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Class of 2017 – White Coat Ceremony, October 4, 2013


ean’s Corner:

Dear FSOP Alumni: The students on main campus have come up with a novel idea for 'self-funding.' They are running an intensive campaign to get their peers to vote to approve a $45 addition to their yearly fees. This would provide $500,000+ annually for student activities. Can you imagine that! If I could vote I would -- twice! Self-funding is how we started the FSOP emergency loan program. From first-hand experience, I know how much can come from just a few dollars when there is no place to turn. I put in seed money. Faculty and staff contributed. Observing the success of our efforts, the university expanded our base with a sizeable contribution. If the FSOP is to go above and beyond, we need your voice, your hands-on, your financial support. As we come to the end of 2013 and you contemplate tax time, make a gift to your alma mater. Then, plan now for the NEXT year by sending us your tax deductible contribution of just $50/month. Increase that as your budget allows. Do the math: $50/month x 12 months x 300 alumni can build much at the FSOP -- including many scholarships. Pay it forward! Please help us build! Click this button to make a donation online and receive a tax receipt:

Make a gift today!

Regardless of your faith, this is a good time to count your blessings and share with others. All the best to you and yours during this glorious season.

Dr. Arcelia Johnson-Fannin FSOP Founding Dean

Forever in my heart, Dr. J

S TUDENT A FFAIRS N EWS – A TTENTION A LUMNI ! As December fast approaches, we are once again preparing for interviews. Last year we had over 600 applicants competing for the coveted 100 slots at the Feik School of Pharmacy, and we are on track to significantly surpass that this year. The “word” about our school is out, and it is our responsibility to ensure the next incoming class possesses the same prowess and leadership skills that have made each of our graduates special. This is when we ask for your help.

The first of our interview sessions will be held on Friday, December 6th, and we currently have 141 prospective students registered to interview. The day will consist of two sessions, the first beginning at 9:00 a.m. and ending at noon, and the second beginning at 1:00 p.m. and ending at 4:00 p.m. In addition to the interviews, there will be student-lead tours of the facility and small group discussion sessions with past and present Feik School of Pharmacy students. We want to give the applicants the opportunity to interact with our greatest assets, our students and graduates — so please come help us identify your future colleagues and the Class of 2018. ďƒŁ If you are interested and able to participate in either of the interview sessions, we would be excited to hear from you. Please contact Ms. Kristen Dicianna at 210.883.1063, or by email at Kevin Lord, PhD Assistant Dean of Student Affairs

E XPERIENTIAL P ROGRAMS N EWS One of the major joys in life is the celebration of new endeavors. Two of our own FSOP graduates have recently embarked on their own venture, the opening of an independent pharmacy! Opening a pharmacy is no small feat, and to do so early on in a pharmacy career shows a dedication to the profession, to hard work, and to patient care. Dr. Andrew Noonan (Class of 2010) and Dr. Michael Weissling (Class of 2011) are to be congratulated. Upon graduation, these two alumni preceptors accepted positions in community and hospital pharmacy respectively. Their latest venture, Gruene Road Pharmacy, opened on November 4th, 2013. Prescription services as well as non-sterile compounding, durable medical equipment, and over the counter medications will be available for its clientele. The vision espoused by the longstanding friends and business partners is personalized service. 910 Gruene Road #3, (830) 387-4378

The next time I visit the historic town of Gruene there will be a new addition to my usual favorite haunts, Gruene Road Pharmacy. I hope each of us at the Feik School of Pharmacy and our distinguished alumni will take the time to support this ambitious step taken by two dedicated alumni pharmacists. We wish both Dr. Noonan and Dr. Weissling, along with their families, many successful and rewarding years to come. I am always looking for alumni to serve as preceptors. The process is very straightforward, so please do not hesitate to contact me by email, at, and I will be happy to assist you. I look forward to hearing from you, and to sharing your stories with fellow alumni. Best wishes, Nicole Farrell, Pharm. D. IPPE Coordinator and Assistant Professor, Pharmacy Practice


all Events:

FSOP W HITE C OA T C EREMONY The Feik School of Pharmacy held the White Coat Ceremony for the incoming Class of 2017 on Friday, October 4, 2013. The ceremony was held in the Rosenberg Sky Room at the McCombs Center on the UIW campus. The class of 98 students donned their white coats for the first time, then recited the oath of professionalism to confirm

their commitment to the profession of pharmacy and to patient care. Approximately 400 guests, including FSOP faculty and staff and students’ families and friends, witnessed the ceremony. Dr. Arthur A. Nelson, Founding Dean and Professor of the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Pharmacy, served as the keynote speaker. Dr. Arcelia Johnson-Fannin, Founding Dean, explained that “We want our students to understand that their journey through the pharmacy profession began the moment they walked through our doors. Their commitment to the care and safety of our health begins now. The white coat ceremony makes public this promise.”

