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Departments 5 News Briefs 9 Academy in Action • Focus on Foster Care Raises Concerns

• Blood-Pressure-Lowering Medication Could Help Stroke Victims

• IPEC Plans First Institute • Preventing Blindness in Newborn Babies

14 Around the World • A Fleet of

Pharmacists-in-Training By Melinda Young

28 Members Working for You

Features 16 Make Some Noise! Three cheers for faculty who celebrated American Pharmacy Educator Week by sharing their passion for research, teaching and service.

22 Real Teams Work By Gerry Romano

What’s required for a group of leaders to reach its goal? The 2012 AACP Interim Meeting steered pharmacy educators through the twists and turns of teamwork.

26 Cultural Competency Outside the Classroom University of Connecticut student pharmacists work with Mahandorai survivors in a unique clinical placement.

• A Policy-Shaping Opportunity By Justin J. Balint

29 Faculty News 43 The Last Word • 2011–12 Average Full-time

Pharmacy Faculty Salaries by Rank for Calendar-year Appointments

• Distribution of 2011–12 Full-time Pharmacy Faculty by Highest Degree Earned


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Columns 3 Publisher’s Note By Lucinda L. Maine 8 Will on the Hill

Federal Funding 101 By William G. Lang

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Dear Colleagues: I’ve been composing this letter while attending the APhA Annual Meeting in New Orleans. The feeling at the meeting is quite electric as we hear from public officials in the Surgeon General’s office and from speakers such as Tom Goetz. The consensus appears to be that the roles pharmacists are poised to play in the future are, to use the Wayne Gretzsky line, “where the puck is going!” It is clear from this meeting that our members, faculty and administrators, are playing a huge role in turning pharmacy’s potential into current reality. APhA’s top leaders this year–Dr. Marialice Bennett, Mr. Harold Godwin and Dr. Jenelle Sobotka–are all faculty leaders. The top awards went to more faculty than can be named, but the fact that two AACP leaders received some of the highest awards filled me with special pride. Dr. Jeffrey N. Baldwin was recognized with the Hugo H. Schaefer Award for his tireless service in pharmacist recovery programs. Dr. Cynthia J. Boyle received the Gloria Niemeyer Francke Leadership Mentor Award for her many contributions and leadership at the local, state and national levels. Pharmacists are increasingly part of coordinated teams of providers, delivering care in and between all practice settings. That’s why our work in faculty development in interprofessional education and our attention to administrative teamwork are so important. A quick recap of our Interim Meeting programming for administrative teams is provided in this issue of Academic Pharmacy Now. Based on your feedback we’ll continue to develop programming in this area. Don’t overlook the AACP E-lert and e-mails noting the call for school posters for the Annual Meeting. They’re a great opportunity to share your work on interprofessionality. The phrase “standing on the shoulders of giants” keeps running through my mind as I reflect with sadness on the passing of two of AACP’s giants. Former Dean and AACP Past President Dr. Larry Weaver ended his long battle with Alzheimer’s just before Christmas. As I prepared material to share as part of his memorial celebration, I was reminded of how his leadership truly shaped AACP as a vibrant, inclusive organization where many different perspectives can be exchanged on the vital issues of the day. He championed new roles for pharmacists and scientists early and aggressively–both here in the United States and abroad. AACP’s former Executive Director, Dr. Chris Rodowskas, also passed away recently. Chris came to AACP to work on manpower studies and rose in his leadership of the organization in the 1980s. AACP is still a leadership organization in workforce analysis as the secretariat of the Pharmacy Workforce Center (formerly Pharmacy Manpower Project). There is new and exciting work to be done in this realm to provide the information on pharmacists’ work patterns in traditional and expanding roles. Leadership is vitally important always, but especially in times of dynamic change. Thank you all for the leadership contributions that you make as AACP members every day at the local, state and national level. Sincerely,

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

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News Briefs University of Washington Receives Funding to Accelerate Genome Sequencing

organization helps healthcare professionals and patients communicate through trainings and community programs.

The National Institutes of Health’s National Human Genome Research Institute established two programs at the University of Washington to accelerate genome-sequencing applications for patient care. The UW Center for Mendelian Genomics will search for the genes underlying Mendelian disorders. These are inborn diseases and birth defects caused mainly by singlegene mutations. The center will collaborate with a global network of rare disease experts to sequence the genomes from patients and their families to identify genetic variants and their possible link to disease. Funding for the center is $5.2 million per year for four years.

UT Austin Student Pharmacists Demonstrate Interprofessional Education

The second new NIH initiative is the Clinical Sequencing Exploratory Research Project. UW will conduct one of five projects designed to speed the application of genomic science to medical care. Researchers will work with patients diagnosed with colon cancer to discover new approaches, as well as pitfalls, of incorporating the data gleaned from sequencing the entire protein-coding regions of the genome into patient care.

Saint Joseph College Promotes Heart Attack Awareness The School of Pharmacy at Saint Joseph College launched a public health campaign, Heart of Hartford, in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Health Human Services Office of Women’s Health. The program promoted heart attack awareness to women age 50-plus. Running from February to October 2011, Heart of Hartford featured patient outreach, including educational classes and screenings, plus continuing education programs for pharmacists. Led by Dr. Natalie Dearing, assistant professor of pharmacy practice, the campaign involved nearly every faculty member in its outreach programs and impacted more than 6,400 patients.

STLCOP Receives Grant to Improve Health Literacy A $199,382 grant from the Missouri Foundation for Health will help the St. Louis College of Pharmacy strengthen curricular components related to health literacy as well as student and pharmacist impact on patient health literacy in the community. Seventy-five million English-speaking adults in the United States have limited health literacy, making it difficult to understand and use basic health information, according to an Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality report. The grant will assist student learning through hands-on practice in lab settings with real patients and via community outreach activities with Health Literacy Missouri. This local non-profit

Hundreds of University of Texas at Austin students took advantage of free health screenings thanks to Project Collaborate, a collection of pharmacy student groups that combine resources and manpower in their outreach efforts. The student patients received blood glucose and cholesterol testing, blood pressure monitoring and body mass index calculations. For the first time, the collaboration efforts expanded beyond student pharmacy organizations to include partnerships with students in nursing and social work. They shared different perspectives on how to develop solutions to problems that are rarely resolved by the efforts of just one health profession. Social work students helped patients locate free health clinics, obtain insurance discount cards and gain information about government aid.

Sullivan University and HUMANA to Provide Hands-on MTM Training Sullivan University College of Pharmacy and HUMANA have teamed up to provide Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience students with hands-on medication therapy management experience in consulting with real patients. As students perform MTM services during their rotation necessary for graduation, they will be eligible to receive an official certification in the Delivery of Medication Therapy Management. This new training opportunity fits with the mission of the university’s InterNational Center for Advanced Pharmacy Services. For nearly three years, INCAPS has been integrating collaborative practice with physicians, medication therapy management services and immunization delivery into a specialized ambulatory care clinic housed at the pharmacy school. Prior to the collaboration with HUMANA, INCAPS has been a source of interprofessional experiential education for student pharmacists and has provided hands-on training in various areas of MTM services.

ACPHS and Collaborating Institutions Discover Heparin Breakthrough Researchers at Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, along with colleagues at the University of North Carolina and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, made a significant advancement in developing a form of the popular blood thinner heparin.

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news briefs In a paper published in Science, Dr. Shaker A. Mousa, vice • allowed open-access publication; and provost of research at ACPHS, and Majde Takieddin, research • provided support for a state-of-the-art Web site. scientist at ACPHS’s Pharmaceutical Research Institute, are among the authors who describe a new 10–12-step process to In his report, Dr. DiPiro noted that the number of manuscripts make ultra-low molecular weight heparin that leverages bio- submitted to the Journal has grown steadily. In 2002, 119 artechnology in place of traditional chemistry. This approach is ticles were submitted; that number grew to 315 in 2011. substantially more efficient than the 17-step chemistry-intensive process used currently and results in a higher yield of the Increasingly, AJPE is becoming a worldwide voice for the final product. It is also less labor intensive and less costly than Academy and a leading source of information about pharmacy education. One indicator of quality is the ISI Impact Factor, a the present method. measure of how frequently Journal articles are cited. The pubMousa and Takieddin, along with other staff at ACPHS’s lication now ranks 12th of 33 science education journals for Pharmaceutical Research Institute, played a key role in the Impact Factor. Also, quality is indicated by the selectivity of discovery by testing the ultra-low molecular weight heparin the Journal. Approximately 50 percent of submitted articles are compound produced by this new process. By confirming that accepted for publication. the new compound is bio-equivalent to the current U-LMWH available on the market (Arixtra), they provided the assurance Celebrating its 75th year of publication in 2011, AJPE continneeded to validate the work and pave the way for future ad- ues to increase the quality of published articles, enhance its vances in preventing and treating conditions such as deep vein international authorship and readership, and publish articles and editorial viewpoints that address guidelines for survey thrombosis and pulmonary embolism. research. To read original peer-reviewed articles that advance pharmacy education, visit

ACPE to Assess Education and Training Abroad

A new partnership between the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education and Management Sciences for Health, a nonprofit global health development organization, has resulted in a five-year initiative through which ACPE will assess pharmacy education and training in developing countries. The initiative is funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development. The funding is part of a cooperative agreement for USAID’s Systems for Improved Access to Pharmaceuticals and Services program. The goal of SIAPS is to assure the availability and effectiveness of quality pharmaceutical products and services in order to achieve desired health outcomes. The program will use a guiding framework that includes five health‐systems building blocks: governance, human resources, information, financing and service delivery. A sixth element, medical products, serves as an overlay to assure a coordinated systems approach. ACPE will assess the degree to which academic and training institutions have incorporated the principles of pharmaceutical management. This work will result in a strategic approach to quality assurance in pharmacy training and education.

Editor Highlights AJPE Progress Marking 10 years of service to the American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education, Editor Joseph T. DiPiro issued a report to the AACP Board of Directors last month documenting the publication’s progress during the past decade. Between 2002 and 2010, AJPE: • •


converted from print to an online publication; increased to 10 issues per year;

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In Memoriam Joseph G. Cannon Dr. Joseph G. Cannon, professor emeritus of medicinal chemistry at The University of Iowa College of Pharmacy, died on Dec. 17. Born in Decatur, Ill. in 1926, he served in the U.S. Army from 1944 to 1946. He received a B.S. in pharmacy with high honors in 1951, an M.S. in 1952, and a Ph.D. in 1957 in chemistry with a pharmacology minor, all from the University of Illinois. He was appointed assistant professor in the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Pharmacy in 1956 and associate professor in 1960. He joined the faculty of the College of Pharmacy at The University of Iowa in 1962 and was named professor of medicinal chemistry in 1965. Notable achievements in Cannon’s career include receiving the Iowa Regents Award for Faculty Excellence and being named the Dale E. Wurster Research Fellow in the College of Pharmacy. In 1997 he received the Smissman Bristol Myers Squibb Award in medicinal chemistry. Cannon served on the editorial boards of the Journal of Medicinal Chemistry, Chirality, Annual Reports in Medicinal Chemistry, the Indian Journal of Heterocyclic Chemistry, and the sixth edition of Burger’s Medicinal Chemistry and Drug Discovery. He is survived by his wife, Dr. Lynne Cannon, and four children.

Lawrence C. Weaver Dr. Lawrence C. Weaver, former dean of the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy and AACP past president, died on Dec. 21 after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. He was 87.

news briefs Weaver earned a Bachelor of Science degree in pharmacy from Drake University in 1949 and a Ph.D. in pharmacology from The University of Utah in 1953. Weaver is the only person in the history of the College of Pharmacy to twice serve as its dean: he was dean and professor of pharmacology from 1966 to 1984 and interim dean from February 1994 through 1995. After retiring as dean in 1984, Weaver held the position of vice president of professional relations for the Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association. Upon leaving PMA, Weaver co-founded Orphan Medical, Inc., a company focused on the development and commercialization of therapies for rare disorders. In 1989 Weaver was awarded the Remington Medal, the highest recognition given in the profession of pharmacy. In 2011 AACP renamed its Transformative Community Service Award to honor Weaver and his contributions to academic pharmacy. It is now the Lawrence C. Weaver Transformative Community Service Award. Weaver is survived by his wife, four children and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Christopher A. Rodowskas Jr.

ham University and a doctorate in pharmacy administration from Purdue University. In 1964 Rodowskas was appointed assistant professor at the University of Connecticut School of Pharmacy. In 1968 he accepted a position at The Ohio State University where he taught, conducted research and advised several Ph.D. graduate students in pharmacy administration. From 1981 to 1987, he served as chair and professor, Department of Pharmacy Practice at Howard University. He joined Ferris State University in 1990 as professor of pharmacy. In 1992 he joined the NSU College of Pharmacy and served as professor and head of pharmacy administration, as well as assistant dean. Rodowskas contributed extensively to the academic pharmacy community as director of educational research and development, and executive director and CEO of AACP from 1975 to 1981. He was an avid author for Pharmacy Times, a contributing editor for the American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education, and received AACP’s prestigious Rufus A. Lyman Award in 1974. He is survived by his former wife, Carol, two sons, a daughter-in-law and a granddaughter.

