C OMMISS IONING OF THE N EW FSOP D EAN Sr. Walter Maher, UIW Vice President of Mission and Ministry, presided over the commissioning service for the new Dean of the Feik School of Pharmacy, Dr. David Maize. The service was held on January 6, 2017 in the presence of FSOP faculty, administrators and staff in a classroom at the school. Sr. Walter asked for God’s blessing on Dr. Maize and his leadership in the school going forward. Attendees participated in a responsive reading, followed by Dr. Maize verbally avowing to four tenets of service to the school and the university. Attendees then stood and affirmed their commitment to and support of Dr. Maize, confirming the foundation of community and support within the school. All joined together in corporate prayer, asking “may our work together reflect our core values of Dignity, Service, Faith, Truth, Education and Innovation.” Then followed the Blessing of the Hands. In the Catholic tradition, the anointing of hands with oil symbolizes strength, coming to symbolize that we are strengthened by God to do the work that God has called us to do. Dr. Renée Bellanger, Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice, anointed Dr. Maize’s hands with oil. Dr. Johnson-Fannin, Founding Dean of the FSOP, now retired, was in attendance. She bid attendees a fond farewell, and expressed her best wishes to Dr. Maize. She presented him with a gift she purchased on a trip to China last fall, before it was known whom the new dean would be – a fierce golden dragon. Dr. J indicated that she was pleased to be presenting her gift to Dr. Maize.
N EW C OLLABORATION A GREEMENT IN U ZBEKISTAN
Dr. Mathew Garber, Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice, was invited by the Uzbekistan Ministry of Health to speak at their annual pharmacy education conference in Uzbekistan on November 16-17. The conference was hosted by Tashkent Pharmaceutical Institute in Tashkent, the capitol of Uzbekistan. Dr. Garber and Dr. Yong-Moon Lee, from Chungbuk National University in South Korea, were the conference guest speakers.
Seen here in the traditional chapan, Dr. Garber presented a variety of topics including the pharmacy education, healthcare system, and drug approval processes in the United States. This was the first visit in what will likely be a continuing relationship between FSOP and the Tashkent Pharmaceutical Institute. UIW has now formalized a sister school relationship with Tashkent Pharmaceutical Institute, with a memorandum of agreement signed in January. Collaboration between the schools may include opportunities for student exchanges between the two universities’ pharmacy programs.
FSOP T EAM W INS F ITNESS C HALLENGE A GAIN ! As the Reindeer Pharmers, the FSOP team once again swept past a bevy of UIW challengers to win the campuswide holiday-themed Aetna wellness challenge, Fit & Festive. This is the FSOP’s 3rd win out of the last 4 quarters. While hitting each milestone, the team learned tips for staying physically, mentally and emotionally healthy over the holidays – from colder weather exercise and adding steps at work, to time and money-saving tips and even healthy recipes and mindfulness tips. With only 8 members for this challenge, the team managed to beat out larger teams and finished over 200,000 steps ahead of the second place team, the Eyecicles, from the Rosenberg School of Optometry. The FSOP team: Dr. Amy Diepenbrock, Ms. Kristen Dicianna, Dr. Anita Mosley, Mrs. Christina Seeger (holding trophy), Dr. Amanda Sharp, Dr. Renee Bellanger, and Dr. Lila LaGrange. Not pictured, Dr. Jeff Copeland. Sign-up is occurring now for next challenge, and we hope we’ll be keeping the trophy here again for the next quarter, too!
enure & Promotion:
The Feik School of Pharmacy is richly endowed to have such a talented and dedicated group of faculty members who have been granted tenure and promotion, as noted, for the coming 2017-2018 academic year.
