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Academic Pharmacy NOW Summer 2012

Volume 5 Issue 2

Facilities Get a


Find out how five pharmacy institutions freshened up their campuses and strengthened education. 24 16 Academic Pharmacy’s Stars

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30 Take Your Medications As Directed

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Academic Pharmacy NOW

Summer 2012 Volume 5 Issue 2

Departments 5 News Briefs 10 Academy in Action • New Insecticides Could Control Disease-Carrying Bugs

Features 16 Leading by Example AACP’s top award winners will have their time to shine at the 2012 Annual Meeting.

24 Facilities Get a Facelift

• Picking a Fight With Infections

Compiled and edited by Jane Rooney and Maureen Thielemans

• Engaging Patients in Healthcare

Find out how five pharmacy institutions freshened up their campuses and strengthened education.

Decision Making

14 Around the World • A Personal and

Professional Test

34 Members Working for You • A Second Calling By Maureen Thielemans

35 Faculty News

30 Take As Directed Compiled and edited by Jane Rooney and Maureen Thielemans

Winners of two AACP-supported medication adherence initiatives created innovative—and sometimes unusual— ways to help patients stick with their medication regimens.

47 The Last Word • Faculty Vacancies in the Academy From the 2011 AACP Survey of Vacant Budgeted and Lost Faculty Positions, conducted from December 2011 to January 2012.

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

Collaboration Is Key By William G. Lang



publisher’s  note

Dear Colleagues: It’s almost time for the “Big Show” (aka Pharmacy Education 2012: the AACP Annual Meeting), and the excitement is building! The meeting provides an exhilarating platform for education, networking and recognizing our best and brightest. This issue of Academic Pharmacy Now features our award-winning stars who will receive top awards as educators, researchers and community engaged servant leaders. AACP Past President Milap C. Nahata, Pharm.D., will lead a dialogue with these individuals at the Awards Plenary on July 17. In my 10 years as AACP’s CEO, I have come to appreciate many things about our largest membership meeting. Each year we add one or more elements to the meeting, but the bedrock is the member-generated programming. There is so much talent in the Academy and such enthusiasm for sharing what works (and occasionally what doesn’t) with colleagues. New to the 2012 meeting is the embedded symposium on medication adherence. Participants will share with each other innovative approaches for helping our learners understand their role in addressing the age-old problem of coaching patients about medication regimens. I suppose if this were an easy objective we wouldn’t continue to record nonadherence rates of 50 percent and higher. Our graduates and practice faculty are certainly right at the point of greatest impact, so improving the tools to teach complianceenhancing behaviors must be a priority. Speaking of platforms that matter, for this issue several member institutions have shared insights into the design and functional capacity of new pharmacy education and research facilities. Especially in the challenging economic times of the past several years, this is an amazing statement of our leaders’ ability to garner the resources to advance their mission by ensuring that their faculty and students have environments in which they can learn and thrive. We hope to make this an annual spotlight of leading projects. As the 2011–12 academic year ends, I hope you have opportunities to pause and catch your breath. Reflection is an important element of the learning equation, and we aim to be lifelong learners. As I reflect on the end of my first decade as your Executive Vice President and CEO, I am amazed at what we have been able to accomplish together. That said, I’ll simply say that the best is yet to come! Sincerely,

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



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News Briefs Research Center Aims to Advance Drug Design, Discovery

“Pharmacogenomics and personalized medicine are the future of the pharmacy profession,” said Dr. Jon E. Sprague, dean of the Raabe College of Pharmacy.

The Mercer University College of Pharmacy and Health SciOhio Northern, which puts a six-year emphasis on pharmacoences launched a research center charged with designing new genetic education, offered a new spring elective course on perdrugs and developing computer-based design methods to adsonal genome evaluation. While the course provides academic vance novel drug discovery. The Center for Drug Design will credit to ONU students, the blog ( and Twitter focus on research and teaching, ranging from software develfeed (@pgxcheck) are publicly available. Students from five opment to the application of computer-based methods that will other universities participated in ONU’s course. predict biologically active compounds prior to laboratory testing. It will serve as a resource for universities, industries and “As the healthcare system continues to evolve and make use of agencies interested not only in pursuing new drugs but also the information provided by the Human Genome Project, we enhancing existing drug candidates. The center will address all will need to learn what our DNA is saying,” said Dr. David fundamental problems and methodologies at the interface of F. Kisor, professor of pharmacokinetics and chair of the Dechemistry, biology and physics. partment of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences at ONU. “Through this blog, individuals will be introduced to personal genome information, something society will certainly encounUniversity of Minnesota Researchers to ter as healthcare moves forward.”

Study Seizures

Mayo Clinic and partners including the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy have been awarded a $7.5 million grant from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, a division of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The research will examine ways to predict and control epileptic seizures in dogs and people. The goal of the research is to use information gleaned from real-time electroencephalograms (EEG) to consistently detect impending seizures. The research also aims to develop methods of preventing these seizures by using fast-acting drug therapies. “Despite more than 15 drugs currently available for the chronic treatment of epilepsy, approximately 25-35 percent of people continue to have persistent and serious seizures even when receiving the most advanced medical care,” said Dr. James C. Cloyd, faculty member at the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy. NeuroVista, a Seattle-based company developing novel technologies for managing and treating epilepsy, and a partner in the NIH grant, has developed an implantable device system that continuously collects and analyzes EEG data to detect impending seizures. The system uses an external patient-carried device with a simple interface—three colored lights—to indicate the risk of an impending seizure. The system is undergoing study in clinical trials in Australia.

ONU Launches Genome Blog Ohio Northern University is focusing on pharmacogenomics education to keep its students and the pharmacy profession on the leading edge of medical advances. Through its unique curriculum, the Raabe College of Pharmacy is integrating pharmacogenomics into medication therapy management.

ACPE Appoints Officers for International Commission The Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) appointed new officers for the International Services Program’s (ISP) International Commission (IC). Dr. George R. Spratto, dean emeritus at the West Virginia University School of Pharmacy, will serve as chair, and Dr. Claude Mailhot, from the University of Montreal, will serve as the vice-chair/chairelect of the IC. These officers will serve through January 2013. The ISP offers consultation, training and professional degree program certification to international stakeholders who seek guidance related to quality assurance and advancement of pharmacy education. ACPE has also increased the number of IC appointees from seven to eight, including four U.S.-based and four international members. New commission members include Dr. Janet P. Engle, professor and head of the Department of Pharmacy Practice at the University of Illinois at Chicago. ACPE President Dr. Robert S. Beardsley serves as an ex-officio member. In addition, ACPE is forming a new ISP Advisory Group, which will review and provide feedback on ISP programs, services, activities and documents. ISP is a partner organization to the Global Alliance for Pharmacy Education.

AACP and NOON Partner to Fight Adult Obesity AACP has teamed up with the Network to Overcome Obesity Now to bring the fight against adult obesity into the 21st Century. NOON encourages patients and healthcare providers to



news briefs engage in meaningful dialogue about which course of treatment best fits the individual patient’s needs. “Obesity is a significant societal and health problem. Pharmacists have a special opportunity to help solve this problem because of the many encounters they have with chronically ill people including those with weight-control conditions,” said Dr. Lucinda L. Maine, AACP executive vice president and CEO. “Faculty at pharmacy schools are spearheading research to put the safest medications before the FDA for approvals, with hopes of ending the chronic illnesses that impact millions of patients every day.” In February, a federal advisory panel recommended approval of what would be the first new prescription drug to treat obesity in 13 years. Because there is no one-size-fits-all approach to treating obesity, safe and effective drug therapies provide adult patients with another option for treatment. For more information about NOON, visit

In Memoriam

Manning was born on Oct. 12, 1956, in Dublin, Georgia. He graduated with a bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate from the College of Agriculture at The University of Georgia. He was a postdoctoral associate and an assistant research toxicologist in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology in the College of Pharmacy. In 1990 he became the state toxicologist for the Environmental Protection Division at the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. While serving in this position, he dealt with state problems surrounding chemical contaminants of air and water. Manning was certified as a diplomat of the American Board of Toxicology. He was also an adjunct professor for the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University and the Interdisciplinary Toxicology Program at The University of Georgia. He served on the Toxicology Excellence for Risk Assessment Board of Directors and was a consultant to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Survivors include his wife of 35 years, a dog, three brothers and one sister.

Donald E. Cadwallader

Albert L. Picchioni

Dr. Donald E. Cadwallader, a 30-year member of The University of Georgia pharmaceutics faculty, passed away on Jan. 11. He was born June 14, 1931, in Buffalo, New York and later resided in Athens, Georgia, for 49 years with his wife, Cecelia Vidis Cadwallader.

Dr. Albert L. Picchioni, founder and first director of The University of Arizona Poison and Drug Information Center, passed away on April 16. He was a professor of pharmacology and toxicology, researcher, educator, pharmacist and mentor. His life’s work focused on neuropharmacology research in epilepsy, toxicology research in poison interventions and poison prevention education.

Cadwallader earned a B.S. from the University at Buffalo in 1953, a master’s degree from The University of Georgia in 1955 and a Ph.D. from the University of Florida in 1957. He worked for White Laboratories and Sterling-Winthrop Research Institute early in his career. In 1961, he returned to Athens and served as a professor and department head in the College of Pharmacy at The University of Georgia for 30 years. He was honored upon retirement as an emeritus professor. His professional memberships and honors include Sigma Xi, Rho Chi, fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists, and the American and Georgia Pharmacy Associations. Cadwallader is internationally recognized for his research and was the author of numerous pharmacy related scientific journal articles, book chapters and pharmacy textbooks. He is survived by his sister, Marilyn Peterson, as well as three children and grandchildren.

Randall Oliver Manning Dr. Randall Oliver Manning, a former postdoctoral associate and an assistant research toxicologist and lecturer in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology at The University of Georgia, passed away on Jan. 16 after a six-year struggle with cancer.



Picchioni was born Aug. 28, 1921, in Klein, Montana to Italian immigrant parents. He earned his B.S. in pharmacy, with honors, from the University of Montana in 1943. From 1943 to 1946, he served as First Sergeant in the U.S. Army as a combat medic pharmacist in the 311th Medical Battalion of the 86th Division in the European and South Pacific Theaters. Following his military service, he worked as a community pharmacist in Harlowton, Montana and completed a residency in hospital pharmacy at the University of Michigan in 1948. He then pursued graduate study at Purdue University where he earned his M.S. in 1950 and Ph.D. in pharmacology in 1952. Later that year, he was appointed professor of pharmacology in the College of Pharmacy at The University of Arizona where he served for 35 years. In 1987 Picchioni retired as professor emeritus from the The University of Arizona. Surviving family members include children and grandchildren.

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Collaboration Is Key Working together is the best option for physical plant enhancements. By William G. Lang Read the article in this edition of Academic Pharmacy Now about pharmacy schools’ new buildings and you will see that collaboration, whether interdepartmental, interinstitutional or interorganizational, was key to achieving those infrastructure enhancement goals. Consider some examples:

funding for the federal programs that support any of these three components of the higher education mission. Yet, the opportunities to increase funding are becoming less likely as Congress focuses its attention on other matters and state legislators reduce funding for health and education programs.

“An opportunity existed to grow the research programs in the Department of Pharmacy Practice, and additional space would facilitate research collaboration with Medical Center colleagues.”

Collaboration Becomes an Expectation

“Each classroom participating in distance learning now also has a work-study student—trained by the IT staff and the Department of Instructional Technology—to facilitate questions and handle other logistical issues that arise.” “By 2008, $5 million had been allocated to the VCU School of Pharmacy by the commonwealth of Virginia. Two alumni in the Virginia legislature, Dels. Harvey B. Morgan and S. Chris Jones, helped secure the funds.” Sharing not only resources but the positive outcomes of those resources has never been more important. Meeting the teaching, research and service mission of higher education now requires the development and maintenance of strong internal and external partnerships. AACP continues to seek increased

During the past several years, the federal government has increased its collaboration expectations of grantees and other beneficiaries of federal support. Not only have the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services placed greater expectations of team-based care on health facilities and clinicians, federal agency grants frequently require applicants to show evidence of interprofessional and multidisciplinary activities. A 2008 report from the National Advisory Mental Health Council Workgroup on Research Training to the National Institutes of Health affirms that science is increasingly multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary. NIH offers the following definition of interdisciplinary research: “…a mode of research by teams or individuals that integrates information, data, techniques, tools, perspectives, concepts, and/ or theories from two or more disciplines or bodies of special-

Coming Soon: 2012 AACP Annual Report AACP is yet another shade greener. We’ve transitioned the annual report to a Web-based product, replacing the print publication. Read highlights of the Association’s accomplishments during the past year—visit the News and Publications section of the AACP Web site,, then click on annual report. The annual report will be posted July 13.



academy in action ized knowledge to advance fundamental understanding or to solve problems whose solutions are beyond the scope of a single discipline or area of research practice.” The report also states: “…team science, i.e., science based on collaborations, is increasingly common (see, e.g., Miller, 2008) and may reflect the increasing complexity of the research questions posed and the need for diverse kinds of expertise to address the research question at hand. In fact, the increase in interdisciplinary research and team science may be closely linked.”