Dr. Christopher A. Rodowskas Jr., professor of pharmacy administration at the Nova Southeastern University College of Pharmacy and former AACP CEO, passed away on Feb. 5. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in pharmacy from Ford-

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Federal Funding 101 Learning the appropriations process can help inform the advocacy of academic pharmacy. By William G. Lang Washington has begun turning its thoughts to the funding of federal programs for the next fiscal year. Here’s an appropriations process summary that can help you prepare advocacy initiatives related to funding.

President’s Budget Request The sequential development, deliberation and passage of annual funding legislation is referred to as regular order. On Valentine’s Day, President Obama started the funding cycle in regular order by presenting a FY13 budget request. Obama’s budget is referred to as a request because there is no legal responsibility for Congress to take the president’s budget into consideration. The president’s budget is a political document, developed through a series of negotiations with the Secretaries of the federal agencies. It reflects the public policy interests of the president and his cabinet members.

House and Senate Budgets The House and Senate each undertake the development of a respective budget resolution. If followed, regular order leads to a budget resolution that is a result of House of Representative and Senate negotiations, or conference. This conference budget resolution is voted upon within each chamber and, if passed by each, serves as the ceiling for total funding of the several budget functions. Budget functions are large policy areas, such as education (Function 500) and Health (Function 550). Budget functions don’t align exactly with agency programs, as several agencies may be engaged in health activities included in the health function. The budget resolution is another political document. It does not require the president’s signature after passage. It merely establishes the spending thresholds for the next step in regular order, the appropria-

tions process. Establishing the funding levels for federal programs for each fiscal year is the legal responsibility of Congress, granted in Article I, Section 9 of the U.S. Constitution.

The Appropriations Process The appropriations committee of each chamber is comprised of 12 subcommittees aligned with the federal agencies they fund. Using the budget resolution as a guide, the total funding for federal programs is established by the leadership, chairman and ranking member of both chambers of Congress. The total amount of funds that will be available to federal programs is referred to as the 302a allocation, as it refers to the section of the Internal Revenue Code that governs the appropriations process. From the 302a allocation, the 12 subcommittees receive an allotment. This subcommittee allotment is referred to as the 302b allocation, because section 302b of the Internal Revenue Code governs the subcommittee allocations. Release of the 302b allocations allows subcommittees to discuss the distribution of the allocation among the programs within the subcommittee’s jurisdiction. This discussion is informed by the input of the administration, members of Congress, private citizens and organizations through oral presentation during hearings and through written testimony. Professional staff of the subcommittees and the full appropriations committee assimilate this input into a committee bill that recommends the funding levels for the next fiscal year for the programs within the jurisdiction of the subcommittee. The members of the subcommittee vote on the recommendation, followed by a vote by the full appropriations committee. Full committee reports are sent to the respective chamber for

Resources U.S. Constitution

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academy in action consideration by its members and may be further amended. Successful passage of the appropriations committee bill by each chamber leads to a negotiation to resolve differences between the bills passed by the two chambers. The final negotiated or conference bill is then voted on by each chamber and when passed it is sent to the president for his signature. This is the regular order of the appropriations process. Regular order provides several points in which an interested individual or organization can influence federal funding. Advocacy can influence: • The president’s budget. • The budget resolutions of the House and Senate. • The 302a allocation. • The 302b allocation. • The hearings of the subcommittees and full appropriations committee by oral and written testimony and questions submitted to committee members for presentation during the hearing. • Amendments to a report when it is up for a vote in their respective chamber, or during the conferencing of the reports.

Report Language Each subcommittee and full appropriations committee bill includes instructions, in the form of a report, to the agency regarding how the funds should be used. Influencing the report language can explicitly inform an agency on how those funds should be used so that they best align with the interests of public policy. For more information on the appropriations process, check out the resources listed in the sidebar. While you prepare for advocacy efforts, please contact me with any questions. At the same time, know that AACP is working to influence the overall funding levels of federal programs of interest to academic pharmacy during all stages of the appropriations process. We work on your behalf independently and in collaboration with other organizations that share our interests. AACP annually submits written testimony to the appropriations subcommittee responsible for funding the majority of programs of interest to academic pharmacy—the appropriations subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education. William G. Lang is Vice President of Policy and Advocacy at AACP;

Focus on Foster Care Raises Concerns Researchers uncovered issues with foster children on antipsychotic meds. The authors of a study examining children in foster care who receive antipsychotic medication are calling for better oversight. A main finding from this research, published in Pediatrics, is that children in foster care were just as likely to be prescribed more than one psychotropic medication as were disabled youths, says lead author, Dr. Susan C. dosReis, an associate professor in the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy’s Department of Pharmaceutical Health Services Research. In the study, researchers reviewed Medicaid records of 637,924 children less than 20 years old who were either in foster care, receiving disability benefits or on a family assistance plan. Overall, 2.7 percent of the children received an antipsychotic medication, of which 11 percent were disabled youths, 10 percent were youths in foster care, and 0.7 percent were youths in the family assistance program. However, among youth who received at least one antipsychotic medication, 9.2 percent of the foster children were prescribed more than one antipsychotic simultaneously, while only 6.8 percent of the children on disability benefits and 2.5 percent in the family assistance program were prescribed more than one at a time. The study, published by researchers at the University of Maryland, Johns Hopkins University and the University of Pennsylvania, is the first of its kind, say the authors, to examine the concomitant use of more than one antipsychotic medication among youth in foster care. “The mounting evidence of the increased risk associated with these agents has heightened public concern about antipsychotic prescribing in pediatrics, and specifically adverse metabolic effects and the adequacy of monitoring and oversight,” the authors noted. Amid growing national interest in providing better oversight of psychotropic medication treatment for youths in foster care, dosReis says she hopes the study will lead to less antipsychotic use and better quality of mental healthcare. “Children in foster care often have very complex emotional and behavioral problems for which antipsychotic medications are often prescribed,” she says. “There is no scientific evidence for efficacy or safety of treatment with more than one antipsychotic medication simultaneously.” The authors conclude, “The findings highlight the need to put systems into place that can not only monitor and provide oversight of utilization but also evaluate the quality of care and outcomes.”

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Blood-Pressure-Lowering Medication Could Help Stroke Victims A University of Georgia study finds taking candesartan can aid in recovery through its effect on the opposite side of the brain. A commonly prescribed medication for lowering blood pressure appears to start recovery in the unaffected brain hemisphere after a stroke by boosting blood vessel growth, a new University of Georgia study found.

However, the study revealed a previously unobserved phenomenon: different types of growth factors dominated different hemispheres in the brain, which suggests that candesartan could have healing properties beyond the area of damage.

The discovery, based on a study using rats and published recently in the journal PLoS ONE, occurred only because the research team struck a new path in stroke research by examining the healthy side of the brain after the stroke occurred. Team leader Dr. Susan C. Fagan, professor of clinical and administrative pharmacy at the UGA College of Pharmacy, said, “I think we can harness the restorative properties of the contralesional hemisphere—the other side of the brain—with drug therapies. When most researchers study stroke, they compare the animal’s side of the brain that’s damaged to the opposite side, assuming that that side is normal or not affected.”

Doctors and researchers have sought to settle a longstanding debate over whether elevated blood pressure should be lowered in stroke victims. Lowering blood pressure too soon after a stroke could lessen amounts of critical oxygen to the brain. Fagan cited a large clinical trial conducted earlier this year by Scandinavian researchers who concluded that using candesartan to lower blood pressure early after stroke produced no real benefit. To bypass the blood-pressure debate, Fagan’s lab will pursue future research with drugs and doses that provide protection to the brain’s blood vessels without lowering blood pressure.

A Healing Drug

New Potential for Medication Therapy

For the study, Fagan and her team induced strokes in two groups of male Wistar rats by blocking a major artery in the brain. A third group of sham, or placebo, animals did not experience strokes, so scientists could compare healthy brain hemispheres across all groups. One group received a single dose of saline solution; the other received a dose of the blood pressure drug candesartan. The placebo group received no treatment. Animals treated with candesartan displayed higher levels of growth factors that aid the formation of new blood vessels in the brain, a result that confirmed earlier studies from the lab.


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The study also found that animals treated with candesartan had increased levels of a “pro-survival” protein in both brain hemispheres. The protein is responsible for helping neurons in the brain survive insults—like a stroke—and promote longer life. Fagan said the study contributes to a body of literature that finds new potential for drug therapy. “We tell patients the reason they go to rehab after you’ve had a stroke is to retrain and make new connections so that they can get function back. Maybe it’s because the other hemisphere takes over,” Fagan said. “If we could stimulate that with drug therapy and make it even more so, it would help lots of people.”

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IPEC Plans First Institute

In May, AACP and its partner organizations in the Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC) will kick off faculty-development programming. To promote holistic, patient-centered healthcare, AACP and its partners in the Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC) are hosting a faculty-development institute, Building Your Foundation for Interprofessional Education. Institutionbased teams of three to five professionals will participate in the program, May 21–23, in Herndon, Virginia. Each team will represent various facets of healthcare, including pharmacy, dentistry, allopathic medicine, nursing, osteopathic medicine and public health. Participants will engage in interactive sessions to learn the core competencies of interprofessional teamwork and develop an implementation plan for their institution. As a founding organization in IPEC, AACP promotes integration in the education of pharmacists and other healthcare professionals. The additional founding members are the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine, the American Dental Education Association, the Association of American Medical Colleges, and the Association of Schools of Public Health. Plans are in the works to welcome other interested organizations. “The AACP contribution to IPEC is attention to pharmacy educators as key players on the healthcare team,” notes Dr. Lucinda L. Maine, executive vice president and CEO. “Because proper use of medicine cuts across the entire spectrum of healthcare services, it’s essential that student pharmacists learn—and share their knowledge—in an interprofessional academic environment.” Dr. Darrell G. Kirch, president and CEO of the Association of American Medical Colleges, adds, “Better patient care depends on all members of the healthcare team understanding each other’s roles and knowing how to work together effectively. America’s medical schools and teaching hospitals are pleased to be part of this important effort to help transform the nation’s healthcare system.”

From Influential Report to Full-Fledged Organization The new IPEC organization formalizes the collaborative work that began three years ago and led to the release of the May 2011 report “Core Competencies for Interprofessional Collaborative Practice.” Disseminated broadly to health professions schools, the report has sparked a wave of implementation efforts by educators eager to prepare clinicians for contemporary practice standards. A growing body of work demonstrates that shared learning experiences among health professions students across disciplines can improve health outcomes. Leading authorities including the World Health Organization, the Institute of Medicine, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation, among others, support interprofessional education as an effective way to prepare the healthcare workforce and improve care delivery.

