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The News Magazine of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy

Academic Pharmacy NOW Spring 2013

Volume 6 Issue 2

From One Place

to Another Creative programs are improving care for patients as they move between healthcare settings. 26 18 Measuring Institutional Effectiveness 22 Managed Care Pharmacy: In the Trenches American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy Discover 路 Learn 路 Care : Improve Health

Academic Pharmacy NOW

Spring 2013

Volume 6 Issue 2

Departments 5 News Briefs 7 Academy in Action • Smart Advancements • Reaching New Heights • Ready for Anything

16 Around the World • Making Connections • Help Fight HIV Abroad

33 Faculty News 47 The Last Word • Application Data from the Fall

2012 Profile of Pharmacy Students

Features 18 Assessment Essentials By Maureen Thielemans At the 2013 Interim Meeting, participants learned about the resources and strategies needed to measure Institutional Effectiveness.

22 Making It Manageable Edited and compiled by Maureen Thielemans Faculty and students handle the intricacies of managed care pharmacy with a focus on improving health.

26 From One Place to Another By Karla Taylor Four pharmacy schools are using creative transitions of care programs to improve care for patients and encourage better teamwork.

Columns 3 Maine Message By Lucinda L. Maine 8 Will on the Hill Local Leverage

By William G. Lang


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Dear Colleagues: When discussing this issue of Academic Pharmacy Now with staff, I remarked how thankful I was to have studied managed care in the 1980s. Several of the earliest health maintenance organizations (HMOs) took root in Minnesota, which influenced my enrollment in the social and administrative pharmacy graduate program at the University of Minnesota. Had I not seen the birth of national pharmacy benefit management firms, such as the Physicians Health Plan of Minnesota (now Express Scripts), I might still be struggling to understand the many elements of the healthcare system. Little did I appreciate how much influence the sector would have, both positive and negative, on the pharmacy profession. Fast forward 30 years. HMOs fell out of favor because consumers and healthcare professionals thought these organizations focused more on managing cost than managing care. New organizations emerged and got better at managing “big data.” This provided opportunities to introduce interventions for better managing risks and costs—and, in some cases, improving care. The pharmacy benefit became much more central to care costs and outcomes. More practitioners entered the managed care pharmacy workforce, and many students demanded key competencies to ensure they’d be competitive in the industry. So where are we in 2013 on the eve of implementing the Affordable Care Act? Achieving the triple aim of improved patient health outcomes, enhanced population health and lowered costs requires managing patient medications effectively. Many schools play central roles in designing and delivering such services. Today that means more than just brand-to-generic switches and therapeutic interchange activity. Pharmacists help manage transitions of care and continuity of care service delivery models. All Pharm.D. graduates must be equipped with the knowledge, skills and abilities to serve as the medication use specialist in medical homes, accountable care organizations and other care management models. Aligning financial incentives in health organizations and funding is essential. We continue to work on AACP President J. Lyle Bootman’s charge to get academic pharmacy to all the right tables of influence. Occasionally it is not a table at all, but instead a disaster recovery site where students and faculty provide timely and compassionate services to people in great need. My personal thanks to all of you who make the commitment to do so. Sincerely,

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

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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 129 accredited colleges and schools of pharmacy, including more than 6,500 faculty, approximately 60,000 students enrolled in professional programs and 5,100 individuals pursuing graduate study.

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News Briefs University of Minnesota Researchers Target Pancreatic Cancer

Harding Students Help Pass Pharmacy Bill in Arkansas

A drug created at the University of Minnesota may hold the answer to defeating pancreatic cancer, according to results published in a 2012 issue of the journal Science Translational Medicine. Minnelide is a type of injectable chemotherapy designed to target tumor cells. The drug works by inhibiting a heat shock protein, HSP 70, which has been proven to aid tumor cell growth. By stopping HSP 70 from working, Minnelide disperses the cells integral to the tumor’s growth and the cancer disintegrates.

In March, students from a political advocacy class at Harding University College of Pharmacy watched Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe sign HB 1185, which modifies the definition of a prescription under the Pharmacy Practice Act. The act now allows a pharmacist “to substitute a therapeutically equivalent drug that is at a lower cost to the patient and communicate that authorization by any generally accepted means of communication of a prescription for a prescriber to a pharmacist.” Patients benefit from an improvement in the dispensing process and from having their pharmacist more intimately involved in their medication therapy.

“A diagnosis of pancreatic cancer is incredibly grim,” said Dr. Gunda I. Georg, director of the Institute for Therapeutics Discovery and Development in the College of Pharmacy. “There is no good way to treat or cure this particular type of cancer and the best options currently available offer just six weeks of added survival.” In 2007, university researchers discovered pancreatic cancer cells have too much HSP 70, which protects cells from dying. Dr. Ashok Saluja, professor and vice chair of research in the Department of Surgery, found that triptolide, a compound derived from plants in China, worked to halt the development of HSP 70 in tumor cells but because triptolide is not water soluble, it was difficult to administer to patients. The University of Minnesota holds the patent on the modifying factors that create Minnelide from triptolide. It has been licensed to Minneamrita Therapeutics LLC for clinical trials and potential production.

CMS Grant Will Aid Alabama’s Nursing Home Residents A federal grant from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will help Samford University’s McWhorter School of Pharmacy work to reduce hospitalizations among MedicareMedicaid dual enrollees in 23 Alabama nursing home facilities. The four-year, $865,568 grant is part of a program led by the Alabama Quality Assurance Foundation, one of seven organizations that is partnering with CMS to improve quality of care and reduce patient hospitalizations at 145 nursing homes nationwide. Pharmacists at Samford’s Global Drug Information Service are providing evidence-based decision support for healthcare providers and educating healthcare professionals regarding the rational use of medications, according to GDIS Director Maisha Kelly Freeman, Pharm.D. “The pharmacists will implement quality improvement projects to reduce the risk of adverse events and avoidable hospitalizations related to use of high-risk medications,” Freeman said. “They will also provide continuing education seminars on the appropriate use of medications, facilitate training sessions with nursing personnel and evaluate the success of the educational initiative.”

Supporters of the bill included the Arkansas Pharmacists’ Association and the Harding University students who conceived the idea, helped draft legislation and developed a white paper with talking points. Students also met with lawmakers to garner support for the bill. They hosted a dinner on campus creating a forum for dialogue between community pharmacists, students, APA and local legislators.

UT Austin Opens $1 Million Testing Laboratory Potential drugs can be tested for effectiveness and safety at the new $1 million laboratory, called UT Advance, at The University of Texas at Austin. “These are the final, pivotal studies that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will review before they are allowed into human trials,” said Dr. Janet C. Walkow, executive director and chief technology officer of the university’s Drug Dynamics Institute. The tests could also aid in filing for patents and reaching commercialization agreements for pharmaceuticals and biomedical technology. University researchers are developing drugs to treat people who have had lung transplants, suffer from cancer, or have viruses such as influenza and other diseases. UT Advance, which is a Good Laboratory Practices facility, is focusing on inhaled drug products. A GLP facility certifies that a potential drug is safe to use in clinical trials involving humans and provides assurance that procedures and documentation meet FDA requirements. Having GLP capabilities will reduce costs and time that researchers spend on such tests in commercial facilities, according to university officials. The lab is open for use by biotech companies and other entities outside the university.

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news briefs In Memoriam Gilbert J. Hite Dr. Gilbert J. Hite, professor at the University of Connecticut School of Pharmacy, died on June 4, 2012. After receiving his doctorate in medicinal chemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1959, Hite taught for three years at Howard University, 12 years at Columbia University and more than 20 years at the University of Connecticut. A strong advocate for teaching medicinal chemistry in the pharmacy curriculum, his chapter on analgesics in Foye’s Principles of Medicinal Chemistry provided the definitive word on the structure-activity relationships of opiate drugs. Hite’s research changed the prevailing theory of the major molecular feature required to anchor opiate drugs in the receptor site to produce analgesia. The quality of his research and teaching saw him recognized as a fellow by the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists.

Avis J. Ericson Dr. Avis J. Ericson passed away Dec. 15, 2012. Born in Chicago, Illinois on Feb. 27, 1947, Ericson served in many roles throughout her career, most notably as the first dean of the Loma Linda University School of Pharmacy. She earned her doctorate of pharmacy at the University of Kentucky and became prominent in women’s health issues while serving in a faculty position at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in Bos-

ton. She was soon named chair of the clinical department at the St. Louis College of Pharmacy, before accepting professorship at Loma Linda. It was there that she was tasked with designing and building the academic program for its newly-founded School of Pharmacy. She was an active member and officer of Lambda Kappa Sigma, a professional fraternity in pharmacy.

Lucy N. Ngoh Dr. Lucy N. Ngoh, associate professor at Ferris State University College of Pharmacy, died Dec. 30, 2012, after being injured in a bus accident in her native Cameroon. Ngoh began work at Ferris’ College of Pharmacy in 1992, following her completion of a doctorate in philosophy from The University of Texas at Austin. A certified health education specialist and registered pharmacist with a master’s in health administration, her research and teaching interests included health literacy, service learning and international health. Ngoh served the university as a member of the Academic Senate, as secretary and on its executive committee, and as a member of both the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning Advisory Group and the International Education Committee. She was also active in the community, volunteering for the Mecosta-Osceola chapter of the American Red Cross and the Big Rapids branch of the American Association of University Women.

Have you been taking advantage of AACP’s online learning opportunities? Upcoming Webinars include: Program Effectiveness: How to Know if You Have a Successful Experiential Education Office June 18 at 2:00 p.m. EDT Pharmacy Practice Innovations: Best Practices in Care Transitions June 27 at 4:00 p.m. EDT

Recent Webinars available for review at include: Publishing Your Education Scholarship: Tips and tricks for maximizing the likelihood of success Women’s Health Disparities The Impact of Religion on Health Practices Coordinated Preceptor Development in Colorado in a Non-consortium model Remediation in Experiential Education for Professionalism and Behavioral Issues

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Smart Advancements Two new smartphone apps aim to lower patients’ health risk and raise students’ test scores. A $93,000 gift from Google, together with a $25,000 award from Saint Louis University’s President’s Research Fund, will allow faculty at St. Louis College of Pharmacy, SLU and Harvard University to research smartphone and Web-based applications and data infrastructure to create an asthma alert messaging system. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 25.7 million Americans currently have asthma. One study indicates that the average cost for treating an acute asthma attack for one child is estimated at $945 for an ER visit and $8,490 for hospitalization. Dr. Mark Gaynor, associate professor in the Department of Health Management and Policy at SLU, envisions this tool as an effective way to prevent asthma attacks before they happen, preserving health and saving time and money for patients and healthcare systems. The messaging system will give patients a tool to manage their individual asthma conditions by sending alerts when outdoor conditions have the potential to trigger asthma attacks. Members of the project team from the three institutions are collaborating to give asthma patients a way to track environmental conditions using Google Maps software. “In areas such as St. Louis, which is one of the 10 worst cities in the U.S. for asthma, we see a very high admission rate to the emergency room for this chronic condition. This is a problem because it is filling up the ER with patients who really don’t need to be there,” Gaynor said. In addition to Gaynor, one of the primary investigators for this study is Dr. Erica F. Pearce, assistant professor at St. Louis College of Pharmacy. She believes that the alert system will be useful in influencing patient behavior. Because patients will

be able to update their electronic medical records within the program, they can play a more active role in preventing their own illnesses.

From Flash Cards to Fingertips Two University of Kentucky (UK) College of Pharmacy faculty members designed an app to help students prepare for the national pharmacy board examination. Conceived by Dr. Frank Romanelli and Dr. Jeff J. Cain, the “NAPLEX Exam Prep” app functions as a flash card quiz. It allows students to test their knowledge on the types of questions they can expect to see on the NAPLEX—right on their mobile devices. “This is part of our effort to meet students where they want to be met,” said Romanelli, associate dean for educational advancement at the UK College of Pharmacy. “Smartphones and tablets are as much a part of pharmacy education today as the mortar and pestle.” The NAPLEX Exam Prep app is available on Apple’s App Store for $19.95. The app will soon be available on Google Play, formerly known as the Android Market. Once users download the app, they can participate in a quiz anytime, anywhere. The questions were part of a mock NAPLEX exam created by Romanelli in an elective course he leads at the college. “We wanted the app to be accessible and spontaneous,” said Cain, director of educational technology for the college. “We designed it so students could take a quick quiz whenever they had a few minutes to spare—while riding on a bus or during a lunch break, for instance.” The NAPLEX Exam Prep app is a product of clickblue, the college’s online educational platform that provides professional development offerings to pharmacists around the world.

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Local Leverage The emphasis on local input in reformed healthcare delivery models requires changing our education methods. By William G. Lang As the saying goes, “all politics is local”; so too is this round of healthcare reorganization. This should allay fears of national healthcare, but places significant responsibility on the shoulders of local communities. Some of us remember the reform dreams of the late 1980s and early 1990s when states were deemed the laboratories of health reform. The results of those reform efforts brought us managed care that focused on restraining costs by reducing the volume of care. Today, the healthcare system is encouraged to manage care and lower costs, but to also focus on the quality of care. Improving quality means rewarding value, not volume. It also means using technology to better coordinate patient care by reducing duplicate services, improving transitions of care by seeking the input of all health professionals, as well as other strategies for keeping patients connected, well and engaged.

Time to Team Up What is becoming clearer is that this patient-centered focus creates new stresses on the healthcare system and its teams. Placing the needs of the patient front-and-center requires a significant shift toward collaboration. AACP and other health professions education organizations recognize that this shift in care delivery requires a shift in our education models. Team-based care demands team-based education that utilizes the concepts of leadership and control more frequently part of MBA programs than in health professions education. Patientcentered care recognizes how the individual patient is influenced by the environment or other individuals. This places the concept of population health as a primary component of individual patient health. Individuals in unhealthy communities are more challenged to live healthy lives. The impact of the local community on individual and population health creates a market force for establishing integrated care delivery systems. If the system, whether defined as an accountable care organization or a primary care health home, is responsible for the patient in a holistic context, the local factor becomes very important in determining service areas, partnerships, community-outreach, technology needs and other strategies that combine health outcomes and successful business practices.

Make Yourself Heard The local impact in healthcare reorganization provides a significant opportunity for academic pharmacy. It’s time to step outside your comfort zone and meet with the creators of these emerging integrated care delivery systems. Some of these in-


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novative systems are being supported through the shared-savings programs initiatives administered by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation and authorized through the Affordable Care Act. AACP member schools are partnering with these CMMI innovators. While some innovators are not part of the CMMI program, they are establishing integrated care delivery systems that look very much like their CMMI-supported siblings. Either approach expects to improve the care experience for patients, improve the quality of care across the continuum, restrain costs and provide savings to the organization. Key questions include: What are the primary concerns of the systems’ creators? How do they envision meeting the need for improved health, better healthcare and lower costs? What are the specific performance goals they are establishing or are required to meet? What strategies are they developing for meeting and exceeding those goals? Your local knowledge can offer strategies to help these programs address their specific concerns. The local conversations you and your colleagues are having will benefit your institution, faculty and students tremendously. William G. Lang is Vice President of Policy and Advocacy at AACP;

Resources Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation

Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative

Accrediting Association for Ambulatory Health Care

Accountable Care Organization

NCQA— AccountableCareOrganizationACO.aspx URAC— AHRQ—

Primary Care/Patient-Centered Medical/Health Home NCQA— PatientCenteredMedicalHomePCMH.aspx

URAC— AHRQ— 1483/pcmh_home_v2

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Reaching New Heights Get ready to be inspired by AACP’s top award winners at the 2013 Annual Meeting.