More Required of Grantees The peer review criteria for many of the NIH grant programs frequently ask potential grantees: “Are inter- and multi-disciplinary and inter-professional research training opportunities or novel concepts, approaches, methodologies, or technologies appropriately utilized?” The National Science Foundation dedicates a section of its Web site to interdisciplinary research. The NSF is an excellent place to seek funding for both interdisciplinary research support as well as grant support for education improvement—including technology—especially focused on STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) disciplines. The Department of Education offers grants through the Fund for the Improvement of Post-Secondary Education. FIPSE “...supports innovative projects that may respond to issues of national and global significance. These projects propose significant reforms and improvements in U.S. postsecondary education and have the potential to serve as national models for reform.” Remember the work-study student mentioned at the beginning of this column? The department is also responsible for the Federal Work-Study Program, which provides grant funds to pay eligible students to work part-time in academic and other sites.

Continue to Seek Earmarks Let’s not forget the importance of the interorganizational collaborations. While Congress continues to discuss the merits of earmarks, those ubiquitous funds based on the sole action of a legislator to funnel funds back home to the state or district remain a relevant approach to seeking physical plant funding. Developing and maintaining these relationships, through your university government affairs office or your personal relationships, can garner significant resources—at least until the unlikely day those options are eliminated entirely.

Resources 2008 National Advisory Mental Health Council Workgroup on Research Training–Report Office of Research Infrastructure Programs Division of Instruments and Construction Shared Instrument Grants instrumentation.aspx Extramural Construction construction.aspx CREATIV (Creative Research Awards for Transformative Interdisciplinary Ventures) interdisciplinary_research/creativ/index.jsp Interdisciplinary Research Web site: interdisciplinary_research/index.jsp Fund for the Improvement of Post-Secondary Education index.html Federal Work-Study Program

William G. Lang is Vice President of Policy and Advocacy at AACP;



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New Insecticides Could Control Disease-Carrying Bugs Purdue researchers to study the hereditary information encoded in insect DNA. Two professors at Purdue University are discovering the next generation of insecticides directed at disease-carrying pests such as mosquitoes, ticks and tsetse flies. New research findings could help professionals in the human health, veterinary and crop production sectors.

New Potential for Old Drugs Hill’s and Watts’ research teams are revisiting drugs previously approved by the FDA to look for insecticidal effects. Their paper, “A ‘Genome-to-Lead’ Approach for Insecticide Discovery: Pharmacological Characterization and Screening of Aedes aegypti D1-like Dopamine Receptors,” which appears in the PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases journal, identifies a commonly used antidepressant as a larvicide.

Dr. Val J. Watts, professor of medicinal chemistry and molecular pharmacology in the College of Pharmacy, and Catherine A. Hill, associate professor of entomology in the College of Agriculture, say vector insects—which carry and transmit in“Amitriptyline has been prescribed for more than 50 years and fectious pathogens or parasites to other living organisms—are we know human physiology handles it very well,” Watts said. developing resistance to insecticides sprayed in the air or em“But it also kills larvae of the mosquito that spreads yellow fever bedded in bed nets. The increased resistance makes insectiand dengue fever in the tropical and subtropical regions of the cides less effective. world. There may be other FDA-approved drugs we didn’t realize can also be insecticides.” “The development of insecticide resistance threatens our ability to control insects that transmit diseases to human and animal populations in both developed and under-developed nations,” Hill said. “The transmission of diseases, such as malaria and Lyme disease, becomes more widespread, which reduces quality of life, impacts mortality and puts enormous pressure on healthcare professionals.”

An Interprofessional Approach Hill’s background in vector insect biology and Watts’ specialization in molecular pharmacology led them to create an approach that focuses on specific insect genomes, which is hereditary information encoded in insect DNA.

The next step to develop the genome-centric method is exploring other drugs through an in vivo assay. The goal: Discover insecticidal or larvicidal properties and identify novel chemicals that affect the targeted receptor of disease-carrying insects. Hill and Watts also are looking for public-private partnerships that will help determine the most effective methods to deliver these insecticides. Purdue researchers Dr. Val J. Watts, from left, and Catherine A. Hill prepare larvae for a test to determine which drugs are toxic to mosquitoes and could be developed as insecticides. They have developed a method to discover the next generation of insecticides based on specific insect genomes, or hereditary information encoded in DNA.

“The genome of most of these vector insects already is mapped out and each is unique,” Watts said. “We have used genomic approaches to identify key receptors found on a cell’s surface on these insects’ central nervous systems.” They began with receptors that are involved with feeding. “Targeting these receptors leads either to killing the insect or stopping it from feeding, which is how pathogens and parasites are spread,” Hill continued.



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Because the approach focuses on vector insects’ DNA, insecticides created through this method may be safer for humans, pets and non-vector insects such as honey bees. They also may be less harmful to the environment than other insecticides.

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Picking a Fight With Infections A grant will help develop reporting software to determine how antibiotics are being prescribed. A Wayne State University researcher has joined a nationwide effort to monitor infectious microorganisms that are becoming increasingly resistant to antibiotics. Dr. Michael J. Rybak, professor of pharmacy and medicine, and director of the Anti-Infective Research Laboratory in the Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, received $223,000 for six months from the Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) to create a mechanism for enabling better administration of antimicrobials and reducing resistance to them. In recent years pharmaceutical companies have produced fewer antibiotics, which are used to treat microbial infections. Antibiotics offer smaller returns on investment than drugs used to treat chronic diseases such as diabetes, arthritis or hypertension, and it’s also difficult to get new anti-infectives approved by the FDA. A decade ago, Rybak said, companies were producing up to 20 new antibiotics a year, but now production is down to maybe 1 or 2—and in some years, none. “We can’t continue the way we are,” he said. “We’re going to get to the stage where there are patients with serious infections but no effective antibiotics to treat them. We are simply not keeping pace with the development of bacterial resistance to antibiotics.”

Using Data Wisely To minimize the development of drug resistance, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently made available a pool of money as part of the Affordable Care Act for which state health departments could apply. MDCH is among the first nationally to receive such a grant. Rybak’s project, “Improving Hospital-based Antimicrobial Prescribing Towards Reducing Antimicrobial-Resistant Hospital-Acquired Infections,” will involve working with medical support vendors to develop reporting software that can merge information with data already being collected by the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN). The network enables healthcare providers to report epidemiology and infection data to the CDC. Previously, researchers could look only at resistance patterns and compare them to hospital purchases of antimicrobials, but Rybak said such data yield only a rough estimate at best on how antibiotics are being prescribed. “Just because somebody purchases drugs doesn’t mean they’re using them,” he said.

Locating Patterns of Resistance Rybak’s project is a surveillance attempt to determine how antibiotics are being prescribed. By allowing additions to the NHSN report, his grant will help researchers validate which patients receive a particular antibiotic in a specific unit in a given hospital. The new module will derive data from bar-coding systems in use at the Detroit Medical Center and the University of Michigan Health System (and soon to be adopted by the Henry Ford and Beaumont health systems) that document administration of antibiotics to patients. It will enable researchers to trace resistance patterns to regions, states, cities and even hospital systems. “This will vastly enhance our ability to discourage the development of antibiotic resistance,” Rybak said. “Stewardship of antimicrobials including antibiotics means trying to steer the appropriate use of antimicrobials at the most optimized dose so resistance doesn’t develop so quickly that we can’t keep pace with it. “We’re not producing a lot of anti-infectives, so we really have to preserve the ones we have,” he continued. “Unfortunately, antibiotic resistance continues to increase worldwide. Microbes are very quick and very smart, and they’ll be here long after we’re gone.”



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Engaging Patients in Healthcare Decision Making The University of Maryland will find ways to include hard-to-reach patients in research design and implementation. Through a contract awarded from the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), the University of Maryland Schools of Pharmacy, Medicine and Nursing will study more effective ways to include hard-to-reach patients in healthcare decision making. The agreement is one of only a few PCORI contracts issued to date with the goal of developing models, protocols or guidelines for including patients in research design and implementation.

The Mullins team, including researchers from the Schools of Medicine and Nursing, will be using focus groups to gather opinions of the hard-to-reach patient populations and the individuals who care for them. These patient and caregiver focus groups will occur in Baltimore. Mullins notes that PCORI likely chose Baltimore because of the rich history of community activism by healthcare and social work leaders from the University of Maryland and other universities in the city.

PCORI is an independent agency established by the federal Affordable Care Act of 2010 as a nongovernmental, nonprofit organization. The institute works to help patients, their caregivers and clinicians make better-informed healthcare decisions by developing trusted, high-quality information on options for preventing, diagnosing and treating diseases and conditions.

“I personally think that this is the way that research should be done,” he said. “Science can tell us how people might respond to treatment genetically, but basic sciences cannot predict behavior. We need to understand how patients think and how they behave based on their preferences, not just their genetics. Only when we listen to patients’ experiences and concerns are we going to help them make wise decisions about medical treatments.”

Making the Effort “Our contract is very ambitious, focusing on those patients who are least likely to be engaged in research,” said Dr. C. Daniel Mullins, principal investigator and professor of pharmaceutical health services at the School of Pharmacy. “These patients are racial and ethnic minorities, of a low socio-economic status, or patients with some type of impairment, including visual, hearing, mobility or cognitive. Researchers usually don’t provide outreach to such patients because it takes more time and effort to include them.”

Engaging Local Communities The team will reach out into communities with help from several partners, including the research and statistical survey firm Westat, Inc., Bon Secours Health System, the Association of Black Cardiologists and the Mt. Lebanon Baptist Church.

Click and Recruit: AACP’s Online Career Center Take advantage of the best recruitment tool in the academic pharmacy community: the AACP Online Career Center. Posting a job—and reaching a large pool of candidates—is easy and inexpensive. Just go to and click on Job Search or Employer Home to view instructions and fees. For more information, contact Maureen Thielemans at or 703-739-2330 ext. 1022.



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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 ofACADEMIC pharmacy,PHARMACY be part of the creation! NOW  Summer 2012


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A Personal and Professional Test Two pharmacy educators faced unique challenges while providing critical healthcare services to Haitians. The people of Haiti still need the international community’s help to recover from the earthquake that devastated the country in 2010. Dr. Dipan B. Ray and Dr. Ronnie J. Moore, professors at Touro College of Pharmacy—New York, know this first-hand after building, organizing and running a makeshift pharmacy at a tented hospital based at the Port au Prince Airport just weeks after the disaster.

Challenging Conditions The part-time Rite Aid pharmacists joined 150 physicians and nurses from across the U.S. for disaster relief in February 2010. They served patients housed in a temporary hospital at the airport, set up by Project Medishare for Haiti, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving healthcare for Haitians. The U.S. Army and Marine Corps secured the facility. Within the compound area were several large and small tents to service adult and pediatric patients, a supply storage area and housing for the volunteers. A small isolation tent was set up for patients suffering from tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS, meningitis and other infectious diseases.

Dr. Dipan B. Ray and Dr. Ronnie J. Moore, professors at Touro College of Pharmacy—New York, built, organized and ran a makeshift pharmacy at a tented hospital based at the Port au Prince Airport just weeks after the earthquake that hit Haiti in 2010.



Upon arriving at their new clinic, the team participated in an orientation session. Even with adjusted expectations, Ray knew it was going to be a challenging and stressful environment with less than optimal medical support.

Building a Pharmacy From the Ground Up “Hundreds of boxes of medicine, many with labels in foreign languages, were piled on the floor in a way that resembled the rubble left behind by the deadly quake,” Ray said. With the help of Army volunteers, who built shelves for the new pharmacy, each clinician worked 20 hours a day for two days to organize the medication. They spent the remaining time streamlining the workflow and pharmacy protocol. Within two days the pharmacists were dispensing more than 1,500 prescriptions per day and providing medical care to 200 patients at a time. Ray and his colleagues organized an infrastructure of meager supplies to meet the enormous medical demands. A central supply for syringes, catheter bags, pediatric formula, flushes, pre-filled

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A New Home for Global Pharmacy Education

morphine syringes and everything needed for ancillary patient care was created. However, some health professionals remained disconnected to the disaster relief environment and wrote medication orders that could only be available in a typical hospital formulary system. As a result, nearly every order had to be changed to accommodate the medication supply received as donations.

Dealing With Death and Destruction Added to the logistical mayhem were casualties. A woman in her 50s, seen to treat hypovolemia, had uncontrolled blood pressure. Her condition worsened, and the physicians on duty wrote an emergency order for Dopamine to revive her from cardiac arrest. Heavy rains that night caused flooding in the storage tent, making access to medication challenging. Ray quickly gathered IV supplies of Dopamine, only to find that, in those few moments, the woman had died. After working around the clock for two days between the supply storage area and patient care units, Ray established an efficient system of request and distribution. Working through local translators to obtain medical history from patients during intake, a synergy developed between the interprofessional healthcare team that became imperative to meeting the challenges. Even with the difficulties Ray and Moore encountered, they said it was an experience that was extremely fulfilling.

Dr. Ray and his colleagues organized an infrastructure of meager supplies to meet the enormous medical demands of the Haitian people.

“Although we were very happy to rejoin our families, we returned with heavy minds as we left behind the people of Haiti and a close-knit family of physicians, nurses and pharmacists created in a very short time,” Ray said. “It gave us a valuable lesson in being able to work under such stressful circumstances as a pharmacist. It was a life-changing experience that I will never forget.”