First Institute Sparks Future Plans With interest in interprofessional education now widespread, the May institute sold out fast. Future regional IPEC institutes are being planned for fall 2012 and spring 2013. More information will be posted on as it becomes available. Also aimed at advancing interprofessional education and practice is the Thomas Jefferson University-hosted conference, Interprofessional Care for the 21st Century: Redefining Education and Practice. The faculty-development program, May 18–19 in Philadelphia, will discuss innovative implementation and evaluation strategies of the interprofessional competencies. For more information, visit the Thomas Jefferson University Web site at

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Preventing Blindness in Newborn Babies Through its role in a new consortium, UB’s pharmacy school will assist in developing drug therapies to help all infants see. Thanks to a $3.8 million interdisciplinary U-54 grant from the National Institutes of Health, the University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences is playing a vital role in a new SUNY/REACH (Research Excellence in Academic Health) consortium. The group is developing drug therapies to prevent blindness in preterm newborn babies. The five-year project, which represents a scholarly collaboration within the SUNY/REACH System, is being administered by primary investigator Dr. Jacob Aranda at SUNY Downstate Medical Center. SUNY Stony Brook along with several associated pediatric clinical centers will enhance this effort to create the New York Pediatric Developmental Pharmacology Research Consortium. The consortium will study the molecular and clinical pharmacology of retinopathy of prematurity and the developing eye, and will provide training, mentoring and community outreach in pediatric pharmacology. UB’s pharmacy school joins SUNY DMC as well as the SUNY Eye Institute, SUNY Stony Brook, and Columbia University in the consortium, whose overarching goal is to establish a Developmental Pharmacology Center. This center will seek phar-

macological interventions to avert retinopathy of prematurity (ROP)—the leading cause of blindness in children. Some degree of ROP occurs in two out of three small babies born prematurely and treated with oxygen. Assistant Professor Dr. Jun Qu commented, “Characterizing optical systems on the molecular level is highly challenging due to the extremely small amount of tissues available.” The strategies developed in Qu’s lab will enable highly-sensitive, accurate and comprehensive preparation and LC/MS analysis procedures. Associate Professor Dr. Donald E. Mager concurs with how the collaboration will benefit newborns. “My laboratory will perform mathematical modeling with the study data to better understand and predict factors controlling the time-course and intensity of effects of novel drug combinations to treat ROP.” Dr. William J. Jusko, SUNY distinguished professor and chair of the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, said that “combining Dr. Mager’s expertise in pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics and Dr. Qu’s capabilities in proteomics and bioanalysis offers promise in developing future therapies for newborn infants.” The three UB investigators met recently with their SUNY colleagues at a conference in New York City to initiate the studies. This group is also working with three other NIH centers to advance the field of pediatric clinical pharmacology.

Dr. Donald E. Mager, one of the grant’s three investigators from the UB School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, will work to translate scientific advances into effective clinical treatments for patients.


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steer the future of pharmacy is yours at the 2012 FIP Centennial Congress, the leading international event offering diverse learning opportunities for those active within all areas of pharmacy. The latest trends highlighting innovative and interesting topics will

be discussed under the main theme of improving health through responsible medicines use. Participants will be engaged in such issues as their role in ensuring rational prescribing, motivating adherence and fostering new generations of treatments, patients and partnerships. In addition, global leaders and visionaries will take part in a Minister’s Summit, dedicated to creating social value from responsible medicines use. FIP’s Centennial congress will take place in the fascinating city of Amsterdam, home to unique architecture, world renowned museums and undeniable charismatic charm. The FIP Congress is the ONLY truly global event of its kind. Join us and become a part of our growing network at the FIP Centennial Congress in Amsterdam. The future of pharmacy, be part of the academic Pharmacy now  creation! Jan/Feb/Mar 2012


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A Fleet of Pharmacists-in-Training University of Washington student pharmacists provided much-needed healthcare to Hondurans through a medical brigade. By Melinda Young Faaiza Alibhai’s recent trip to Honduras wasn’t just a great opportunity to experience another country and provide healthcare to a resource-limited population. It was also a fantastic chance to further prepare for a career working with people from diverse backgrounds. “My Spanish is limited,” the second-year student pharmacist said, “but I appreciated that I could communicate with patients by attempting to speak the language and using hand signals and motions. It was amazing how much we could understand each other and overcome barriers just by trying.”

donated themselves. The students also recruited 11 Puget Soundarea healthcare providers to join them—including doctors, a nurse, a nurse practitioner, a physical therapist, and, of course, pharmacists. Those pharmacists were School of Pharmacy clinical and affiliate faculty members Dr. Jennifer Chang, Dr. Donald F. Downing and Dr. Holly E. Gurgle.

Alibhai spent a week in Honduras this past September with 28 other University of Washington student pharmacists as part of a Global Brigades medical project. Global Brigades is a non-government organization that empowers volunteers to facilitate sustainable solutions in under-resourced communities.

The brigade’s goal was to offer a temporary, free clinic in Joya Grande, a town of about 660 people located northwest of Tegucigalpa. Joya Grande has a good school, a high literacy rate and relatively easy access to safe water, but it is part of a nation with high poverty and unemployment rates. Thirty percent of Joya Grande residents don’t have working latrines, and there is no healthcare facility in the village. Some common illnesses in the region include diarrhea, intestinal parasites and skin fungus. The village leaders have expressed a need for more health education and disease prevention.

Interprofessional Education on Display

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The students brought nearly $25,000 worth of donated medicines, which had been procured from area pharmacies, from national pharmacy organizations, and from funds the students raised and

On the first morning the brigade arrived in Joya Grande, there was already a long line of Honduran villagers waiting for them. “The villagers didn’t seem to care about having to wait,” said Alibhai. “They were just so happy to see us and were so welcoming.” The volunteers set up multiple healthcare stations at the local school. A Honduran dentist, pharmacist and obstetrician/gynecologist worked with the team. The brigade offered intake, triage, medical care, dental care, gynecological care, pharmaceutical care and health education programs. The student pharmacists worked side-by-side with the care providers, sharing their opinions and medication expertise. They also put the skills they had learned in pharmacy school to good use. “While in Honduras, I improved my ability to formulate, implement, evaluate and review patient care plans through hands-on training in triage, consultation and the pharmacy,” said second-year student Fabienne Chou.

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A Little Help Goes a Long Way Chou also witnessed creative problemsolving firsthand. A surgery resident helped prevent a baby’s severely-burned foot from being amputated by debriding an infected scab and applying a high dose of antibiotic. The brigade also taught basic health education programs for adults and children. By the last day of the clinic, some of the Honduran children were showing off to the volunteers how they learned to brush their teeth and wash their hands. More than 800 Hondurans, many of whom had traveled from neighboring villages, received care. People who needed pharmaceutical treatment received medications for free that they otherwise may not have been able to afford or obtain. All patients were given antiparasitic drugs.

Above: The Medical Brigade brought crayons and coloring sheets with kid-friendly health tips. Student pharmacist Laura Hart talks with a young artist. Below: Hondurans from villages near and far line up early to await the arrival of the UW Medical Brigade.

This was only the second time since Global Brigades was founded in 2004 that a pharmacy student group has led a medical group of volunteers. It was one of a small percentage of brigades that has been led by graduate level students. “Generally brigades have relied heavily on doctor consultations,” said Alibhai. “But in our circumstance we placed a larger focus on collaboration among the various disciplines. Providers spent their time and efforts diagnosing patients, leaving the treatment of the patients entirely up to the pharmacists.”

A Vision Realized Alibhai and fellow second-year student Denise Ngo planted the seeds for this trip last fall. Both of them had previously traveled to Honduras through Global Brigades as UW undergraduates. In their first year of pharmacy school, they began to think about how they’d like to return now that they had more hands-on clinical skills. Once they received the go-ahead from the School of Pharmacy, they got started. After recruiting other participants, and with initial support from the Dean’s Fund for Excellence, the group of students held an auction that raised $8,000 to help pay for travel costs. They also worked to secure donated medicines. They even created an elective preparatory course featuring guest speakers who covered topics ranging from basic Spanish to cultural sensitivity to women’s health. Downing, clinical professor in the School of Pharmacy, recounted the day an elderly Honduran woman was waiting near the pharmacy at day’s end. She had already waited more than three hours

to get care and had received her medications. She also had a long walk home ahead of her. “I asked in my broken Spanish if she needed help,” said Downing. “She looked at me and said she hadn’t had a chance to say ‘thank you’ and that she wasn’t going to leave until she let us know how she felt about what we had done for her.” Melinda Young is Assistant Director of Communications at the University of Washington School of Pharmacy;

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Three cheers for faculty who celebrated American Pharmacy Educator Week by sharing their passion for research, teaching and service. Some pursued academia so they could make a difference in students’ lives. Others chose to be an educator because they enjoy learning from students. While the reasons may vary, one thing is for sure: The incredible work of the nation’s pharmacy educators was cause for celebration during the third annual American Pharmacy Educator Week.


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Luncheons, lectures and faculty quizzes were just some of the special activities that took place Oct. 23–29, 2011. You’ll be inspired by the many ways in which faculty got the word out—loud and clear—about their passion for pharmacy education.

Here’s a Clue University of Houston Student pharmacists at the University of Houston turned into amateur gumshoes for a week to learn about careers in academic pharmacy while competing for prizes. Project organizer Dr. Julie E. Szilagyi, associate professor, developed a list of 20 clues for students to decipher and identify the faculty member to whom each clue referred. Students interviewed faculty members and scoured through their profiles on the school’s Web site. The winning student received a leather portfolio with the college logo, plus gift certificates to restaurants and coffee houses. The clues hinted at faculty members’ research activities, education, or extra-curricular hobbies and interests. One clue read, “Hold the Mayo, but pass the vino,” which referenced faculty member Dr. Jason Eriksen, who joined the college from the Mayo Clinic and received grant support from the California Table Grape Council. Another clue said, “Went to school in Vancouver, where the atmosphere got under her skin,” which referenced faculty member Diana S. Chow, a graduate of The University of British Columbia, whose research interests include transdermal drug delivery systems. “The idea was to create a fun contest that encouraged the

students to learn more about the faculty members and why they chose a career in academia,” Szilagyi said. This year’s winner was first-year Pharm.D. student Jacqueline Shiao, who said the experience broadened her awareness of the many career paths available in academia and the desire of faculty members to help students succeed.

Jacqueline Shiao, first-year student pharmacist at the University of Houston, won the school’s American Pharmacy Educator Week faculty detective contest.

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Ask Me About It University of California, San Francisco On Oct. 27, more than 30 students packed into a small classroom at UCSF during their lunch hour. What was the draw? In honor of American Pharmacy Educator Week, two faculty members shared their stories about how they chose a career in academia. Students overflowed into the hallway to hear from Dr. Tina Brock, associate dean of teaching and learning, and Dr. Leslie Floren, associate adjunct professor, bioengineering & therapeutic sciences, as they spoke about their passion for learning, teaching and research. UCSF faculty wore “Ask me about my career in academic pharmacy” stickers throughout the week to raise student awareness of this important field. “I was thrilled to see such a large turnout for the lunch, and I enjoyed the opportunity to speak one-on-one with several students who stayed to ask further questions,” said Brock. “What a great opportunity to encourage students who are considering a career in academic pharmacy.”

Thanks So Much The University of Oklahoma American Pharmacy Educator Week at The University of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy is a culmination of a month-long emphasis on pharmacy. October is split into four areas: compassion, philanthropy, community and education. A highlight of the week was having students record a message of appreciation to faculty, giving examples of how certain faculty members influenced them. The clips were assembled into video, which was shown to the faculty at a lunch on both campuses. Several students also performed a song and dance. Also during the week, two speakers discussed their professional journeys to careers in academic pharmacy. Megan Andrews, PGY1, provided students with the perspective of someone who has recently transitioned from the Pharm.D. curriculum to a residency position. She outlined important tips on how students should prepare for this career path. Dr. Heith Crosby talked about returning to school to pursue a graduate degree and then pursuing a vibrant career.


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History Lesson Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science The College of Pharmacy at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science celebrated American Pharmacy Educator Week by inviting the university community to a brown bag lunch and keynote address from Dr. Kevin Rynn, associate dean for clinical affairs. Rynn’s discussion focused on the history of pharmacy education in America, beginning with the early days of pharmacy leaders who made significant medicinal discoveries, including cinchona and sassafras. He talked about potions, tonics and apprenticeships, which then evolved to residency and fellowship opportunities available today. A passionate educator who has practiced for more than 20 years, Rynn stressed the importance of serving on the healthcare team and being a lifelong learner. Members of the university community in attendance—faculty and students in pharmacy, medicine, podiatric medicine and other allied health professions—were introduced to the history and rigors of present-day pharmacy education as well as the benefits the pharmacist brings to the healthcare team. The inaugural class of student pharmacists left with a strong sense of pride in the longstanding history of their profession. Dr. Kevin Rynn addresses the Rosalind Franklin University community during American Pharmacy Educator Week.