Renée Bellanger, Pharm.D., promoted to Professor of Pharmacy Practice Lila LaGrange, Ph.D., promoted to Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences Kathleen Lusk, Pharm.D., promoted to Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice Amanda Sharpe, Ph.D., received tenure and promotion to Associate Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences Dr. Amy Witte, Ph.D., Professor of Pharmacy Practice
he Dean’s Corner:
Dear FSOP Alumni, It is with joy and humility that I write to you for the first time as the new Dean of the Feik School of Pharmacy. Dr. Johnson-Fannin retired at the end of last year, although she continues to be involved with UIW this spring as a consultant to the Provost. She will be missed, and I certainly have some big shoes to fill. I was the third person to be hired by Dr. J in 2005, when all there was of the school of pharmacy was a dream and a plan. Our building didn’t exist then – in fact we were in temporary offices in various places around the campus for many months. We built from there with a lot of dedication and visioning for what this school would become. We designed it to be a place where students from all backgrounds, cultures and walks of life could come and be nurtured to succeed, based on the core values of the university. At the inception of the school, Texas was the largest importer of pharmacists in the nation, to fill pharmacy jobs there were no local pharmacists available to fill. The climate of the pharmacy profession is certainly ever-changing. The needs and opportunities are different today than when our first class began eleven years ago. With the depth and caliber of the faculty and administrators at the FSOP, we are able to make course adjustments that continue to steer graduating pharmacists toward success. Your participation with us in preparing our students to become safe, competent pharmacists is a key experiential element in their learning. Whether you serve as a preceptor, or mentor a student, or are involved in the FSOP Alumni Network, we highly value your playing a part in supporting the next generation of pharmacists. For information about the Alumni Network and to keep abreast of upcoming activities, please go to the UIW Feik School of Pharmacy Alumni page. Our next CE offering is a Sterile Compounding Update, which will be held on the evening of February 28th here at the school. Full details are posted on our Facebook page. Our next social gathering will be our Fiesta Alumni Night party at the Texas Cavaliers River Parade on April 24th. Please watch for full details on Facebook in the coming week. It is my privilege to carry on the tradition of excellence, dedication and service that characterize the Feik School of Pharmacy. I highly value our relationship with you – our heritage – and look forward to strengthening those ties going forward. Best wishes, Dr. David F. Maize Dean and Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences Feik School of Pharmacy
N OTES FROM THE R ETIRING D EAN … A dozen years... sounds like a long time... By historical measure, however, mind-boggling events have transpired only to become antiquated and extinct within the duration of that time frame. Similarly, my years at UIW have flown by. Special note has been taken of the progression of events leading to success, failure, and re-discovery. While cycles appear endless and seem to go on and on, the time came for me to conclude this cycle and relinquish my seat at the helm of the Feik School of Pharmacy. After a robust national search, on January 1, 20I7, I turned over the reins to my successor, Dr. David Maize. Arriving in the summer of 2004, I was filled with ideas, things to do to make a difference. It took a while to understand, and at times I was a reluctant learner, but soon I began to appreciate the wisdom of Machiavelli: “There is nothing more difficult to plan, more doubtful of success, nor more dangerous to manage than the creation of a new
system.” Two things existed here that perhaps Machiavelli did not have: I had done this before; and I was (still am) convinced that God sent me to UIW. Therefore, success was inevitable. To add to that mix, you, our illustrious alumni, were willing to take a chance on a new entity. Early in my career, I embraced the wisdom of having a positive, enthusiastic, and industrious faculty and staff. Our goals remained simple. We instituted professionalism; incorporated new and effective use of technology; flipped, switched, twisted, and turned over classrooms; assessed everything and everybody who walked through the doors; and with a smile and a hug, took each student to a place where they could rightfully be called “doctor.” It takes a group of exceptional persons to commit, despite challenges, to their jobs on a daily basis --whether wrapped in beautiful packages or emitting malevolence like steam. The Feik School of Pharmacy is underpinned by visionary leaders, far-sighted partners, volunteers, productive alumni, and other constituents who give selflessly—often