See how your contributions as pharmacy educators are helping to advance pharmacy education around the world. Visit the new Global Alliance for Pharmacy Education Web site at Launched by GAPE members—comprised of national associations of pharmacy educators, regional organizations of educators from multiple countries and other important stakeholders—the Web site provides a forum for networking and resource sharing. Resources currently available include: •

Accreditation standards and guidelines

Curricular models

Administrative documents

Competency statements and course materials from Alliance members and partner organizations

Let us know how the GAPE Web site can be enhanced over time to meet the expanding needs of pharmacy faculty globally. Contact AACP Executive Vice President and CEO Lucinda L. Maine, Ph.D., R.Ph., at lmaine@ to share your ideas.





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Leading by Example AACP’s top award winners will have their time to shine at the 2012 Annual Meeting. What happens when you combine thought-provoking speakers, cutting-edge topics, invaluable networking opportunities and a comprehensive educational program? The result is an event so outstanding it can only be called Pharmacy Education 2012! Pharmacy educators from around the world are eager to turn up the heat on their professional development in Kissimmee, Florida, at the 2012 AACP Annual Meeting, July 14–18. From engaging pre-sessions to enlightening research posters, attendees will be armed with the latest tools and resources to prepare the next generation of pharmacists, educators and pharmaceutical scientists. Annual Meeting registrants will continue learning back at home with free access to all session recordings in the AACP Online Learning Center. In this issue of Academic Pharmacy Now we feature the brightest and best in pharmacy teaching, research and service. With only weeks until the big event, we hope you’ll join these award winners at the Annual Meeting and leave inspired to strive for excellence in your career.



Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center • Kissimmee, Florida A Cut Above In addition to sharing ideas with colleagues, the AACP Annual Meeting is an opportunity to recognize excellence in academic pharmacy. During the 2012 Examining Excellence Awards Plenary on July 17, AACP President Brian L. Crabtree, Pharm.D., professor of pharmacy practice and Thelma H. Cerniglia Distinguished Teaching Scholar, will present the Association’s top awards: the Robert K. Chalmers Distinguished Pharmacy Educator Award, the Paul R. Dawson Biotechnology Award, the Volwiler Research Achievement Award and the Lawrence C. Weaver Transformative Community Service Award. Recipients will share their personal career paths, how they achieved greatness in their work,

and what qualities mark excellence in pharmacy education, research and service. Dr. Milap C. Nahata, AACP past president and professor of pharmacy at The Ohio State University, will lead the discussion. Receiving the award for the best paper published in the American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education in 2011 is a team of faculty members representing four universities. The Rufus A. Lyman Award will be presented at the Closing Banquet on Tuesday, July 17, when the Association celebrates its collective accomplishments during the past year.

Rufus A. Lyman Award “Cross-Validation of an Instrument for Measuring Professionalism Behaviors” Katherine A. Kelley, Ph.D., Assistant Dean for Assessment and Accreditation, The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy Luke D. Stanke, B.S., graduate student in the Department of Educational Psychology, University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy Suzanne M. Rabi, Pharm.D., Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs, University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy

In collaboration with seven institutions, the authors developed a 33-item Professional Assessment Tool (PAT) with five domains of professionalism: reliability, responsibility and accountability; lifelong learning and adaptability; relationships with others; upholding principles of integrity and respect; and citizenship and professional engagement. Factor analyses from the seven-school pilot study demonstrated that professionalism items are good fits within each of the 5 domains. Data from the PAT provided evidence validating its usefulness in measuring professionalism in students.

Sarah E. Kuba, Ph.D., Director of Assessment, University of Wisconsin–Madison School of Pharmacy Kristin K. Janke, Ph.D., Associate Professor in the Department of Pharmaceutical Care & Health Systems, University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy





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Robert K. Chalmers Distinguished Pharmacy Educator Award Jean M. Nappi, Pharm.D., FCCP, BCPS Professor of Clinical Pharmacy and Outcome Sciences South Carolina College of Pharmacy Dr. Jean M. Nappi will receive the Chalmers award for her excellence as a teacher, her outstanding achievements as a researcher and scholar, and her overall impact on pharmacy education and the profession. Throughout Nappi’s 34-year career she has made major contributions to pharmacy education that have had substantial impact around the country. She played a pivotal role in establishing Pharm.D. programs at multiple institutions and was instrumental in creating courses on pharmacotherapeutics. Nappi has been at the forefront of postgraduate residency training, particularly pharmacotherapy specialty residencies. She is a leader at the South Carolina College of Pharmacy in the area of interprofessional education and a substantial contributor to scholarship in pharmacy education. She has authored more than 125 publications, 34 of which directly contribute to pharmacy education.


Paul R. Dawson Biotechnology Award

Volwiler Research Achievement Award

Tejal A. Desai, Ph.D.

Gene D. Morse, Pharm.D.

Professor University of California, San Francisco School of Pharmacy

Professor of Pharmacy Practice, Medicine and Pediatrics University at Buffalo, The State University of New York School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Dr. Tejal A. Desai joined Boston University as an associate professor in 2001 where she led a new center in bionanotechnology and bioMEMS, as well as developed new courses in bionanotechnology, drug delivery and tissue engineering. In 2005, she came to UCSF as a full professor in the Department of Bioengineering and Therapeutic Sciences (BTS), a joint department of the UCSF Schools of Pharmacy and Medicine. Desai’s scientific achievements are changing the way others in her field are thinking about drug delivery. She has developed new ideas to design particles with nanostructured surfaces to render both bioadhesive and biomimetic properties. Her groundbreaking work is supported by many patents as well as work with large companies such as Genentech, Kimberly Clarke and Johnson & Johnson. Desai has a strong track record of attracting extramural support from NIH, NSF and the pharmaceutical industry. Despite today’s competitive funding environment, she has received more than $1 million in annual direct funding.


Dr. Gene D. Morse is associate director of UB’s New York State Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences and director of the HIV Clinical Pharmacology Program in the Translational Pharmacology Research Core. Morse is a pioneer in AIDS clinical pharmacotherapy. In 1986 he was one of the initial investigators selected to be part of the NIH-sponsored AIDS Clinical Trials Group and one of the first HIV Clinical Pharmacology Specialty Laboratories in the United States. Over the past 25 years, Morse’s cutting-edge research in HIV/AIDS has received grant funding of $25.8 million as a primary investigator and $3.8 million as a co-investigator.

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Students Excel in Service Learning Four student-led community engagement projects and one school of pharmacy will be honored for their extraordinary commitment to community service during the 2012 Annual Meeting. Dr. Rodney A. Carter, AACP immediate past president, will present the 2011–12 Student Community Engaged Service Awards, sponsored by Teva Pharmaceuticals, to student groups from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, University of California, San Francisco, Creighton University and the University of Nebraska Medical Center at a special session on July 17.

The University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy will receive the 2011–12 Lawrence C. Weaver Transformative Community Service Award during the Examining Excellence Awards Plenary also on July 17. This award honors a college or school of pharmacy demonstrating a major institutional commitment to addressing unmet community needs through education, practice and research. Academic Pharmacy Now highlights the incredible work and dedication to community service on behalf of The University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy and the four student-led groups.

Lawrence C. Weaver Transformative Community Service Award The University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy The University of Mississippi demonstrates a deep commitment to improving the health of citizens in their local community. The School of Pharmacy shares this social awareness and its faculty, staff and students seek opportunities through teaching, practice and research to fulfill this mission. One school program, the Delta Pharmacy Patient Care Management Project, has gone beyond the traditional academic role in service. The project is a community-based research approach to providing innovative pharmacy services in the Mississippi Delta, an impoverished region with many unmet healthcare needs. This project has multiple initiatives from implementation of medication therapy management services to integrating pharmacists into health information technology. Through the Delta Project, the School of Pharmacy provides diabetes group education classes at two sites, the G.A. Carmichael Family Health Center and in the employer-based setting at Viking Range Corporation. These are weekly, pharmacist-led, oneto two-hour sessions at the clinic or worksite during which the group discusses topics such as an overview of diabetes, complications and healthy meal choices. ACADEMIC PHARMACY NOW  Summer 2012




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Student Community Engaged Service Awards University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Pharmacy The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Pharmacy began working with the Consulate of Mexico in Little Rock in 2010. As a result of the Consulate’s commitment to improve the living standards of Mexican communities in the region, the Ventanilla de Salud was developed. The VDS provides information and referrals to healthcare resources for this underserved population. Screening and immunization clinics at the Consulate involved students and faculty from the College of Pharmacy, community pharmacists, community pharmacy residents and translators. Patients were screened for diabetes, hyperlipidemia, osteoporosis and hypertension. In addition, student pharmacists under pharmacists’ supervision provided H1N1 immunizations. From 2010-2012 a total of 1,185 patients were immunized for influenza and hundreds of patients were screened for diabetes, hypertension and osteoporosis. In addition, all of these patients received verbal and written patient education in Spanish regarding these disease states and disease prevention.

University of California, San Francisco School of Pharmacy Partners in D is a program designed to help Medicare beneficiaries and health profession-



sponsored by Teva Pharmaceuticals

als maximize the complex Medicare Part D prescription drug benefit by providing individualized Part D counseling in the community to underserved patients. The program also aims to educate the community of current and future prescribers about Part D via interprofessional lectures developed and presented by student pharmacists. A total of 1,193 students statewide were trained in a novel curriculum and performed individualized counseling for 2,087 underserved Medicare beneficiaries. Research revealed that before community outreach interventions were conducted, only 29 percent of beneficiaries were in the least-costly drug plans. Peer Educators delivered 79 lectures to 2,344 prescribers throughout California and at major academic medical centers across the country. Research revealed that prescribers regarded the student pharmacist lectures very highly, and when compared to baseline, significantly increased their Part D knowledge and their desire to collaborate with pharmacists on drug product selection, drug costs, health insurance formularies and Part D plan issues.

Creighton University School of Pharmacy and Health Professions The purpose of Creighton University’s project was to help Seven Oaks at Notre Dame, an independent senior community, collect resident data, identify residents at risk of falling, and utilize the team’s professional knowledge and expertise to help the facility provide targeted services according to the needs of its residents. Ultimately, the project promoted the health and independence of an underserved population, while fostering interprofessional teamwork and collabora-

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Innovation Inside and Outside the Classroom tion. The team of students, residents and faculty mentors improved efficiency, communication and continuity in the provision of the group’s recommendations. The success of the program has stirred interest within the greater Omaha community, and the students plan to expand the program and implement the interprofessional model in the Immanuel Senior Communities and Omaha Indian Tribe at Macy, Nebraska.

University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Pharmacy Student pharmacists have the opportunity to collaborate with all disciplines across the University of Nebraska Medical Center campus to provide cost effective medication therapy at the SHARING (Student Health Alliance Reaching Indigent Needy Groups) Clinic. Formulary management, medication assistance programs and student pharmacists’ role in guiding prescribing help make this achievable. Student pharmacists get to know the challenges of providing medications to patients that cannot afford them, as well as what impact rising medication costs have on the healthcare system. The SHARING clinic also provides an exceptional environment for interprofessional education. Students from multiple disciplines see the patients and must work together to come up with the best treatment plan. Teams of student health professionals are developed to follow patients together over the several years they attend the university. This allows patient, provider and team relationships to be developed.

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

Innovations in Teaching Competition David J. Caldwell, Pharm.D.,The University of Louisiana at Monroe College of Pharmacy Practical Activity Design With Personality Type Theory: The Zombie Apocalypse Practical Activity Tara L. Jenkins, Ph.D.,The University of Kansas School of Pharmacy Developing Lifelong Learning Skills in the U.S. Health Care System Karen R. Sando, Pharm.D., University of Florida College of Pharmacy Medication Mysteries Infinite Case Tool: A Situated-Learning Experience

Award for Excellence in Assessment Kristin K. Janke, Ph.D., University of Minnesota: Program Level Assessment of Lifelong Learning Skill Development through Informed Planning and Ongoing Improvements in a Continuing Professional Development Portfolio Process Melissa S. Medina, Ed.D.,The University of Oklahoma: Incremental Development of an Integrated Assessment Method for the Professional Curriculum Susan M. Meyer, Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh: An Assessment Matrix to Guide Data Collection, Interpretation, and Action

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Learning From the Pros AACP Walmart Scholars will experience life as a pharmacy educator at the 2012 Annual Meeting. Seventy-five students and their faculty mentors make up this year’s AACP Walmart Scholars. Now in its eighth year, the program seeks to strengthen the student’s commitment to a career in academic pharmacy through participation in the Annual Meeting. Sixty-seven of these scholarships are supported by Walmart and eight are supported by AACP. The 2012 AACP Walmart Scholars are: Christy M. Agee, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Faculty Mentor: Melanie Claborn Shamsul Arif, University of Connecticut Faculty Mentor: Lauren S. Schlesselman Trang H. Au, Creighton University Faculty Mentor: Mark A. Malesker Megan E. Austin, University of Missouri–Kansas City Faculty Mentor: Patricia A. Marken Pankti Bhatt, Long Island University Faculty Mentor: Kenza E. Benzeroual Emily M. Bourret, University of New England Faculty Mentor: Kenneth L. McCall III Jamie Chin, University at Buffalo,The State University of New York Faculty Mentor: Nicole P. Albanese Peter D. Colley, University of California, San Francisco Faculty Mentor: Sharon L.Youmans Kara D. Connelly, Southwestern Oklahoma State University Faculty Mentor: Erin D. Callen Pamela V. Darrow, University of Wyoming Faculty Mentor: Michelle L. Hilaire