Adopt-a-Student St. Louis College of Pharmacy At St. Louis College of Pharmacy, four faculty members and students participated in Adopt-a-Student activities. Dr. Tricia M. Berry, professor of pharmacy practice, mentored Katelyn Conklen, a fifth-year student. They talked about the roles and responsibilities of being a faculty member as well as the educational and training requirements. Conklen also attended a research meeting with Berry. Dr. Terry L. Seaton, professor of pharmacy practice, and Kyle Brennan, a fourth-year student, attended an accreditation forum and discussed career planning. Niral Patel, a fifthyear student, attended Professor of Pharmacy Practice Dr. Theresa R. Prosser’s lecture to STLCOP residents. The school also featured three exemplary pharmacy practice faculty members and alumni on their Web site. Dr. Patrick Finnegan spends his instructional time at the John Cochran VA Medical Center teaching and leading in-depth healthcare discussions with sixth-year students. He enjoys helping aspiring pharmacists translate textbook information into applicable knowledge and useful medical solutions during their five-week rotations. Dr. Alicia Forinash (middle) enjoys discussing issues related to women’s health and providing medication therapy options and treatments to improve their quality of life. Along with teaching at STLCOP, she practices at Saint Mary’s Health Center. Dr. Janelle Mann (below left) is enjoying the opportunity of a lifetime now that she is back at her alma mater as an assistant professor. Mann specializes in oncology and practices at Siteman Cancer Center at BarnesJewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine. Like the first time around, she hopes to leave an imprint on the college’s culture.

I Became a Pharmacy Educator Because… On the first day of American Pharmacy Educator Week, AACP asked members to finish this sentence. Whether it was a special mentor or a desire to enhance the profession, pharmacy educators are without a doubt passionate about their profession. Below are some highlighted responses. “I became a pharmacy educator because of early exposure to mentoring by a number of the pioneers of the clinical pharmacy movement. Experience with teaching during my third year of residency at Kentucky cemented my career decision. I would make the same decision again in a heartbeat! Shaping the future of pharmacy– one student at a time.” Dr. Jeffrey N. Baldwin Professor of Pharmacy Practice and Pediatrics, AACP Past President University of Nebraska Medical Center “I wanted to enhance the profession and the patients we serve by educating the decision makers, both state and federal, that through the extensive education our students receive, pharmacists are capable of doing so much more than they are currently allowed to do. It is my desire to leave this profession better than I found it.” Ms. Loretta Brickman Temple University “I became a pharmacy educator because of the excellent faculty mentors I had at The University of Tennessee.” Dr. Susan (Staggs) Vos Assistant Professor The University of Iowa “I sincerely enjoy working with the students to help them understand difficult concepts and, even better, to see them succeed in the future.” Dr. John E. Murphy Associate Dean and Professor The University of Arizona

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Food for Thought The University of Texas at Austin

Wingate University pharmacy faculty who greeted students at a table in the school’s lobby represented the pharmaceutical sciences, clinical teaching and pharmacy administration.

Sharing Stories Wingate University Faculty members greeted students as they entered the lobby of the Wingate University School of Pharmacy on the first day of American Pharmacy Educator Week. They answered questions about careers in academic pharmacy and shared personal stories at a table for nearly five hours. Students asked about the role of residency training and how to advance in an academic career. The AACP Walmart Scholars Program and elective P4 rotations were highlighted for students as ways to expand their experience base. Faculty greeting the students represented the pharmaceutical sciences, clinical teaching and pharmacy administration.

Huge Thanks, Big Breakfast Now, here’s a grand way to express thanks… During American Pharmacy Educator Week at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Eshelman School of Pharmacy, the Center for Educational Excellence in Pharmacy and Phi Lambda Sigma honored the school’s educators by cooking breakfast. They prepared 15 dozen eggs, eight pounds of bacon, nearly seven dozen biscuits, approximately seven dozen waffles (cooked on-site with waffle makers) and four gallons of orange juice for an estimated 70 faculty, students and staff.


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The Pharmacotherapy Division at The University of Texas at Austin spent the week focused on careers and initiatives. The College of Pharmacy hosted informal networking sessions where faculty (both full-time and practitioner) discussed their background, why they chose education as their career and why they pursued a full-time academic career or a full-time pharmacy practitioner position. During the week, the division also highlighted new initiatives, such as the longitudinal Community Pharmacy Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience, which results in medication therapy management certification for the students. During a one-hour breakfast session, San Antonio third-year students participating in this community IPPE model shared their experiences with faculty and other students. Another breakfast session focused on postgraduate academic and training programs within the Pharmacotherapy Division. Later in the week, the UT College of Pharmacy San Antonio Regional Internship Program and the South Central Area Health Education Center hosted a celebratory luncheon for all faculty, students and residents. Several faculty members and preceptors spoke about their involvement in pharmacy education. At the conclusion of the program, the Preceptor of the Year for the San Antonio Regional Internship Program was awarded to Dr. Veronica S.L. Young.

Me and My Shadow The University of Tennessee The University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy celebrated the week with presentations, receptions, electronic billboards and a new faculty shadowing program for students. The week kicked off with a presentation on careers in academic pharmacy by Dr. Richard A. Helms, professor and chair for the Department of Clinical Pharmacy, to first-year student pharmacists at the Memphis campus. The Knoxville campus held two receptions during which faculty, staff and students discussed opportunities and challenges of careers in pharmacy education. Both campuses displayed an electronic billboard throughout the week showcasing 18 College of Pharmacy faculty members. Individuals provided a picture, indicated where they completed their pharmacy education and postdoctoral training, and listed their current position and their favorite aspect of being an educator. “It keeps me young and I get to learn something new every day,” said Dr. Andrea S. Franks, associate professor of clinical pharmacy. Dr. Junling Wang, associate professor of health outcomes and policy research, added, “Knowing that I contribute to the education of the best pharmacists in the nation,” is the greatest part of her career as an educator.

10 students with faculty to introduce them to the teaching, research, service and practice responsibilities of academia. The week concluded with a faculty breakfast on both campuses hosted by the APhAASP executive committee. Top: Dr. Shaunta’ Ray, associate professor (seated left), talks with students about her practice and academic responsibilities. Bottom: Dr. Debbie Byrd, professor and associate dean for professional affairs (seated right), discussed academic opportunities with students during an American Pharmacy Educator Week reception in Knoxville.

This year, “Did You Know” slides were added to the display sharing interesting facts about faculty members. One example asked, “Did You Know that Dr. Dickerson will be the first pharmacist to receive the prestigious Jonathan Rhoads Research Lecturer Award from the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition in January 2012?” For the first time, the college offered a faculty shadowing program to help students learn first-hand what a career in academia entails. The program matched

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Real Teams Work

What’s required for a group of leaders to reach its goal? The 2012 AACP Interim Meeting steered pharmacy educators through the twists and turns of teamwork. By Gerry Romano

How many people honestly don’t like to work on teams? When this question was posed at the start of a recent workshop, a fair number of pharmacy educators bravely raised their hands. That’s not so tough to understand. After all, academia often rewards individual scholars, not groups, for educational efforts. The traditional higher education culture fosters a common belief: Without the hassles of teamwork, we can count on ourselves to succeed. Yet, many professionals see strong value in teams and want the keys to an effective process. In the spirit of embracing teamwork, enhancing group skills, finding ways around roadblocks, and perhaps even developing a fondness for the group process, educators at all levels took part in the 2012 AACP Interim Meeting, Teams That Work: Effective Group Leadership in Pharmacy Education. Gathering mid-February at the Westin Gaslamp Quarter in San Diego, 281 deans, department chairs, project leaders, and aspiring leaders learned techniques for working together in the best interests of their institutions.


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Practice makes perfect for Interim Meeting participants. The four-day program had deans and faculty discussing, collaborating and debating in sync with effective group process techniques. Some presentations made participants laugh; all sessions made them think.

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feature story Getting Teams in Gear Opening the meeting, AACP President Dr. Brian L. Crabtree, professor of pharmacy practice and Thelma H. Cerniglia Distinguished Teaching Scholar, The University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy, noted, “Team-based leadership helps faculty at every level work effectively and achieve their goals.” No matter your position, he continued, “mastering the interpersonal and management skills for teamwork is essential to your college’s success.” Dr. N. Karl Haden, founder and president, Academy for Academic Leadership, began the first session with a reminder: “You can change only your own behavior.” Dr. Judith E.N. Albino, senior consultant at AAL, joined Haden in leading participants—most sitting in institution-based teams—through the Team Emotional and Social Intelligence survey. TESI assesses a group’s team identity, motivation, emotional awareness, communication, stress tolerance, conflict resolution and positive mood. TESI scores reveal areas in which teams need improvement to work effectively. AACP President Dr. Brian L. Crabtree (right), professor of pharmacy practice and Thelma H. Cerniglia Distinguished Teaching Scholar at The University of Mississippi, touches base with Dr. Russell B. Melchert, dean of the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Pharmacy.

Haden and Albino provided case studies for participants to discuss, gleaning further insights into teamwork. Learnings included: •

Every group must have a vision and mission describing what is to be accomplished.

Teams must follow rules of conduct, including: don’t interrupt; ask open-ended questions; and discuss issues only when the team is together. These rules should be reviewed at every meeting.

Teams must stay focused on tasks and stay mindful of process.

Each team meeting must be evaluated. At the end, ask: What went well in this meeting? What was uncomfortable? How can we improve?

Totally a Team “The sum is greater than the individual parts—that’s the essence of a team,” Haden pointed out. He cited principles for high-level group performance and maximum results: “While a team should have a chair, anyone can lead. Everyone is accountable to each other.” Mutual accountability means that each team member is equally responsible for motivating the team, for monitoring the work of the team and for the ultimate productivity of the team. “Constructive conflict is a key part of team performance,” he continued, emphasizing that teams aren’t all about people “getting along.” Albino urged participants to confront differences during teamwork. “Do not avoid conflict. Conflict creates tension that moves us beyond where we are.” Strive to address and resolve conflict while keeping relationships intact, she advised. “We as leaders have the role to foster happiness—not in a Pollyanna, ignoring-conflict kind of way, but in an authentic way,” Albino said. Research shows that a team can learn to be happy and can learn to be more optimistic, she continued. “Take intentional steps with your team to lighten up and have some fun.”

Need a Lawyer on Your Team? Interim Meeting attendees took a look at the law with Pamela Zarkowski, senior consultant at the Academy for Academic

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Save the Date Leadership, and professor and vice president for academic affairs at the University of Detroit Mercy. Covering many legal issues that come up at higher education institutions, Zarkowski discussed strategies as well as requirements. A few highlights: When dealing with an employee’s inappropriate conduct, “document, document, document,” and implement progressive discipline. The stages include verbal and written notice. “Never assume that the employee knows what the problem is.” Even an abusive employee who is told by colleagues that his or her behavior is unprofessional “still might not get it.”

feature story Mark your calendar for the next AACP Interim Meeting, Feb. 9–12, 2013, in Puerto Rico. Dr. Lucinda L. Maine, AACP executive vice president and CEO, talks about teamwork with ACPE Associate Executive Director Dr. Jeffrey W. Wadelin and Dr. Douglas J. Pisano, dean of the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences School of Pharmacy– Boston and associate provost for pharmacy education.

Be careful about “hallway remarks.” When you make inappropriate informal comments to another person in the hall, “it always seems that there’s no one else in the hall, but somehow 50 other people hear it.” Define the expectations of faculty for workload and process, and make sure all expectations are applied consistently. For example, a faculty member might want to telecommute one day each week. In that case, develop fair rules for telecommuting, and allow all faculty the same opportunity. Develop policies related to social media and Web sites at your institution. Are faculty allowed to friend students on Facebook? What’s a reasonable amount of time for a faculty member to spend looking at Web sites for personal purposes while on the job? Are you getting permission to take photos of students for marketing purposes—to use the photos on the school’s Web site for recruitment? Check your compliance with the Americans With Disabilities Act. Make sure your school is providing reasonable accommodations and that ADA-related policies are easy for students to find. On the flip side, make sure that a student’s disability is documented. “Students sometimes lie about having a disability so they can get extra time for a test. And these days, students might seek accommodations such as: ‘I can only concentrate on a test if I use my iPod and have soothing music playing in my ears.’ That is not a disability—that accommodation is not required.”

Accent on Interprofessional Education The CEO Deans pre-session for the Interim Meeting focused on creating value in healthcare. AACP President-elect Dr. J. Lyle Bootman, senior vice president for health sciences, and dean of the College of Pharmacy, The University of Arizona, opened the discussion of where pharmacy education, practice and research align with emerging health delivery system and policy changes. Dr. Harvey V. Fineberg, president at the Institute of Medicine, and Dr. Denis A. Cortese, president at the Healthcare Transformation Institute, commented on many issues, including challenges to interprofessional education and practice. Integrated, team-based care—with clinical pharmacists working alongside nurses and others—is essential, noted Fineberg.