Immerse yourself in the best opportunity of 2013 to explore cutting-edge topics with experts and colleagues from around the country. Strengthen your skills and stretch your mind at Pharmacy Education 2013! Pharmacy educators will surround themselves with learning at the 2013 AACP Annual Meeting in Chicago, July 13–17. There are new opportunities to learn at every turn, such as 30-minute mini-sessions added to the traditional Annual Meeting program format. The Learning Lounge/Cyber Café will provide 10-minute video presentations for quick knowledge on-the-go. And as an Annual Meeting registrant, you’ll continue learning back at home with free access to all session recordings in the AACP Online Learning Center. In this issue of Academic Pharmacy Now, we feature outstanding educators who are breaking ground in pharmacy teaching, research and service. In just a few weeks, you’ll be able to engage with these award recipients at the 2013 Annual Meeting and leave inspired to blaze your own trails.


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and Lawrence C. Weaver Transformative Community Service Award during the Opening General Session on Sunday, July 14. New this year, the Paul R. Dawson Biotechnology Award and Volwiler Research Achievement Award will be recognized at the Science Plenary on Monday, July 15. Finally, during the Examining Excellence Awards Plenary on Tuesday, July 16, Dr. JoLaine R. Draugalis, AACP past president and dean of The University of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy, will lead an open dialogue between the award recipients. They’ll share their personal career paths, how they achieved greatness in their work, and what qualities mark excellence in pharmacy education, research and service. Receiving the award for the best paper published in the American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education in 2013 is a team of faculty members representing two universities. The Rufus A. Lyman Award will be presented at the Closing Banquet on Tuesday, July 16, when the Association celebrates its collective accomplishments during the past year.

Rufus A. Lyman Award “An Introductory Interprofessional Exercise for In addition to sharing ideas with colleagues, Healthcare Students”

Exemplary Achievements on Display

the AACP Annual Meeting is an opportunity to recognize excellence in academic pharmacy. AACP President J. Lyle Bootman, Ph.D., will present the prestigious Robert K. Chalmers Distinguished Pharmacy Educator Award

Celia P. MacDonnell, Pharm.D., The University of Rhode Island Saumitra V. Rege, M.S., The University of Rhode Island Kara Misto, Ph.D. Candidate, The University of Rhode Island Richard Dollase, Ed.D., Brown University Paul George, M.D., Brown University

In a collaborative effort between faculty members from The University of Rhode Island and Brown University, researchers set out to evaluate how students from the pharmacy and nursing programs at URI and medical students from the Warren Alpert Medical School at Brown work together to diagnose and treat patients. To do so, they developed a workshop, combining second-year medical students, fourth-year nursing students and third-year student pharmacists to work as an interdisciplinary team to solve various patient cases. The introductory interprofessional experience had a positive impact

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academy in action on the students’ understanding of collaboration and teamwork, and helped students foster future collaborations as healthcare providers.

Robert K. Chalmers Distinguished Pharmacy Educator Award Mary Lynn McPherson, Pharm.D., BCPS, CPE Professor and Vice-Chair for Academic Affairs, Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science University of Maryland School of Pharmacy

Over the course of her 26-year career, Dr. Mary Lynn McPherson has amassed an accomplished teaching portfolio and a highly-regarded reputation among Maryland’s students and faculty. She has led the development and/or redesign of many courses in the school’s curriculum, using cutting-edge instructional methods to effectively teach courses such as Self-Care and Nonprescription Pharmacotherapy and Care of the Terminally Ill. She has served as the course manager for more than 20 classes. McPherson is considered an international authority in the fields of pain management and palliative care. Among her accomplishments in this area of expertise is the development of online training programs in pain management for physicians and nurses, as well as a critical thinking process for appropriate drug use in end-of-life patients that is used by numerous pharmacy and medical practitioners.

Paul R. Dawson Biotechnology Award Alexander S. Mankin, Ph.D. Professor University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy

Dr. Alexander S. Mankin has been at the forefront of the UIC College of Pharmacy’s efforts to advance biotechnology at the graduate and professional levels. As the associate director, and then the director of the Center for Pharmaceutical Biotechnology, he helped to establish a formal specialization in pharmaceutical biotechnology within the pharmacognosy graduate program and has served as coordinator of this track for more than 15 years. Under his direction, the track flourished and developed into an important venue for graduate education at the college. Nearly all of the graduates from the biotechnology track are currently pursuing careers in pharmaceutical industry and in academia. Mankin is an outstanding scientist whose work has provided new approaches for drug discovery. His research in two major areas—the mechanisms of action for ribosome-targeted antibiotics and the fundamental mechanisms of protein synthesis— led to understanding of the mechanisms of action of several important antibiotics and developing new ways for discovery of novel antibiotics.


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Volwiler Research Achievement Award Gunda I. Georg, Ph.D. Professor and Head of the Department of Medicinal Chemistry University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy

Dr. Gunda I. Georg is director of the Institute for Therapeutics Discovery and Development at the University of Minnesota and holds the Robert Vince Endowed Chair in Medicinal Chemistry and the McKnight Presidential Chair. Highly regarded for her research on discovering and developing potential drugs to treat cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, and the development of male contraceptive agents, Georg’s research focuses on analyzing chemical compounds to find drugs that could potentially be useful for treatment. Georg is one of only a few academic medicinal chemists who currently have therapeutically useful drugs on the market. Luserda™, of which she is a co-inventor, is a prodrug of the general anesthetic propofol. Minnelide is an anti-cancer agent that is moving toward clinical trials at the University of Minnesota and shows strong anti-tumor activity, including activity in some pancreatic cancer models. Georg is a world-renowned scientist and an equally talented educator. Her research has been funded by many NIH grants, both to her as a PI and to projects in which she has participated, as well as by other sources of funding.

The Community Classroom Four student-led community engagement projects and one college of pharmacy will be honored for their extraordinary commitment to community service during the 2013 Annual Meeting. Immediate Past President Brian L. Crabtree, Pharm.D., will present the 2012–13 Student Community Engaged Service Awards, sponsored by Teva Pharmaceuticals, to student groups from the University of Hawaii at Hilo, Midwestern University, Butler University and the University of Houston at a special session on July 16. The University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy will receive the 2012–13 Lawrence C. Weaver Transformative Community Service Award during the Opening General Session on Sunday, July 14. This award honors a college or school of pharmacy demonstrating a major institutional commitment to addressing unmet community needs through education, practice and research. Academic Pharmacy Now highlights the incredible work and dedication to community service on behalf of the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy and the four student-led groups.

academy in action Lawrence C. Weaver Transformative Community Service Award University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy

The University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy is continuously aware of new opportunities to develop its community partnerships. Programs such as the Duluth campus’ Health of People Everywhere (HOPE) Clinic, a year-round free triage/referral clinic, provide patient care and entry into the healthcare system for adults from underserved populations, while exposing student pharmacists to valuable professional experiences. The clinic operates two hours every Tuesday afternoon, at a local homeless shelter and community center in downtown Duluth. More than 50 first-, second- and third-year student pharmacists, as well as 30 first- and second-year student physicians, participate in the clinic each year. Since openings its doors, the HOPE Clinic has served over 300 individual patients. Similarly, student health professionals from the Twin Cities campus run the Phillips Neighborhood Clinic, serving patients from the economically-disadvantaged immigrant population in east Minneapolis through various steps of care and counseling about their medications. Open two nights a week, students at the PNC monitor patient intake, run the dispensary for a limited formulary of prescription medications, and counsel patients about their medications. Using an interprofessional approach, students from the fields of pharmacy, medicine, physical therapy, nursing, nutrition, social work and public health combine their skills to find the best care for patients. Their work was recognized in 2009 when they received the AACP Student Community Engaged Service Award.

Recipients of the Student Community Engaged Service Award from the University of Hawaii at Hilo Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy.

Student Community Engaged Service Awards (sponsored by Teva Pharmaceuticals) University of Hawaii at Hilo Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy In the spirit of service and commitment to the Pacific region, the University of Hawaii at Hilo Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy created the Pacific Islander Mobile Screening Clinic. Actively applying lessons from the classroom, student pharmacists seek to improve public health and access to healthcare by providing education and wellness screenings to the Island’s underserved, multi-lingual, low-literacy Micronesian immigrant population. The clinic’s goals are to increase awareness of diabetes, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure; identify members of the community at risk for these conditions; provide wellness and lifestyle counseling; and provide referrals to accessible healthcare services offered at reasonable costs. Health professional students of Pacific Islander background were recruited into the effort, as well as local high school students with multilingual skills to act as translators. The program hopes to spark interest in pharmacy careers among young adults.

Midwestern University’s Chicago College of Pharmacy The Asian Community Health Education Initiative (ACHEI), a collaboration between Midwestern University’s Asian Health Association and the Midwest Asian Health Association, provides Chicago’s underserved Chinatown neighborhood with quality healthcare. Offering monthly screening events and laboratory consultation- and education-visits, ACHEI uses student pharmacists of Asian backgrounds to assist in diagnosing and translating medical information for residents. After screening events, results are mailed to residents who are invited back for more thorough explanations. Being able to provide these services in a patient’s native tongue has made the ACHEI a comfortable and reliable healthcare re-

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Recipients of the Student Community Engaged Service Award from Midwestern University’s Chicago College of Pharmacy.

Recipients of the Student Community Engaged Service Award from Butler University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.

source for the community. The cultural connection allows for the most effective care, as patients are more willing to be open and the healthcare team can provide the best culturally-appropriate practices and information.

The H.O.M.E.S. Clinic has four examination rooms, a pharmacy, multiple conference and office rooms, and serves six to eight patients each Sunday. This is meant to ensure thorough care, giving each patient quality time and extensive treatment. Students train for their roles alongside a peer manager before graduating to a more primary position after four outings.

Butler University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences The Butler University Community Outreach Pharmacy program aims to provide quality healthcare to the underserved in the near eastside community of Indianapolis. Every Saturday morning, a local church provides space for BUCOP’s clinic and pharmacy to provide free medication therapy management to the community. Staffed by students, the clinic and pharmacy assesses and counsels patients on everything from making healthier lifestyle choices to finding locations for inexpensive, necessary medications. Over three years, the program has received positive testimonial feedback and grown significantly—filling an average of eight prescriptions for 11 patients a week during its first month, to filling 1,750 prescriptions and serving 5,750 patients in the first half of 2012. BUCOP’s expanded influence has allowed it to pursue more general initiatives for its patients, such as smoking cessation programs and campaigns for health-benefitting lifestyle changes.

University of Houston College of Pharmacy The Houston Outreach Medicine Education and Social Services Clinic seeks to reduce health disparities by addressing the healthcare needs of Houston’s homeless population. Providing the thoroughness of a primary care visit, the H.O.M.E.S. Clinic offers care from all health sectors, integrating student pharmacists with medical, public health and social work students to meet the needs of the underserved community. Overseen by Healthcare for the Homeless, the clinic helps patients overcome every obstacle between themselves and quality care.


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Creative Concepts Recipients of AACP’s Awards for Excellence in Assessment and Innovations in Teaching are given the opportunity to present their work at a special session during the Annual Meeting. Attendees will walk away with a wealth of knowledge about novel assessment programs and strategies, and the latest innovative teaching tools. Be sure to check out these award-winning innovations in teaching and assessment programs during the meeting:

Innovations in Teaching Competition Anne F. Gentry, Pharm.D., Karen L. Kier, Ph.D., BCPS, BCACP, Natalie A. DiPietro, Pharm.D., M.P.H., Andrew M. Roecker, Pharm.D., BCPS, Ohio Northern University Raabe College of Pharmacy: The Pharmacy and Wellness (PAW) Review—An Academic Review of Therapeutics Meghan N. Jeffres, Pharm.D., Sean M. Barclay, Pharm.D., Roseman University of Health Sciences College of Pharmacy: Gaming the System: Using Card Games to Facilitate Student Learning of Infectious Diseases and Cardiology Jennifer L. Rodis, Pharm.D., Julie E. Legg, Pharm.D., Kristin A. Casper, Pharm.D., The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy: Partner for Promotion Program

Award for Excellence in Assessment Stuart J. Beatty, Pharm.D., BCPS, CDE, Katherine A. Kelley, Ph.D., The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy: Measuring Pre-APPE Outcomes as Part of a Pharm.D. Program Capstone Experience

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A Glimpse Into the Future AACP Walmart Scholars will experience life as a pharmacy Pharmacy educator at the 2013 Annual Meeting. Eighty-five students and their faculty mentors make up this year’s AACP Walmart Scholars. Now in its eighth year, the program seeks to strengthen the student’s commitment to a career in academic pharmacy through participation in the Annual Meeting. The 2013 AACP Walmart Scholars are:

Recipients of the Student Community Engaged Service Award from the University of Houston College of Pharmacy.

Norma J. Owens, Pharm.D., Celia P. MacDonnell, Pharm.D., Marilyn M. Barbour, Pharm.D., and Eunsun Noh, The University of Rhode Island College of Pharmacy: Yearly Progress Exams: An Analysis of Correlation between Knowledge and Skills Jane M. Souza, Ph.D., Jennifer L. Mathews, Ph.D., Richard F. O’Brocta, Pharm.D., St. John Fisher College Wegmans School of Pharmacy: Evidence-Based Curriculum Mapping through Embedded Assessment

There’s still time to register for the 2013 AACP Annual Meeting. Visit and click on Registration. But hurry—online registration expires June 18.