Courtney Ferrin,The University of Utah Faculty Mentor: James Ruble Cy Fixen, South Dakota State University Faculty Mentor: Daniel J. Hansen Catherine K. Floroff,Virginia Commonwealth University Faculty Mentor: Spencer E. Harpe Julie M. Foster, University of Florida Faculty Mentor: Karen L. Whalen Theresa J. Foster, University of New England Faculty Mentor: Jean M. Woodward Carina Fung, St. John’s University Faculty Mentor:Vibhuti Arya Nick M. Galanakis, University of the Sciences Faculty Mentor: Jean M. Scholtz Kristen N. Gardner, University of Michigan Faculty Mentor: Nancy A. Mason Seth Gomez, University of the Pacific Faculty Mentor: Rajul A. Patel David R. Ha, University of California, San Diego Faculty Mentor: Felix K.Yam Sarah F. Hale, Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Faculty Mentor: Gina Garrison

Brandon Dionne, University of New England Faculty Mentor: Matthew M. Lacroix

Kathryn S. Hentzen, University of Wisconsin–Madison Faculty Mentor: Karen J. Kopacek

Ryan A. Farris, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Faculty Mentor: Amy M. Franks

Michael D. Hicho Jr.,The University of Toledo Faculty Mentor: Michelle L. Serres



Juliann M. Horne,The University of Texas at Austin Faculty Mentor:Veronica S.Young Timothy Inocencio,Virginia Commonwealth University Faculty Mentor: David A. Holdford Angela D. Johnston, Auburn University Faculty Mentor: Emily McCoy Alissa H. Karr, Purdue University Faculty Mentor: Jane E. Krause Korey A. Kennelty, University of Wisconsin– Madison Faculty Mentor: Betty A. Chewning Nora C. Kirby-Swenson, Chicago State University Faculty Mentor: Melany P. Puglisi-Weening Alexandra H. Lindner, University of Washington Faculty Mentor: Dana P. Hammer Michelle R. Locke, South Dakota State University Faculty Mentor: Olayinka O. Shiyanbola Dawn K. Lockman, University of Maryland Faculty Mentor: Lauren B. Angelo Heidi R. Luder, University of Cincinnati Faculty Mentor: Pamela C. Heaton Tonya M. Mawyer,Virginia Commonwealth University Faculty Mentor: Brigitte L. Sicat Jeffery B. Morgan,The University of Mississippi Faculty Mentor: John M. Rimoldi

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Sakura Moua,Touro University California Faculty Mentor: Kajua B. Lor

Erica R. Rogers, Union University Faculty Mentor: Kim M. Jones

Nicole M. Wegrzyn, Northeastern University Faculty Mentor: Jenny A.Van Amburgh

Bernard Murray, Howard University Faculty Mentor: Tamara Foreman

Lauren L. Rupp, Ohio Northern University Faculty Mentor: Deirdre L. Myers

Elyse R. Weitzman, University of Pittsburgh Faculty Mentor: Christine M. Ruby

Jenni R. Nelson, Pacific University Oregon Faculty Mentor: Kristine B. Marcus

Julieta F. Scalo,The University of Texas at Austin Faculty Mentor: Kenneth A. Lawson, Jr.

James S. Wheeler,The University of Tennessee Faculty Mentor: Shaunta’ M. Ray

John Michael Segars,The University of Mississippi Faculty Mentor: Kristopher Harrell

Mary K. Wilcoxen, Union University Faculty Mentor: Sean R. King

Hugh Ngo,Touro University California Faculty Mentor: Maggie C. Louie Sarah E. Norman, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Faculty Mentor: Nalin Payakachat Nicholas S. O’Rourke, North Dakota State University Faculty Mentor: Donald R. Miller

Nicole A. Slater, Shenandoah University Faculty Mentor: Dawn E. Havrda

Emily L. Willett, South Carolina College of Pharmacy Faculty Mentor: Elizabeth W. Blake

Kathryn J. Smith, University of Minnesota Faculty Mentor: Doneka R. Scott

Terrance Yu, University of Southern California Faculty Mentor: Kathleen Hill-Besinque

Laura C. Palombi, University of Minnesota Faculty Mentor: Kristin K. Janke

Kayla E. Smith, University of Connecticut Faculty Mentor: Sean M. Jeffery

Kara R. Parsons, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Faculty Mentor: Melissa M. Dinkins

Leslie N. Smith,The University of Tennessee Faculty Mentor: Debbie C. Byrd

Sarah J. Payne,The University of Oklahoma Faculty Mentor:Vincent C. Dennis Todd A. Penn, Midwestern University/Glendale Faculty Mentor: Lindsay E. Davis Naba Rahman, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine School of Pharmacy–Georgia Campus Faculty Mentor: Samuel M. John Anusha Raju, University of Minnesota Faculty Mentor: Todd D. Sorensen Lourdes V. Ramos,The University of Oklahoma Faculty Mentor: Kimberly M. Crosby Kelley L. Ratermann, University of Kentucky Faculty Mentor: Kelly M. Smith Brett A. Read, Purdue University Faculty Mentor: Maureen A. Smythe Allison B. Riendeau, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Faculty Mentor: Jena Ivey Burkhart

Stacey A. Smith, Regis University Faculty Mentor: Matthew G. Fete Brett H. Snyderman, Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine Faculty Mentor: Julie J. Wilkinson Jeremy S. Stultz,The Ohio State University Faculty Mentor: Milap C. Nahata Hang (Hazel) T. Tran,Western University of Health Sciences Faculty Mentor: Huan (Mark) M. Nguyen Michael R. Trillanes Jr.,Western University of Health Sciences Faculty Mentor: Patrick G. Chan Tiffeny T. Tu,The University of Oklahoma Faculty Mentor: Teresa H. Truong Veronica P. Vernon, Purdue University Faculty Mentor: Darin C. Ramsey

Development Opportunities Await Scholars The 2012 AACP Annual Meeting in Kissimmee, Florida, serves as the backdrop for a crash course in life as a pharmacy educator. Walmart SIDEBAR Scholars and their mentors Development Await will interact withOpportunities current Scholars Annual Meeting and future at colleagues, while engaging in rich educational sessions and attending social functions. A separate meeting guide, within the official program, will help the pairs select challenging and relevant programming.

Jennifer A. Waitzman, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Faculty Mentor: Kelly L. Scolaro







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Find out how five pharmacy institutions freshened up their campuses and strengthened education with equipment and space upgrades, technology tweaks and building renovations.

Compiled and edited by Jane Rooney and Maureen Thielemans



Campus leaders must constantly assess facility and equipment needs to continue offering innovative educational experiences that appeal to today’s cultured students. In some cases, the need to repair or replace an aging building is obvious; in other instances, faculty may not be aware that there’s a problem with technology until students raise the issue.

Academic Pharmacy Now asked deans and faculty to share their experiences and explain the processes they used in evaluating new technologies, research space, lab equipment, classrooms and buildings. Executing improvements wasn’t easy but was well worth the work.

A More Secure Seating Plan Prior to 2010, and completion of a new building at the UniverUniversity of sity of Maryland School Maryland of Pharmacy, each required exam was held in two 130-seat lecture halls in order to maintain an empty seat between test takers. With the new building, scheduling needs dictated that 120 student pharmacists based at the Baltimore campus would need to take exams in a single 200-seat lecture hall; however, this would not allow for an empty seat between each test taker. Additionally, faculty and teaching assistants could not always identify by name a student whose behavior raised suspicion during an exam. Meanwhile, exams taken by student pharmacists at the school’s satellite campus at the Universities at Shady Grove in Rockville, Maryland, were express mailed to Baltimore for grading, delaying the time it took for students to receive exam scores. Changes in the curriculum and an increased frequency of assessments brought the issues to an apex in late 2010, when it was determined that slow feedback on exams could be hurting student learning. The school’s administration acted to alleviate concerns on both issues. They used resources from the IT department, the Office of Academic Affairs, faculty course managers, teaching assistants in Baltimore and staff at Shady Grove. The Office of Academic Affairs worked with the IT department to assign random exam seating positions in Baltimore. This eliminated the issue of students feeling under suspicion if they were always assigned seats in the front of the room, and it made it easy for



proctors to receive and post unique seating assignments for a large number of exams and quizzes. Implementation funding was internal and minimal, but the results were highly visible. For example, seats in the large lecture halls were labeled with row and seat numbers, allowing proctors to easily identify students using their position and the seating lists. Randomized seat assignments are now autogenerated from class enrollment lists and e-mailed days in advance to faculty course managers and teaching assistants. The pilot process launched in spring 2011. Subsequently, allegations of cheating on exams vanished, tardiness entering exams became nearly nonexistent, and new students effortlessly adopted the procedure. Addressing the issue of delayed exam results, a system was devised to score multiple-choice exams using optical scanning of Scantrons simultaneously at Shady Grove and Baltimore. This required merging the scores from both campuses into a single errorfree database that could be used for reliable and fast exam data analysis. Equipment and software were purchased for approximately $1,700, and the school’s assistant dean for instructional technology worked with the university’s test scoring center to customize the exam data analysis reports. Cost savings are derived from the electronic transfer of scores and exam data to Baltimore. Turnaround time for exam grading has gone from more than a week to same-day in most cases, and student feedback is extremely positive.

Accommodating a Growing Population As plans unfolded for a new building at The University of Mississippi Medical Center in JackThe University of son, Mississippi, the adMississippi ministration conducted an informal assessment of educational and research programs. This included outlining anticipated growth and current and future needs of faculty, staff and students. In 2007, the School of Pharmacy developed a financial plan summarizing the resources needed to comply with new accreditation standards and to implement a plan of projected increase in enrollment from 90 students to 115 students per class entering the professional program. An opportunity existed to grow the research programs in the Department of Pharmacy Practice, and additional space would facilitate research collaboration with Medical Center colleagues.

Research space provides wet and common laboratories, as well as technical work rooms, for basic science research. Two examination rooms are included for clinical research programs and a CommunityBased Research Program office. Amenities in the classrooms, such as videoconferencing technology, enhance the university’s ability to provide quality educational and research programs. The facility cost approximately $9.5 million. The majority of this funding came from the federal Health Resources and Services Administration. The University of Mississippi capital campaign, “Promises to Keep,” and university administration also provided a portion of the funds.

The new School of Pharmacy Instructional and Research Facility, which opened its doors earlier this year, provides a much-needed home and sense of community for the school’s faculty and students at the Medical Center campus as well as faculty and researchers in the Department of Pharmacy Practice. Students in the School of Pharmacy spend three years of pre-pharmacy training and two years of professional training in Oxford before transitioning to Jackson for their third professional year. The state-of-the-art educational and research facility is 29,692 square feet and houses all administrative and faculty/staff offices. The building has a 173-seat auditorium, 635 square feet of student common area and student organization space, and 17 small-group classrooms.

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Top: Classrooms in the new University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy building in Jackson are tailored to the school’s educational model of problem-based learning. The rooms fit small groups of students, who use flat-screen monitors to study patient cases. Bottom: The new School of Pharmacy building provides a much-needed home and sense of community for the school’s faculty and students at the UM Medical Center.



UB’s Pharmacy School Is on the Move

A Stronger Connection Six months after opening its Vermont satellite campus in 2010, Albany College Albany College of Pharmacy and of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Health Sciences surveyed students to help evaluate the effectiveness of the distance technology connecting the Albany and Vermont campuses. Two issues surfaced: (1) 75 percent of students said that they wanted to see the faculty presenter more clearly, and (2) a comparable percentage of students believed that the faculty presenter was not able to hear and understand questions on a consistent basis.

The new John and Editha Kapoor Hall at the University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences features two lecture halls and a model pharmacy for hospital and community pharmacy activities.

Cushy, upholstered chairs in bold colors line the Grand Foyer Atrium of John and Editha Kapoor Hall, the new south campus home of the University at Buffalo (UB) School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. Construction workers busily move throughout the building, trailing power-tool cables. The UB pharmacy school’s move, which began on May 1 and continues until late June, marks the first time in nearly 40 years that an entire school has relocated from one UB campus to another. The completed building includes quiet student spaces and casual meeting areas, small-group meeting rooms and larger classrooms that can be broken down into smaller ones via retractable walls. A patient assessment suite includes a 30-seat interactive classroom with 12 patient assessment rooms. A Pharmaceutical Care Learning Center features a model pharmacy for community, hospital and longterm care activities and a 75-station compounding lab. Two lecture halls facilitate learning in several ways: moveable seating that allows students to work in groups; microphones and large projection screens that help students engage; and technologybased course capture that grants access to course content for better review and test preparation.



Prior to the survey, the faculty presenter appeared in a corner of the screen, with the remaining space allocated to the other classroom or the lecture slides. The college responded by installing additional monitors in its distance classrooms, now displaying the faculty presenter exclusively. In the most recent survey conducted in April 2011 (following installation of the new screens), 79 percent of students indicated that they could see the faculty presenter clearly, a threefold increase from the initial survey. Each classroom participating in distance learning now also has a work-study student—trained by the IT staff and the Department of Instructional Technology—to facilitate questions and handle other logistical issues that arise. When there is a question in the distance classroom, the work-study student alerts the faculty member and provides a wireless microphone to the student so that he or she can be clearly heard by everyone. In the April 2011 survey, the vast majority of students agreed that this approach has greatly assisted the faculty presenter’s ability to hear and understand questions. The college continues to assess its instructional technologies in other areas. For example, it is now evaluating different approaches for recording lectures, and it will use survey and other data to drive enhancements within the lecture capture program.