Cortese agreed: “A byproduct of integrated and coordinated care is high-value care. …Integrated care makes lives better; people enjoy their lives more. “Imagine an orchestra where everyone playing an instrument plays as loudly as [they] can,” he continued. “That doesn’t work—that’s not what they do. [Musicians] come together because they want to make the right music for their customers. They optimize their contribution to the system.” Fineberg pointed out that IOM is launching a global forum on innovation in health professions education. Among the issues on which the forum will focus is interprofessional education. The biggest barrier to teamwork in practice, Fineberg said, is the lack of role models that students are seeing in teamwork.

It Takes at Least Two Throughout the Interim Meeting, participants appeared to combine self-reflection with power networking. The collaboration mindset was strong, as participants teamed up for everything from learning to dining. Clearly, they took Judith Albino’s words to heart: “The best thing about teamwork is that you always have someone on your side.” Gerry Romano is Director of Communications and Marketing at AACP;

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Cultural Competency

Outside the Classroom  University of Connecticut student pharmacists work with  Mahandorai survivors in a unique clinical placement. During the Cambodian holocaust in the late 1970s, the Khmer community lost one-third of its people. Those specifically targeted were the educated class, consisting of doctors, lawyers and teachers. Today, 300,000 survivors and their families are living in the United States. Many have been exposed to and affected by torture and trauma, and the majority of the population is illiterate. How have these survivors been able to find their way in a new country with a vastly different culture? Khmer Health Advocates play an integral role in helping them transition.

During these sessions, students gain insight on how well the patients are accepting therapy and what factors might be preventing a patient’s progress. One of the larger cultural and medical struggles is the ability to find a balance between Eastern and Western medicine. The Khmer community has its own medicine man as well as exposure to Western medicine and practices. Along with the struggles come rewards. “I find working with refugee populations fascinating,” Buckley says, “because they bring their culture with them when they come here.”

Founded in 1982 by a Cambodian holocaust survivor and three American nurses who worked in refugee camps, KHA is one of the first programs for torture victims and the only Cambodian health organization in the United States. The group provides care for people in Connecticut and Western Massachusetts. At the West Hartford location, select University of Connecticut student pharmacists spend one month observing and assisting with mental health issues, promoting wellness activities and developing awareness of the diverse health needs existing among this unique community.

An Eye-Opening Experience Connecting UConn students with KHA is Dr. Thomas E. Buckley, assistant clinical professor in the School of Pharmacy. Assuming the role of preceptor, Buckley interviews and selects Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience students to spend one month with KHA as part of their nine rotations during their P4 year. Buckley also tries to involve urban service track students who have applied to work with special underserved populations. This experience “allows them to really get a handle on a whole different ethnic population,” explains Buckley. “It’s just very different than what they’d normally see.” Working with the site’s medical director, students see patients who have been exposed to torture or trauma. “I have the student pharmacists listen to their stories because it has a very, very powerful effect on what they do as a future healthcare provider,” says Buckley.


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In addition to his work with the Khmer Health Advocates, Dr. Thomas E. Buckley has been to Thailand three times to work with Burmese refugees.

Breaking Down Barriers Factors affecting the acceptance or refusal of care include the high level of illiteracy and the potential inability to understand English. To assist, a telemedicine program allows patients to ask questions through a computer. The answers are provided in the patients’ language.

As the clinical consultant and evaluator for the Khmer Health Advocates, Buckley helps consult with other pharmacists to assess patients and their risk levels due to the trauma and torture they faced, as well as to see if these patients are responsive to the medicines they have been prescribed.

Additional activities and responsibilities that students are engaged in include comprehensive medication reviews, GIS resource mapping, administrative or technical assistance, literature review, database management and REACH (Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health) grant activities. Some students go above and beyond the basic requirements of the clinic placement and continue to enhance the program. One student developed a project linking patient beliefs about medication, adherence to medication and their history of torture or trauma. The student used a questionnaire examining beliefs about medication, asking the patients questions about their beliefs in medicine and about potential adherence with the medicine. The purpose of the project was to show a link between their beliefs about medicine and the level of torture they may have endured. For example, there are three different cluster symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Buckley

is researching how each of those might impact the medication that the patient will take or the reasons that he or she will not be compliant.

A Look Ahead Buckley is also trying to help his students feel capable working with outcomes research. He wants the students to see that “the future of our profession is being reimbursed for your services, not being tied to the product.” Another focus on the future involves the cultural competency that students work on during their time with KHA. “One thing we try to emphasize with students is that in the next roughly 30 years, the majority of the people in the United States will not be white,” Buckley says. The more culturally competent you are in a variety of cultures, he notes, the better care you can provide.

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A Policy-Shaping Opportunity By Justin J. Balint Dr. E. Paul Larrat, professor of pharmacoepidemiology at The University of Rhode Island College of Pharmacy, got up close and personal with policy, thanks to a congressional fellowship sponsored by AACP in conjunction with the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Larrat was placed in the office of Senator Ron Wyden (OR) as a health policy fellow for his unique experience in pharmacy benefit management, epidemiology and cost savings. His year in Washington helped Larrat gain a deeper appreciation of the U.S. political system, the process of developing health policy, and the interaction between the executive and legislative branches. Through involvement with the Senate Finance Committee, Larrat learned how health policy is often driven by finances. He researched issues affecting Medicare Part D and evaluated potential changes. Larrat helped develop the language of the SB 756 Medicare Data Access for Transparency and Accountability Act and followed the bill from conception to Senate submission. He also assessed many additional proposals on how to limit fraud and abuse in the Medicare system. “Medicare fraud and abuse accounts for $60 billion annually,” said Larrat. “There is a huge potential to save the system money by preventing this activity.”

Examining Medication Therapy Management During the fellowship, Larrat witnessed pharmacy associations advocating for Medication Therapy Management programs. “MTM is definitely the hot issue in pharmacy,” Larrat noted. He believes that pharmacists supporting legislation to further MTM and pharmacy payment models can uncover many “incredible opportunities for nontraditional roles.” Pharmacists need to prove that they provide value, Larrat emphasized, and this is something MTM helps accomplish. “Parts of the Affordable Care Act are tailor made for pharmacists. Accountable Care Organizations will be accountable for patient outcomes. If pharmacists can prove they save ACOs money and improve patient care, this is what we will be doing as a profession to enhance the value of care. It is not spelled out that pharmacists will be reimbursed for all these services, so we need to get used to thinking creatively to accomplish this.”

Beyond NIH As a researcher, Larrat is familiar with searching for funds. Through the fellowship, he learned of diverse research that goes on through federally initiated programs outside of grants from the National Institutes of Health and other familiar government agencies. “There are many other pockets of funds that are


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available if you go looking for them,” he said. One area Larrat mentioned that offers funding for many healthcare initiatives is the Department of Defense. “The Department spends a lot of money providing healthcare to soldiers, retirees and families, and is responsible for treating many different disease states. There are many opportunities for research dollars for both applied and bench research.”

Open to Anything; Experiencing Everything Transitioning from academia to Capitol Hill is no easy task. “When you leave a structured environment of a college of pharmacy and are dropped into an alien environment like Congress, you have to be open to anything and get involved in everything,” Larrat commented. While enjoying his year as a Fellow, Larrat was able to attend site visits to the Department of Defense, meet Nobel laureates and celebrities, and take advantage of the many social events the city of Washington, D.C. had to offer. “One transition to get used to was working with a much younger crowd on the Hill as opposed to academia. My fellowship mentor was only 32 years old.” Larrat believes his experience holds tremendous potential for what he can accomplish back in Rhode Island. “Federal experience gives a greater appreciation for what goes on at the state level,” Larrat noted. He hopes to use his experience on Capitol Hill and translate it to opportunities to affect health policy in Rhode Island. “I have built an amazing network and a better understanding of how the system works to educate pharmacists on how they can be better advocates as pharmacists and educators.” Larrat advises not to shy away from such opportunities in Washington because it requires a yearlong commitment away from home. “The benefits to devoting the use of your time to this experience are huge for you and your profession. If you have the opportunity, just do it,” he urges. For more information on the AACP/AAAS Congressional Fellowship program, please visit the program information page on under Career Development, then AACP Scholarin-Residence. Justin J. Balint is a fourth-year student at Wilkes University who is completing an APPE at AACP.

Faculty News Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Appointments/Elections • Salvatore M. Bottiglieri has been elected as the 2011-2012 treasurer/secretary of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy Hematology/ Oncology Practice Research Network. • Carlos A. Feleder was elected one of four founding councilors of the Upstate New York Pharmacology Society, a regional chapter of the American Society of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics. • Shaker A. Mousa, along with researchers at the Ordway Research Institute, has been assigned patent number 8,071,134 for “thyroid hormone analogs and methods of use.” • Amy Barton Pai has been appointed to a three-year term as a member of the Dialysis Advisory Group of the American Society of Nephrology.

Grants • Thomas P. Lodise received a two-year, $126,250 grant from Forest Pharmaceuticals to study Ceftaroline fosamil versus standard of care for community-acquired bacterial pneumonia (CABP) and evaluate the clinical outcomes among hospitalized adults at a single U.S. hospital. He also received a 15-month, $71,628 grant from Cubist Pharmaceuticals to study Daptomycin pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics in a pooled sample of patients receiving thrice-weekly hemodialysis. • Luciana B. Lopes received a one-year, $60,000 grant from the PhRMA Foundation for a project titled, “Cutaneous delivery systems containing protein transduction domains for anticancer agents.” • Amit P. Pai received a one-year, $198,479.00 grant from Pfizer to study the pharmacokinetics of tigecycline in morbidly obese subjects. • Amy Barton Pai received one-year, $50,000 grant from the Paul Teschan Research Fund for a project titled, ”Use of a simple immunoassay to

quantitatively assess catheter biofilm burden to predict inflammatory burden and catheter-related bloodstream risk.” She also received a three-year $26,398 grant from Otsuka Pharmaceutical to conduct a multi-center, longitudinal, observational study of patients with autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease to establish the rate, characteristics and determinants of disease progression.

Campbell University Appointments/Elections • William W. Pickard, chair of clinical research

Promotions • Connie L. Barnes, professor of pharmacy practice • Christopher S. Breivogel, associate professor of pharmaceutical sciences • Robert M. Cisneros, associate professor of pharmacy practice

Creighton University Appointments/Elections • Victoria F. Roche was appointed by AACP as a member of the Board of Directors of the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) for a six-year term (2012–2018).

Awards • J. Chris Bradberry was selected a fellow of the Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions.

Grants • Jessica Skradski has been awarded a $50,000 grant from the National Association of Chain Drug Stores Foundation for a community pharmacy residency program.

Retirements • Kenneth R. Keefner, associate professor of pharmaceutical sciences, retired in June 2011. • Frances C. Moore, associate professor of pharmaceutical sciences, retired in June 2011.

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Duquesne University Appointments/Elections

• Mary E. Ray was promoted to associate professor of pharmacy practice.

• Peter L. Wildfong, Student Post-Doc Outreach and Development (SPOD) Committee, American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists.

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• Jelena M. Janjic and J. Pollock, principal investigators; project title: Acute to Chronic Pain Transition in Postsurgical Recovery: Combined Input from Immune System and Peripheral Nervous System; period of project: November 1, 2011 to October 31, 2012; source: Pittsburgh Tissue Engineering Initiative Interface Seed Grant; amount granted 11-12: $100,000; total grant: $100,000. • Marsha A. McFalls, Pamela H. Koerner, Jennifer L. Elliott, principal investigators; project title: Integration of Technology within the Division of Clinical, Social, and Administrative Sciences in the School of Pharmacy; period of project: August 2011 to August 2012; source: Academic Outcomes Learning Assessment Mini-Grant (Duquesne University); amount granted 09–10: $4,000; total grant: $4,000.

Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine School of Pharmacy Appointments/Elections • Sachin S. Devi was appointed director of curriculum. • Rachel R. Ogden was appointed associate dean for faculty.

Awards • Danielle M. DeBias has been awarded board certification in pharmacotherapy. • Janene M. Madras has been awarded board certification in ambulatory care. • Kathryn E. Samai has been awarded board certification in pharmacotherapy. • Bojana Stevich has been awarded board certification in oncology.

Promotions • Stephanie C. Peshek was promoted to associate professor of pharmacy practice.


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• Susan Cornell appointed immediate past president, Illinois Pharmacists Association. • Julie A. Fusco appointed to the Membership Resource Task Force of the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists. • Anil Gulati appointed member of the International Scientific Advisory Board of the Twelfth International Conference on Endothelin in Cambridge, England. • Robin Hieber has been hired as an assistant professor in pharmacy practice and was appointed member of the editorial board for the Mental Health Clinician. • Jennifer Phillips installed as director, Division of Professional Affairs for the Illinois Council of Health-System Pharmacists; installed as chairelect, ACCP Drug Information Practice Research Network and was elected to Midwestern University Faculty Senate. • Carrie A. Sincak appointed immediate past president, Illinois Council of Health-System Pharmacists. • Radhika Sundari Polisetty has been hired as an assistant professor in pharmacy practice.