Benjamin D. Aronson, University of Minnesota Faculty Mentor: Kristin K. Janke

Anthony C. Colavecchia, Purdue

Daniel L. Austin, St. John Fisher College Faculty Mentor: Sridhar Anand

Brody W. Crowe, University of Nebraska Medical Center Faculty Mentor: Julie H. Oestreich

Asal Azizoddin, Midwestern University/Glendale Faculty Mentor: Shareen El-Ibiary

Molly F. Curran, The University of Texas at Austin Faculty Mentor: Veronica S. Young

Amber M. Bacak, Texas A&M

Patrick J. Divoky, Northeast Ohio

Andrew D. Berti, University of Wisconsin–Madison Faculty Mentor: Beth A. Martin

Gerald G. Enriquez, Chicago State University Faculty Mentor: Duc P. Do

Deborah Bourquin, Wayne State University Faculty Mentor: Lynette R. Moser

Ryan G. Fell, West Virginia University Faculty Mentor: Gina M. Baugh

Joshua D. Brown, University of

Arkansas for Medical Sciences Faculty Mentor: Bradley C. Martin

Wendy M. Gabriel, The University of Tennessee Faculty Mentor: Debbie C. Byrd

Stephanie M. Callinan, Rutgers,

Christine N. Galinski, Western

Chelsea L. Carey, University of

David L. George, The University of Oklahoma Faculty Mentor: Michael J. Smith

Jennifer Carter, Presbyterian College Faculty Mentor: Nancy H. Goodbar

Riane J. Ghamrawi, Northeast Ohio Medical University Faculty Mentor: Timothy R. Ulbrich

Gloria H. Cheng, Loma Linda

Northeastern University Faculty Mentor: Michael Conley

Health Science Center Faculty Mentor: Mark A. Bremick

The State University of New Jersey Faculty Mentor: Lucio R. Volino

Maryland Eastern Shore Faculty Mentor: Mark Freebery

University Faculty Mentor: Farnoush Zough

Christopher Chong, The University

University Faculty Mentor: Ashley S. Crumby

Medical University Faculty Mentor: Dale E. English II

New England University Faculty Mentor: Daniel R. Kennedy

Danielle M. Gingras,

Ashley N. Hannings, University of

of Montana Faculty Mentor: Sherrill J. Brown

North Carolina at Chapel Hill Faculty Mentor: Macary W. Marciniak

Sarah E. Clark, North Dakota State University Faculty Mentor: Donald R. Miller

Laura A. Hart, University of Washington Faculty Mentor: Dana P. Hammer

Nicola A. Clayton, University of California, San Francisco Faculty Mentor: Eleanor M. Vogt

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Ready for Anything Two University of Georgia faculty members not only educate students about disaster preparedness, but also practice what they preach. “Many pharmacists don’t realize the importance of their role “We have mass triage, first-aid and mass-dispensing exercises to in making emergency treatment and prescriptions available in prepare students to care for large populations that have been a disaster,” asserts Dr. Trina J. von Waldner, director of post- affected by natural or man-made disasters,” von Waldner said. graduate continuing education at The University of Georgia (UGA) College of Pharmacy. She and Dr. Catherine A. White, White became interested in natural and man-made mass casuassociate professor of pharmaceutical and biomedical sciences, alty disaster response a decade ago, working with the College of Pharmacy’s Mass Destruction Defense program. She and make it their business to teach future healthcare professionals von Waldner also participated in UGA’s National Preparedness about responding to disasters and emergencies, while serving Month with Preparedness 101: Zombie Apocalypse, a program as first-responders themselves. developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention designed to inform young adults of the importance of being Teach Beyond the Traditional prepared for any disaster. Von Waldner and White believe that pharmacists’ knowledge should go beyond traditional pharmacy education to include public health issues. Together, they have incorporated disaster training into The University of Georgia’s 2nd Year Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience, as well as developed two electives for student pharmacists on emergency preparedness and public health. One elective provides an introduction to public health by exploring epidemiology and infectious diseases, health behavior and promotion, health policy and management, and environmental health. In addition, the course addresses the roles of health professionals in disaster planning, preparedness, and response and recovery involving natural and man-made disasters. Von Waldner also includes a three-week introduction to public health in the first semester course, Introduction to Pharmacy, emphasizing the importance of public health principles and roles for pharmacists early in the curriculum.

Top: Dr. Trina J. von Waldner and other Uni­versity of Georgia faculty are being fit-tested for N95 respirators. UGA has incorporated disaster training into its curriculum to better prepare future pharmacists to act in a crisis. Bottom: Von Waldner (right) with an OK-1 DMAT pharma­cist at a special needs shelter.


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academy in action Mission Critical Von Waldner spent most of last November in New York—but not on holiday. She worked 12-to-16-hour days to help victims of Hurricane Sandy’s devastation as part of the Georgia-3 Disaster Medical Assistance Team. A DMAT is a group of professional and para-professional medical personnel under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services who provide rapid medical response to disaster sites. She and her group supported two separate missions—manning a strike team in the Rockaways that assessed medical needs and worked with public health, emergency personnel and local pharmacists to provide medication access, and also providing medical care to evacuees with special needs, such as dialysis and mental health patients, at New York City medical shelters. Von Waldner has been a member of DMAT for two years.

Dr. Catherine A. White assists a student during the Preparedness 101: Zombie Apocalypse program. Developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the program is intended to inform young adults of the importance of being prepared for a disaster.

“Since so many pharmacies occupy the ground floor of apartment buildings, flooding prevented patients from accessing their medications,” she explained. “Loss of power was another problem. Fortunately, we were able to set up a generator-powered mini-medical center inside a tent in a parking lot to fill emergency prescriptions for those with chronic illnesses.”

Hard to Predict In all of their talks and lectures, von Waldner and White stress the need for everyone to be prepared in advance of emergencies, but sometimes Mother Nature has other plans. “We have to realize that disaster can strike at any time,” von Waldner added. “Tornadoes, hurricanes and severe storms are more prevalent in the warmer months, but ice storms and snow can also be devastating.” They recommend that people know how to protect themselves, their families and their pets by developing evacuation and communication plans, and putting together an emergency kit that will provide water, food and emergency supplies for several days. Von Waldner noted that no amount of training could have prepared her for the devastation she witnessed after Sandy—collapsed houses, downed power lines, upturned autos, contaminated water, loss of power and unmet medical needs. “Most of the people we encountered were so appreciative of the help,” said von Waldner. “They were so glad to know that someone was aware of their needs.”

A Run for the Red Cross Hurricane Sandy may have stopped the official 2012 New York City Marathon, but it didn’t stop a father and daughter from running anyway. Dr. Terrence L. Schwinghammer, chair and professor of the Department of Clinical Pharmacy at West Virginia University, and Amanda Schwinghammer Cowen, coding specialist at Amphion Medical Solutions, completed 26.2 miles in the unofficial RunAnyway event, helping to raise money for the American Red Cross. “Instead of a competitive race where runners tried to achieve a personal best finish time, the event became an international celebration of human determination, spirit and friendship,” Schwinghammer said. “The RunAnyway group helped raise $16,000 for a church and filled five Suburban SUVs with winter clothing donations.” More than 1,800 runners from Canada, Mexico, Germany, Italy and other countries participated in the November event, according to Schwinghammer. “When those international runners left for home, I don’t think they felt cheated because they didn’t get a finisher’s medal,” he said. “Instead, they left knowing they had been part of a very special experience that will likely never happen again.”

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Making Connections Pharmacists take the lead when it comes to helping patients manage complex medication-related issues.

In daily life, complexity results from countless factors. Culture, environment, social and economic status, and physical ability all contribute to and complicate managing ill health. Pharmacists bear witness to many of these complexities and increasingly must care for what have come to be known as “complex patients.” Recognizing the valuable impact that pharmacists have in the lives of such individuals, the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) is putting the care of complex patients at the top of the agenda for 2013.

Complicated Situations It’s difficult to define a complex patient, yet it’s generally understood that the term applies to those who require an extra amount of care and consideration as a consequence of complicated and extensive medication regimens compounded by physical and mental limitations. Current statistics suggest that complex patients comprise upwards of 25 percent of individuals in primary care practices who fulfill one or more of the following criteria: •

Multiple, well-defined chronic illness with various complications

Treatment involving invasive procedures both for diagnosis and therapy

• A peculiar combination of resiliency and fragility • Unexpected responses to common medications and minor illnesses • Longevity (living highly functional lives into the 80s and 90s) As the most accessible healthcare provider, pharmacists come into continual contact with complex patients in the community, putting them at the frontline of care with regard to managing many issues that may or may not be medication-related.

What Does the Future Hold? With the goal of advocating increasing roles for pharmacists in the management of complex patients, and providing an extensive platform for learning and growth to do just that, FIP has made complex patients a priority for 2013. Taking place in Dublin, Ireland, the 2013 FIP World Congress of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences has adopted the theme of complex patients and will examine the issue from all standpoints: biological (empha-


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sizing the current development of systems biology), medical (demographics, genetics, smoking, alcohol, diet and multiple diseases), socioeconomic (availability of resources, literacy) and cultural (beliefs, traditions, religion). Pharmacists have the ability and opportunity to support patients in every aspect of complexity. Sessions within the Congress will address the needs of complex patients, how these needs are currently being met, and emerging and future strategies for treating the complex patient. By providing evidence-based scientific information and embracing collaborative practice, the pharmacist should have a critical role in dealing with complexity in patient care.

Finding Solutions The 2013 FIP Congress will focus on how the pharmacist is ideally skilled and positioned to ensure that complex patients receive the best care possible. Featuring thousands of pharmacists from all over the world and from all areas of pharmacy practice and science, the FIP Congress will convene in Dublin to work toward a future in which multidisciplinary approaches maximize healthcare contributions for the full benefit of patients, despite their wide range of social, cultural, medical, biological and medical diversity. For more information on the FIP Congress and its perspective on complex patients, visit the FIP Web site at dublin2013.

Help Fight HIV Abroad As of 2011, the United Nations estimates that 5.6 million South Africans are living with HIV. Burdened by a shortage of midlevel healthcare workers, the South African Pharmacy Council has established new standards to better prepare students for marketplace expectations and to help improve the HIV/AIDS service delivery system. To surpass these standards, the Volunteer Healthcare Corps is recruiting an academic pharmacist to serve as a mentor at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University Department of Pharmacy in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. For 3–6 months, the academic pharmacist will work on the frontlines of change to improve South African healthcare, providing curriculum development expertise and support, developing faculty teaching skills through formal and side-by-side training, and directly teaching students in their own area of expertise. Applicants should have a Pharm.D. or equivalent, familiarity with curriculum development, and at least three years of experience in academic pharmacy. For more information, visit http:// ScopeofWorkNMMUPTA_PT100312.pdf.

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Essentials As AACP Interim Meeting participants discovered, the keys to measuring an institution’s effectiveness include leadership, a willingness to go beyond the traditional, and lots of questions. By Maureen Thielemans Measuring is a common practice in everyday life. We hold our breath and step on the bathroom scale. We mark the wall with a child’s height and check a floor’s square footage before buying a rug. The degree of someone’s or something’s effectiveness can also be gauged, although the process is much more complex. Attendees at the 2013 AACP Interim Meeting, Feb. 9-12, learned about the resources and strategies needed to measure how well an institution is achieving its mission and goals. Rio Grande, Puerto Rico, provided the perfect backdrop for stimulating discussions and engaged learning. Inspirational speakers and thought-provoking sessions set the stage for three days of networking and professional development focused on Leadership for Institutional Effectiveness. Following are highlights of AACP’s first-ever off-shore meeting.

Recalibrating the Traditional Team Activating meaningful change in pharmacy practice must come from the top. That was the topic addressed by Dr. Terry McInnis, president and founder of Blue Thorn Inc., during the CEO Deans’ Leadership Forum. She challenged academic pharmacy leaders in the room to be innovators of medication therapy management programs. “There is a need for MTM,” she stressed. “We must get away from fee-for-service and focus on the desired outcomes, which become very important.” Medications are not taken in silos, she added, and so patient-centered care is key. Rebecca P. Snead, executive vice president and CEO of the National Alliance of State Pharmacy Associations, emphasized the role of state and local groups in partnerships with pharmacy schools. Concluding the session was a Q&A portion where attendees offered other key elements to consider when returning to their institutions, such as the increasingly important role technology will play in healthcare. AACP President J. Lyle Bootman, Ph.D., asked the speakers for one recommendation that would inspire attendees. McInnis stressed that when focusing on patient-centered care, innovators must recognize the diversity within patient populations. “We must still meet people where they are,” she said, adding that there is a generational shift in healthcare. Snead echoed her thoughts: “Go beyond what we think of as the traditional healthcare team. The key to how patients benefit from pharmacy services is in this room.”

If You Build It… The meeting’s general session focused on how health professions education can improve learning outcomes to ac-

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commodate the expectations of graduates in a transformed health system. Dr. Lawrence G. Smith, executive vice president and physician-in-chief at North Store-LIJ Health System, took attendees on his journey of tackling that challenge as the founding dean of the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine. Building a transformative institution required asking key questions, and writing a lot of checks, he joked. The first stage was to identify what the ideal graduate looked like. Next, he determined how success will be defined and established a mission and vision statement, as well as core values.

tion leaders, noting that an effective institution is characterized by a strong linkage between planning and assessment, as well as a thorough understanding of its external environment.

Smith valued learning and knew he wanted to approach that particular factor in a unique way. Rather than asking faculty, “How will we teach it?”, he posed, “What is the best way for students to learn?” The goal was to create the best doctors of the future and in order to do so, Smith had to focus on the transformation from students to caregivers, and designing a team of faculty to accomplish this was a must. Smith developed a set of core principles to guide him. Among them were: • Value learning over teaching—“We must teach and test differently,” he said. “Learning is more important than teaching.” • Trust the students to learn much of the factual knowledge outside of class— “Teachers don’t need to teach facts.” • Make decisions under uncertainty—An example was his son’s education at Dartmouth medical school. “Every medical decision was a gamble; they never gave students enough information to be absolutely certain.” • Professionalism is personal—“Becoming a professor is a personal transformation.”

Where to Start? Pre- and opening session speakers set the stage for getting down to business: implementing and assessing institutional effectiveness. Higher education consultant Michael Middaugh, Ed.D., used his tenure at the University of Delaware as an example of an institution repositioning itself in the marketplace. He outlined key challenges and opportunities for pharmacy educa-


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Resource allocation, leadership, governance and integrity are all characteristics of excellence within institutional effectiveness, he said. Schools must take into account factors such as demographic issues, economic problems and political issues. Later that afternoon, groups met to discuss their assignment, which was to perform an environmental scan to identify at least one major issue confronting pharmacy schools, whether political, economic or technological. Teams identified many concerns, such as students who struggle with mental health problems, as well as those who are returning to pharmacy as a second career.

Using the Right Tools AACP staff member Danielle A. Taylor, M.P.P., helped attendees connect the dots between institutional research (IR) and institutional effectiveness. As the Association’s associate director responsible for those areas, she gave an overview of AACP’s research surveys and data reports that are available to member schools. Following her talk, attendees shared how they’ve used data from the IR surveys in their advocacy work and financial planning or research initiatives. Assessment was the focus of Dr. Randy L. Swing’s session on Learner Implications for Institutional Effectiveness. He illustrated how academic leaders can use assessments to inform change, influence planning and improve student outcomes. He outlined the Value Added I-E-O Model, which is comprised of inputs, environments and outcomes. “People lean on outcomes too much,” he said. You can’t focus on only one of the components but rather look for all three data points, he added. Another key factor in assessment? “Start by identifying what you’re doing well.” Research leaders in the Academy convened two panels that concluded the Interim Meeting. The first addressed how to build effective interprofessional and multidisciplinary health science research collaborations. Dr. David S. Forbes, dean of the College of Health Professions and Biomedical Sciences at The University of Montana, and Dr. Kimberly A. Galt, associate dean for research at Creighton University School of Pharmacy and Health Professions, gave examples of how they’ve expanded their research initiatives by gaining support from federal, state and private programs. Forbes suggested looking at the landscape of your institution and finding research ideas to address any issues. In Montana, unique research opportunities exist related to asbestos and the presence of lead in homes

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Above: Ms. Rebecca P. Snead and Dr. Terry McInnis lead a discussion on designing innovative services and forging effective partnerships at the 2013 Interim Meeting CEO Deans’ Leadership Forum. Right: Keynote speaker Dr. Lawrence G. Smith identifies what compe­ tencies major employers of health workers expect in a transformed health system and how learning must change in our classrooms and patient care environments.

as a result of the mining industry. A second panel continued the discussion about how to diversify research in pharmacy. Speakers outlined how they’ve created research and scholarly activity on their campuses, including Patient-Centered Outcomes Research, the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, and Community-Based Participatory Research.