Modernizing an Aging Facility About 10 years ago, Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Virginia Pharmacy Dean Commonwealth Victor A. Yanchick University realized it was time to update laboratories, classrooms, equipment and technology in the school’s primary teaching facility. The R. Blackwell Smith Jr. Building, completed in 1985, was no longer adequate for 21st-century pharmacy education. VCU helped the school fund a tour of five other pharmacy institutions—the Universities of Connecticut, Kentucky, North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Toronto and Wisconsin-Madison—all of which recently had built, renovated or expanded their facilities. The result was a proposal for a new pharmacy building. By 2008, $5 million had been allocated to the School of Pharmacy by the commonwealth of Virginia. Two alumni in the Virginia legislature, Dels. Harvey B. Morgan and S. Chris Jones, helped secure the funds. While a new building wasn’t possible, the school made plans to renovate the first, second and fifth floors of the existing seven-story structure. Among the renovations are an enhanced student compounding lab and two computer-based labs that feature state-of-the-art technology, including six interactive media:scape® stations, or “pods,” that allow students to share content from their computers via integrated monitors. Several small patient-counseling rooms, a larger classroom area with two large screens and a student conference room are part of the package. The ramped-up technology also increased the school’s capability for distance education to four

Above top: A view from the professor’s desk in a VCU School of Pharmacy classroom from which all technology can be controlled—students may use the media:scape® stations or may be seated in the larger classroom area for a more traditional lecture/PowerPoint/video, etc. Behind the professor’s desk are two large pull-down screens that can be seen from most of the room. Above bottom: Room 221 in the School of Pharmacy is the first to be renovated and is good for team-based learning. The larger screens you see behind the tables can be used as whiteboards. Small patient-counseling spaces line the back of the room. Below left: Each of the six media:scape® stations seats up to seven students.

sites, internally as well as externally to its two remote campuses (Inova Fairfax Hospital and University of Virginia Health System). Further renovations on other floors include a faculty conference room, a student computer/printing lab and technology office space. Funds are now being raised for a Center for Compounding Practice and Research. Because the new teaching technologies, research space, lab equipment and classrooms are fairly recent additions, assessment is ongoing. The school plans to move forward with a survey/questionnaire, student interviews, focus groups and Foundations Laboratory observation. Jane Rooney is a freelance writer based in Oakton, Virginia. Maureen Thielemans is Communications Manager at AACP and editor of Academic Pharmacy Now;



Winners of two AACP-supported medication adherence initiatives created innovative— and sometimes unusual—ways to help patients stick with their medication regimens. Compiled and edited by Jane Rooney and Maureen Thielemans




t’s simple to understand: Medications must be taken as directed. What’s not so simple for millions of people is the function of actually reading the instructions on the pill jar…or remembering to follow the instructions…or even opening the jar. To address these problems, AACP partnered with two organizations to recognize the stellar teaching methods and public awareness campaigns faculty and students are using to educate the public about medication adherence. AACP and the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) sought to highlight the best practices in adherence teaching among the nation’s 127 pharmacy schools through the Innovative Medication Adherence Educators Challenge. The program is the first of its kind to recognize the strategies currently being used or developed for preparing student pharmacists to detect, monitor

and improve patient medication adherence in pharmacy practice. Three awardees were selected out of 37 submissions from 26 schools. The first-ever Script Your Future medication adherence challenge engaged student pharmacists in a public education effort focused on helping patients with chronic diseases take their medications as directed. The campaign was launched in 2011 by the National Consumers League with more than 100 public and private stakeholder organizations. Five pharmacy schools, out of 81 participating institutions, were recognized for their public education efforts. These institutions are preparing student pharmacists for real-world practice scenarios by giving them the necessary knowledge and skills. Take a look at the winners of both challenges.

Innovative Medication Adherence Educators Challenge Addressing Physical Barriers University of Maryland The Abilities Lab 4 course at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy focuses on various aspects of community pharmacy, including education, counseling and dispensing. During a 50-minute lab activity, students are provided with hands-on learning exercises that address different barriers to adherence, including complex medication regimens that are difficult to perform with limited vision, dyslexia and arthritis. Examples of these exercises are:

cluding the challenges they identified and what potential solutions could assist a patient. The teaching assistants also share personal experiences from their APPE rotations. The goal is to make students more aware of possible barriers and more empathetic toward patients and the challenges they may face.

• Limited vision (cataracts or macular degeneration): Students wear lab goggles that have been obstructed with stickers, which limit their field of vision and make it difficult for them to see. • Dyslexia: Prescription labels are designed with various font sizes, letters that are backwards, and some letters that are out of order to mimic what a prescription label might look like to a patient with dyslexia. • Arthritis: Students must wear work gloves while filling a pill box. The second-year students are broken into small groups, assigned a particular case and experience the limitations that could prevent a patient from adhering to a medication regimen. At the end of the activity, fourth-year teaching assistants engage the students in a discussion about their experience, in-

A University of Maryland student pharmacist finds out what a patient with arthritis experiences by wearing gloves while filling a pill box.



Interprofessional Education on Display

Role Play Puts Skills to the Test

The Ohio State University

The University of Arizona

Three years ago, The Ohio State University’s Colleges of Pharmacy and Medicine initiated an interprofessional activity to promote experiential learning about medication adherence. Each winter, student pharmacists enrolled in the first, second and third years of the Pharm.D. program, as well as second-year medical students—a total of more than 550 individuals—follow a complex placebo medication regimen. To make this possible, first-year student pharmacists administer more than 1,600 prescriptions by filling and labeling five medication vials with empty gelatin capsules. Students then pack paper bags with a set of prescriptions and a patient education handout. The medications are dispensed by third-year student pharmacists to second-year pharmacy and medical students, followed by a counseling session between the two groups.

The University of Arizona College of Pharmacy created a didactic adherence course for second-year student pharmacists. The required course combines 20 percent lecture and 80 percent practice and covers a variety of adherence-related topics, including theoretical foundations of medication adherence, behavioral techniques and use of adherence aids. Small-group exercises give students the opportunity to apply basic skills such as assessing potential adherence problems.

For a five-day period, the second-year students attempt to adhere to the medication regimen and record their adherence and observations on a medication log. For the first two years of the collaboration, second-year student pharmacists were also required to write a reflective paper on the experience, while medical students shared their thoughts in small classroom discussions. In 2012, second-year pharmacy and second-year medical students met in small interprofessional groups to discuss ways that pharmacists, physicians and patients can all work together to improve adherence. In 2013, the College of Nursing will join this collaboration by having students in the graduate nursing program take the placebo regimen and attend the small group discussions.

The remaining class time is spent practicing learned skills and principles to conduct patient visits for each of the five target chronic diseases (diabetes, hypertension, dyslipidemia, asthma and congestive heart failure). Groups of three individuals are used to role play initial and follow-up visits, where students are given case-based, scripted scenarios. One student plays the patient, another student acts as the pharmacist and the third student plays the evaluator. Before adherence practice, each disease is covered with a 10-15 minute mini-therapeutics lecture, usually coordinated with material students are learning concurrently in the pharmacology course. A limited number of drugs are included in the scenarios because students are unfamiliar with the wide array of available agents at this point in their education. For each condition, students are given a disease and drug-specific adherence checklist that outlines questions, laboratory tests and physical exams used to assess disease control, adherence to treatment regimens and complications.

Learn More at July Symposium Pharmacy faculty have the opportunity to discuss their medication adherence education tools and spark thinking about future tools at the AACP/NCPA Medication Adherence Educators Symposium on July 18 from 7:00 a.m. to Noon. Winners of the Innovative Medication Adherence Educators Challenge, co-hosted by AACP, will share their resources and strategies from didactic, laboratory and experiential education at this event during the AACP Annual Meeting in Kissimmee, Florida. To register, e-mail

After completing the role play the student acting as the pharmacist makes an assessment and, in collaboration with the patient, develops a plan. This could include adherence interventions, changes in medication regimen and motivational interviewing. Next, the student evaluator leads a discussion of the case. Many times this is followed by a class-wide dialogue about the scenario, led by the course coordinator, to share impressions, discuss the utility of various strategies and emphasize key lessons.

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Target Market Challenge Award: University of Maryland

Social Media Challenge Award: Harding University

Led by faculty member Dr. Cherokee Layson-Wolf, student pharmacists at the University of Maryland worked with the Baltimore coalition for Script Your Future to raise awareness and educate the public through participation in health fairs and other local events. Students wore Script Your Future tshirts, provided blood pressure screenings and talked about medication therapy management with attendees. During their pharmacy rotation program, these students worked with patients at local pharmacies to discuss the importance of taking their medications as prescribed, and distributed more than 800 medication wallet cards to patients.

Student pharmacists at Harding University utilized a variety of social media avenues to promote medication adherence to the public. They created a Facebook page for their Script Your Future campaign and requested each class focus on a particular chronic disease. Teams produced videos for the page and answered basic questions patients might have about managing medications for those diseases. They also used the page to share tips on how following prescriptions improves health, and posted photographs from events throughout the month. The page received more than 8,000 views.



One student pharmacist produced and posted to YouTube a rap video on medication adherence, colorfully discussing the possible side effects of a particular drug. A fourth-year student also created a presentation, “Medication Adherence Issues and their Effects on Four Disease States: Asthma/COPD, Diabetes, Hypertension, and Dyslipidemia,” which was approved for one-and-a-half hours of continuing education credit by the Arkansas Board of Nursing and the Arkansas Board of Pharmacy.

Government Plays a Role, Too

Top: University of Missouri-Kansas City student pharmacists participated at the Midway Elementary Fall Festival in Columbia, Missouri. Students provided educational interactions regarding poison prevention and staying healthy and active. Script Your Future was incorporated by providing counseling to the parents or grandparents of the children. Bottom: LECOM School of Pharmacy students participate in a health fair as part of the Script Your Future Challenge.

National Challenge Award: Creighton University Creighton University student pharmacists, faculty, residents and Dean J. Chris Bradberry, Pharm.D., met with Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman to discuss the Script Your Future campaign, and talked about the importance of the effort in improving the public’s health. The group also supplied 50 wallet cards to the governor’s staff. During October, student pharmacists provided medication counseling services at pharmacy and clinical sites across the state, conducted presentations on medication therapy management with senior citizens, and distributed more wallet cards at health fairs and special events throughout Omaha.

Engaging Special Audiences National Challenge Award: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine School of Pharmacy (LECOM) LECOM student pharmacists extended their Script Your Future efforts to include the HIV/AIDS community. During October, students provided more than 2,000 in-person patient counseling sessions to children, adolescents, adults and seniors. They developed a special Facebook page for the campaign and provided a link to the Script Your Future medication reminders program, where individuals can sign up for text message medication alerts. The students also held a Medication Adherence Awareness Day at the Therapeutic Riding Equestrian Center

in Erie, Pennsylvania, where disabled children can ride horses. The student pharmacists talked with the kids’ caretakers about the importance of taking medication as prescribed.

Shining a Light on Pharmacists’ Important Role National Challenge Award: University of Missouri–Kansas City University of Missouri-Kansas City student pharmacists conducted one-on-one counseling sessions with more than 3,300 patients in the Kansas City area. The sessions were held at various events and locations, including the Columbia Farmers’ Market, the Binational Health Fair and the MedZou Free Health Clinic, which serves the uninsured. Faculty and students also educated nearly 70 health professionals in the local community about the unique role pharmacists play in helping patients follow their medication regimen. A fourth-year student made presentations to pharmacists and other health professionals at pharmacies in southern Missouri, while another helped organize an event to educate employees at a rural factory about cardiovascular disease.

Jane Rooney is a freelance writer based in Oakton, Virginia. Maureen Thielemans is Communications Manager at AACP and editor of Academic Pharmacy Now;



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A Second Calling By Maureen Thielemans

Even as an expert in public health outreach and education, a pharmacy professor learns new lessons to apply at her institution. Dr. Miriam A. Mobley Smith, dean and professor at the Chicago State University College of Pharmacy, is no stranger to public service. She’s recognized within the Academy as a pioneer in developing strong relationships with federal and state groups, sharing expertise in communication directed at older adults. Mobley Smith’s latest role on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Advisory Panel on Outreach and Education (APOE) affords her yet another opportunity to advise the federal government, and in turn, help society.

The Panel’s Charge The APOE makes recommendations to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on implementing education and outreach programs for individuals eligible or enrolled in Medicare, Medicaid or CHIP (Children’s Health Insurance Program). The goal is to increase awareness of practices and services available to these populations, including underserved racial and ethnic minorities, so they’re able to leverage community infrastructure to receive counseling, instruction and assistance. As a teacher, healthcare professional and participant in educational and professional regulatory compliance activities, Mobley Smith says her healthcare colleagues play a significant role in accomplishing this mission. “We want to be active partners in helping the public know what their rights and privileges are,” she said. “The government can churn through our suggestions to help them achieve their goals.”

All Walks of Life Individuals on the APOE represent diverse professional backgrounds. State government members, agency employees, academicians and clinicians all bring unique perspectives and in-depth knowledge to the group. Now halfway through her two-year appointment, Mobley Smith says she’s learned a lot about programs at the federal level, which also benefits her students back at Chicago State.