without recognition—their time, expertise, and philanthropy. It was with their support, with honor and integrity, that we brought the school's mission and vision to fruition while remaining open to innovative change. Thanks for the notes of appreciation, words of encouragement, sharing of resources, your time, but mostly—for the trust in me and the sincerity of conviction. I am extremely grateful for the role that everyone has played throughout the years. I am so very proud of our students and graduates. These have been happy years, growing years, and successful years. I will always remember our shared accomplishments as well as our struggles. Embedded in my memory is the neverending supply of support that always came in some form or other. I have tried to give each minute of our time together its full measure of distance run. Thank you for letting me shine and soar. For you, the product of our efforts, are truly the wind beneath my wings. With gratitude and praise… Dr. J Founding Dean 2004-2016
N OTES FROM THE A LUMNI N ETWORK C HAIR Dear FSOP Alumni Network, Can you believe it is already February? Rights of Passage and Fiesta are just around the corner. I would like to thank FSOP and our NEW Dean Dr. Maize for supporting our 3rd annual Alumni Fiesta event to coincide with the Texas Cavaliers River Parade. Monday, April 24th is the night of the event, and we will reserve the Cielo Vista Room at the Rio Plaza on the 2nd floor for an Alumni mixer. This will be a private venue for which tickets will be sold. The price for the event will be $25 each or $40 per couple. Children will have a fee of $7 for ages 3-16. There will be food, a cash bar, and a great view of the Texas Cavaliers River Parade. We improved on attendance last year and I look forward to seeing this event be the best attended yet. Call up a classmate and meet up at the event. Save the date and we hope to see you soon! As a board of director for Texas Pharmacy Association and TPA PharmPAC, I would like to invite you to register and attend the TPA Conference and Expo in beautiful San Antonio. The meeting will be July 7-9th at the River Center Marriott. Online registration is available only until February 24th, at: http://www.texaspharmacy.org/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=830985.
We will have CE, and an event will be held at Top Golf to raise money for TPA PharmPAC. I will be working with Dr. Maize to plan an ALUMNI event one night during the convention. If anyone has any information needing to be addressed concerning OUR profession, please feel free to reach out. Our very own Dr. Amyn Madhani (2012) will continue to be our Bexar County Pharmacy Association President. Dr. Chris Mowen (2014), Dr. Hector Collazo (2014), and Dr. Staci Kurmel (2010) also will continue to serve as BCPA officers. Have a wonderful Easter holiday Go Spurs Go and Viva FIESTA! Thank you, Dr. Chris Alvarado FSOP Alumni Network Chair
Dr. Russell Attridge Presented Suspected Case of Rivaroxaban-induced renal tubular acidosis at the 2016 American Society of Health-system Pharmacists (ASHP) Mid-Year Clinical Meeting, Las Vegas, NV, December 5. Co-authors: Dzuik B., Attridge RT, Lusk KA. Dr. Renée Bellanger Attended pediatric grand rounds at Baylor Medicine/Children’s Hospital of San Antonio in staphylococcal infections in pediatrics and hypertension in pediatrics, January 6 and 13. Presented pharmacy careers at Forrester Elementary Career Day, November 18. Dr. Kimberly Cauthon Elected Vice President for the Friends of San Antonio Public Library, 2-year term, January 22. Dr. Bradi Frei Published invited electronic editorial Is More Always Better? Olanzapine Added to Standard Antiemetics for Highly Emetogenic Chemotherapy for Evidence-Based Pharmacy Practice, McGraw-Hill Publishing Company, Dec. 19. Co-authors: Snoga J, Frei BL. Presented poster Assessing Social Media Use by U.S. Pharmacy Schools at the ASHP Mid-Year Clinical Meeting, Las Vegas, NV, December 5. Co-authors: Diepenbrock A, Frei BL, Horlen C, Van Boskerck S. Volunteered at Texas 10 running race hosted in seven Texas cities. Supervised student volunteers and provided refreshments to runners, San Antonio, TX, January 29. Dr. Bethany Kalich Attended the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions annual meeting, New Orleans, LA, November 1216. Organized cardiac nursing in-service: Nicardipine Use for Hypertension in the Transplant Population, University Health System hospital, San Antonio, TX, December 16. Dr. Kathleen Lusk Published Role of Sodium-Glucose Cotransporter 2 (SGLT2) Inhibitors in U.S. Pharmacist, 2016;41(11):26-29, November. Co-authors: Lusk KA, Barnes NE.
Presented Managing Dyslipidemia: Evolving Roles of Nonstatins and Newer Drugs at the Joint Federal Pharmacy Seminar, National Harbor, MD, November 1. Presented Candida glabrata peritonitis: Questions about fluconazole dosing and duration of treatment at the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists 51st Mid-Year Meeting, Las Vegas, NV, December 5.