Awards • Jennifer Phillips received the President’s Award from the Illinois Council of Health-System Pharmacists. • Thomas J. Reutzel received the Illinois Pharmacists Association’s Honorary President’s Award. • Rochelle Rubin is a graduate of the ACCP Teaching and Learning Academy. • Marc Scheetz is a graduate of the 2011 ACCP FIT Program. • Susan R. Winkler is a graduate of the ACCP Leadership and Management Academy.

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Northeast Ohio Medical University Appointments/Elections • Richard J. Kasmer, interim dean, effective Dec. 19, 2011.

Ohio Northern University Awards • ONU’s Kappa Epsilon chapter received the National Projects Excellence award for the 2009– 11 biennium and garnered honorable mention honors as Outstanding Chapter of the Year Award for the 2010–11 school year at its annual convention in Phoenix. • Ohio Northern University Raabe College of Pharmacy is one of 13 pharmacy schools that have been selected to receive funding from the new, $1.1 million Cardinal Health Pharmacy Scholarship Program. • The National Community Pharmacists Association Student Chapter of Ohio Northern University’s Raabe College of Pharmacy was named the 2011 Student Chapter of the Year.

Purdue University Awards • David A. Colby was the recipient of the Thieme Chemistry Journal Award for 2011. • Michael D. Murray received an award from the Regenstrief Institute/Indiana University for his project “Observational Medical Outcomes Partnership (OMOP) 2011 Research Collaborations.” • Amy H. Sheehan was awarded $45,000 for the Academic/FDA/Industry Regulatory Pharmaceutical Fellowship by the FDA. • Margie E. Snyder, Karen S. Hudmon and Michael D. Murray received $69,693 from IU School of Medicine for “Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI) Young Investigator Award.” • Lynne S. Taylor received $50,000 from U.S. Pharmacopeia for “U.S. Pharmacopeia (USP) Fellowship.”

Grants • Robert W. Bennett received $111,455 from Abbott Laboratories for “PeerView InReview, the Lowdown on Low T: Reconizing, Diagnosing, and Managing Male Hypogonadism.” • Donald E. Bergstrom received $127,153 from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana for “Integrated Biochips for Detection for Cancer Markers.” • Stephen R. Byrn received $6,923 from Argonne National Laboratory for “Synthesis, Characterization and Properties of Fast Acting Amorphous Drugs”; he also received $12,000 from Science Applications International Corp. for “SAIC PO 10054011 Modification 5 Grant 104859”; and received $34,943 from Argonne National Laboratory for “Synthesis, Characterization and Properties of Fast Acting Amorphous Drugs.” • Stephen R. Byrn and Michael D. Murray received $792,197 from Indiana University School of Medicine for “Indiana Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI)–Year 4 Funding.” • Vincent J. Davisson received $414,004 from PHS-NIH National Cancer Institute for “Specific Detection of Cervical Cancers Using CytometryBased Molecular Diagnostics.” • Robert L. Geahlen received $297,744 from PHSNIH National Institute of General Medical Science for “New Proteomic Technologies for the Analysis of Tyrosine Kinase Signaling Pathways.” • Arun K. Ghosh received $92,930 from Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation for “Beta-Secretase Inhibitor for Treating Alzheimers Disease” and received $362,292 from PHS-NIH National Institute of General Medical Science for “Design Synthesis of Nonpeptide Protease Inhibitors.” • Marietta L. Harrison received $218,378 from Rosen Center for Advanced Computing and Indiana University Purdue University at Indianapolis for “Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI) Supplement: Infrastructure to Enable Community Based Clinical Trials for Biomarker Discovery.” She also received $297,533 from National Science Foundation for “Quantitative Design of Experiments to Predictably Alter Intracellular Signaling Dynamics; Amendment 2.”

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• Marlene O. Heeg received $80,530 from Eli Lilly and Company for “Exploring the Oncologists Tool-Kit in Advanced Colorectal Cancer (CRC): Patient Assessment, Therapy Selection, and Other Considerations for Optimizing Care (PPVNE07423).” • Gregory T. Knipp received $41,477 from Eli Lilly and Company for “Pharmacokinetic Studies on Intravenous and Oral Formulations of Glipizide and Immediate and Modified Release Formulation of Metformin in Pigs.” • Michael D. Murray received $53,127 from Indiana University for “NCRR Administrative Supplement to Advance Translational (T1 T2) Research CI Net”; received $27,056 from Regenstrief Institute Inc. for “Regenstrief Center for Heathcare Improvement and Research (RCHIR) Project”; received $66,170 from Indiana University for “Indiana Prospect”; received $54,118 from Regenstrief Institute Inc. for “Observational Medical Outcomes Partnership (OMOP) 2011 Research Collaborations.” • Chiwook Park received $279,677 from PHS-NIH National Institute of General Medical Science for “Identification of Protein-Metabolite Interactome.” • Laurie L. Parker received $595,813 from PHSNIH National Cancer Institute for “Biosensor Design for Detection and Analysis of Complex Signal Patterns in Cancer”; received $63,904 from PHS-NIH National Cancer Institute for “Biosensor Design for Detection and Analysis of Complex Signal Patterns in Cancer”; received $165,931 from PHS-NIH National Cancer Institute for “Biosensor Technology to Monitor Leukemia- Related Kinase Activity in Patient Cells.” • Sonak D. Pastakia received $19,800 from Kinley Trust for “An Impact Evaluation of Interventions to Engage and Improve the Health and Well-Being of Street Children and Youth in Eldoret, Kenya.” • Joseph Thomas III received $84,920 from Pfizer Inc. for “Health Outcomes Research.” • Val J. Watts and Chang-deng Hu received $784,421 from PHS-NIH National Institute of Mental Health for “D2 Receptor-Induced Sensitization of Adenylate Cyclase.”


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Regis University Appointments/Elections • Rodney A. Carter, AACP immediate past president, has been named dean of the School of Pharmacy.

Samford University Appointments/Elections • Bernadette D’Souza, assistant professor of pharmaceutical sciences • Michael D. Hogue was appointed by the National Community Pharmacists Association to the “Women in Pharmacy Ownership” national program advisory board effective August 2011 and was also appointed as co-chair of the AACP Global SIG Committee on Development of Country Materials for Global APPEs (2011–12). • Valerie T. Prince was appointed to the APhA Task Force on Policy Process Revision. • Pamela J. Sims was appointed as an alternate test constructor on the National Board Pharmacology Test Construction Committee (TCC) for 2012 and has been identified by LexiComp as a nationally recognized expert on Dental Pharmacology and invited to serve as one of three contributing authors for their dental drug information products. • Stephen R. Stricker, associate editor in chief of the Oncology Pharmacist

Texas Southern University Appointments/Elections • Shirlette Glover Milton, interim dean, effective Oct. 17, 2011.

The University of Georgia Appointments/Elections • Susan C. Fagan was appointed to the editorial board of Translational Stroke Research, NSD-C Study Section, NINDS (ad hoc). • Vivian Liao is now a board certified pharmacotherapy specialist (BCPS). • Merrill Norton was selected to be an inaugural member of the Georgia Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Initiative Coalition by State of Georgia Division of Behavioral Health and the Alcohol and Drug Council of Georgia.

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• Beth Phillips was appointed vice-chair, 2011-2012 Public and Professional Relations Committee, American College of Clinical Pharmacy. • Bradley G. Phillips was appointed vice-chair, 2011-2012 Fellowship Review Committee, American College of Clinical Pharmacy. He was also appointed judge, National Pharmacy Student Clinical Challenge during the American College of Clinical Pharmacy annual meeting. • Somanath Shenoy joined as an editorial board member of the journals Oncology Reports and Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine.

Awards • Michael G. Bartlett was named a fellow of the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists. • Catherine D. Bourg passed the ambulatory care board certification exam to receive the BCACP designation. • Brian S. Cummings was one of nine faculty inducted into the UGA Teaching Academy. • James L. Franklin served on the NIH ZRG1 F03A (20) study section in Washington, D.C. This study section reviews F31 predoctoral and F32 postdoctoral fellowships in neurodevelopment, synaptic plasticity and neurodegeneration.

Grants • Paul J. Brooks and Trina J. von Waldner, coinvestigator, received $110,160 from Pfizer for Disease Management 101: Understanding the Disease Management Process–An Educational Primer for Emerging World Markets (funds shared with College of Public Health). • James V. Bruckner was awarded an $898,179 contract for two years by the Consumer Specialty Production Association to assess potential neurotoxic risks posed by pyrethroid insecticides to infants and children. • Susan C. Fagan received a $14,200 and $46,200 grant from the Veterans Administration Medical Center to study mechanisms and consequences of hypertension after stroke. • Kalen B. Manasco received a seed grant for $1,720 from the Morgan Fund in pharmacy practice through the UGA College of Pharmacy for a project titled “Development of a pharmacist intervention to increase human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine

compliance at Georgia Health Sciences Children’s Medical Center.” • Mandi Murph has received a $467,000 grant from the American Cancer Institute for the next four years to study melanoma.

The University of Oklahoma Awards • Brooke L. Honey earned Certified Asthma Educator (AE-C) credentials. • Michelle Lamb, finalist, Champions of Health. Awarded by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Oklahoma to the Heart Improvement Project (HIP Clinic). Category: Champion of the Underserved, Oct. 2011. • Ryan Schupbach received the Area Director’s National Impact Award presented by the Department of Health and Human Services. He was also named the Allen J. Brands Clinical Pharmacist of the Year.

Grants • Katherine O’Neal, Bayer $8,000 (supply donations), “Internal medicine quality improvement diabetes project.”

The University of Tennessee Appointments/Elections • Marie A. Chisholm-Burns, dean • Dick R. Gourley was appointed interim president of The University of Tennessee Research Foundation.

Awards • Bradley A. Boucher received the American College of Clinical Pharmacy’s prestigious 2011 Clinical Practice Award. • Marie A. Chisholm-Burns, author of the book, Pharmacy Management, Leadership, Marketing and Finance, is the winner of the distinguished 2011 American Medical Writers Association (AMWA) Medical Book Award, Health Care Professionals Category. • Catherine M. Crill was named an ACCP fellow. • Shannon L. Finks was named an ACCP fellow. • Joanna Q. Hudson was named an ACCP fellow.

Grants • Robert B. Parker and S. Casey Laizure, National Institute of General Medical Sciences at the

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National Institutes of Health, $299,584, “Inhibition of Carboxylesterase Metabolism by Ethanol” focuses on identifying factors that affect the activity of carboxylesterase enzymes. • Junling Wang has received a grant totaling $886,742 from the National Institute on Aging, a subsidiary of the National Institutes of Health, to further her study on medication therapy management (MTM) and its effects on racial and ethnic disparities.

Retirements • Dick R. Gourley, dean and professor (after 22 years as dean).

The University of Texas at Austin Appointments/Elections • Carolyn M. Brown has been appointed to a position on the Intercollegiate Athletics Council for Women. Her appointment continues through Aug. 31, 2013.


• Edward M. Mills received $48,316 from NIH-DHHS for “Molecular mechanisms of thermogenesis.” • Maria D. Person received $171,168 from UT MD Anderson Cancer Center for “Mechanisms/ prevention of environmental disease.” • Karen L. Rascati received $200,000 from Abbott Labs for “Burden of care for schizophrenia in Texas” and $46,550 from Scott & White Health Plan for “Assessment of the incidence of flares for gouty arthritis patients within the Scott & White Healthcare System.” • Marvin D. Shepherd received $26,496 from Texas Health/Human Serv. Comm. for “Proposal to determine methods to improve pharmacist educational programming and collection information as to why pharmacies are not providing 72-hour emergency prescriptions.” • Karen M. Vasquez received $178,772 from NIHDHHS for “Repair of genome destabilizing DNA structure.”

• Donna M. Burkett has been named recipient of the William. J. Sheffield Outstanding Alumnus Award.


• M. Lynn Crismon has been named chair-elect of the Council of Deans for the AACP.

• Kevin N. Dalby, professor, Medicinal Chemistry Division

• Hung-Wen (Ben) Liu has received the A.I. Scott Medal from Texas A&M University. Michael Sandoval was presented the Texas Exes Teaching Award for Distinguished Teaching Assistant.