“Participation in this group allows me to bring this information into my curriculum and helps update what we’re teaching,” she noted. “It’s also important to work with other healthcare professionals to show how pharmacists can be engaged in these initiatives to help positively impact these outcomes.” One example of the panel’s work is discussing how a patient selects a health insurance program. Currently, a healthcare provider can advise a patient on the provisions within a plan but may not be able to recommend or actually enroll the individual into a plan. Mobley Smith says academic institutions, rife with healthcare professionals, can assist in disseminating information and help consumers make these informed decisions.

Why Get Involved? Working on a panel such as the APOE provides many benefits to academic pharmacy, Mobley Smith says. “It’s very easy to focus on colleges and schools of pharmacy and for pharmacy to be siloed. Interprofessional education concepts come from participation on panels like these. It shows the true interplay between different health professions and the direct impact on healthcare. It also makes pharmacists much more visible on a local, state and national level.” There’s no doubt Mobley Smith will take what she’s learned during this latest public service experience and apply concepts back at her home institution—just like she’s done for more than a decade. Maureen Thielemans is Communications Manager at AACP and editor of Academic Pharmacy Now;

Faculty News Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Appointments/Elections • Katherine P. Cabral has been appointed adjunct faculty member for the Department of Medicine at Albany Medical College. • Clayton English has been appointed adjunct professor of psychiatry at the University of Vermont School of Medicine. • David M. Kile has been re-elected to the Board of Directors of Health Information Xchange New York (HIXNY). • Terry Lubowski has been hired as assistant director of experiential education and assistant professor of pharmacy practice at the Albany Campus.

Grants • Martha A. Hass, Susan M. Ludeman, Yuri V. Kholodenko and David W. Clarke received $10,000 from the Pittsburgh Conference Memorial National College Grants Award Program for the purchase of an automated polarimeter.

Grants • Richard Hansen and Mark Carpenter are collaborating with research groups across the nation to receive funding from the National Pharmaceutical Council for 2012. The $102,000 award will allow the pair to conduct methods research to improve the process of identifying drug safety concerns with pharmaceutical products on the market. • Jay Ramapuram is part of a research group at Tuskegee University that received a $1 million grant from the National Science Foundation. Ramapuram will be receiving $120,000. • Jianzhong Shen has secured a Scientist Development Award from the American Heart Association, worth $308,000, through 2015.

Concordia University Wisconsin Appointments/Elections • Kassandra M. Bartelme, assistant professor pharmacy practice • Doug J. Borys, associate professor pharmaceutical science

• Karen C. Glass and Tamer E. Fandy received a one-year, $15,000 grant from the Vermont Cancer Center/Lake Champlain Cancer Research Organization Massive Parallel Sequencing (MPS) Program for their project “Genome-wide targets of the MOZ HAT in hematopoietic progenitor cells.”

• Chris W. Cunningham, assistant professor pharmaceutical science

• Anthony M. Nicasio received a $98,125 grant from Forest Pharmaceuticals to study Ceftaroline fosamil versus the standard of care for community-acquired bacterial pneumonia (CABP) and evaluate the clinical outcomes among hospitalized adults at a single U.S. hospital.

• Tracy M. Kosinski, assistant professor pharmaceutical science

Auburn University Appointments/Elections • Kimberly Braxton-Lloyd has been named a Sandra Klein Gilliland and David Lewis Gilliland Professor. Also, she was recently appointed to the position of vice chair of the ASHP Section of Ambulatory Care Practitioners on Clinical Business Development. • Lea S. Eiland is the new chair elect for the ASHP section of Clinical Specialists and Scientists.

• Beth M. DeJongh, assistant professor pharmacy practice • Lynne A. Fehrenbacher, assistant professor pharmacy practice

• Sarah R. Peppard, assistant director of experimental education • Laurie L. Schenkelberg, assistant professor pharmacy practice • Ericka M. Wade, director of student affairs

Grants • Walmart: $50,000, Walmart Foundation State Giving Program. This grant will assist with the purchase of dissolution equipment for the student Pharmaceutics Laboratory and will work to establish a pharmacy practice teaching lab in the new School of Pharmacy building. • NACDS: $50,000 educational grant from the National Association of Chain Drug Stores Foundation. The ACADEMIC PHARMACY NOW  Summer 2012


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$50,000 grant will be used by the School of Pharmacy as part of a $1.5 million program designed to expand community pharmacy residencies for recent pharmacy school graduates.


Agents; period of project: February 1, 2012 to January 31, 2017; source: National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID); amount granted 02–12: $380,747; total grant: $1,903,735.

Creighton University

• Andrea L. Kjos recently received a $10,000 grant from AACP for her research project, “Impact of an Innovative, User-Centered Technology on Medication Self-Management.”



• Julie P. Karpinski has been promoted to associate professor of pharmacy practice.

• Krysta Baack was appointed contributed service for assistant clinical professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice. • Shana Castillo was appointed assistant professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice. • Stacey Friedman was appointed assistant professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice. • Nicole Gillespie was appointed assistant professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice. • Ariel Modrykamien was appointed secondary appointment as assistant clinical professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice.

Drake University Appointments/Elections • Ed Bell was appointed to the Board of Directors for the Iowa Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Awards • Darla K. Eastman, Pharmacy Preceptors, 2012 Pharmacy and Health Sciences Day Awards • Sarah E. Grady, Preceptors, 2012 Pharmacy and Health Sciences Day Awards • Linda Krypel, Mentor of the Year, 2012 Pharmacy and Health Sciences Day Awards • Pramod Mahajan, Hartig Distinguished Professor Award, 2012 Pharmacy and Health Sciences Day Awards • Ron Torry, Teacher of the Year, 2012 Pharmacy and Health Sciences Day Awards • Geoff Wall, Granberg Professional Leadership Award, 2012 Pharmacy and Health Sciences Day Awards

Grants • Aleem Gangjee, principal investigator, project title: Pneumocystis jirovecii Targeted Antiopportunistic



• Linda Krypel, professor of clinical sciences, retired in May 2012.

Mercer University Appointments/Elections • Hewitt W. Matthews, appointed senior vice president for health sciences

Awards • Hewitt W. Matthews received the 2012 APhA-Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP) Outstanding Dean Award.

Grants • Ajay K. Banga was awarded a grant of $28,750 for “Formulation development, stability testing, and delivery of skin lightening agents” from Skin Medica Inc. • Melissa M. Chesson and Gina J. Ryan received a $4,035.00 continuing education grant for “Methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus: a review of treatment options” from Astella Pharmaceuticals. • Lisa M. Lundquist, Susan W. Miller and Annesha W. Lovett received a $1,215.50 grant for “Using films to teach in pharmacy education” from Mercer University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Teaching and Learning Development Grant. • Leslie F. Taylor, Lisa M. Lundquist, David C. Parish, Virginia D. Domico and Nannette C. Turner received a $15,720.40 grant for “Conducting an interprofessional fall prevention program and exploring the development of a university center for the promotion of healthy aging” from Mercer University Academic Initiative Monetary Fund. • Chad M. VanDenBerg and Vanthida Huang received a $122,172 grant for “A randomized, controlled, crossover study evaluating the effects of snack product formulations on ‘afternoon slump’” from the Cognitive Research Corporation.

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• Chad M. VanDenBerg, Vanthida Huang and Hailing Zhang received a $114,980.00 grant for “A Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled, Crossover Study Evaluating the Effects of Energy Beverage Formulations on Vigilance and Reaction Time” from Cognitive Research Corporation.

Midwestern University/ Downers Grove Appointments/Elections • Robert L. Chapman has been installed as the chair of the Nutraceuticals and Natural Products Chemistry Focus Group and member of AAPS Member Groups Coordinating Committee as a focus group chair representative. • Anil Gulati is a member of the Society of Critical Care Medicine. • Robin Hieber was appointed as primary editor for The Mental Health Clinician January 2012 issue. • Ana C. Quiñones-Boex has been re-elected for a three-year term as secretary of AACP’s Social and Administrative Sciences Section. • Robin M. Zavod has been installed as chair of the Content Advisory Committee for the AAPS news magazine and member of the AAPS Publications Committee.

Awards • Tudy Hodgman received the Presidential Citation for her work related to the Society of Critical Care Medicine. • Marc Scheetz was awarded the 2010–2011 Society of Infectious Disease Pharmacists Young Investigator Research Award for the project titled, “Quantifying the Magnitude of Clinical Virulence of KPC through Translational Study.”

Midwestern University/Glendale Appointments/Elections • Samantha Karr was elected chair-elect of ACCP’s Education and Training Practice and Research Network.

Northeast Ohio Medical University Appointments/Elections • Louis D. Barone has been named interim associate dean of academic affairs. • Richard J. Kasmer has been named interim dean.

Ohio Northern University Awards • David R. Bright is the recipient of the 2012 APhA Distinguished New Practitioner Award.

Purdue University Awards • Noll L. Campbell received the Merck/American Geriatric Society 2012 New Investigator Award. • David A. Colby received a Thieme Chemistry Journal Award.

Grants • Robert W. Bennett received $60,000 from Genentech Corporation, Inc. for “Exploring the Oncologists Tool-Kit in Advanced Colorectal Cancer (CRC): Patient Assessment, Therapy Selection, and Other Considerations for Optimizing Care (PPVNEo7423).” • Ryan M. Drenan received $8,653 from PHS-NIH National Institute on Drug Abuse for “Alpha6* nAChRs in Dopamine Transmission and Nicotine Dependence.” • Rakhi Karwa and Sonak D. Pastakia received $15,349 from Indiana University School of Medicine for “East Africa International Epidemiologic Database to Evaluate AIDS (IeDEA) Regional Consortium.” • Gregory T. Knipp received $90,000 from BristolMyers Squibb Company for “The Effect of Conformation on the Permeation of Oligopeptides.” • Michael D. Murray received $31,409 from Indiana University for “Indiana Prospect, Amendment I”; and $12,652 from Indiana University School of Medicine for “Augmenting the Capacity for Comparative Effectiveness.” • Brian R. Overholser received $138,214 from PHSNIH National Heart, Lung & Blood Institute for “Probing the Atrial Arrhythmogenic Substrate with Sustained Adrenergic Stimulation.” • Jean-Christophe Rochet received $10,000 from United Soybean Board for “Neuroprotective Effects of Soy Extracts in Parkinson’s Disease Models”; and $71,537 from PHS-NIH National Institute on Drug Abuse for “Mechanisms of DJ-1 Protection Against Methamphetamine Neurotoxicity.” • Rodolfo Pinal received $105,000 from Multi-Sponsored Industrials for “Center for Pharmaceutical Processing Research Consortium.”



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• Amy H. Sheehan received $45,000 from PHS-Food and Drug Administration for “Joint Academic/FDA/ Industry Regulatory Pharmaceutical Fellowship Program.”

Southwestern Oklahoma State University

• Margie E. Snyder received $14,783 from Macro International Inc. for “Case Studies of Three Collaborative Medication Therapy Management Initiatives.”

• Sarah J. Ramsey was named assessment coordinator and adjunct assistant professor of pharmacy administration.


• Lynne S. Taylor and James D. Litster received $977,252 from Rutgers for “Engineering Research Center on Structural Organic Composits.”

• Leanne M. Showman was named assistant professor of pharmacy practice and regional experiential coordinator for eastern Oklahoma.

• Elizabeth Topp received $100,000 from the Food and Drug Administration through the National Institute of Pharmaceutical Technology and Education for “Analytical Methods for Subvisible Protein Aggregates in Biologics” and $80,000 from Abbott for “Purdue-Abbott Collaboration on Pharmaceutical Freeze-Drying.”


Samford University Appointments/Elections • Greg Gorman was appointed to the editorial board of the Journal of Bioequivalence and Bioavailability. • Michael D. Hogue was appointed to a 3-year term to the Alabama Healthcare Quality Network Advisory Council of the Alabama Quality Assurance Foundation, Alabama’s Medicare Quality Improvement Organization. He was also appointed to a 1-year term on the Board of Pharmaceutical Specialties as a non-voting member representing APhA’s Board of Trustees.

Awards • Michael D. Hogue was named as distinguished practitioner and fellow of the National Academies of Practice. • Dee Dugan was awarded the Outstanding Leader Award as part of the Jefferson County Collaborative at the HRSA Patient Safety and Clinical Pharmacy Services Collaborative. • Dee Dugan, Jessica W. Skelley and Roger D. Lander, as part of the Jefferson County Collaborative, were awarded the Outstanding Team Performance Award at the HRSA Patient Safety and Clinical Pharmacy Services Collaborative.



• Jaehwa Choi received an equipment grant from the Oklahoma Idea Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (InBRE) in the amount of $40,000. • Faruk Khan received a grant from the Oklahoma Idea Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (InBRE) in the amount of $336,254 for his project titled, “Cyclen-based Novel Antimalarial Agents.” He also received an equipment grant from InBRE in the amount of $8,935.

Promotions • Les Ramos was named chair, pharmaceutical sciences. • Dennis F. Thompson was named dean.