Dr. G. Lucy Wilkening Published Second generation antipsychotic utilization and metabolic parameter monitoring in an inpatient pediatric population in Pediatric Drugs, January 10. Co-authors: Nolt VD, Warble AV, Wilkening GL (corresponding author), Fabian TJ. Peer reviewer, The Mental Health Clinician, November 1. Peer reviewer, Journal of Pharmacy Practice, January 1.
AP H A-ASP A C T I V E
C OM M U N I T Y S E R V I CE
It is a new year with great expectations. As a growing organization, reflection from the previous year is always beneficial for success and advancement. With that said, APhA-ASP had a fantastic end to the fall semester. The Operation Immunizations committee collaborated with multiple companies including Walgreens, Walmart and H-E-B this fall to administer flu vaccines to our community. The International Committee spread the word about smoking cessation and the benefits to APhA members immunize patients at Walmart. stopping smoking. The Operation Diabetes committee assisted in several health fairs. Committee members also worked in partnership with the American Diabetes Association at the San Antonio Step Out Walk, providing glucose screenings and diabetic foot exams. The OTC Medication Safety committee had a successful semester delivering essential information to our community members at the Ingram Park Mall Health Fair. In addition, they helped the youth with Boy Scouts of America gain another merit badge. The Generation Rx committee hosted an effective Drug Free Week, and partnered with SAMMinistries homeless shelter to set up spring mentorship to inform teenage guests about prescription and OTC drug abuse. Last, but certainly not least, the Operation Heart committee supported our community at the 2016 San Antonio Heart and Stroke Walk, as well as delivered blood pressure screenings in collaboration with Walmart. APhA members pose with one of the Boy Scouts working toward a merit badge, Andrew Frei, son of FSOP faculty member Dr. Bradi Frei, Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice.
K AP P A E P S I L ON C O M M U N I T Y I N V OL V E M E NT Kappa Epsilon Beta Theta Chapter has been busy the last couple of months. Chapter members are making an effort to get involved in community health awareness. One of the main campaigns took place during Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October. During the month, brothers performed various activities to bring awareness to this cause including passing out pink ribbons, candy, and breast cancer education materials. A special guest speaker, a breast cancer survivor, spoke at the second general meeting. Donations were collected for the CHRISTUS Santa Rosa mobile mammography unit.
Several community service events were held, including the 5th Annual Paint the Parkway Pink, where brothers partnered with Girls on the Run of Bexar County. Girls on the Run is an organization that inspires girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using an experience-based curriculum that incorporates running. This event was held at North Central Baptist Hospital, and brothers helped out with various tasks such as manning the information table and assisting with the Kidsâ€™ Run. The aim of this event was to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer research. KE held a Fall Break Dinner at Dave & Busterâ€™s to celebrate the beginning of Fall Break. Halloween was celebrated by gathering at the home of fellow brother, Cassandra Garcia. Brothers celebrated Christmas at the annual KE Christmas Party by decorating cookies and ornaments, and building gingerbread houses. Chapter members are looking forward to what the new semester will bring, and to welcoming new pledges in the Kappa Epsilon Beta Theta family.
K AP P A P S I S E R V I N G V U L N E R A B L E P O P UL AT I ON S Kappa Psi brothers volunteered a second time at the San Antonio Food Bank in the fall. This time, brothers sorted over 26,000 pounds of potatoes to help make packaged meal supplies for families in need. On January 19th, brothers served at an immunization clinic at Haven for Hope, the cityâ€™s homeless shelter, preparing and administering vaccines to the guests. It was a rewarding experiencing to help improve the health of those who may need it the most. Havel for Hope volunteers. San Antonio Food Bank volunteers. At the beginning of the semester, Kappa Psi welcomed a robust group of 36 new pledge brothers to the fraternity. On January 27th, brothers enjoyed a fun evening at a movie night and potluck dinner hosted by the pledge brothers. Brothers were able to dress up and have tons of fun in Hawaiian-themed decorations and props as they got acquainted.
