received three grants: $289,708; National Science Foundation–Research, ABI Innovation: “Synergistic application of cheminformatics and computational geometry approaches for predicting protein-protein interactions;” $278,692, NIH National Institute of General Medical Sciences, “ChemBench: the Integrated Web Portal to Accelerate Cheminformatics and Chemical Genomics Research;” and $10,653, Office of Naval Research, “Materials Informatics: Expansion of the Aflowlib Database of Electronic Properties of Materials and the Development of Novel Materials Fingerprints for Efficient Database Mining and QSPR Modeling.” • Xiao Xiao, $300,659, National Institute of Arthritis Musculoskeletal Skin Disease, “Myostatin Inhibition in DMD Dogs by Gene Transfer” • William Zamboni; $117,346; SciDose, LLC; “Pharmacology Studies of Curcumin-Succinate-PEG400 Conjugate compared with Curcum” • Qisheng Zhang, $268,325, National Institute of General Medical Sciences, “Development of Small Molecule ARFGAP Regulators to Dissect Cell Signaling”


• Robert Dupuis, clinical professor • Tim Wiltshire, director, University of North Carolina Center for Pharmacogenomics and Individualized Therapy



faculty news

University of Pittsburgh Appointments/Elections

• Debra Elaine Artim, instructor of pharmaceutical science


• Kim C. Coley, Jewish Healthcare Foundation, Pharmacistled InterVentions on Transitions of Seniors • Robert Gibbs, NIH, Impact of Estrogens and Menopause on Interacting Neurotransmitters in the Brain

can Society of Consultant Pharmacists at its 2013 Annual Meeting in Seattle. • Douglas Sweet is chairman of the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists’ Pharmacokinetics, Pharmacodynamics and Drug Metabolism Section.


• Donald F. Brophy received the American College of Clinical Pharmacy’s 2013 Adult Medicine Practice and Research Network Distinguished Investigator Award.

• Jan Pringle, VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System, Evaluation of a Cloud-based Application that will Facilitate Patient Transition from Inpatient Stay to Primary Care Physician Engagement

• Gretchen Brophy received an inaugural Neurological Care Society Presidential Citation.

• Jan Pringle, Allegheny-Singer Research Institute (prime sponsor is the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration), Pennsylvania Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment Interdisciplinary Training Program

• Tyler Stevens was elected to the Richmond Pharmacists Association Board of Directors.

• Carolyn Thorpe, Aging Institute of UPMC Senior Services and the University of Pittsburgh, Communication about Type-2 Diabetes Treatment Decisions in Older Patients with Comorbid Dementia

• Nancy S. Yunker was named an American College of Clinical Pharmacy fellow.

• Carolyn Thorpe, Vasculitis Foundation, Impact of Healthcare Utilization and Informal Caregiving for Primary Systemic Vasculitis: A National Perspective


• Jan Pringle was awarded tenure effective Nov. 1, 2013.

University of Saint Joseph Awards

• The School of Pharmacy honored the following as the 2013 Preceptors of the Year: • Joseph E. Bordonaro Jr., Bordonaro’s Pharmacy, Portland, Conn.; • Bekim S. Jashanica, Griffin Hospital, Derby, Conn.; • Joseph R. Ofosu, USJ School of Pharmacy;

• Leticia R. Moczygemba was selected as a reviewer for the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute.

• Ben Van Tassell received the American College of Clinical Pharmacy’s 2013 New Investigator Award.

• The VCU Health System PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency received the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists Foundation’s 2013 Pharmacy Residency Excellence Award. Craig Kirkwood coordinates the residency program.


• Martin Safo, King Abdulaziz University, $37,000, functional and biological analyses of antisickling agents • Masahiro Sakagami, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, $200,000, in vitro fluid capacity-limited dissolution testing and its kinetic relation to in vivo clinical pharmacokinetics for orally inhaled drug products • Ben Van Tassell, American Heart Association, $330,000, interleukin-1 blockade in acute decompensated heart failure

Washington State University Appointments/Elections

• John P. Parisi, USJ School of Pharmacy; and

• Angela Stewart, clinical associate professor, Department of Pharmacotherapy

• Noreen E. Todd, USJ School of Pharmacy.

• John R. White Jr., chair, Department of Pharmacotherapy

Virginia Commonwealth University



• R. Keith Campbell, professor, Department of Pharmacotherapy

• Jeffrey C. Delafuente was installed as president of the Ameri-

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faculty news

Wayne State University

Wingate University



• Randall Schad, assistant professor (clinical) of pharmacy practice


• Zhihui Qin, assistant professor of pharmaceutical sciences

• Mohammad N. Uddin has been appointed assistant professor of pharmacy.

• Amber L. Smith, assistant professor (clinical) of pharmacy practice

• Olga M. Klibanov has been awarded tenure and promoted to professor of pharmacy.