Ready to Work Whether returning home or staying in beautiful Puerto Rico to enjoy the surroundings, Interim Meeting participants felt rejuvenated and eager to implement newly-learned strategies with the goal of improving their institutional effectiveness. Thanks to higher education experts and loads of peer networking, they now have the building blocks to do so. Maureen Thielemans is Communications Manager at AACP and editor of Academic Pharmacy Now;

Thanks to Our Sponsors A special thank-you goes to the generous sponsors of the 2013 AACP Interim Meeting: National Association of Chain Drug Stores Foundation University of Puerto Rico School of Pharmacy

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Manageable Faculty and students handle the intricacies of managed care pharmacy with a focus on improving health. Edited and compiled by Maureen Thielemans

It’s complicated. To understand managed care pharmacy, you must consider quality, safety, adherence, expenses and other multifaceted elements. The bottom line is that it’s about improving patient health while controlling costs—and teamwork plays a key role. From patient-centered medical homes to managed care pharmacy rotations, schools are providing faculty with opportunities to learn and to help students participate in these new healthcare organizations. Building on the managed care pharmacy basics we featured in the Fall 2012 issue of Academic Pharmacy Now, we now take a look at how schools are incorporating this complex system into their curricula.

Students See a Different Life At Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, student pharmacists are exposed to interesting managed care practices through involvement with local corrections facilities. Since 1995, TTUHSC has been one of two universities in the state to provide healthcare services to offenders housed by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice system. It receives roughly $90 million to cover all medical and dental costs provided to TDCJ inmates at 25 units in west Texas. The School of Pharmacy, which is the only pharmacy program in the state that provides these services, receives approximately $10 million to cover its costs. Faculty pharmacists review all non-formulary consultations for medications that are not part of the TDCJ list of preferred drugs and conduct Drug Therapy Management clinics at six TDCJ units under protocols written by a physician. At the

clinics, three TTUHSC faculty pharmacists see approximately 2,000 patients each year. Since 1998, up to 35 student pharmacists have worked at these clinics every year as part of the school’s managed care rotation. They conduct one-on-one patient interviews and make therapeutic and monitoring decisions under the supervision of a faculty pharmacist. Asthma/COPD, diabetes, hyperlipidemia, hypertension and anticoagulation disease are among the conditions these students help manage. After seeing a patient, the students write a subjective data/objective data assessment plan (SOAP) statement. The School of Pharmacy’s managed care rotation also allows students to participate in clinical rounds conducted at TDCJ’s John Montford unit, which is comprised of a 70-bed hospital and a 30-bed long-term care facility. One faculty pharmacist is assigned to the Montford unit rotation and oversees up to 12 students each year. Through this rotation, students work with oncology and cardiac patients, in addition to others with different illnesses. Under preceptor supervision, these students conduct clinical interventions where they help adjust existing treatment regimens, evaluate renal dosing adjustments, suggest therapeutic substitutions, make IV-to-PO switches and undertake formulary management.

Role Playing The patient-centered medical home plays a critical role in the new models of managed care. Within the PCMH model, patients gain improved access to care delivered by a team that can

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include pharmacists, physicians, social workers and nurses, all working together effectively. The University of Maryland Schools of Pharmacy and Medicine are leaders on a PCMH pilot project created by the Maryland Health Care Commission. The pilot is comprised of 53 practices around the state, including one at the university’s Department of Family Medicine. Chair and Professor of Pharmacy Practice and Science Magaly Rodriguez de DiBittner, Pharm.D., saw an opportunity for the School of Pharmacy to be a key a partner in the design of Maryland’s PCMH model, especially when it came to the role of the pharmacist on the collaborative team.

Above: Dr. Stephen W. Schondelmeyer, University of Minnesota, talks with pre-pharmacy students about the team-based implications of healthcare reform. At UMN, students learn about all aspects of the pharmaceutical and healthcare systems to better serve patients. Below: Dr. David Stewart, associate professor at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, and Dr. Kathleen Pincus, assistant professor at the UM School of Pharmacy, counsel a patient. As part of a PCMH pilot project, Pincus is on-site three days a week to directly access patients and collaborate with team members.


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As part of the PCMH, the school is funding Assistant Professor and Pharmacist Kathleen Pincus, Pharm.D., to be on-site for approximately three days a week. She will have direct access to patients and other teammates in patient care. “We know that most patients are on multiple medicines and that a number of errors that occur are due to medications,” Pincus said. “We want to reduce those errors, increase medication adherence, and decrease adverse reactions and incidents of inaccurate dosing.” Pincus’ integration into the PCMH team creates important evidence-based research on the impact a pharmacist can have

The bottom line is that it’s about im­proving patient health while controlling costs—and teamwork plays a key role.

on patient outcomes and reduction in the overall cost of care. The success of the PCMH also has the potential to further advance the field of pharmacy’s effort to be recognized for its contributions to primary care—and for pharmacists to be paid for those efforts.

In 2009, college faculty worked with the university’s health plan, UPlan, to design and launch a medication therapy management benefit available to approximately 37,000 UPlan members statewide. Today, college faculty continue to manage that pharmacist network.

It Takes Two A pair of faculty members at West Virginia University are leading the way for managed care pharmacy at their school. Dr. Gina Baugh, director of Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences, educates first-year students on managed care concepts through a two-part lecture focusing on Medicare and Medicaid.

Evaluation of outcomes is critical to determining “Managed care is such an integral part of community pharmacy not only the efficacy of practice,” Baugh said. “It’s important for our students to underthe pharmacist’s position stand third-party payors so they can educate our patients on in the PCMH but the pi- what medications are possibly less expensive or can be covered lot project’s success as by alternate means.” Baugh also places the students in commua whole. The school’s nity practice work sites to complete portions of their course. Department of Pharmaceutical Health Services Dr. David Elliott, professor and associate chair of the DepartResearch has been contracted to evaluate the statewide pilot. ment of Clinical Pharmacy-Charleston Division, emphasizes Changes in utilization, cost and quality in the PCMH sites will to his students the importance of learning managed care pharbe measured over time and compared to practice sites that are macy concepts. “If you are working in a setting other than acute not participating in the demonstration. care or pediatrics, you are going to be on the frontline of an older patient’s access to medications,” he said.

Building the Basics

Elliott’s geriatrics elective admits up to 15 second- and thirdAt the University of Minnesota students build managed care year student pharmacists each year. The course includes disskills in a different way: Currently, second-year students learn cussions about Medicare Part D, other Medicare plans and the about the professional, economic, historical and public policy aspects of pharmacy and the healthcare system, including antic- importance of managed care. As a pharmacist in the WVU Geriatrics Clinic at Charleston Area Medical Center, Elliott helps his ipated changes in healthcare and the role of pharmacists. They also learn to apply the basic principles of insurance to health- students develop their skills in interacting with managed care plans, particularly with respect to prescription medication accare and drug benefit programs, and discuss the impact of cess. changes in healthcare on patients, providers, insurers, financers, regulators and corporate purchasers. The school is also work“While the students in the clinic don’t compare plans, they work ing on a new curriculum that will potentially include APPEs in with what the patient currently has to ensure they have the health-systems that operate on the medical home concept. best, as well as most cost-effective, treatment,” he said. “Our Corporate visits give students yet another managed care view. patients are between 65 and 101 years of age and usually have multiple medical co-morbidities, therefore they are often takStudents engage in rotations at Prime Therapeutics, Medica ing numerous medications. It’s our job to help their physician and Express Scripts. Typically, 10 students per year are sent to determine what works best for their treatment, insurance plan each company, where they learn about the pharmacy benefit and budget.” management industry through hands-on experience. They are encouraged to develop critical thinking and writing skills, and are challenged to be independent thinkers and problem-solvers. The University of Minnesota Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy Student Chapter is also very active. Each of the 11 teams that participated in this year’s Pharmacy and Therapeutics Competition was matched with a local managed care practitioner. Through this mentoring program, students can check out managed care pharmacy earlier in their education and connect with the community.

Through these practices and more, students and faculty are working to ensure that all patients can receive the medications they need to improve their health and wellbeing. It’s no small task, but academic pharmacy is up to the challenge. Maureen Thielemans is Communications Manager at AACP and editor of Academic Pharmacy Now;

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to Another Four pharmacy schools are using creative transitions of care programs to improve care for patients and encourage better teamwork. By Karla Taylor It’s a burning question for every healthcare provider: When patients move among hospitals, skilled nursing facilities and home, how can you be sure that the correct medications move with them—and that the patients will understand how to use them correctly?

ation and review that were conducted in the SNF. Especially with the frail elderly, “in the home, you can pick up on medication-related problems that you don’t see in a clinic,” said Associate Professor Shannon L. Reidt, Pharm.D. “You get a sense of how the environment might affect their medicationtaking behavior.”

Across the country, pharmacy schools are answering that question with practical programs aimed at improving transitions of care. Students are learning how to work in interprofessional teams, enhancing patient care and holding down costly readmissions.

Key to success: The partnership between HCMC and the

Home Is Where the Pharmacist Is In October 2012, the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy and Hennepin County Medical Center launched a pilot program to provide medication therapy management (MTM) to patients moving from hospital discharge at HCMC to skilled nursing facilities (SNF) and then back home. A central feature: in-home follow-ups to the medication reconcili-

College of Pharmacy is based on the shared goal of helping a large population of underserved patients who are at risk for readmission. As Dr. Haley Holtan, ambulatory care pharmacy manager at HCMC, noted, “Knowing that poor medicine reconciliation can be a major cause of hospital readmissions, we were thinking, ‘How can we ensure safe medical practice for patients in all areas of the care transition?’ ”

The student angle: Reidt and six fourth-year students worked with 50 patients over the 2012–13 school year. In addition to emphasizing the importance of communication and documentation from setting to setting, “going to patients’ homes is really eye-opening for students,” Reidt said. They may witness first-

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hand patients’ financial stress, life in multigenerational households and other factors that can affect a medication regimen.

Program challenges: •

Information-sharing among healthcare providers as the patient moves through care settings, especially since the partner institutions do not share the same electronic health record.

Ensuring that as many patients as possible receive MTM interventions in the skilled nursing facility and at home, which is difficult since Reidt is in practice only three days a week.

Outlining a clear evaluation and data collection plan, which can be hard because information is pulled from multiple electronic health records and the transitions of care process is so dynamic.

In collaboration with the Hennepin County Medical Center, the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy launched a program aimed at reducing hospital readmissions through medication therapy management.

In summer 2013, the team will begin data collection for an evaluative study. The goals are to see (1) whether providing MTM at an SNF at time of discharge, and with a home visit after SNF discharge, affects hospitalizations and emergency department visits; and (2) whether MTM interventions increase patients’ likelihood of following up with their own primary care providers. In addition, in fall 2013, the College of Pharmacy will introduce a new curriculum that covers transitions of care and includes didactic and practical experience.

Tearing Down Silos Two transitions of care programs place Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED) pharmacy faculty and students within area health systems to learn about and meet the needs of patients in community settings. The goal: to provide patient education and prevent readmissions. Working with Summa Health System, Associate Professor Michelle L. Cudnik, Pharm.D., and fourth-year student pharmacists serve on the medical team at a clinic for adults who have no insurance, suffer from chronic diseases such as diabetes and hypertension, and take numerous medications. Having pharmacists in direct patient care wasn’t a new idea, Cudnik said, but having pharmacists in the ambulatory care setting was. Started in 2006, the program showed how pharmacists could work with team members to go beyond traditional dispensing roles. Working with Akron General Medical Center, Assistant Professor John M. Moorman, Pharm.D., fourth-year students and pharmacy residents collaborate with a multidisciplinary team that created an inpatient consult service and an outpatient transitions of care clinic for high-risk patients with diabetes. Starting in 2009, Moorman participated in everything from generating buy-in for the program to designing its infrastructure. Today, the program has expanded to identify all at-risk diabetic patients and educates them about their illness and medications.


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Key to success: NEOMED’s pharmacy program stresses teamwork. Pharmacists coordinate care with care managers, social workers, nurse practitioners, diabetic educators and dieticians, as well as attending physicians. The student angle: In both programs, the goal is to deepen students’ experience and teach them not to think, “I’m just a pharmacist” but rather “I’m an equal partner on the medical team,” said Cudnik. “Students see this teamwork and have an ‘Ah-ha!’ moment.”

Program challenges: •

Billing. “People aren’t used to pharmacists billing for their services,” Moorman said, especially when the pharmaceutical services are conducted in a clinic within a private practice office. Often, incident-to-billing can be submitted by a pharmacist through a collaborative practice agreement with the physician. However, in a private practice setting where the physician is paid by an entity outside the hospital, this type of billing is not possible. Moorman is exploring ways to overcome this obstacle.

Communicating value across silos. “It’s important to be engaged with executive administrators within health systems to articulate the value pharmacy adds to the triple aim of improving the patient care experience (both quality and satisfaction), improving the health of populations and reducing healthcare costs,” said Dr. Charles T. Taylor, dean of the College of Pharmacy.

Getting the required resources. Even with the backing of Summa and NEOMED, it took a year to get Cudnik’s program’s infrastructure in place, and another six to 12 months to get the program up and running. Now Cudnik spends 80 percent of her time with it.

Moorman’s service was created as an expansion of the clinical services provided by an endocrinology consult service.

Dr. Alejandro Adorno, Northeast Ohio Medical University 2011 graduate, instructs a patient on the proper use of an inhaler. NEOMED’s pharmacy program stresses teamwork. Pharmacists coordinate care with care managers, social workers, nurse practitioners, diabetic educators and dieticians, as well as attending physicians.

Although much of the infrastructure was already in place, it took several months to provide staff education, increase physician buy-in and develop a workflow that allowed for a smooth inpatient-to-outpatient transition.

Ask the Right Questions Started as a small pilot in 2010, the goal of the CARE-PACT program (Collaborating and Advancing Relationships-Pharmacist Advocates in Care Transitions) is to identify and resolve medication-related problems and reduce readmissions. The program integrates pharmacists as patient advocates during transitions of care while helping the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) make the most of limited resources.

Keys to success: Three major factors got the program off to a strong start, said Dr. Kim C. Coley, professor of pharmacy and therapeutics at the University of Pittsburgh, who helped found the program. •

Paying attention to people skills. Because success depends on pharmacist-patient interaction, the pharmacists, residents and students involved had to be comfortable doing a lot of direct patient care, Coley said.

consistent contact with a familiar professional makes all the difference, Coley said. The pilot ended in 2012. Metrics indicated improvement in everything from lower medication discrepancies to lower 30day readmission rates. The School of Pharmacy is now working with UPMC to expand the program throughout the hospital as well as in other hospitals within the UPMC health system.

The student angle: Recognizing the potential for real-world learning experiences, the School of Pharmacy has now provided UPMC with a regular pool of students for its transitions of care programs. According to Coley, the students like being involved in patient care and identifying better outcomes. They’re also learning about issues related to medication affordability and access.

Program challenges: •

Lack of resources. Some hospital administrators say they can’t see paying pharmacists to do follow-up when someone else could do it for less. “But it’s the best part of the program,” Coley said, because pharmacists have the knowledge to improve medication-related outcomes and help prevent readmits.

Fear of turf invasion. This usually falls away when, for example, nurses realize that having a pharmacist involved saves them time because they don’t have to call the pharmacy.

Empowering pharmacists to go beyond medication reconciliation and uncover problems before patients were released. To untangle the complicated reasons why patients may struggle with their medications, Coley developed a simple five-item questionnaire called the Medication Access and Adherence Tool. It asks whether patients think they need their medications, can take them as prescribed, can pay for them and whether they suffer from side effects. The pharmacist can work with patients and the healthcare team to solve problems before patients go home.