The University of Georgia Awards • James V. Bruckner received a certificate of appreciation for Outstanding Service on the Committee on Toxicology from the Board on Environmental Studies and Toxicology of the National Academy of Sciences. • Deanna W. McEwen will receive the 2012 University of Georgia Service-Learning Teaching Excellence Award. • Brinkley Warren was awarded a one-year Fulbright Fellowship to study in New Zealand.

Grants • Robert D. Arnold received $49,000 from the Distinguished Cancer Clinicians and Scientists Program of the Georgia Cancer Coalition; and $4,672 from Abbott Laboratories for assessment of the effects of two formulations of hydroxyethyl starch on cardiovascular parameters and platelet function in normal horses (account PI is Benjamin Brainard, College of Vet Med).

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• Michael G. Bartlett received $32,806 from Georgia Health Sciences University for study of cholinesterase inhibitors, axonal transport and memory. • Anthony C. Capomacchia received $7,000 from the Sloan Foundation for minority Ph.D. recruitment and retention in pharmaceutical biomedical sciences at UGA. • Chung K. Chu received $91,270 from the University of Southern California for study of epigenic regulation of alcoholic liver fibrosis (new funds from USC working on a NIH grant). • Dexi Liu received transfer of National Institutes of Health research funds from Pitt for $530,777 for Image-guided hydrodynamic gene deliver. • Phillip Greenspan received $90,294 from the Department of Agriculture for a systems approach at improving the longer competitiveness of U.S. pecans based on their nutritional and health-promoting components. • Mandi Murph received $49,000 from the Georgia Research Alliance as a Georgia Distinguished Cancer Scholar. • Jason A. Zastre received $49,000 from the Georgia Research Alliance as a Georgia Distinguished Cancer Scholar.

Retirements • Diane K. Hartle, associate professor

The University of Montana Grants • Richard J. Bridges received $55,856 from the Robert Packard Center for ALS Research for Glutamate Transporter Positron Emission Tomography Imaging Agents to Monitor ALS. • Dianne L. DeCamp has been awarded $60,720 from NIH for a diversity supplement on High-Level Expression of Human EAAT3 for Biochemical and Structural Analysis. • Andrij Holian has been awarded an additional $82,286 from NIH for Bioactivity of Engineered Fiber Shaped Nanomaterials. • Michael P. Kavanaugh has received $259,434 from NIH for the Big Sky Brain Project. • Gregory Leary and Michael P. Kavanaugh have been awarded $130,000 from the National Institute

of Food and Agriculture to study the Structure and Function of European Corn Bore Sex Pheromone Receptors.

The University of Oklahoma Retirements • Carl K. Buckner, professor, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences • Ronald Graham, director of pharmacy management consultants and clinical assistant professor, Department of Pharmacy: Clinical and Administrative Sciences

The University of Tennessee Awards • Lawrence M. Brown was awarded the Medallion of the Association by the Hungarian Private Pharmacists Association (MOSZ) at its Annual Meeting. • Marie A. Chisholm-Burns was awarded the ASHP Research and Education Foundation’s 2011 Pharmacy Practice Research Award by the ASHP Foundation. She also won the Peter W. Likins Inclusive Excellence Award. • Roland N. Dickerson was honored with the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition 2012 Rhoads Lecturer. • Heather M. Eppert and Robbie Parker were honored as Most Influential Faculty on the Knoxville and Memphis Campuses, respectively. • Chris Finch was recently awarded designation as fellow in the American College of Critical Care Medicine. • Dick R. Gourley was recognized by The University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy Alumni Association with the 2011 Outstanding Alumnus Award. • Bernd Meibohm was honored as a fellow at the 25th Annual Meeting and Exposition of AAPS. • Rob Nolly accepted The University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy Alumni Association 2011 Distinguished Service to Pharmacy Award.

Grants • David Rogers received a grant totaling $1,836,580 from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, for the study titled, “Novel Azole* Resistance Mechanisms in Candida albicans.”



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The University of Texas at Austin Grants • Albino Bacolla, $67,433, Science Application Int. Corp. In silico research contract. • Shawn B. Bratton, $296,817, NIH-DHHS Caspaseactivating complexes. • Walter L. Fast, $10,000, Welch Foundation Chemical probes of biological catalysts. • Hung-Wen Liu, $10,000, Welch Foundation Mechanistic studies of novel enzymes. • Edward M. Mills, $48,316, NIH-DHHS Molecular mechanisms of thermogenesis. • Maria D. Person, $171,168, UT MD Anderson Cancer Ctr. Mechanisms/prevention of environmental disease. • Karen L. Rascati, $200,000, Abbott Labs, Burden of care for schizophrenia in Texas; and $46,550, Scott & White Health Plan, Assessment of the incidence of flares for gouty arthritis patients within the Scott & White Healthcare System. • Marvin D. Shepherd, $26,496, Tx. Health/Human Serv. Comm. 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, $178,772, NIH-DHHS, Repair of genome destabilizing DNA structure.

Promotions • Maria A. Croyle, professor, Pharmaceutics Division • Kevin N. Dalby, professor, Medicinal Chemistry Division • Christopher R. Frei, associate professor, Pharmacotherapy Division • James A. Karboski, clinical professor, Health Outcomes and Pharmacy Practice Division

• Veronica S. Young, clinical associate professor, Pharmacotherapy Division

Retirements • Alan B. Combs, professor of pharmacology and toxicology, effective 1/15/12.

University at Buffalo, The State University of New York Appointments/Elections • Mary Wurm-Schaar, assistant dean curriculum assessment and outcomes management

Awards • William J. Jusko, awarded the 2012 American College of Clinical Pharmacology Distinguished Investigator Award • Robert M. Straubinger and Sathy V. Balu-Iyer were recognized by the University at Buffalo for their scholarly contributions at the UB STOR Inventors and Entrepreneurs Reception for the issuance of their patents.

Promotions • Sathy V. Balu-Iyer, professor, pharmaceutical sciences

University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Awards • Seth D. Heldenbrand was awarded Honorable Mention in the 2012 Pharmacy Today magazine One to One Patient Counseling Recognition Program. • The college’s student chapter was awarded the APhA-ASP Division AA Chapter Achievement Award, was national winner of the Heartburn Awareness Challenge, and regional winners for Operation Heart and Operation Diabetes.

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Issue Closing Date Winter 2012

September 17, 2012

Spring 2013

December 17, 2012



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Promotions • Marjan Boerma was promoted to associate professor of pharmaceutical sciences. • Schwanda K. Flowers was promoted to associate professor of pharmacy practice. • Howard Hendrickson was promoted to associate professor of pharmaceutical sciences. • Chenghui Li was promoted to associate professor of pharmacy practice. • Kathryn K. Neill was promoted to associate professor of pharmacy practice.

University of California, San Francisco Retirements • Mary Anne Koda-Kimble will retire as School of Pharmacy dean at the end of June 2012.

University of Connecticut Appointments/Elections • Michelle L. Breland, assistant professor of pharmacy practice • Rachel Eyler, assistant clinical professor of pharmacy practice • Xuiling Lu, assistant professor of pharmaceutical sciences

Grants • Amy C. Anderson, principal investigator. Source of award: PHS/NIH/National Institute of General Medical Sciences. Amount of award: $235,345.00. Title: Targeting Dhrfr To Design Antimicrobial Agents. • Diane J. Burgess, principal investigator. Source of award: Merial Limited. Amount of award: $69,903.00. Title: In Vitro Release Testing of Eprinomectin LAI; and principal investigator, source of award: PHS/DHHS/FDA. Amount of award: $199,978.00. Title: Method of Dissolution for Nanosuspensions/Nanoparticles. • Devendra S. Kalonia, principal investigator. Source of award: Biogen Idec. Amount of award: $229,604.00. Title: Effect of Protein-Protein Interactions on Drying of Proteins; principal investigator, source of award: Abbott Laboratories. Amount of award: $346,621.00. Title: The Impact of Protein Properties and Ppi on the Viscosity, Solubility, Tur-

bidity, and Concentration; and principal investigator, source of Award: Genetech, Incorporated. Amount of award: $97,269.00. Title: Rheological Characterization of Antibody Solutions. • Debra A. Kendall, principal investigator. Source of award: PHS/NIH/National Institute on Drug Abuse. Amount of award: $53,042.00. Title: Cannaboid Receptor One-B Arrestin Interactions. • John B. Morris, principal investigator. Source of award: NIH/NHLBI-Yale University. Amount of award: $125,266.00. Title: Counterirritation By Menthol: Molecular Targets and Role In Airway Disease; and principal investigator; source of award: American Petroleum Institute. Amount of award: $113,040.00. Title: Rat Nasal Explant Responses to Naphthalene. • Michael J. Pikal, principal investigator. Source of award: DOC/National Institute of Standards and Technology. Amount of award: $61,200.00. Title: Ambient, Dry State Preservation of Therapeutic Macromolecules; and principal investigator, source of award: Givaudan Flavors Corporation. Amount of award: $142,065.00. Title: Dynamics In Polysaccharide Glasses and Their Impact on the Stability of Encapsulated Flavors.

University of Florida Awards • Carole L. Kimberlin received the 2012 Research Achievement Award in the Pharmaceutical Sciences from APhA-Academy of Pharmaceutical Research and Science. • Earlene E. Lipowski received the Citation of Merit Award as an alumna from the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Pharmacy. • Tony Palmieri received the A. Richard Bliss Kappa Psi Grand Council Citation of Appreciation. • W. Thomas Smith was chosen as 2012 Teacher of the Year.

Grants • David M. Angaran received a $1.42M contract renewal from Wellcare Health Plans, Inc., for UF Medication Therapy Management (MTM) Communication and Care Center. • Rhonda Cooper-DeHoff received a $50,000 Society for Women’s Health Research grant to study more than 200,000 cardiovascular associated genes to examine influence of long-term CVD risk. ACADEMIC PHARMACY NOW  Summer 2012


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Promotions • Hendrik Luesch has been named the Frank A. Duckworth Eminent Scholar Chair in Drug Research and Development.

novel presynaptic target for ethanol action.”

• Rathindra Bose joined the college as a professor (dual appointment).

• Kevin W. Garey has received a $87,750 award from Astellas Pharma US Inc. for his project, “Incidence and risk factors for breakthrough candidemia in hospitalized patients: Focus on optimization of antifungal therapy”; and a $190,757 award from Merck & Co. Inc. for his project, “Direct Medical and Non-medical Costs of Recurrent Clostridium difficile infection stratified by C. difficile strain type.”

• Jessica M. Cottreau has been elected 2011–12 chair of the American Academy of Clinical Pharmacy’s Infectious Diseases Practice and Research Network.

• Romi Ghose has received a $16,000 award from Zone Labs Inc. for her project, “Anti-inflammatory role of Sesamol.”

• Greg Cuny has been hired as assistant professor of medicinal chemistry.


University of Houston Appointments/Elections

• F. Lamar Pritchard has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the Greater Houston Healthconnect Health Information Exchange (GHH-HIE) and chair of its Technology Selection Committee. • Dhara N. Shah has been hired as research assistant professor (clinical sciences & administration).


• Mohammad Asghar has been promoted to assistant professor of pharmacology. • Hua Chen has been promoted to associate professor of pharmacy administration. • Elizabeth A. Coyle has been promoted to assistant dean for assessment. • Samina Salim has been promoted to assistant professor of pharmacology.

• Rajender R. Aparasu has been named 2012 fellow of the APhA, Academy of Pharmaceutical Research and Science.

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• Bradley K. McConnell has been named fellow of the American Heart Association Council on Basic Cardiovascular Sciences.

• Denys T. Lau was named interim section editor of Pharmaceutical Economics & Health Policy at Clinical Therapeutics.

• Randall A. Prince was one of four recipients of the Society of Infectious Diseases Pharmacists’ 2011 Distinguished Service Award.


• Louis Williams was awarded a 2011 Grand Council Deputy Certificate of Excellence from the national Kappa Psi pharmaceutical fraternity.

• Judy L. Bolton was among 231 scientists chosen from higher education, industry and government for her “outstanding achievements in and contributions to science, the profession and the American Chemical Society.”

Grants • Mohammad Asghar has received a five-year, $1,537,500 grant from the National Institute on Aging for his project, “Renal Dopmaine and Angiotension II Receptor Function in Age-Related Hypertension.” • Diana S-L. Chow has received a $31,500 grant from Wyle Science Technology and Engineering Group (NASA subcontract) for her project, “Clinical Pharmacokinetics of Intranasal Scopolamine (INSCOP).” • Joydip Das has received a two-year, $393,750 grant from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism for his project, “Characterization of a




• Clara Awe was named among Who’s Who in Black Chicago this year.

• Charles E. McPherson III was named a 2011–2012 AACP ALFP fellow. • Djaja Doel Soejarto was named the 2012 Distinguished Economic Botanist by the Society for Economic Botany. Soejarto is also the recipient of the 2012 American Botanical Council Normal R. Farnsworth Excellence in Botanical Research Award. • Gregory R. J. Thatcher was named the college’s inaugural Vahlteich Chair in Medicinal Chemistry. • The College of Pharmacy’s Institute for Tuberculosis Research has received three two-year grants through

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the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease, one of the National Institutes of Health, to investigate new therapeutic treatments for tuberculosis.

Retirements • Bob Gaensslen, former director and professor of forensic sciences, retired after 15 years of service to the College of Pharmacy last fall.