NCPA H O S T S S PE C I A L G U E S T S PE A K E RS NCPA members had the great honor to have three impactful guest speakers at the November 16th meeting. Dr. Diana Courtney, the NCPA national Director of Student and Professional Affairs and Committees, visited because the chapter surpassed its membership goal and maintained the student chapter for the past six consecutive years. Dr. Courtney discussed the differences between independent pharmacies and chain pharmacies, as well as how
pharmacists can positively impact patients in more ways than imaginable while working for an independent pharmacy. Dr. Bindu Batra, elective instructor and PCCA Director of Academic Affairs, enlightened students on the many benefits the PCCA Institute’s Boot Camp training has to offer. She also spoke of how compounding can be an essential element for independent pharmacies and businesses. Dr. Yankton Wyatt, Class of 2015 UIW alum and previous NCPA chapter president, shared his experiences working at a locally-owned pharmacy in a small town near Midland, Texas. He also emphasized the business aspect of an independent pharmacy, as well as ways to improve the quality of care for
Damian Kaiser, Scott Frishman, Dr. Bindu Batra Dr. Diana Courtney, and Dr. Yankton Wyatt
NCPA chapter members pose with the three guest speakers.
patients. All three speakers inspired members to consider and discover the possibilities that a small business pharmacy can offer. Chapter members are looking forward to the upcoming pharmacy tours this spring semester. The first tour will be at Talon Pharmacy, a local compounding pharmacy owned by a fellow UIW graduate, Dr. Ronda Wenzel.
R H O C HI G R OW S
Over the past couple of months, Rho Chi Society members have participated in community service as well as preparing for the spring semester. The chapter’s Community Service Chair, Krystal Rayas, made arrangements for FSOP to volunteer at the Elf Louise toy drive in December. Volunteers collect and wrap toys to help insure that families in need have a Christmas. Preparations are underway for the upcoming Induction Ceremony for the new members in March, spearheaded by Induction Ceremony Chair Michellea Russell. Rho Chi members are looking forward to welcoming new students into the organization next month, to expand participation in activities such as providing tutoring for FSOP classmates throughout the semester.
SSHP P RE P AR E S F U T U R E P H A R M A CI S T S
S UC CE S S
SSHP’s fundraising committee has come up with creative ideas for raising money for the organization. In the spirit of Christmas, the committee made and sold candy cane grams, called Santa Mail, and delivered them to faculty and students. At the beginning of December, several FSOP chapter members were able to attend the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada. At this conference, our president Sarah Bittner represented UIW
by accepting the first place professional development project award at the Student Society Showcase, and presented the poster outlining those mental health events. The SSHP chapter hosted a UIW reception at Midyear for FSOP students, professors and alumni to get together. The chapter plans to expand on this event at future meetings. Midyear is a great opportunity for future pharmacists, providing excellent networking opportunities, as well as workshops that will help future health care providers become more successful in caring for their patients. The organ transplant committee organized a tour of University Health System Medical Center with Dr. Rebecca Brady, Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice. Members were able to learn first-hand about the field of organ transplants and the crucial role medications play in successful transplants. The SSHP chapter has been busy planning future events for the upcoming year. The Antibiotic Awareness committee is planning a health fair at Sutton Oaks, which will also include help from the medication safety, mental health, and pulmonary committees. This health fair will provide multiple services for the families that live there. The antibiotic committee will be educating residents about their antibiotic use and what might cause antibiotic resistance. Medication safety will provide a medication disposal opportunity for the residents, as well as educate them on other safe ways to dispose of their expired or unused medication. Pulmonary will be educating about the cessation of smoking along with the proper use of a nebulizer. Not only will this health fair include multiple committees from SSHP, but it will also include SNPhA’s diabetes committee, along with APhA’s immunization committee and inter-disciplinary students from other health professions programs. This year will be the chapter’s first year holding Disease State Management workshops in preparation for the TSHP competition. It will be similar to OSCE simulations, which will be helpful for students. The workshops are an individual competition where students are given 10 minutes to review a patient's information and refill history. The student then has 10 minutes to consult with a patient and provide education. The final portion is to complete a SOAP note of the encounter. The first two workshops were held on January 30th and February 1st.
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