• Christopher R. Frei, associate professor, Pharmacotherapy Division

• Veronica S. Young was named recipient of the 2011 Texas Exes Teaching Excellence Award, nominated and voted by students.

Grants • Albino Bacolla received $67,433 from Science Application Int. Corp. for “In silicon research contract.” • Shawn B. Bratton received $296,817 from NIHDHHS for “Caspase-activating complexes.” • Walter L. Fast received $10,000 from Welch Foundation for “Chemical probes of biological catalysts.” • Hung-Wen Liu received $10,000 from Welch Foundation for “Mechanistic studies of novel enzymes.”


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• Maria A. Croyle, professor, Pharmaceutics Division

• James A. Karboski, clinical professor, Health Outcomes And Pharmacy Practice Division • Veronica S. Young, clinical associate professor, Pharmacotherapy Division

University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Appointments/Elections • Schwanda K. Flowers was recently elected for a three-year term to the AACP Experiential Education Section as chair-elect. • Nicki L. Hilliard was elected president-elect of the American Pharmacists Association Academy of Pharmacy Practice and Management (APhAAPPM) in August for a three-year term.

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• Charles K. Born was awarded the Chancellor’s Faculty Teaching Award in November 2011.

• Wojciech Krzyzanski received a $42,762 grant from CFD Research Corporation, Federal, Research for “A computational rat resource (CoRR) for multiscale.”

• Kathryn K. Neill was awarded the Chancellor’s Faculty Teaching Awards in November 2011. • The college’s Division of Radiation Health, led by Director Martin Hauer-Jensen, was awarded a four-year contract from the federal Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA). The value of the contract is nearly $13 million, becoming the largest award in the history of the college. • The college has been named a recipient of the AACP Student Community Engaged Service Award, sponsored by Teva Pharmaceuticals. The faculty advisor was Schwanda K. Flowers.

Promotions • Holly D. Maples was promoted to associate professor of pharmacy practice and the Jeff and Kathy Lewis Sanders College of Pharmacy chair in pediatrics.

University at Buffalo, The State University of New York Appointments/Elections • William J. Jusko appointed chairperson for the National Institutes of Health Special Review Committee for Glue Grants. • Donald E. Mager appointed to the Review Panel for the National Institutes of Health, Special Emphasis Panel. • Harold Manley, clinical associate professor, pharmacy practice

Awards • Sathy V. Balu-Iyer was the recipient of the 2011 University at Buffalo Teaching Innovation Award. Balu-Iyer was also awarded the 2011 Inventor of the Year Award from the Niagara Frontier Intellectual Property Law Association. • Gina M. Prescott received the 2011 Specialist Teaching Award from UB Department of Family Medicine, Erie County Medical Center.

• Donald E. Mager received a $42,779 grant from the National Institutes of Health for “Molecular and Clinical Pharmacology of Retinopathy of Prematurity.” • Scott Monte received a $50,000 community residency grant from the National Association of Chain Drug Stores Foundation through its Community Residency Expansion Project. • Eugene D. Morse received a $355,955 grant from Translational TB Pharmacology Core National Institutes of Health/NAID for UR Developmental Center for AIDS Research. • Jun Qu, along with co-investigators, received a $2,769,497 grant from the National Institutes of Health for “Systems Biology of Glycosylation.” • Robert M. Straubinger and Donald E. Mager received a $651,321 National Institutes of Health sub-contract grant from Columbia University for “Liposome formulations for intra-arterial chemotherapy of brain tumors.” • Kathleen M. Tornatore received a $207,959 grant from Novartis Pharmaceutical Corporation, Private, Clinical Trial for “The Influence of Diabetes on Myfortic (Enteric Coated Mycophenolic Acid Sodium) Pharmacokinetics and Adverse Drug Effects in Stable African American and Caucasian Renal Transplant Recipients.”

Retirements • David J. Triggle, former dean and university provost

University of Cincinnati Grants • Jiukuan Hao, principal investigator, assistant professor of pharmaceutics; source: American Heart Association; amount: $131,740 for 2-year period; title: “Therapy of Stroke with Novel Neuroprotective RNA Nanoparticles.”

• William A. Prescott Jr. received the 2011 UB School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Teacher of the Year Award.

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University of Colorado Appointments/Elections • Joseph J. Saseen was appointed vice chair of the Department of Clinical Pharmacy.


Awards • Thomas E. Buckley received the 2010 American Society of Health-System Pharmacists and Association of Black-Health System Pharmacists Leadership Award at the 2010 ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting.

• Peter L. Anderson was awarded $1.5 million in supplemental funds from the NIH for work he is conducting on the use of daily, oral antiretroviral drugs prior to exposure to HIV. These funds are in addition to the 4-year research grant he already received.


• Manisha Patel was recently awarded a $735,951 contract by the NIH Counter ACT to develop AEOL 10150 (a broad spectrum catalytic antioxidant designed to neutralize reactive oxygen and nitrogen species) as a medical countermeasure against nerve agents.

• John B. Morris, named University of Connecticut Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor.

Promotions • Thomas J. Anchordoquy was promoted to professor.

• Robin H. Bogner has been granted a U.S. Patent, “Flow-through Apparatus for Microscopic Investigation of Dissolution of Pharmaceutical Solids.”


• Marie A. Smith was invested as the inaugural Dr. Henry A. Palmer Endowed Professor in Community Pharmacy Practice. • C. Michael White was appointed to a five-year term as head of the Department of Pharmacy Practice.

• Catherine L. Jarvis was promoted to associate dean for student and professional affairs.

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• Reginald F. Frye has been elected a fellow of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy. In January 2012, he was appointed chairman of the Department of Pharmacotherapy and Translational Research.

• Susan E. Saunders, facilities director, retired after 33 years of service to the school.

University of Connecticut Appointments/Elections • William L. Baker Jr. was elected president of the Connecticut Society of Health-System Pharmacists. • Megan Jo Ehret has been elected to the Board of Directors for the College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists to serve as a member at large. • Lisa Holle has been voted to serve as presidentelect for the Hematology Oncology Pharmacy Association. • Philip M. Hritcko was elected second vice president of the Connecticut Pharmacists Association. • Sean M. Jeffery was elected president of the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists. • Marie A. Smith has been invited to serve on the Society of General and Internal Medicine’s Patientcentered Medical Home Education Committee.


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• John G. Gums, appointed as interim chairman of the Department of Pharmacotherapy and Translational Research. • Anzeela M. Schentrup has become a board certified pharmacotherapy specialist (BCPS). • Richard Segal was appointed to a new endowed chair in the Department of Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy to look at how medication is administered in a hospital and to create systems that will prevent medication errors. • Six clinical faculty have become board certified ambulatory care pharmacists (BCACP): Anna Hall, Heather C. Hardin, Lisa D. Inge, Robin Moorman Li, Carol A. Motycka and Teresa E. Roane.

Awards • David B. Brushwood is receiving the 2012 Pellegrino Medal, to recognize his contribution to healthcare ethics, from the Healthcare Ethics

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and Law Institute (HEaL) of Samford University, Birmingham.

• Audra L. Stinchcomb has been named a professor in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences.

• Rhonda M. Cooper-DeHoff received double recognition for her paper on blood pressure control for patients with diabetes and coronary artery disease. She received the Best Paper Award from the American College of Clinical Pharmacy Cardiology Practice and Research Network; and the 2011 Literature Award from the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists Foundation.

• Mona L. Tsoukleris has been appointed to the executive council of the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s Maryland Asthma Control Program.

Grants • Almut G. Winterstein has received a $255,000 contract from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to develop new medication measures that address the detection and prevention of adverse medication-related patient safety events that can be used in future quality improvement and provider reporting programs.

• Patrick Wintrode has been named an associate professor in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences. • Marcia M. Worley has been named an associate professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science and named director of research for its Center for Innovative Pharmacy Solutions.

Awards • Chanel F. Agness has been chosen to participate in the Stanford Geriatric Education Center’s Faculty Development Program in Ethnogeriatrics.

• Larry M. Lopez, professor of pharmacy and medicine

• Thomas C. Dowling received the 2011 Best Paper Award at the annual meeting of the American College of Clinical Pharmacology.

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• Natalie D. Eddington has been named a fellow of the American College of Clinical Pharmacology.


• Stephen W. Hoag received the IPEC Foundation Ralph Shangraw Memorial Award from the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists.


• Nicole J. Brandt has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists. • Joga Gobburu has been named a professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science. • Stuart T. Haines was appointed to the editorial board of the American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education. • Amy Ives has been named a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science. • Mary Lynn McPherson has been appointed to the editorial board of the journal Practical Pain Management and was appointed to the Educational Advisory Board of the American Pain Society. • James E. Polli was appointed to the executive council of the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists. • Magaly Rodriguez de Bittner has been appointed to the Maryland Health Reform Coordinating Council, Health Care Delivery Reform Subcommittee.

• Cherokee Layson-Wolf has been named a fellow of the American Pharmacists Association. • Raymond C. Love was part of a team that received the United States Pharmacopeia Award for Innovative Response to a Public Health Challenge for its work on Medicare model guidelines. • Kathryn A. Walker received the 2011 Maryland Pharmacists Association Innovative Practice Award and received $260,246 from Union Memorial Hospital for a training agreement.

Grants • James E. Polli and Willam E. Bentley are the principal investigators of the University of Maryland Center of Excellence in Regulatory Science and Innovation (CERSI), funded by an initial $1 million grant from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, which is potentially part of a three-year funding program for improving drug development and manufacturing.

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• Francoise Pradel received $33,105 from SNBL Clinical Pharmacology for “Label Comprehension Assessment of an Emergency Use Prototype Household Antibiotic Kit.” • Linda Simoni-Wastilla received $207,472 from the Retirement Research Foundation for “Quality of Medication Use in Long-Term Care Facilities.” • The School of Pharmacy is working in conjunction with 10 other universities to conduct research over the next five years to improve drug manufacturing standards through a $35 million grant from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to the National Institute for Pharmaceutical Technology and Education (NIPTE).

University of Maryland Eastern Shore Appointments/Elections • D. Raymond Weber Jr., associate professor

Awards • Patrick P. Dougherty was recognized with the Best Original Research Platform Award given by the American Association of Poison Control Centers through the AAPCC’s Research Awards Committee. • Thomas S. Sisca will be inducted into the National Academies of Practice Pharmacy Academy in March 2012.

Grants • ShaoChung V. Hsia, NIH $422,176, “Mechanisms of Early Growth Response Factor 1 (Egr-1) Induction by HSV-1 Lytic Infection,” NIH R15 Grant from National Eye Institute.

University of Michigan Awards • Wei Cheng received a 2011 NIH Director’s New Innovator Award from the National Institutes of Health. With the award, Cheng will receive $1.5 million in direct costs to support his research over the next 5 years. • The university’s Department of Pharmacy Services and the College of Pharmacy were one of five programs to receive the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists 2011 national


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Best Practice Award. The award recognized the University of Michigan for the collaborative pharmacy practice model it had created as part of the university’s Patient-centered Medical Home (PCMH) initiative.

University of Minnesota Appointments/Elections • Caroline A. Gaither joined the College of Pharmacy as the assistant dean for professional education and professor in the Department of Pharmaceutical Care Health Systems. • Shellina Scheiner joined the Department of Experimental and Clinical Pharmacology as an assistant professor. • Henry Wong joined the Institute for Therapeutics Discovery and Development as director of pharmacology.

Grants • Terrence J. Adam has been awarded an IHI Research Support Grant for his study, “Preoperative Outcomes Evaluation Tool (POET) for Surgical Risk Modeling.” • James C. Cloyd is part of a team that received a $7.5 million UO1 grant from the NIH for the project, “Neurophysiologically Based Responsive Pharmacotherapy for Epilepsy.” • Anika Hartz (PI) and Bjoern Bauer received a $1.547 million RO1 for their study, “Bloodbrain barrier P-glycoprotein: a new target for Alzheimer’s disease.” • Mark N. Kirstein is the co-investigator on a National Institutes of Health grant in the amount of $278,628 for the project, “Vitamin D3 Effects on Musculoskeletal Symptoms with Use of Aromatase Inhibitors.” He also received $50,000 for one year to perform pilot studies of a P50, “UAB/UMN SPORE in Pancreatic Cancer.” The title of that project is “Optimizing combination of OSI-906 and chemotherapy.” • Michael Kotlyar received a $275,000 NIDA grant for his R21 submission “Medicinal nicotine for preventing stress induced craving and withdrawal symptoms.” • Jayanth Panyam, Vadim J. Gurvich and Gunda I. Georg received a $247,267 NCI grant for their

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project, “Polymeric Nanoparticles for Tumor Targeted Delivery of Tylocrebrine.” • Shannon L. Reidt and Kristin K. Janke received a $500 ACCP Ambulatory Care Seed Grant for their project, “Evaluation of a Strategy to Build Competency in Drug Literature Evaluation.” • Stephen W. Schondelmeyer received a $35,000 AARP grant for his project, “Retail Market Trends.” • Raj G. Suryanarayanan recently received three grants: $49,948 from Merck to support the study, “Effect of Preparation Method and Additives on Crystallization;” $36,622 from Amgen to support the study, “Quantification of Mannitol Hemihydrate in Lyophilized Formulations;” and $25,165 from Lutonix to support the study, “Characterization of Drug Coated Balloons.”