Having the same pharmacist who talks to the patients inside the hospital handle the follow-up calls at home. Given how disorienting hospitalization can be,

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Dr. Thomas D. Nolin, assistant professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy, counsels a patient. The CARE-PACT program integrates pharmacists as patient advocates during transitions of care while helping the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center make the most of limited resources.

Prepping Students to be Proactive Since 2009, the University of Michigan’s College of Pharmacy has undertaken transitions of care programs in both outpatient and inpatient settings. The outpatient program is based in a primary-care office. The goal: to facilitate the move from hospital to home for recently discharged patients who receive primary care in a geriatric clinic. Within two weeks of discharge, Clinical Associate Professor of Pharmacy Tami L. Remington, Pharm.D., and her students call patients at home to check the accuracy and completeness of their medications. She also does a cursory assessment to determine if the patient is deteriorating clinically so that, if necessary, the medical appointment can be scheduled sooner. In addition to improving patient care, this pharmacist assessment cuts down on the time physicians spend on medication reviews during appointments. On the hospital side, pharmacists and students conduct in-person visits or phone calls with patients in U-M’s general medicine health centers. The pharmacists and students also work on tasks ranging from medication reconciliation to order verification to sharing care responsibilities with physicians and nurses. Students work from various areas throughout the hospital and clinics to conduct chart reviews and evaluation, go onto the floor to talk to patients, and then review with their preceptors, said Dr. Lindsey R. Kelley, assistant director of pharmacy, Ambulatory Care Services, at the University of Michigan Health System.

Key to success: For the outpatient program for older adults, it’s invaluable to base pharmacists in a clinic instead of a call center or hospital, and to take an interprofessional approach. For the inpatient program, the key to making it work is the communication, coordination and relationships among the providers and their teams, Kelley noted. The student angle: The programs build on students’ clinical knowledge and didactic education, give them experience with electronic medical records and train them in interviewing.

Program challenges: •

The difficulty of finding enough preceptors to support the large numbers of students involved.

The problem of finding the right patient populations to serve—ones that the hospital needed help with and students would find interesting.

The fact that the outpatient program transfers doctors’ problems with no-shows to the pharmacists. At one point, the geriatrics clinic documented a 50 percent no-show rate because patients were too sick to come, forgot their appointments, had transportation problems, etc.

As the experiences of these four institutions show, progress can be made while solutions to evolving challenges are still being developed. But as students are learning, it’s clear the pharmacists have an important role in transitions of care.

Expert Advice How can a school of pharmacy set up its own transitions of care program? The experts share their lessons learned. • Tailor your program to identified needs in your patient population. “You have to have the right intervention at the right time,” said Dr. Shannon L. Reidt, assistant professor in the College of Pharmacy at the University of Minnesota. • Make the time and effort to develop shared goals with stakeholders, from faculty to physicians to partner institutions. “I don’t believe medicine, nursing or pharmacy can (or should) address issues related to transitions of care in a vacuum,” said Dr. Tom A. Larson, associate dean for clinical affairs at the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy. • Ask questions, suggested Dr. Charles T. Taylor, dean of pharmacy at NEOMED. “Where are the needs? What do physicians want? What is healthcare in your commu­nity like? Spend time inside and outside your college figuring out how to address these matters and identi­fying new partners.” • Create your strategic plan first; hire later. Don’t approach transitions of care in a piecemeal way. “Hiring new faculty or developing new programs without first establishing goals and strategies is counter-productive,” said Larson. “Hiring is one of the worst things you can do if you don’t have your strategy in place.” • Make careful matches between tasks and people. Not every pharmacist is suited for transitions of care work, said Dr. Kim C. Coley, professor of pharmacy and therapeutics at the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy. “Many are not accustomed to direct patient care.” • Never underestimate the importance of clear communication. Whether you’re setting up program logistics, working with fellow practitioners, training students to interview or talking to patients, focus on clarity and mutual understanding. “Communication is often one of the biggest things lacking,” said Dr. John M. Moorman, assistant professor of pharmacy practice at NEOMED.

Karla Taylor is a freelance writer and communications consultant based in Bethesda, Md.

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A Glimpse Into the Future continued from page 13

Connie F. Huang, Philadelphia College of

Zera Obol, St. John’s University

Derek H. Tang, The University of Arizona Faculty Mentor: Terri L. Warholak

Christopher C. Pack, The University of

Benjamin S. Teeter, Auburn University Faculty Mentor: Kimberly B. Garza

Faculty Mentor: Gregory J. Hughes

Oklahoma Faculty Mentor: Jeremy L. Johnson

Osteopathic Medicine School of Pharmacy— Georgia Campus Faculty Mentor: John C. Kermode

Faculty Mentor: Nancy A. Mason

Mitchell E. Hughes, University of the Sciences

Robin P. Parker, The University of Mississippi

Faculty Mentor: Jean M. Scholtz

Sharon S. Park, University of Michigan

Faculty Mentor: Mary A. Ballas Jenkins

Queenet O. Ibekweh, Xavier University of Louisiana Faculty Mentor: LaKeisha G. Williams

Jaykumar D. Patel, Virginia Commonwealth

Alex N. Isaacs, Butler University

Pearl Pfiester, Manchester University

Faculty Mentor: Sarah A. Nisly

Katelyn E. Jensen, Purdue University Faculty Mentor: Monica L. Miller

Letetia Jones, Hampton University Faculty Mentor: Ebony Andrews Kayla A. Jones, Auburn University Faculty Mentor: Allison M. Chung

Margarette L. Kading, University of Minnesota Faculty Mentor: Angela K. George

Avery Karnes, Southwestern Oklahoma State University Faculty Mentor: Erin D. Callen

Katherine M. Le, University of California, San Diego Faculty Mentor: James Colbert Jr. Elizabeth J. Lee, Chicago State University Faculty Mentor: Diana Isaacs

University Faculty Mentor: Krista L. Donohoe

Faculty Mentor: Robert D. Beckett

Christina M. Phillips, The University of Oklahoma Faculty Mentor: Brooke L. Honey

Alyssa M. Pignato, St. John Fisher College Faculty Mentor: Christine R. Birnie

Brolin B. Poole, The University of Tennessee

Faculty Mentor: Andrea S. Franks

Elizabeth R. Pritchard, East Tennessee State

University Faculty Mentor: Zachary F. Walls

Ashley N. Pugh, Union University

Faculty Mentor: Bethany L. Murphy

Jessica I. Pyhtila, University of Maryland

Faculty Mentor: Amy L. Ives

Besu Teshome, The University of Texas at Austin Faculty Mentor: Christopher R. Frei

Sandra K. Tooley, Midwestern University/ Downers Grove Faculty Mentor: Robin M. Zavod

Emmeline M. Tran, The University of Utah Faculty Mentor: Holly E. Gurgle Quynh-Thu Truong, University of California, San Diego Faculty Mentor: Rabia S. Atayee Curt P. Tschida, Regis University Faculty Mentor: Matthew G. Fete Benjamin Y. Urick, The University of Iowa Faculty Mentor: Julie M. Urmie

David E. Wamble, The University of Mississippi Faculty Mentor: Alicia S. Bouldin

Courtney S. Watts, Auburn University Faculty Mentor: Sarah A. Treadway Alyssa B. Wenzel, Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science Faculty Mentor: David H.T. Harrison

Jeremy L. Whidbee, Campbell University Faculty Mentor: William M. Moore

Cyle E. White, The University of Tennessee

Livia R. Macedo, University of Maryland

Jonathan M. Savoy, The University of Louisiana at Monroe Faculty Mentor: Jeffery D. Evans

Jami E. Mann, University of Kentucky

Natalie S. Schmitz, Drake University Faculty Mentor: Andrea L. Kjos

Samantha A. Marks, Virginia Commonwealth

Nicholas C. Schwier, University of Pittsburgh Faculty Mentor: Neal J. Benedict

Marissa L. Wolff, University of Connecticut Faculty Mentor: Rebecca N. Curtin

University Faculty Mentor: Leticia R. Moczygemba

Jessica Sheffler, California Northstate University

Justin C. Woods, The Ohio

Abigale T. Matulewicz, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Faculty Mentor: Daniel K. Forrister

Jamie L. Shelly, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Faculty Mentor: Kelly L. Scolaro

Judy Wu, University of

Melissa K. Mehle, University of Wyoming

Caroline M. Small, The University of New

Faculty Mentor: Deborah A. Sturpe

Faculty Mentor: Kelly M. Smith

Faculty Mentor: Michelle L. Hilaire

Margaret A. Miklich, University at Buffalo, The

Faculty Mentor: William Ofstad

Mexico Faculty Mentor: Rucha S. Bond

State University of New York Faculty Mentor: Peter M. Brody Jr.

Reid C. Smith, University of Minnesota

Jaclyn R. Myers, Purdue University

Jennica M. Stein, Roseman University of Health

Faculty Mentor: Kimberley S. Plake

Vinh H. Nguyen, University of California, San Francisco Faculty Mentor: Kirsten B. Balano

Faculty Mentor: Sarah K. Schweiss Sciences Faculty Mentor: Erik C. Jorvig

Brad M. Stevens, University of Pittsburgh Faculty Mentor: Susan M. Meyer

Development Opportunities Await Scholars at Annual Meeting The 2013 AACP Annual Meeting in Chicago, Illinois serves as the backdrop for a crash course in life as a pharmacy educator. Walmart Scholars and their mentors will interact with current and future colleagues, while engaging in rich educational sessions and attending social functions. A separate meeting guide, within the official program, Pharmacy now  Spring 2013 32 will help the pairsacademic select challenging and relevant programming.

Faculty Mentor: Shaunta M. Ray

Rebecca M. Widder, Cedarville University Faculty Mentor: Rocco J. Rotello

State University Faculty Mentor: Marialice S. Bennett California, San Francisco Faculty Mentor: Sharon L. Youmans

Faculty News Auburn University Appointments/Elections

• Robert D. Arnold, associate professor • Abbey Cox, facilitator • Meredith G. Jernigan, Robert Helmer and Amber Hutchison, assistant clinical professors


istrative Pharmacy, and was selected as external reviewer for The University of Manchester’s scholarly work under Great Britain’s periodic Research Excellence Framework of Universities. • Xiaodong Feng was named to the advisory board for Specialty Pharma Journal. • Sonya Frausto, past-president of the Sacramento Valley Pharmacist’s Association

• Brent Fox was awarded Auburn University’s Young Alumni Achievement Award and the 2012 American Society of Health-System Pharmacists Distinguished Service Award for the Section for Pharmacy Informatics and Technology.

• Vasudha Gupta, Department of Clinical & Administrative Sciences


• Parto Khansari acted as guest editor for a special issue of Immunopharmacology.

• Kimberly Braxton-Lloyd received a $10,000 Target Campus Grant for “The Auburn University ‘Pack It Up’ Smoking Cessation Program.”

• Ana Lucia Hincapie, assistant professor, Department of Clinical & Administrative Sciences

• Rachel Lowe, assistant professor, Department of Clinical & Administrative Sciences

• Randall Clark was awarded an $865,784 Cooperative Agreement from the National Institute of Justice, in response to a proposal titled “Forensic Chemistry of Substituted 1-Alkyl-3 Acylindoles: Isomeric Synthetic Cannabinoids.”

• Pratima Patel, associate director, experiential education

• Peter Panizzi received a $237,391 Phase II Small Business Innovation Research subcontract from the Lucigen Corporation for “Random Shear Shuttle BAC Libraries for Antimicrobial Discovery from Soil Metagenomes.”

• Rebecca Keel was elected Class of 2013 Teacher of the Year, California Northstate University College of Pharmacy.

• Jay Ramapuram received an award for $478,014 from NewGen BioPharma, Inc. The three-year project will conduct an “Evaluation of Topical Nanoformulations.” • William R. Ravis was the recipient a $13,365 grant from the Birmingham Racing Commission for the “Evaluation of the Pharmacokinetics of Cyclophosphamide in Horses.”


• Heather Whitley, Jessica Starr and Anne Marie Liles were promoted to associate clinical professor.

California Northstate University Appointments/Elections

• Nilesh S. Bhutada, editorial board member for Health Marketing Quarterly • Lane Brunner was named past-chair and appointed to the steering committee for the Pharmacokinetics, Pharmacodynamics, and Drug Metabolism section of the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists. He was also appointed an editorial board member for the Team-Based Learning Consortium. • Shane P. Desselle was named to the editorial advisory board of Remington: The Science and Practice of Pharmacy, became founding editor of Research in Social and Admin-


• Sonya Frausto was named California New Practitioner of the Year, 2012, by the California Pharmacists Association.


• Shane P. Desselle (co-investigator), LD Hogg (principal investigator), O’Neal (co-investigator). Provider, Patient, and Caregiver Perspectives on Establishing a Cystic Fibrosis Related Diabetes. $1,500 funded in full from Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. • Ruth L. Vinall, AACP New Investigator Award for “Combining Bcl-2 inhibition with MiRNA-34a Treatment To Improve Bladder Cancer Outcomes.” Awarded $7,170 for supplies for one year, 2012-2013. • The college announced the winners of its inaugural Seed Grant Competition: Leanne Coyne was granted $9,422 for “The Effect of Amyloid on Stem Cell Differentiation into Neurons”; Rebecca Keel was granted $3,800 for “Antimicrobial Pharmacodynamics Against Gram-negative Isolates in a Community Setting”; and Parto Khansari was granted $5,000 for “Neuroprotective Mechanisms of Mefenamic Acid in the Treatment of Ischemic Stroke.”


• David Carroll, associate dean for experiential education • Parto Khansari, interim assistant dean for academic affairs and research • Gregory Matzen, associate dean for external affairs and relationship development • Michael Nowak, experiential hub coordinator, San Diego region academic Pharmacy now  Spring 2013


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Campbell University Appointments/Elections

• Steven W. Johnson, assistant professor of pharmacy practice


• Andrew J. Muzyk received the Distinguished Young Pharmacist Award at the 2012 North Carolina Association of Pharmacists Annual Convention. • Col. William W. Pickard received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the 2012 Next-Generation Pharmacist Awards.


• Michael L. Adams, assistant dean for graduate and interprofessional education and associate professor of pharmaceutical sciences • Connie L. Barnes, executive vice-chair of pharmacy practice • Valerie Clinard, associate professor of pharmacy practice

Creighton University Awards

• Bartholomew E. Clark has been selected as a finalist for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellows program.

Duquesne University Appointments/Elections

• Peter L.D. Wildfong was appointed past-chair for the Student Post-Doc Outreach and Development Committee, American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists.


• Wilson S. Meng, funded co-principal investigator. Project title: Type I Diabetes-Suppressive Microspheres. Period of project: September 1, 2012 to August 31, 2013. Source: Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Amount granted 09-13: $49,567. Total grant: $49,567. • Kevin J. Tidgewell, IN KIND Recipient. Period of project: August 21, 2012. Source: Kimble Chase New Lab Startup Grant. Value granted: $1,000. Total value grant: $1,000. Items: Glassware received.

D’Youville College Appointments/Elections

• Maimoona G. Chinwala has been appointed assistant professor of pharmaceutical, social and administrative sciences. • Nicole E. Cieri has been appointed assistant clinical professor of pharmacy practice. • Yasser Heakal has been appointed assistant professor of pharmaceutical, social and administrative sciences.


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• William Loeffler IV was awarded Educator/Preceptor of the Year 2012 from the New York state chapter of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy.