• Timothy L. Stemmler, professor of pharmaceutical sciences

• Michael L. Manolakis has been awarded tenure.


• Candice Garwood, awarded fellow status in the American College of Clinical Pharmacy, Oct. 2013. • Pramodini Kale-Pradhan, awarded fellow status in the American College of Clinical Pharmacy, Oct. 2013. • Mary Beth O’Connell and Jennifer Mendez, Michigan Health Council’s 2013 Building Michigan’s Health Care Workforce Award, Interprofessional Team Home Visit Program Fostering a Collaborative Approach to Patient Care.


• Anna Moszczynska, National Institute of Drug Abuse, $140,000; NIH The Role of Ubiquitination in Methamphetamine Neurotoxicity


• Fei Chen, promoted to professor

Emerging Schools Keck Graduate Institute Appointments/Elections • Kristen Felthousen, associate director of student affairs • Sally A. Huston, associate professor of administrative sciences • Srikanth Kolluru, associate professor of biopharmaceutical sciences • Ivonne Munguia, director of marketing

West Coast University Appointments/Elections • Nicholas Blanchard will be serving as dean of the School of Pharmacy.

• Lynette R. Moser, promoted to associate professor (clinical)

West Virginia University Appointments/Elections

• Charles K. Babcock completed the American College of Clinical Pharmacy Research and Scholarship Certificate Program. • Betsy Elswick, 2013–2014 American Pharmacists Association Policy Reference Committee of the House of Delegates • Mary L. Euler, chair, PCAT Prep Advisory Committee and member, AACP Professional Identity Formation Task Force • Paul R. Lockman, chair, Department of Basic Pharmaceutical Sciences; and Douglas D. Glover Distinguished Chair • Charles D. Ponte, member, editorial advisory board for the Prescriber’s Letter and Pharmacist’s Letter Certifications


AACP’s Online Career Center Take advantage of the best recruitment tool in the academic pharmacy community: the AACP Online Career Center.


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For more information, contact Kyle R. Bagin at or 703-739-2330 ext. 1036.


• Charles K. Babcock received the Excellence in Innovation Award at the West Virginia Pharmacists Association Annual Convention.

Wilkes University • Thomas S. Franko II was appointed as assistant professor in pharmacy practice. • Kimberly Ference was recently named the 2013 Pharmacist of the Year by the Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association.

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the last word

Pharmacy Education: Student Pharmacist Q&A Who is the Student Pharmacist? As of Fall 2012, 61,275 students were enrolled in a Pharm.D. program

50.1% 80.2% 86.4%

53.2% 23.6% Underrepresented 6.9% minorities 1.0% compose 12.4% of Pharm.D.1 4.1% enrollments* 0.4% 1.6% 2.8% 6.4%

age 36 or older+


age 31–35+



age 25 or under+

age 26–30+





Black or African American Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander Hispanic or Latino American Indian or Alaska Native Two or More Races

39.0% male*

International/Foreign Unknown

What is the ROI? Although student pharmacists have an increasing debt burden, pharmacist salaries are still much higher than the national average. 34


e before entering had a bachelor’s degre program+ a Doctor of Pharmacy pharmacy at worked in a community + ing their degree some point while pursu their first worked while pursuing gram+ pro professional Pharm.D.


(return on investment) The median wage of current working pharmacists, reported in May 2010 by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, was $111,570 per year, compared to $33,840 for all occupations.

the last word

How Much Does a Pharm.D. Education Cost? Average first year Pharm.D. tuition, 2013–14# Public


Private $34,169







Median amount of money borrowed by students at the time of graduation@+ Public $85,410





increase in the median amount of money borrowed for public institutions

Private $119,784 $152,901

Percentage of students who reported borrowing money to help pay for college expenses in the Pharm.D. program: 87.4%





increase in the median amount of money borrowed for private institutions

A Bright Futu re

Despite the in creasing debt burden from pursuing a pr ofessional degr ee, students surveyed in th e graduating st udent survey indicate that th e majority feel positive about their choice to study pharmac y.

94.7% of studen

ts surveyed in dicated* they to enter pharm acy practice. 83.9% of studen ts surveyed in dicated* that if they were st arting their co llege career ov again they wou er ld choose to st udy pharmac y. 82.8% of studen ts surveyed in dicated* they would recomm end a career in pharmacy to a friend or relati ve. are prepared



*AACP Fall 2012 Profile of Pharmacy Students @ AACP 2009 Graduating Student Survey + AACP 2013 Graduating Student Survey # AACP 2013/14 Tuition Survey



*indicated = str

Source: AACP 2013

ongly agreed

or agreed

Graduating Studen

t Survey

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012–13 Edition, Pharmacists, on the Internet at pharmacists.htm (visited November 30, 2012). §



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