Grants • Kim R. Brouwer, Paul B. Watkins, National Institute of General Medical Sciences, $154,981, “UNC-Duke Collaborative Clinical Pharmacology Postdoctoral Training Program.” • Stefanie P. Ferreri, National Association of Chain Drug Stores Foundation, $50,000, “NACDS Foundation Community PREP Grant.” • Christopher Gillette, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, $33,129, “The Effect of Risk and Side Effect Communication on Asthma Medication Adherence.”

• Cheryl L. Zimmerman, professor, began a five-year phased retirement on July 1.

• Angela D. Kashuba, National Center for Research Resources, $387,618, “UPLC-MS/MS to Support Preclinical & Clinical Antiretroviral Pharmacology Studies” and National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, $731,273, “Preventing HIV Infection in Women: Targeting Antiretrovirals to Mucosal Tissues.”

University of Nebraska Medical Center

• Samuel Lai, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, $183,473, “Diffusion of Viruses across Human Airway Mucus and Trapping by Antibodies.”


Awards • Jeffrey N. Baldwin received the APhA Hugo H. Schaefer Award.

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Appointments/Elections • Soumya Rahima Benhabbour, research assistant professor • Delesha Carpenter, research assistant professor • Anthony Di Pasqua, research assistant professor • Gang Fang, assistant professor • Charles Green, research associate professor • Xin Ming, research assistant professor

• David S. Lawrence, National Cancer Institute, $307,100, “Spatiotemporal Control of Tumor Cell Signaling.” • Jian Liu, North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, $35,293, “Appalachian Title V Behavioral Health Project.” • Dhiren R. Thakker, Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America Fdn, Inc, $20,000, “Role of Intestinal Apical Cation-selective Transporters on Oral Absorption and Pharmacology of Metformin in Db/db Mouse.”

Promotions • Amanda H. Corbett, associate professor • Stephen V. Frye, professor

• Christine Oramasionwu, assistant professor

• Roy L. Hawke, assistant dean and director of graduate studies

• Denise H. Rhoney, associate professor

• Angela D. Kashuba, professor

• John Greene Shepherd, clinical professor

• Jian Liu, professor

• Michelle Wannemuehler, adjunct assistant professor

• Philip T. Rodgers, clinical associate professor and assistant dean for pharmacy practice partnerships

• Kristina K. Wolf, research assistant professor

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• Mollie A. Scott, regional associate dean at Asheville • John Greene Shepherd, director of professional education at Asheville • Latasha Weeks, regional assistant dean at Elizabeth City

University of Pittsburgh Appointments/Elections • Sandra L. Kane-Gill was appointed to the American College of Clinical Pharmacy’s Task Force on Residencies for 2011-2012. She will also chair the Society of Critical Care Medicine Paragon Quality Improvement Committee in 2012 and was appointed as a member of the Quality and Safety Committee of the Society of Critical Care Medicine for 2012-13. • Amy L. Seybert has been appointed as department chair of the Department of Pharmacy and Therapeutics.

Awards • Amy Calabrese Donihi and Class of 2011 alumni Gerard P. Mascara and Eric Gardner were awarded the 2011 University of Pittsburgh Innovator Award for a medication education video for patients taking warfarin.

Vitale was chosen as the recipient of the award for his continuing education program on smoking cessation for healthcare professionals.

Grants • Jan H. Beumer and Raman Venkataramanan received a $1,500,000, three-year grant from the Coalition of Cancer Cooperative Groups of the National Cancer Institute for “Anticancer Drug and HIV Drug Interactions: in vitro evaluation and in vivo prediction” to perform preclinical metabolic studies of anticancer agents in the setting of antiretroviral drug therapy. • Janice L. Pringle received a $1,550,594, threeyear grant from the Oregon Department of Justice for “Media Literacy to Improve Evidence-Based Prescribing Among Family Medicine Trainees.”

Promotions • Jinhan He has been promoted to the rank of research instructor.

University of Puerto Rico Appointments/Elections • Nahir M. Rivera was appointed adjunct professor of the Pharmacy Practice Department. • Lucas Sievens was appointed assistant professor of the Pharmaceutical Sciences Department.

• Sandra L. Kane-Gill, Amy L. Seybert and Pamela L. Smithburger were members of the team selected to receive the Society of Critical Care Medicine, Clinical Pharmacy and Pharmacology Section, Technology Patient Safety Award.


• Melissa Somma McGivney was awarded the Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association’s 2011 Pharmacist of the Year Award.

• Yamil Gerena, $275,000 R21 from the National Institute of Mental Health from 7/01/11 to 04/30/13 for “Soluble Insulin Receptor Dysfunction Correlates with HAND in HIV+ women on CART” and $50,000 PRCTRC Pilot Grants Program from 07/01/2011 to 06/30/2012 for “Soluble Insulin Receptor and Insulin Resistance in HIV-seropositive Women using CART.”

• Susan M. Meyer was honored by Ohio Northern University’s Raabe College of Pharmacy with a Distinguished Alumni Award. • Susan J. Skledar led the efforts of a multidisciplinary team at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) that is being awarded the national American Society of HealthSystem Pharmacists Best Practices Award in Health-System Pharmacy for 2011. • Francis M. Vitale was awarded the 2012 Outstanding Live CME Activity Award by the Alliance for Continuing Medical Education.


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• Jorge Duconge, $112,500 grant for three years from the National Institutes of Health for “Pharmacogenetics of Warfarin in Puerto Rican Patients using a Physiogenomics Approach.”

• The School of Pharmacy was awarded $50,000 by NACDS for establishment of a Community Pharmacy Residency Program.

Retirements • Sandra M. Fabregas, professor of the Pharmacy Practice Department

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• Luz M. Gutierrez, professor of the Pharmacy Practice Department • Lesbia Hernandez, dean and professor of the Pharmacy Practice Department

his work to develop an HIV vaccine. The grant will be applied to Hu’s membership in the Consortium for AIDS Vaccine Discovery (CAVC).

• Gladys Miro de Rivera, professor of the Pharmacy Practice Department

• David Veenstra, leader of a sub-team at UW, received a $2.3 million grant over four years from the National Human Genome Research Institute for a clinical sequencing exploratory research project to study ways for healthcare professionals to use genome-sequencing information in a clinical setting.

• Ana Velez, professor of the Pharmacy Practice Department

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• Arturo Marti, assistant dean for Graduate Program and professor of the Pharmaceutical Sciences Department

Awards • Michaelene Kedzierski received the Cardinal Health Foundation Generation RX Champion Award 2011 for demonstrated excellence in community-based prescription drug abuse prevention. • Edward Kelly received the Jaconette L. Tietze Young Scientist Award from the UW Institute for Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine. He will receive one year of support of $25,000 for his project, “Identification of MicroRNA Regulators of Hepatocyte Development.”

• Christine A. Sorkness was awarded the 2011 ASHP Foundation Literature Award for Sustained Contributions.

Virginia Commonwealth University Appointments/Elections • Donald F. Brophy, Patricia W. Slattum and Jurgen Venitz have been inducted into the Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society. • Krista Larson Donohoe is a board-certified pharmacotherapy specialist.

• Nanci L. Murphy received the Bill Mueller Outstanding Mentor Award from the Washington State Pharmacy Association.

• Amy W. Rudenko is a board-certified ambulatory care pharmacist.

• Danny D. Shen and Jashvant D. Unadkat were named fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science for distinguished contributions to the field of pharmaceutics.

• Donald F. Brophy; Novo Nordisk Pharmaceuticals; $51,838; “PTT Test and Comparisons on rFVlla and Vatreptacob Alfa.”

Grants • William M. Atkins received a $1 million grant, spread over four years, from the National Institutes of Health to study “Molecular mechanisms of P-glycoprotein.” • Louis P. Garrison is the principal investigator on a $250,000 grant from the PhRMA Foundation to initiate an interdisciplinary graduate certificate program in comparative effectiveness research at UW. Co-investigators are Anirban Basu and Beth Devine.


• Umesh R. Desai; National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute; $16,956,897; “The Chemistry and Biology of Heparan Sulfate.” • Phillip M. Gerk; Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Grand Challenges Explorations grant; $100,000; “Eradicating HIV Infection: Eliminate HIV Viral Sanctuaries.” • Gary R. Matzke; National Association of Chain Drug Stores Foundation; $53,300; grant to publish Virginia Pharmacy Practice Transformation Conference proceedings in the Annals of Pharmacotherapy.

• Shiu-Lok Hu received a $6.7 million grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in support of

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Wayne State University Appointments/Elections • Paul E. Kilgore, associate professor, pharmacy practice

Grants • Aloke K. Dutta, National Institute of Neurologic Disorders and Stroke, National Institutes of Health, $2,200,000, “Novel Neuroprotective Treatment for Parkinson’s Disease.” • Michael Rybak, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health, $429,698, “Impact of daptomycin dose exposure on Enterococci and Characterization of Resistance.”

Wilkes University Awards • Zbigniew J. Witczak, professor of pharmaceutical sciences, was named a 2011 American Chemical Society fellow.

Emerging Colleges and Schools

West Coast University Appointments/Elections • Naushad M. Khan, founding dean, School of Pharmacy

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Chair of the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science College of Pharmacy, University of Kentucky The University of Kentucky invites nominations and applications for the position of Chair of the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science in the College of Pharmacy, with a preferred starting date of July 1, 2012. The ideal applicant will be a nationally and internationally recognized scholar with a strong record of research funding; demonstrated success in promoting excellence in research and graduate education, scholarship and teaching; and have strong leadership and interpersonal skills. An appreciation of contemporary pharmacy practice, education and pedagogy; pharmaceutical outcomes and policy; and clinical and experimental therapeutics is essential. The Chair must have the desire, ability, and vision to lead a department in a premier college of pharmacy that is within the Commonwealth of Kentucky’s flagship public university. The Chair must be prepared to initiate both new strategies and employ established approaches to respond to current opportunities and challenges. Additional information about this position is available at The Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science is an integral component of the University of Kentucky Academic Medical Center, a dynamic interdisciplinary education, healthcare, and research center with an emphasis in areas of strength that include cancer, neuroscience, and cardiovascular disease. The department is housed in the newly-constructed Biological-Pharmaceutical (College of Pharmacy) Building, a $155 million, 289,000 sq. ft., state-ofthe-art facility. This presents exciting opportunities for growth and development of new research and academic programs. More information about the College is available at its web site: http:// Applicants should include a letter summarizing relevant experiences in leadership, administration, and academics, a statement of their philosophy of leadership, and a current curriculum vita. Applicants should be prepared to provide the names, addresses, email addresses, and telephone numbers of four references upon request. Review of applications will begin on March 15, 2012 and will continue until the position is filled. The University has a strong commitment to diversity and encourages applications and nominations from traditionally under-represented groups. Send applications and nominations to:

June 15, 2012

Pharmacy Practice and Science Chair Search Office of the Dean 789 S. Limestone Biological-Pharmaceutical (College of Pharmacy) Building University of Kentucky Lexington KY 40536-0596

September 17, 2012

or electronically to Kendra Harvey at

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The University of Kentucky is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer & Educator. If offered a position, the candidate will be required to pass a pre-employment drug screen and national background check in accordance with University of Kentucky Human Resources regulations.

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2011–12 Average Full-time Pharmacy Faculty Salaries by Rank for Calendar-year Appointments $229,597 (SD $44,464)



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$114,933 (SD $26,018)

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Distribution of 2011–12 Full-time Pharmacy Faculty by Highest Degree Earned

Master’s 202

Other 94

Baccalaureate 113

Ph.D. 2,565

Pharm.D. 2,894

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