• Canio J. Marasco Jr. has been promoted to full professor.

Manchester University Awards

• Sidhartha D. Ray was awarded the 2013 Society of Toxicology Undergraduate Educator Award.

Midwestern University/ Downers Grove Appointments/Elections

• Shaifali Bhalla was elected as secretary for the Biotherapeutics/ADME focus group within the PPDM Section at the Annual Meeting of the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists. • Robert L. Chapman served as chair of the Nutraceuticals and Natural Products Chemistry Focus Group associated with the APQ section at the Annual Meeting of the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists. • Brooke Griffin is serving as secretary/treasurer in the Women’s Health PRN for the American College of Clinical Pharmacy. • Anna Kabakov has been hired as an assistant professor in pharmacy practice. • Julio Rebolledo has been hired as an assistant professor in pharmacy practice. • Robin M. Zavod has been appointed immediate past chair of the Content Advisory Committee to AAPS Newsmagazine. She is also a member of the publication committee as the Drug Design and Discovery Section representative.


• Jennifer Phillips received the Illinois Council of HealthSystem Pharmacists Outstanding Volunteer Award 2012. • Carrie A. Sincak received the Illinois Council of HealthSystem Pharmacists President’s Award 2012.


• Jacob P. Gettig and Susan R. Winkler were awarded the Community Pharmacy Residency Expansion Grant by the National Association of Chain Drug Stores in the amount of $50,000. • Anil Gulati was awarded $53,191 from Novo Nordisk Inc. for his project titled “Effect of liraglutide on oxidative stress and apoptosis in the brain of rats with focal cerebral ischemia.”

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Northeast Ohio Medical University Appointments/Elections

• Moses O. Oyewumi was appointed to the editorial board of the international Journal of Pharmaceutics & Drug Delivery Research.


• Magdi Awad was selected as a recipient of the Crain’s Cleveland Business 2013 Who to Watch in Health Care. • Seth P. Brownlee was honored as one of the 2012 Excellence in Education recipients by Ohio Magazine. • Susan M. Fosnight has been chosen as the recipient of the Commission for Certification in Geriatric Pharmacy Practice’s national 2012 Excellence in Geriatric Pharmacy Practice Award. • Several pharmacy faculty have been selected for membership in the Master Teacher Guild. They were inducted at the following ranks: • Timothy R. Brown, rank of master teacher • Sara E. Dugan, rank of fellow • Patrick J. Gallegos, rank of fellow • Richard J. Kasmer, rank of master teacher • Heather A. McEwen, rank of apprentice • Timothy R. Ulbrich, rank of fellow


• Werner J. Geldenhuys and Richard T. Carroll were awarded $50,050 from Stark Community Foundation to support the project “Validation of mitoNEET as therapeutic target in Parkinson’s disease.” • The NEOMED College of Pharmacy was awarded $10,000 from Walgreens to support pharmacy diversity initiatives.

Ohio Northern University Awards

• ONU’s National Community Pharmacists Association student chapter won the 2012 Legislative Advocacy Award and was named second runner-up for 2012 chapter of the year. Their Business Plan Team was selected in the top 10 teams in the nation.

Presbyterian College Promotions

• L. Clifton Fuhrman will serve as interim dean for the School of Pharmacy.

Purdue University Appointments/Elections

• David A. Colby was elected as secretary/treasurer for the Drug Discovery and Development Interface Section of the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists.

• Mark S. Cushman was appointed associate editor for the Journal of Medicinal Chemistry.


• Ashley S. Crumby was selected as the American Pharmacists Association Distinguished New Practitioner for 2013. • Mark S. Cushman was elected as a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. • Vincent J. Davisson was elected as a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. • Deanna S. Kania received the Glen Sperandio Health System Pharmacist of the Year Award from the Indiana Pharmacists Alliance. • Cynthia P. Koh-Knox received the Generation Rx Champions Award from the Indiana Pharmacists Alliance. • Jane E. Krause received the President’s Award for Special Recognition from the Indiana Pharmacists Alliance. • Brian R. Overholser received the Excellence in Health Science Research Award from the Indiana Public Health Foundation Inc. • Sonak D. Pastakia received the Tony and Mary Hulman Health Achievement Award in the field of preventive medicine and public health from the Indiana Public Health Foundation Inc. • Lynne S. Taylor was selected to receive the 2012 AAPS Pharmaceutical Research Meritorious Manuscript Award for her paper titled “Understanding the Behavior of Amorphous Pharmaceutical Systems during Dissolution.” She was also elected as a fellow of the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists.


• Noll L. Campbell received $18,352 from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services through Indiana University for “OPTIMISTIC.” • Vincent J. Davisson received $404,913 from PHS-NIH National Cancer Institute for “Specific Detection of Cervical Cancers Using Cytometry-Based Molecular Diagnostics” and $35,000 from Indiana University for “Small Molecule Inhibitors of Oncogenic Human Papillomavirus.” • Ryan M. Drenan received $60,000 from the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation for “Cholinergic Regulation of Habenula Microcircuits and Downstream Dopamine Transmission.” • Robert L. Geahlan received $344,906 from PHS-NIH National Institute of General Medical Science for “New Proteomic Technologies for the Analysis of Tyrosine Kinase Signaling Pathways.” • Arun K. Ghosh received $358,713 and $133,125 from PHS-NIH National Institute of General Medical Science for “Design & Synthesis of Nonpeptide Protease Inhibitors.”

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• Marietta L. Harrison received $339,618 from the National Science Foundation for “Quantitative Design of Experiments to Predictably Alter Intracellular Signaling Dynamics.” • Marlene O. Heeg received $2,000 from Auxilium Pharmaceuticals, Inc. for “2012-2013 National Hypogonadism Educational Initiative” and $50,000 from Auxilium Pharmaceuticals, Inc. for “2012 IBD Centers of Educational Expertise and National Initiative.” • Chang-Deng Hu received $559,270 from U.S. Army Medical Research Acquisition Activity for “Targeting PRMT5 as a Novel Radiosensitization Approach for Primary and Recurrent Prostate Cancer Treatment.” • Gregory T. Knipp received $100,000 from PHS-Food and Drug Administration for “Pharmacokinetic Study of Pediatric Dosage Forms in Juvenile Pigs.” • Markus A. Lill received $202,003 from PHS-NIH National Institute of General Medical Science for “Novel Computational Methods for Modeling Cytochrome P450 Mediated Drug Metabolism.” • Wanqing Liu received $94,078 from PHS-NIH National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases for “An Integrated Genomic and Lipidomic Approach to Human Hepatic Fat Accumulation.”

• Alan J. Zillich and Karen S. Hudmon received $345,512 from Concordance Health Solutions for “ScanCap Technology.”

Roseman University of Health Sciences Appointments/Elections

• Scott K. Stolte will be the CEO dean for Roseman University of Health Sciences College of Pharmacy.

South Carolina College of Pharmacy Appointments/Elections

• Robert Davis, professor of the Kennedy Pharmacy Innovation Center and professor of clinical pharmacy and outcomes sciences • Ronit Elk, research associate professor of the Center for Medication Safety and Efficacy


• John Lemasters, Distinguished Toxicology Scholar Award, Society of Toxicology • Rick Schnellmann, Education Award, Society of Toxicology

• Michael D. Murray received $55,595 from Regenstrief Institute, Inc. for “Observational Medical Outcomes Partnership (OMOP) 2011 Research Collaborations.”


• Laurie L. Parker received $232,965 from PHS-NIH National Cancer Institute for “Biosensor Design for Detection and Analysis of Complex Signal Patterns in Cancer.”

St. John’s University

• Sonak D. Pastakia and Rakhi Karwa received $32,622 from Indiana University for “Drug Information Center.”

• Robert A. Mangione has been elected university provost.

• Amy H. Sheehan received $113,802 from Eli Lilly and Company for “Joint FDS/Industry/Academia Regulatory Pharmaceutical Fellowship.” • Joseph Thomas III received $100,592 from Pfizer Inc. for “Health Care Resource Use and Expenditures.” • James E. Tisdale received $143,000 from the American Heart Association for “Influence for Progesterone Administration on Drug-Induced QT Interval Prolongation and Torsades de Pointes.”

• Campbell McInnes, tenure as associate professor of drug discovery and biomedical sciences


St. Louis College of Pharmacy Appointments/Elections

• Wendy C. Duncan has assumed the role of vice president for institutional effectiveness. • Sheldon G. Holstad will assume the title of interim dean of pharmacy. • John A. Pieper was appointed to the Board of Pharmacy Specialties for a three-year term, and as a member of the executive committee.

• James E. Tisdale, Brian R. Overholser and Kevin Sowinski received $160,000 from the Indiana University Health— Indiana University School of Medicine Strategic Research Initiative Center of Excellence in Cardiovascular Research for “Sensitivity to Drug-Induced QT Interval Lengthening in Patients with Heart Failure with Preserved Left Ventricular Ejection Fraction.”

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center

• Yoon Yeo received $30,400 from the Embassy of the Arab Republic of Egypt for “2012–13 Fellowship.”

• The Texas Pharmacy Association selected Mary S. Klein as the recipient of its Distinguished Young Pharmacist Award for 2012.


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• Quentin R. Smith was named the school’s second dean.


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• Thomas J. Abbruscato was promoted to professor for the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences. • Amie Blaszczyk was promoted to associate professor for the Department of Pharmacy Practice.

• Amber Bradley became a board-certified oncology pharmacist. • James V. Bruckner was named a fellow of the Academy of Toxicological Sciences.

• Paul R. Lockman was promoted to associate professor with tenure for the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences.

• David L. DeRemer received the 2012 Outstanding Pharmacy Practitioner award from the Georgia Society of HealthSystem Pharmacists.

• Nikita Mirajkar was promoted to assistant professor for the Department of Biomedical Sciences.

• Sarah Evans, a Pharm.D. student with mentor Amber Bradley, won a travel award to the STaR conference.

• Jon A. Weidanz was promoted to professor for the Department of Biomedical Sciences.

• Janet Fowler was selected as the 2012 Fourth Quarter STaR Award winner.

The University of Arizona

• Anna Goc, post-doctoral fellow with mentor Somanath Shenoy, won a travel award to the STaR conference.


• Bradley Hanberry, graduate student with mentor Jason A. Zastre, won a travel award to the STaR conference.

• Daniel C. Malone received $205,434 from the National Pharmaceutical Council for the development of a training program on patient heterogeneity. He also received an award of $287,596 for a drug-drug interaction clinical decision support conference series from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

The University of Georgia Appointments/Elections

• James V. Bruckner was appointed to the U.S. EPA Scientific Advisory Board Chemical Assessment Advisory Committee. He was also invited to be a member of the Committee on Risks Associated with High Pressure Liquid Fracturing of Rock, for the Board on Environmental Studies and Toxicology of the National Academy of Sciences. • Brian S. Cummings was appointed as an associate/section editor for Chemico-Biological Interactions and served on the NIH study section ZMD1 MLS. • Dexi Liu served as a stage two editorial board member for the NIH IMST-13 Bioengineering Review Panel. • Kalen B. Manasco was appointed chair of the newlyformed Pediatric Pharmacy Special Interest Group at AACP. • Bradley G. Phillips was installed as treasurer for the board of regents and member of the executive committee for the American College of Clinical Pharmacy. • Marjorie Shaw Phillips was appointed to the FDA Drug Safety and Risk Management Advisory Committee.


• Molly Altman, a graduate student in Mandi Murph’s laboratory, received the American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics Award and has been selected to participate in the Washington Fellows Program. She also received a travel award to present her work at the STaR (Southern Translational and Educational Research) conference.

• Jeremy Headrick was named STAR employee for the fall quarter. • Keith N. Herist was recertified as an AAHIVM-HIV Pharmacist for another two-year period with the American Academy of HIV Medicine. • Linda D. Hughes received board certification in pharmacotherapy. • Dianne May, Christy Norman and Tad Gomez received the Outstanding Hospital or Health-System Pharmacy Newsletter Award from the Georgia Society of Health-System Pharmacists. • Deanna W. McEwen received board certification in pharmacotherapy. • Mandi Murph received a travel award to present her work at the STaR conference. • Barbara Mysona, post-doc with Azza el-Remessy, won best post-doctoral presentation award at the STaR conference. She was also awarded a post-doctoral fellowship from the American Heart Association. • Merrill Norton has joined a research consortium to study the management of chronic pain in addicted patients. • Somanath Shenoy received the Outstanding Achievement in Research Award at the 17th World Congress on Advances in Oncology and the 15th International Symposium on Molecular Medicine.


• Chung K. Chu received $91,486 from the University of Southern California for the second year of study on epigenetic regulation of alcoholic liver fibrosis. • Susan C. Fagan received two grants from the Veterans Administration Medical Center; $46,200 to study mechanisms and consequences of hypertension after stroke-IPA Pillai, and $31,680 to study mechanisms and consequences of hypertension after stroke-IPA ISRAT.

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• Rajgopal Govindarajan received $74,250 from the National Institutes of Health for epigenetic therapy with 3-deazaneplanocin and gemcitabine for pancreatic cancer. • Eileen J. Kennedy received $191,160 from the National Institutes of Health for second year of study on probing the role of AKAPS in breast cancer using stapled peptide inhibitors. • Dexi Liu received a continuation grant of $292,402 from the National Institutes of Health for computer-assisted hydrodynamic gene delivery for hemophilia gene therapy. • Mandi Murph received a continuation grant of $47,529 from the Georgia Research Alliance for GCC Distinguished Cancer Clinicians and Scientists contract. • Jason Zastre received a continuation grant of $47,529 from the Georgia Research Alliance for GCC Distinguished Cancer Clinicians and Scientists contract. • The college received $10,000 from the National Association of Chain Drug Stores through its 2012 Pharmacy Partners Scholarship Program.


Effects of Environmental Contamination for her project “Enhanced CNS exposure to glyphosate following inhalation resulting from olfactory uptake.” • William R. Doucette received a two-year grant for $302,277 from the National Association of Chain Drug Stores Foundation to evaluate the impact on patient health by the integration of community pharmacy-provided medication management strategies into existing patientcentered care teams, such as patient centered medical homes and accountable care organizations. • Douglas Flanagan was awarded a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health contract for $14,875 for his project “Professional services for the assistance in research of drugs for Alzheimer’s disease.”

The University of Mississippi Appointments/Elections

• Allison M. Bell, Mississippi Division of Medicaid Drug Utilization Review Board.

• Henry H. Cobb III, clinical professor

• Kyle D. Null, joint appointment as assistant professor of pharmacy administration.