University of Maryland Appointments/Elections • Lauren B. Angelo served on the editorial advisory board for the APhA publication How to Start an MTM Practice: A Guidebook for Pharmacists. She has also been appointed to the editorial advisory board of the Journal of the American Pharmacists Association. • Robert S. Beardsley has been named president of the board of directors of the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education. • Nicole Brandt has been elected to the National Academies of Practice. • Sandeep Devabhakthuni has been appointed to a Society of Critical Care Medicine Task Force to develop guidelines on medication use safety. • Joga Gobburu has been appointed as a principal investigator with the Cancer and Leukemia Group B, a national clinical research group sponsored by the National Cancer Institute. He was also appointed to the University of Maryland Medical Center’s General Clinical Research Center Advisory Committee. • Raymond C. Love has been appointed to the Pharmacy Quality Alliance Mental Health Workgroup. • Kathryn L. Kiser has been named the School of Pharmacy’s faculty liaison to the American College of Clinical Pharmacy and was named president of the District of Columbia Chapter of ACCP. • Amanda Ogelsby-Sherrouse has been named an assistant professor of pharmaceutical sciences. • Katy Pincus has been accepted to the ASHP Foundation Research Boot Camp. • Marcia M. Worley has been installed as chair of APhA’s Academy of Pharmaceutical Research and Science Economic, Social and Administrative Sciences section for 2012–2013.

Awards • Heather B. Congdon and Hoai-An Truong received the Life Saving Patient Safety Award and the Per-

formance Award from the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Patient Safety and Clinical Pharmacy Services Collaborative. • Jeffrey P. Gonzales received a Presidential Citation from the Society of Critical Care Medicine.

University of Maryland Eastern Shore Awards • Cynthia J. Boyle is the recipient of the 2012 APhA Gloria Niemeyer Francke Leadership Mentor Award.

University of Pittsburgh Appointments/Elections • Deanne L. Hall is now a board certified ambulatory care pharmacist. • Sandra L. Kane-Gill was appointed to the editorial boards of Annals of Pharmacotherapy and Advances in Pharmacoepidemiology & Drug Safety. • Janice L. Pringle was selected by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for its inaugural group of Innovation Advisors. • Wen Xie has been appointed to the editorial board of Drug Metabolism and Disposition.

Awards • Thomas D. Nolin has been named a fellow of the American College of Clinical Pharmacology. • Melissa A. Somma McGivney received the APhA 2012 Community Pharmacy Residency Excellence in Precepting Award. She also co-authored a paper that won the APhA Wiederholt Prize for Best Published Paper Award for Economic, Social and Administrative Sciences. • Karen Steinmetz Pater was selected by the school’s chapter of the APhA-Academy of Student Pharmacists as the Faculty Member of the Year.

Grants • Scott R. Drab and Randall B. Smith received a $110,000 grant from Novo Nordisk for “DM Educate® Comprehensive Management Course: Enhancements and Updates to Improve Diabetes Education.” • Janice L. Pringle received a $902,357, two-year grant from Merck Sharp & Dohme for “Prospective Study to Assess the Effect of Adherence Interventions on Reducing Patients’ Non-Persistence to Chronic Medications.”



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• Raman Venkataramanan and Steve Caritis, School of Medicine and Magee-Women’s Hospital, have received a training grant in Basic and Clinical Pharmacology in Pregnancy from the National Institute of Child Health and Development.

Promotions • Deanne L. Hall, associate professor of pharmacy and therapeutics • Michael A. Shullo, associate professor of pharmacy and therapeutics

University of Washington Appointments/Elections • Nina Isoherranen has been elected secretary/ treasurer of the Drug Metabolism Division of the American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics.

Awards • Thomas A. Baillie received the 2012 Founders’ Award from the American Chemical Society Division of Chemical Toxicology. • Nanci L. Murphy and student pharmacist Denise Ngo, ‘14, received a Project CHANCE award from the APhA-Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP).

Virginia Commonwealth University Appointments/Elections • Wanda Coffey is director of Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences for the Office of Experiential Education. • Jeffrey C. Delafuente was named associate dean for academic affairs. • Dave L. Dixon was appointed assistant professor in the Department of Pharmacotherapy and Outcomes Science. • Leticia R. Moczygemba was selected as an expert member of APhA’s MTM Best Evidence Task Force. • Punam Patel was appointed assistant professor in the Department of Pharmacotherapy and Outcomes Science.

Awards • Gretchen M. Brophy, Christina Candeloro and Jaime R. Robles received a Hematology Specialty Award during the 41st Society of Critical Care Medicine Congress for their poster on “Recombinant Activated Factor VII Use in Critically Ill Patients: Clinical Outcomes and Thromboembolic Events.” • Jeffrey C. Delafuente was elected a distinguished practitioner and fellow in the National Academies of Practice. • Malgorzata Dukat received a certificate of appreciation for her peer review of manuscripts submitted to the American Chemical Society journals. • Derrick Griffing was named the 2012–13 ACCP/ ASHP/VCU School of Pharmacy Congressional Healthcare Policy Fellow. • Leigh Anne Hylton Gravatt received an Excellence in Faculty Leadership Award from the VCU School of Pharmacy chapter of Phi Lambda Sigma.

Grants • Norman V. Carroll and David A. Holdford; National Community Pharmacists Association Foundation; $99,999; “Estimating the Cost to Dispense in Independently Owned Long Term Care Facilities.” • Kai “Annie” Cheang; NIH and VCU National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities; $64,618; “Racial Differences in Insulin Resistance Before and During Pregnancy in Women With the Polycystic Ovary Syndrome.”

West Virginia University Appointments/Elections • Gretchen M. Garofoli, board certified ambulatory care specialist • Robert K. Griffith, re-elected to represent the School of Pharmacy on the West Virginia University Board of Governors • Ashlee N. McMillan, board certified ambulatory care specialist • Paula Meyer-Stout is the incoming 2012–13 chair of AACP’s Women Faculty SIG.

• Brigitte L. Sicat was appointed director of education for the VCU Institute for Women’s Health.

• Charles D. Ponte, recertified as a board certified ambulatory care specialist

• VCU School of Pharmacy Department of Pharmaceutics’ Bioanalytical Core Laboratory, helmed by Tom Karnes, was designated an official VCU-affiliated core laboratory.

• Yon Rojanasakul, co-leader of the Sara Crile Allen and James Frederick Allen Comprehensive Lung Cancer Program at the West Virginia University Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center.



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• Chris M. Terpening, board certified ambulatory care specialist • Tara R. Whetsel, board certified ambulatory care specialist • Travis White, director, WVU School of Pharmacy Health Education Center and clinical assistant professor

Awards • Gretchen M. Garofoli was the recipient of the West Virginia Pharmacists Association Distinguished Young Pharmacist Award in recognition of her participation in state and pharmacy association programs and activities. • Charles D. Ponte and Arthur I. Jacknowitz were members of the 2011–2015 Medicare Model Guidelines Expert Panel that received the 2011 USP Award for Innovative Response to Public Health Challenges.

Grants • Xiaoyun (Lucy) Pan has received an AACP 2012 New Investigator Award in the amount of $9,240 for her research, “The Effect of Medicare’s Payment Cuts on Treatment Choice and Outcomes.”

Retirements • Arthur I. Jacknowitz, professor in the Department of Clinical Pharmacy and Distinguished Chair in Clinical Pharmacy, effective June 30, 2012 after 38 years of service.

Western University of Health Sciences Appointments/Elections • Bradley T. Andresen, assistant professor of pharmaceutical sciences • Sheryl L. Chow, elected as a fellow of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy

Awards • Eric K. Gupta, awarded Outstanding Volunteer of the Year Award by the Professional Fraternity Association; elected to the position of Grand Vice Regent (National Vice President); and received the GCD Certificate of Excellence for being one of the top ten Grand Council Deputies (Chapter Advisor).

Grants • Karl M. Hess, “Addressing Primary Medication NonAdherence Though Implementation of a Medication Therapy Management Program.” NCPA: $35,000. • Janice Hoffman, Target Case Competition Grant, $4,000. • Ying Huang and Maria P. Lambros received a $78,844 (over six months) grant from FULGENT Therapeutics, Inc for “In Vivo Evaluation of MTD and Pharmacokinetics of Nex-Gem-O, Nex-Gem-2, and Ne-Herceptin.” • Cynthia Jackevicius, “Population-Based Adherence to Atrial Fibrillation Therapies.” AHA: $140,000 over two years. • Kabirullah Lutfy, “The role of MOP & NOP in motor suppressant actions of a series of novel NOP/MOP ligands” Astrea Therapeutics LLC, $28,480 for a 1-year period. • Olivia J. Phung, “A Systematic Review Evaluating the Association between Sulfonylureas and Risk of Cardiovascular Disease.” Merck: $25,000 for six months. • Doreen Pon received a $5,000 California Dialogue on Cancer grant for “Making a SCEne (Student-led Cancer Education in Early Teens) for Skin Cancer” at the ASHP Midyear meeting. • Chairat Supsin, “Knowledge, Attitudes, and Perceived Barriers of Elderly Patients Regarding Shingles and Shingles Vaccine Administration.” APhA Incentive Grant, $1,000.

• Karl M. Hess, elected speaker-elect and member, Board of Directors from the Academy of Pharmacy Educators


• Roger S. Klotz, elected to CPhA Board of Trustees

• Wallace J. Murray, associate dean for curricular affairs

• David J. Sanchez, assistant professor of pharmaceutical sciences • Gollapudi S. Shankar, appointed to the editorial advisory board of the California Society of HealthSystem Pharmacists

• David I. Min, professor of pharmacy practice and administration

• Megan Nguyen, director for enrollment management • Sunil Prabhu, associate dean for academic and student affairs, professor of pharmaceutical sciences



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Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Samuel Merritt University, Oakland, California, a regionally accredited, independent, not-for-profit, health sciences university, is developing a new school of pharmacy in collaboration with its affiliate, Sutter Health System. The School of Pharmacy will be the sixth health science unit, joining schools of podiatric medicine and nursing, and departments of physical therapy, occupational therapy, and physician assistant studies. The University is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, and all health science programs have specialized accreditation. The School of Pharmacy will have access to Sutter’s Health System’s twenty-four hospitals, numerous medical care clinics, and community pharmacies. Now enrolling over 1,500 students, Samuel Merritt University celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2009. The University has an institution-wide commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. We strive to build a welcoming and supportive campus environment, and acknowledge that diversity is an educational imperative to achieve excellence. The School of Pharmacy at Samuel Merritt University invites applications for leadership positions in a newly developing Pharm D Program, which will admit its first class of students in 2014. These positions provide a singular opportunity for creative leadership in the development of a new curriculum that will be student-centered, involve active learning strategies, and that is designed to meet contemporary and future needs for clinically competent pharmacists. All candidates should possess the designated academic credentials; have academic and administrative experience in higher education, excellent interpersonal and group communication skills; and demonstrated evidence of or potential for academic leadership. Positions are full-time, 12-month appointments with some teaching responsibilities.

The Associate Dean for Academic Affairs: is responsible for leadership in the development and management of the curriculum, program quality assurance, oversight of the accreditation process, faculty recruitment, and development activities, and teaching in an area of expertise. The candidate should have a Pharm D or PhD degree as the minimum academic credential. In addition, an advanced degree in education is strongly desired. Leadership experience in program planning and curriculum development is required, along with seven or more years of academic experience and a record of accomplishment in scholarship sufficient for appointment to the rank of Associate or Full Professor. Application Procedures: Follow application instructions online . Applicants should upload a letter of application outlining their qualifications for the position, current Curriculum Vitae, and three references. Questions regarding this position should be directed to Dr. Scot Foster, Academic Vice President, Provost (510) 869-8921. Applications will be accepted immediately position will remain open until filled. Employment contingent upon program approval May 3, 2012.* Desired start date is Summer 2012.

Come visit our site for the opportunities that await you and your future. For more information visit the SMU website:

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Faculty Vacancies in the Academy

(as of November 1, 2011)

From the 2011 AACP Survey of Vacant Budgeted and Lost Faculty Positions, conducted from December 2011 to January 2012.

New Position Status

Length of Position Vacancy

New position created by reallocating funds 5.9% (21)

>36 months 31–36 months 4.2% (15) 1.7% (6)

Not reported 3.7% (13)

25–30 months 2.5% (9) 19–24 months 7.1% (25) New position 36.4% (129)

13–18 months 9.0% (32)

Existing position 57.6% (204)

0–6 months 54.0% (191) 7–12 months 17.8% (63)

Reason for Vacancy a,b Individual in position retired

46 21.3%

Individual in position moved to a faculty position at another pharmacy college or school

37 17.1% 31 14.4%

Individual moved to a practice position in the healthcare private sector Other

18 8.3%

Individual moved to an administrative position within the pharmacy college or school

17 7.9%

Individual in position moved to a faculty position in a non-pharmacy program

13 6.0%

Expiration or termination of contract

13 6.0%

Individual moved to an administrative position at another pharmacy college or school Individual in position moved to a faculty position within the pharmacy college or school

11 5.1% 10 4.6%

Individual moved to a position in pharmaceutical or biotechnology industry

8 3.7%

Spouse or partner relocation

8 3.7%

Individual moved to a position in government or public sector

7 3.2%

Individual moved to an administrative position in a non-pharmacy program 2 0.9% a: Some vacant positions include multiple reasons for vacancy. b: The total number of not applicable responses because the position is new totaled 138.








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