• William J. Spruill, professor


The University of Iowa Appointments/Elections

• Michael Brownlee, associate director and chief pharmacy officer, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics; and associate dean for clinical education and associate professor (clinical) at the College of Pharmacy • Lewis Stevens, assistant professor, Division of Pharmaceutics and Translational Therapeutics • CoraLynn B. Trewet, AACP 2013 section chair for Continuing Professional Education • Traviss Tubbs, chief pharmacy officer at the Veterans’ Affairs Medical Center and assistant dean for veterans’ affairs


• Nicole K. Brogden was named a 2012-2013 AACP New Investigator Award Winner for her project “Microneedles as a novel means to individualize drug delivery in an aging population.” • Maureen D. Donovan received a one-year grant for $30,000 from The University of Iowa Center for Health

• Benjamin F. Banahan III, principal investigator. Source of Award: Trinity Partners LLC. Amount: $15,000. Title: Demonstrating and Communicating the Burden of Illness Associated with Hypoparathyroidism. • Suman Chandra, principal investigator, and Shabana Khan, co-principal investigator. Source of Award: NSA Industries, LLC. Amount: $97,410. Title: Comparison of Antioxidant Properties and Total Yield of the Crops Growth Using Aeroponics Systems and Conventional Methods. • Stephen J. Cutler, principal investigator. Source of Award: National Institutes of Health–National Institute of General Medical Sciences. Amount: $1,871,576. Title: Center for Research Excellence in Natural Products Neuroscience (CORE-NPN). • Robert J. Doerksen, co-principal investigator. Source of Award: Mississippi State University and the National Science Foundation. Amount: $67,588. Title: Modeling and Simulation of Complex Systems. • Mark T. Hamann, principal investigator. Source of Award: National Institutes of Health. Amount: $326,900. Title:

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August 15, 2013

Winter 2014

November 15, 2013

Spring 2014

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Natural Product HCV Drugs from Rare Plant-Microbe Interactions. • Seongbong Jo, principal investigator, and Robert J. Doerksen, co-principal investigator. Source of Award: Mississippi State University and the National Science Foundation. Amount: $66,283. Title: Computational Modeling-Aided Design, Synthesis and Optimization of Redox-Sensitive Polymer Nanoparticles with Optimal Colloid-Forming and DT-diaphorase-Substrate Properties. • Rahul Khanna, principal investigator, and Donna S. WestStrum. Source of Award: Organization for Autism Research. Amount: $28,637. Title: Health Related Quality of Life and its Determinants in Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders. • David B. Murray, principal investigator. Source of Award: American Heart Association. Amount: $77,000 (per year for four years). Title: The Role of Prostaglandin Synthase Inhibition in Preventing Pressure Overload Induced Ventricular Remodeling. • Leigh Ann Ross, principal investigator, and Lauren S. Bloodworth, co-principal investigator. Source of Award: National Association of Chain Drug Stores Foundation. Amount: $5,000. Title: Cardiovascular Risk Reduction Outreach. • Leigh Ann Ross, principal investigator, and Lauren S. Bloodworth, co-principal investigator. Source of Award: Mississippi State Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Amount: $364,186. Title: Pharmacy Cardiovascular Risk Reduction Project. • Donna S. West-Strum, principal investigator; David J. McCaffrey, co-principal investigator; Erin R. Holmes, co-principal investigator; and John P. Bentley, co-principal investigator. Source of Award: PQA, Inc. Amount: $45,000. Title: Primary Medication Non-Adherence: Validating the PQA-developed PMN Measure and Establishing a PMN Benchmark.

The University of Tennessee Appointments/Elections

• Isaac O. Donkor was appointed associate dean for student affairs at The University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Graduate Health Sciences. • Shannon L. Finks was named chair-elect for the American College of Clinical Pharmacy Cardiology Practice Research Network. • Leslie Hamilton joined The University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy as an assistant professor of clinical pharmacy on the Knoxville campus. • M. Shawn McFarland is the new chair-elect for the American College of Clinical Pharmacy Ambulatory Care Practice Research Network. • Bernd Meibohm has been elected as 2012-14 presidentelect of the American College of Clinical Pharmacology. • Stephanie J. Phelps was appointed to the Board of Pharmaceutical Specialties Pediatrics Taskforce. • Anthony S. Rowe was recently elected president of the Tennessee Society of Health-System Pharmacists.


• Rebecca F. Chhim was selected as an AACP New Investigator Award recipient for her research “Ethanol dose escalation safety study in neonates and infants.” • Marie A. Chisholm-Burns is to be featured as part of a new, permanent exhibition “Inspiring Minds: African Americans in Science and Technology” at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit. • Roland N. Dickerson and Christopher Wood were inducted as fellows of the American College of Critical Care Medicine.


• Michelle Z. Farland received the 2012 American College of Clinical Pharmacy New Educator Award and was first runner-up for the American College of Clinical Pharmacy’s Ambulatory Care Practice Research Network meeting for her poster titled “Pharmacist-Physician Collaboration for Diabetes Care: The Diabetes Initiative Program.”


• Andrea S. Franks and Jim Eoff were honored as Most Influential Faculty on the Knoxville and Memphis campuses, respectively, as voted on by the class of 2014.

The University of Montana • David S. Forbes will assume the role of dean of the College of Health Professions and Biomedical Sciences. • Chris Migliaccio has received $80,000 from the American Lung Association to study wood smoke induced alterations in pulmonary immunity. • Anthony Ward has been awarded $38,559 from the Montana Department of Environmental Quality for a chemical mass balance study in Butte-Silver Bow County.

The University of Rhode Island Appointments/Elections

• Terreia S. Jones won Best Paper honors at the American College of Clinical Pharmacy for her paper “Investigating the In Vivo Effects of Dexamethasone Using a Human Disease Relevant Mouse Model of Glioblastoma.” • Anthony S. Rowe was recognized for his distinguished poster on coagulation profiles using thromboelastography after tissue plasminogen activator administration for acute ischemic stroke at the Neurocritical Care Society Annual Meeting.

• E. Paul Larrat has been selected to serve as the interim dean. academic Pharmacy now  Spring 2013


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• Rebecca F. Chhim was awarded a LeBonheur Children’s Hospital grant of $5,000 from the Children’s Foundation Research Institute for her research in ethanol dose escalation in neonates and infants.


• Paul Erhardt earned a Presidential Research Award from the university. • Marcia McInerney earned a Presidential Research Award from the university.

• Terreia S. Jones, National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health, $500,000 grant, supports research to understand how the drugs used against glioblastoma effect the different cell types that make up the glioblastoma tumors.

• Julie A. Murphy was elected a fellow in the American College of Clinical Pharmacy.

• Shaunta M. Ray and her resident, James Wheeler, were the recipients of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists Foundation Pharmacy Resident Practice-Based Research Grant Program Award for their project “Impact of pharmacist-led, interdisciplinary management of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) on recurrence of Acute Exacerbations of COPD.”

• Zahoor A. Shah earned a Presidential Research Award from the university.

• Anthony S. Rowe is a co-investigator on a $1,080,320 grant funded over three years through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration. • Emma M. Tillman was recently awarded a $25,000 American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition Rhoads Research Foundation grant toward her research on omega-3 long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids in parenteral nutrition associated liver disease. She also was awarded a LeBonheur Children’s Hospital Junior Faculty grant of $30,000 for her research “Fish oil in parenteral nutrition-associated liver disease.”


• Michelle Farland was promoted to associate professor of clinical pharmacy. • Andrea S. Franks was tenured as an associate professor of clinical pharmacy. • Amanda M. Howard-Thompson was promoted to associate professor of clinical pharmacy and family medicine at The University of Tennessee Health Science Center. • Michio Kurosu was tenured as an associate professor of pharmaceutical sciences. • Tao Lowe was tenured as an associate professor of pharmaceutical sciences.

The University of Toledo Appointments/Elections

• Mariann Churchwell assumed the chairmanship of the Nephrology Practice Research Network in the American College of Clinical Pharmacy. • Paul Erhardt was selected as distinguished university professor by The University of Toledo.

• Martin Ohlinger was installed as a fellow in the American College of Critical Care Medicine.


• Paul Erhardt received a $250,000 grant from the Society of Research Administrators with B&G Partners, LLC for “MUC4 Biomarkers and Targeted Inhibitors.” He also earned a $438,000 USDA (Southern Regional Research Center) grant for “Determine Natural Product Induction in Legumes and Pharmacological Consequences in Human Model Systems.” • Marcia McInerney, co-principal investigator, was awarded a $324,000 grant from USDA/National Institute of Food and Agriculture for “Dietary and Genetic Risk Factors in Obesity and Diabetes.” • Zahoor A. Shah was awarded a grant from the National Institutes of Health in the amount of $171,134 for “Neuroprotective Effect of Ginkgo Biloba and its Bioactive Components Ischemia.” • James T. Slama and Katherine Ann Wall, co-principal investigators, were awarded a University of Toledo-Ohio Board of Regents Interdisciplinary Research Initiation Award in the amount of $100,000 for “The NAADP Receptor and Calcium Signaling.” This research team also earned a $242,000 grant from NIH, Institute of General Medical Sciences for “Chemobiologic Approach to NAADP Signaling.”

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

• Denise Pikuzinski, staff associate, Office of Research Administration • Sara Robinson, academic advisor, Office of Admissions


• Eugene D. Morse was awarded the Volwiler Research Achievement Award by the AACP. • Marilyn E. Morris was elected a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.


• Ho-Leung Fung, distinguished professor


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University of Connecticut

• Third year student Josh Brown has been selected as one of four 2012 Express Scripts Scholars, formerly known as Medco Scholars. • A team of five UAMS student pharmacists won the Good Neighbor Pharmacy National Community Pharmacists Association Pruitt-Schutte Student Business Plan Competition.


• Anne C. Pace and Schwanda K. Flowers received the National Association of Chain Drug Stores Foundation Community Pharmacy Residency Expansion Grant. • Lanita White received a $5,000 grant from Target. • The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services approved an Arkansas Department of Human Services request of $670,000 to help fund the Poison Control Center in the College of Pharmacy.

• Krista Capehart was promoted to associate professor of pharmacy practice.


• Kevin W. Chamberlin was elected president of the Connecticut chapter of the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists for a two-year term. • Jill M. Fitzgerald was elected Continuing Professional Education section chair-elect for AACP. • Philip M. Hritcko was elected as the speaker of the AACP House of Delegates for a three-year term. • José E. Manautou has been elected chair of the 2013 Gordon Research Conference on Cellular & Molecular Mechanisms of Toxicity. • John B. Morris was appointed to the NIH Special Emphasis Panel for NIDCD Clinical Research Center (P50) proposal reviews.

University of Charleston

• Marie A. Smith was appointed as a member of the Health Technology Workgroup, Governor’s Health Care Reform Cabinet.


• Andrew J. Wiemer, assistant professor

• David G. Bowyer was elected president of the WV Society of Health-System Pharmacists. He was also appointed to the board of directors of the WV Rural Health Association. • Krista Capehart was elected to a second term as president of the WV Asthma Coalition. • Kristy Lucas was elected member-at-large to the WV Society of Health-System Pharmacists. • Gannett Monk was elected regional vice president of the WV Pharmacists Association.


• Krista Capehart received the 2012 WV Pharmacy Association Distinguished Young Pharmacist Award. • Brittany Riley became a board certified pharmacotherapy specialist.

• Adam Wilbur, associate director of development • Xiao-bo Zhong, associate professor


• Marcy J. Balunas has received the D. John Faulkner Travel Award from the American Society of Pharmacognosy. • Bodhisattwa Chaudhuri was awarded the PhRMA Foundation Award at the 2011 Annual Meeting of American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists. • Devra Khanh Dang was inducted as a distinguished practitioner and fellow of the National Academies of Practice. • Stefanie C. Nigro won the American Pharmacists Association One to One Patient Counseling Award.


• Marie A. Smith and Alumna Margherita Giuiliano shared the 2011 Connecticut Business Group on Health Innovation Award for the Connecticut Pharmacists Network and CMS Medicaid Transformation Grant (MTM in a Medical Home Project.)

• Gagan Kaushal was awarded a WV-INBRE grant for $25,000 for “Formulation & Evaluation of Nasal Mucoadhesive D-Cycloserine Gels for Brain Delivery.”

• Marie A. Smith was named the 2011 recipient of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists Research and Education Foundation’s Award for Innovation in Pharmacy Practice. Her Health Affairs May 2010 paper “Why the Pharmacist Belongs in the Medical Home” received the 2011 American Society of Health-System Pharmacists Foundation Literature Award for Innovation in Pharmacy Practice. She was also invited to become a member of the Pharmacy Workforce Center Technical Advisory Panel.

• Gagan Kaushal was awarded a Waters Academic Grant for $12,000. He also received a WV Higher Education Policy Commission (NSF) grant for $100,000 for “Transdermal patch development of capsaicin using genomic approach for treatment of chronic low back pain.”

• Rebecca Linger received a WV-INBRE grant for $12,000 for “Expression & functional studies of Burkholderia cenocepacia LlpE.”

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• Fei Wang received the 2011 Connecticut Society of Health-System Pharmacists Meritorious Achievement Award.

• Kevin W. Chamberlin, assistant head of the Department of Pharmacy Practice

• The UConn chapter of the Student National Pharmaceutical Association was selected as on the top three small chapters in the country.

• Jennifer M. Girotto, associate clinical professor

• The UConn School of Pharmacy, in conjunction with the Connecticut Department of Social Services and the Connecticut Pharmacists Association, received the 2012 American Pharmacists Association Foundation’s Pinnacle Award for Government Agency–Nonprofit Organization–Associations.

• Sean M. Jeffery, clinical professor


University of Florida

• Amy C. Anderson, sponsor: American Foundation for Pharmaceutical Education–6,500.00. Project title: Towards the Characterization of Tropolone Natural Product Derivatives as Novel, Potent Anticancer Therapeutics that Selectively Target Histone Deacetylase (HDAC) Enzymes. • Bodhisattwa Chaudhuri, sponsor: Pfizer Inc.– $136,000.00. Project title: Multi-Scale Models to Predict the Electrostatic Behavior of Pharmaceutical Powders. • Bodhisattwa Chaudhuri, sponsor: PHS/National Institutes of Health-Physical Sciences, Inc–$6,000.00. Project title: Organic Solvent Vapor Mass Flow Rate Monitor for Pharmaceutical Drying Operations. • Kyle Hadden, sponsor: Charles H. Hood Foundation–$150,000.00. Project title: Vitamin D3 Analogues as Hedgehog Pathway Inhibitors. • Michael Nailor, sponsor: Hartford Hospital–$1,008.00. Project title: The Effect of Reporting Negative Bronchoalveolar Lavage Cultures on Antibiotic Utilization Patterns in Patients Empirically Treated for Ventilator Associated Pneumonia. • Michael Pikal, sponsor: Pfizer Inc.–$52,000.00. Project title: Development and Validation of Excel Based Secondary Drying Model. • Theodore Rasmussen, sponsor: Connecticut Department of Public Health - Connecticut Innovations, Inc.–$190,219.00. Project title: Stem Cell Approaches for Defining Patient-Specific Predisposition to Idiosyncratic Drug-Induced Liver Injury (DILI). • Diana Sobieraj, sponsor: Western University of Health Sciences–$6,536.00. Project title: Early Combination Therapy for the Treatment of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus: Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. • Dennis L. Wright, sponsor: PHS/National Institutes of Health/National Cancer Institute–$163,074.00. Project title: HDAC Inhibitors Inspired by Natural Products.


• Amy C. Anderson, professor • Charles F. Caley, clinical professor


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• Megan Jo Ehret, associate professor • Philip M. Hritcko, assistant dean for experiential education • Dennis L. Wright, professor


• Michael C. Gerald, emeritus professor and sixth dean of the University of Connecticut School of Pharmacy


• William H. Riffee is retiring as dean of the University of Florida College of Pharmacy.

University of Houston Appointments/Elections

• Julianna M. Fernandez, clinical assistant professor of pharmacy practice • Marc L. Fleming, assistant professor of pharmacy administration • Tahir Hussain, professor of pharmacology • Bradley McConnell has been appointed to the Journal of Pharmaceutics & Pharmacology (Avens Publishing) editorial board. • Julianna E. Szilagyi has been appointed to the American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education editorial board. • Vincent H. Tam has been appointed associate editor for the Journal of Global Antimicrobial Resistance. • Anne M. Tucker has been elected chair-elect of the Pharmacy Practice Section of the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition and appointed to a threeyear term on the Board of Pharmacy Specialties Nutrition Support Specialty Council. • Matthew A. Wanat, clinical assistant professor of pharmacy practice


• Diana S. Chow received National Taiwan University’s Distinguished Alumni Award. • Kevin W. Garey received the 2012 Impact Paper of the Year Award from the Society of Infectious Diseases Pharmacists for his paper “A randomized, double-blind, placebocontrolled pilot study to assess the ability of rifaximin to prevent recurrent diarrhoea in patients with Clostridium difficile infection.” Garey also was elected fellow in the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists.

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• Rajender R. Aparasu has received a four-year, $872,568 grant from the Agency for Healthcare Quality and Research for his project “Anticholinergics and Cognitive Decline in the Elderly with Depression.” • Richard Bond received a one-year, $440,000 R56 grant from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases for his project “Mechanisms of beta-Blocker induced improvements in asthma.” • Kevin W. Garey has received has received $171,000 in funding from T2 Biosystems, Inc. for work on the T2 Candida assay product clinical trials and a $115,500 grant from Astellas Pharma US, Inc. for his project “Incidence, risk factors and outcomes associated with FKS mutants in patients with C. glabrata candidemia.” • Vincent H. Tam has received a $134,000 grant from Theravance, Inc. for his project “PK/PD of Telavancin and nephrotoxicity.”


• Kim K. Birtcher and Elizabeth A. Coyle have been promoted to clinical professors. • Catherine L. Hatfield, Nancy D. Ordonez and Andrea L. Smesny have been promoted to clinical associate professors.

University of Illinois at Chicago Awards

• Marlowe Djuric Kachlic was the recipient of the Distinguished Young Pharmacists Award. • Donna Kraus has been named the 2013 recipient of the Richard A. Helms Award of Excellence in Pediatric Pharmacy Practice. • Jose Napolitano, post-doc in medicinal chemistry and pharmacognosy, has been selected as U.S. Pharmacopeia Research Fellow for 2012-13. • Edith Nutescu was appointed to the American College of Clinical Pharmacy Board of Directors. • Nicholas G. Popovich was the recipient of this year’s Illinois Pharmacists Association Pharmacist of the Year Award.

University of Maryland Appointments/Elections

• Nicole J. Brandt has been named an editor for the Journal of Gerontological Nursing’s column on geropharmacology. • Natalie D. Eddington has been named chair of the National Institute for Pharmaceutical Technology and Education’s board of directors. • Joga Gobburu has been named director of the Clinical Pharmacology Unit within the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science.

• Kathryn L. Kiser has been named treasurer for the American College of Clinical Pharmacy’s Ambulatory Care Practice and Research Network. • Raymond C. Love has been elected to the board of directors of the College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists. • Mary Lynn McPherson was appointed by Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley to the State Council for End of Life Care. • Magaly Rodriguez de Bittner has been appointed to the Academic Pharmacy Section Advisory Council of the International Pharmaceutical Federation. • Fadia Shaya has been named a standing member of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s Healthcare Systems and Value Research Study Section. She has also been named director of research for the school’s Center for Innovative Pharmacy Solutions. • Toyin S. Tofade has been named co-lead of the Continuing Education Team of the International Pharmaceutical Federation’s Education section. • Deanna Tran has been named co-chair of the Maryland Pharmacists Association New Practitioners Network. • Kristin Watson has been elected to the board of the Maryland Society of Health-System Pharmacists.


• Nicole J. Brandt received the W. Arthur Purdum Award from the Maryland Society of Health-System Pharmacists. • Bruce Yu received an Innovation Award for “Novel High-Throughput Quality Control of Pharmaceutical Preparations” from the University of Maryland Center of Excellence in Regulatory Sciences and Innovation. He also received a United States Patent for “Highly Fluorinated Oils and Surfactants and Methods of Making and Using Same.”


• Nicole J. Brandt received $25,000 from the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists for “Comprehensive Medication Reviews in Long Term Care.” • Bethany DiPaula received $48,956 from the Howard County Health Department for “A Pilot Project of Howard County Health Department Bureau of Substance Abuse Treatment Services.” • Susan C. DosReis received $673,672 from the National Institutes of Mental Health for “Measuring Parent Preferences for ADHD Treatment to Predict Adherence.” • Thomas C. Dowling received $46,848 from Mylan Pharmaceuticals for “Clinical Protocol Review.” • Joga Gobburu received $168,150 from Glenmark Pharmaceuticals for “RA Modeling & Report Project,” and $30,000 from Natco Pharma Ltd., for “NRC-AN-019 Phase 1 PK and QT Analysis & Technical Report.”

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• Raymond C. Love received $700,000 from the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene for “Antipsychotic Prescription Review Program.”

University of Minnesota

• Yan Shu received $1.5 million from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences for “Xenobiotic Transporter Regulation and IRIP Function.”

• Julie Johnson was named the associate dean for professional and external relations.

• Audra L. Stinchcomb received $135,817 from the National Institute on Drug Abuse for “Transdermal Delivery of 2-Arachnidonoyl glycerol (2-AG) for the Treatment of Arthritis.” • Bruce Stuart received $49,683 from Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America for “Chartbook of Medication Utilization Patterns and Outcomes Among Part D Enrollees with Common Chronic Diseases.” • Angela Wilks received $1.7 million from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases for “Heme Utilization and Homeostasis in Pseudomonas aeruginosa.” • Ilene H. Zuckerman received $385,991 from the Maryland Health Care Commission for her study “Maryland PCMH Measures.”


• Fred Abramson retired from his position as assistant professor of pharmacy and practice.

University of Maryland Eastern Shore Grants

• Victor Hsia, NIH R01 grant $750,000 for research on the cellular and molecular mechanisms of herpes simplex virus (HSV) during lytic and latent infections.


• G. Lawrence Hogue, assistant director of experiential education

University of Michigan Appointments/Elections

• Vicki L. Ellingrod was chosen as the college’s first John Gideon Searle Professor of clinical and translation pharmacy.


• John S. Clark received the 2012 Michigan Society of Health-System Pharmacists’ Joseph A. Oddis Leadership Award. • Heidi Diez became a board certified ambulatory care pharmacist. • Jeffrey Tingen received his certified diabetes education accreditation.


• Susan Marino has accepted a tenure track assistant professor position for the Center of Clinical and Cognitive Neuropharmacology. • Swayam Prabha joined the college as a research assistant professor in the Department of Pharmaceutics and associate program director in the Center for Translational Drug Delivery. • Robert J. Straka has been named department head of experimental and clinical pharmacology.


• Grant W. Anderson and Haim Einat received a $170,000 grant from the United States-Israel Binational Science Foundation for their project “Molecules to Behavior: Exploration of the Possible Role of Autophagy in Depression and As a Novel Target for Antidepressant Drugs.” • Karen Bastianelli and Tim Stratton received a $5,000 award from the National Association of Chain Drug Stores for health fairs supporting the “Million Hearts Team Up, Pressure Down” initiative. • Bjoern Bauer received a $30,000 American Cancer Society Institutional Research Grant for his project “Targeting PTEN/AKT to Downregulate P-gp and BCRP for Improved Glioblastoma Therapy.” • Bjoern Bauer (principal investigator) and Anika Hartz received a $1.6 million NIH grant for their project “BloodBrain Barrier Function in Epilepsy: New Targets for Therapy.” • Angela Birnbaum received a $1.9 million NIH/NINDS grant for her project “Maternal Outcomes and Neurodevelopmental Effects of Antiepileptic Drugs.” Co-investigators are Rory Remmel and Dick Brundage. • Barbara F. Brandt is the principal investigator on a National Center for Coordinating Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice grant for $800,000. • James C. Cloyd received a $75,000 grant from Paralyzed Veterans of America for their study “Prevention of Baclofen Withdrawal Syndrome: Two-Way Crossover Study of Oral and Intravenous Baclofen in Healthy Adult Volunteers.” • Carolyn A. Fairbanks received a $223,950 NIH grant for her project “Endogenous Mechanisms of Electroacupuncture.” • Gunda I. Georg received a UO1 grant for the project “Drug Discovery & Synthesis of Contraceptive Agents.” The grant is for $4.7 million for five years. • Daniel A. Harki received a $250,000 Hyundai Hope on Wheels grant for his work to develop new drug therapies


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for pediatric brain tumors. He also received a $200,000 V Foundation V Scholar grant for his project “Beyond Parthenolide: Next Generation Molecules Targeting AML Cancer Stem Cells.” • Michelle Johnson-Jennings received an R01 NIH/NIDA grant for her project “American Indians, Substance Use, and HIV Risk Behaviors: Secondary Data Analysis of the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health.” • Susan Marino received an NIH grant for $2.76 million over five years for the project “Characterizing and Predicting Drug Effects on Cognition.” Co-investigators are Serguei Pakhomov, Angela Birnbaum and Ilo Leppik. • Serguei V. Pakhomov received a $400,000 award from the Alzheimer’s Association for his project “Automated Semantic Indices for Early Detection of Cognitive Changes.” • Raj Suryanarayanan and Calvin Sun received an $85,000 Critical Path Manufacturing Sector Research Initiative (UO1) for their project “Evaluation of Polymorphic Changes in Tablet Manufacture and Storage Using SolidState NMR Spectroscopy and X-Ray Diffraction.”


• The Pharmaceutical Outcomes Research & Policy Program received a grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality to launch an institutional career development training (K12) program.


• Rheem A. Totah was promoted to associate professor of medicinal chemistry.

University of Wyoming Appointments/Elections

• Linda Gore Martin will be assuming the position of dean of the University of Wyoming School of Pharmacy.


• John H. Vandel will be retiring as dean of the school of pharmacy.

Washington State University Appointments/Elections

• Chengguo Xing received an R01 grant for $1,531,400 for five years for his project “Mechanisms of Anticancer Agents Selective against Drug Resistant Leukemia.”

• K. Michael Gibson has been hired as professor and head of a new Clinical Pharmacology Unit.


• Philip Lazarus has been hired as professor and chair of the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences.

• Caroline Gaither has been named the senior associate dean for professional education. • Vadim J. Gurvich was promoted to research associate professor. • Ahmed Heikal was promoted to full professor. • Todd D. Sorensen has been named the Peters Chair in pharmacy practice innovation.


• Derek J. Hook retired from his position as director of the High Throughput Screening Laboratory for the Institute for Therapeutics Discovery & Development and research professor of medicinal chemistry.

University of Washington Appointments/Elections

• Ryan Hansen was appointed acting assistant professor in the Department of Pharmacy this past fall.


• Ryan Hansen was selected to be a K12 Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Scholar. • Sidney D. Nelson posthumously received the Washington State Pharmacy Association Distinguished Leadership Award. • Andy S. Stergachis has been elected to the Institute of Medicine.

• Andrea Lazarus has been hired as a clinical professor.

• Linda G. MacLean has been named associate dean for advancement. • Joshua J. Neumiller has been appointed editor-in-chief of Diabetes Spectrum, published by the American Diabetes Association.


• Raymond M. Quock has received a $406,000 NIH grant to further investigate the use of hyperbaric oxygen in the relief of chronic pain.

West Virginia University Appointments/Elections

• David Elliott has been named interim director of the WV Geriatric Education Center. • Gretchen M. Garofoli was selected to serve on the American Pharmacists Association New Practitioner Advisory Committee for 2013-14.


• Charles K. Babcock completed the American College of Clinical Pharmacy’s Research and Scholarship program at their annual meeting. He also became a board certified ambulatory care pharmacist. • Virginia Scott was selected as an American Pharmacists Association Academy of Pharmaceutical Research and Science fellow.

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• Mary K. Stamatakis has been named recipient of the Jerry Siegel Clinical Achievement Award.

• Olivia Phung, Merck, $30,000, “Early Combination Therapy for the Treatment of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus.”

• Travis White, board certified ambulatory care pharmacist


• Wallace J. Murray, professor of pharmaceutical sciences


• Peter Gannett is a co-investigator on the NSF-IGERT program grant titled “REN@WVU: Research and Education in Nanotoxicology at WV University,” which was awarded $2,996,937.

Emerging Colleges and Schools

• Jason Huber is co-investigator for “Combination Treatment of tPA and Apyrase for Stroke in Aged Female Rats,” which was awarded $98,708 by APT Therapeutics, Inc.


• S. Suresh Madhavan is a co-director and co-investigator on a $19.6 million grant that the NIH Institutional Development Award Program for Clinical and Translational Research awarded to the Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center of West Virginia University. In addition to the NIH grant, other leading educational, health sciences and healthcare entities from across the state have committed to providing another $33.5 million to the West Virginia Clinical and Translational Science Institute, to make the total initiative worth $53.1 million over the next five years. • Usha Sambamoorthi was awarded $40,726 by Sanofi US, Inc., for her research “Patterns and Outcomes of Diabetes Treatment in Elderly.” • Elizabeth Scharman was awarded $100,086 from the U.S. HHS/HRSA for “Poison Control Centers Stabilization and Enhancement Grant Program.”

Chapman University • Ronald P. Jordan will become the founding dean of the Chapman University School of Pharmacy in Irvine, Calif.

High Point University Appointments/Elections

• Ronald E. Ragan has accepted a position as professor and dean of the School of Pharmacy at High Point University.

Keck Graduate Institute of Applied Life Sciences Appointments/Elections

• Kathy Webster has been appointed the CEO dean for the KGI School of Pharmacy in Claremont, Calif.

University of North Texas System Appointments/Elections

• Katura C. Bullock was appointed to rank of assistant professor.

Western University of Health Sciences

• Patrick G. Clay was appointed to rank of professor.


• Lisa J. Killam-Worral was appointed to rank of associate professor and director of experiential education.

• Thomas Kleyn, assistant professor of pharmacy practice and administration • Anne Kugler, assistant professor of pharmacy practice and administration

• Michael W. Jann was appointed to rank of professor and chair, pharmacotherapy.

Click and Recruit:

• Jonathon Watanabe, assistant professor of pharmacy practice and administration

AACP’s Online Career Center


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

• Olivia J. Phung has received the American Society for Health-System Pharmacists’ Research and Education Foundation’s 2012 Drug Therapy Research Literature Award.


• Ying Huang, Macau Institute of Medicine and Applied Research, Macau University of Science and Technology and Center for Advancement of Drug Research and Evaluation, WesternU College of Pharmacy, $247,640, “Chinese medicine to overcome resistant chemotherapy: comparison of the effects of Tripterygium wilfordii with other selected herbal extracts in cell models of resistant lung, pancreatic and prostate cancers.”


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Application Data from the Fall 2012 Profile of Pharmacy Students 2011–12 Total Number of Applications* to First Professional Degree Programs *Numbers reported represent the number of applications, not applicants, and may represent multiple applications

Distribution of 2011–12 Applications by Previous Postsecondary Experience of Applicant (represents data, some incomplete, submitted by 126 schools)

Distribution of 2011–12 Applications by Race/Ethnicity of Applicant

Distribution of 2011–12 Applications by State of Residency of Applicant

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