Dr. Arcelia Johnson-Fannin, Founding Dean of the Feik School of Pharmacy, Arthur A. Nelson, Jr., Founding Dean and Professor of the Texas Tech Univ. School of Pharmacy, and Dr. Kathi Light, UIW Provost

1 ST FSOP I NTERNATIONAL I NDUSTRIAL P HARMACY R OTATION C OMPLETED ! The first of its kind six-week international Industrial Pharmacy Rotation ended in September of 2013. Four students from the Feik School of Pharmacy – Ngoc Doan, Ashley Kilgore, Michelle Lopez, and Marcella Saenz – journeyed over 4,000 miles to Brazil on scholarship, sponsored by a $160,000 grant from Prati-Donaduzzi. This global initiative came to fruition as a result of the collaboration between the Feik School of Pharmacy, Pontificia Universidade Catolica do Parana (PUC-PR), the Brazilian pharmaceutical company Prati-Donaduzzi, and H-E-B. The program began on August 12, 2013 with an intense week-long pharmacy regulatory affairs course conducted by FSOP faculty member Dr. Eli Phillips, PUC-PR faculty member Tiago Sausen, and four pharmacists from Prati-Donaduzzi. The course focused on comparing FDA regulations with ANVISA, the Brazilian regulatory board. Students from Brazil, FSOP and Prati-Donaduzzi worked in teams on assignments addressing FDA and ANVISA regulations. By the end of the first week, the student teams were working seamlessly together. One could see an intense energy in all of the group discussions. The FSOP students then spent the next five weeks rotating through various Prati-Donaduzzi departments, including marketing, manufacturing, research and clinical trials.

FSOP students Marcella Saenz, Ngoc Doan, Michelle Lopez and Ashley Kilgore during a Prati-Donaduzzi lunch break and employee band activity.

FSOP-UIW / PUCP-PR / H-E-B and Prati-Donaduzzi are actively working on bringing four Pharmacy students from Brazil to observe clinical and community pharmacy activities and practices here. A second group of FSOP students will be going to Brazil in February of 2014.

FSOP faculty member Dr. Marcos Oliveira, Associate Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences, initially pursued and was very instrumental in developing this partnership and opportunity for FSOP students. He has been appointed by UIW as Coordinator of Pharmacy for Latin American Activities.

I P E I N A C T I O N – E ASTSIDE H EALTH F AIRS Last year UIW received $75,000 from the Walmart Foundation to conduct interprofessional health fairs to serve the eastside community. On Saturday, September 14, 2013, Walmart formally presented the check to UIW. The free health fairs allow UIW and St. Philip’s College health professions programs to collaborate. Students evaluated attendees using an interdisciplinary approach, and assisted this community with their health care needs. FSOP faculty and students are all eager to continue this collaborative approach to serving San Antonio.

The interprofessional education initiative includes faculty and students from UIW optometry (Dr. Charles Connor), UIW nutrition (Dr. Joseph Bonilla), UIW nursing (Cynthia Richardson, Yvonne Davila), UIW pharmacy (Dr. Vanessa Phillips, Dr. Tina Lopez), St. Philip’s nursing (Melissa Arthur), and St. Philip’s medical laboratory (Terri Murphy-Sanchez).

(Pictured L-R) Dr. Charles Connor, Professor, Rosenberg School of Optometry (RSO), Dr. Tina Lopez, Assistant Professor, FSOP, Mabel Goldsmith, Walmart store manager, Ivy Taylor, City Councilwoman, District 2, Terri Murphy-Sanchez, St. Philip’s College, and Dr. Arcelia Johnson-Fannin, Founding Dean of FSOP.

Students from several health care disciplines collaborated to provide health screenings and education for adults and children during the Walmart/UIW Health Fair at St. Phillips College on Saturday, September 14th. Volunteer students and faculty came from the St. Phillips LVN and lab technician programs and UIW optometry, pharmacy, nursing and nutrition programs. Students assisted the medically under-served in this community by discovering health issues to be addressed. Attendees received recommendations for follow-up care and medication, nutrition and wellness counseling.

The next in the series of eastside health fairs was held on Saturday, November 2nd at St. Phillips College.

Dr. Tina Lopez, Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice, poses for a photo with Dr. Tina Lee, Pharmacotherapy Resident, and FSOP students during the November 2nd health fair at the St. Philip’s College Center for Health Professions.

FSOP E MPLOYEES R ECOGNIZED AT UIW H ERITAGE D AY C ELEBRATION The 20th annual Incarnate Word Heritage Day celebration was held on Wednesday, October 9th in the Chapel of the Incarnate Word. In recognition of each employee making a difference at UIW, employees marking every 5th-year anniversary are honored for their service on Heritage Day. The following FSOP employees reaching their fiveyear anniversary with the school were recognized: Dr. Rebecca Brady, Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice Mr. Rafael Gonzalez, Laboratory Manager Dr. William Linn, Assistant Dean, Department Chair and Professor of Pharmacy Practice Dr. Tina Christi Lopez, Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice

Dr. Kevin Lord, Assistant Dean of Student Affairs and Associate Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences Dr. Sushma Ramsinghani, Assistant Dean, Assistant Dean, Department Chair and Associate Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences Dr. Elizabeth Montfort Urteaga, Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice


ecent Hire:

Dr. Cynthia N. Nguyen, Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice, IPECP Coordinator Dr. Cynthia Nguyen joins the Feik School of Pharmacy as the Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice (IPECP) Coordinator. She currently is working with personnel in the other UIW health profession programs to enhance an interprofessional education model and develop a clinical site that allows students an opportunity to be a part of a patientcentered, multidisciplinary healthcare team. Dr. Nguyen completed her undergraduate work at the University of Texas in Austin in 2007 and earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the UIW Feik School of Pharmacy in 2011. Prior to joining as full-time faculty, she worked as a community pharmacist for Walgreens and was an adjunct faculty member for the IPECP team. Dr. Nguyen is a member of several professional organizations, including American Pharmacists Association (APhA), Phi Lambda Sigma Pharmacy Leadership Society (PLS), and Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity. Her areas of interest include interprofessional education, diabetes, public health, and outcomes research.



ews from Main Campus: HIRES




UIW is proud to announce the selection of the Founding Dean of its School of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr. Robyn Phillips-Madson, DO, MPH. Most recently, Madson has been the Dean and Chief Academic Officer at the Pacific Northwest University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Yakima, Washington, where she had previously taught and served as Chair of the Department of Clinical Medicine and Assistant Dean of Clinical Sciences. Madson has a B.S. in Pharmacy from the University of Washington, Seattle, WA, and received her D.O. degree from Michigan State University, Lansing, MI. She is Board Certified in Family Practice and most recently completed a Masters in Public Health at Nova Southeastern University, FL. She completed the Health Policy Fellowship Certificate program with the American Osteopathic Association in 2006. UIW Medical School

In addition to her extensive academic experience, Madson has been a hospital Pharmacist, Founding Dean Dr. Robyn Phillips-Madson, practiced as a solo Family Physician in Seattle Wash, and been the Medical Director of the DO, MPH. Lake Forest Park Medical Clinic in Seattle. She was the recipient of the 2007 Northwest Osteopathic Medical Foundation Founder’s Award in recognition of her professional and personal commitment to osteopathic medicine and to quality-of-life health care for the people of Guatemala. She was the Washington Osteopathic Medical Association 2007 Physician of the Year. Dr. Phillips-Madson’s warm and caring personality, along with the foundation of all of her medical accomplishments, impressed all who met her during the interview process at UIW.

“It is the belief and hope of the University administration that Dr. Madson will lead the effort to inspire a new generation of doctors to serve with the same enthusiasm and dedication that has motivated Dr. Madson throughout her medical career. We welcome her to our community and to San Antonio, and commit to supporting her in the enormous task of creating a distinctive and quality Osteopathic Medical School for south Texas,” said UIW Chancellor and Chair of the Search Committee, Dr. Denise Doyle.


aculty Highlights:

Dr. Rebecca L. Attridge 

Presented Comparison of Benzodiazepines and Propofol for Refractory Alcohol Withdrawal Syndrome: a Retrospective Chart Review at the American College of Clinical Pharmacy Annual Meeting, Albuquerque, NM, October 15. Co-authors: Sohraby R, Attridge RL, Hughes DW. Presentation panelist for Cardiology PRN Focus Session: Contemporary Issues in the Management of Pulmonary Hypertension at the ACCP Annual Meeting, Albuquerque, NM, October 14.

Dr. Russell T. Attridge 

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Published Treatment Failure and Associated Costs in Patients with Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus Skin and Soft Tissue Infections Treated in the Primary Care Settings: a South Texas Ambulatory Research Network Study in the Journal of American Board Family Medicine 2013;26(5):508-17, November 1. Co-authors: Labreche MJ, Lee GC, Attridge RL, et al. Poster presentation Outpatient antibiotic prescribing for urinary tract infections in women in the United States: 2000-2010 at the 2013 IDWeek meeting, San Francisco, CA, October. Co-authors: Lee GC, Daniels KR, Teshome BF, Lawson KA, Lewis II JS, Attridge RT, Frei CR. Presented Management of CA-MRSA Skin and Soft Tissue Infections at the University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy's 61st Annual Pharmacy Practice Seminar, November. Attended the American College of Clinical Pharmacy annual meeting, Albuquerque, NM, October 13-16. Participated in the Research and Scholarship Certificate Program, ACCP annual meeting, October 14. Volunteered as a reviewer of Student Travel Awards for the 2013 ACCP Annual Meeting, August. Volunteered as a reviewer for the ACCP Online Curriculum Vitae Review Service, August.

Dr. Renee Bellanger   

Worked with students preparing for the ACCP Clinical Pharmacy Challenge Competition, September 3. Attended the inaugural TASPEN Meeting and started a local chapter of the American Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition, LOCATION?, October 30. Proctored FSOP IPPE students and helped St. Phillips nursing and medical technician students at the Walmart/UIW Health Fair at St. Phillips College, September 14.

Dr. Jeffrey Copeland      

Published An Analysis of Financial Giving According to the Apostle Paul in the Christian Pharmacists Fellowship International online newsletter The Faith Script, Vol. 30, Issue 9, September. Presented Evaluating Quality Pharmacy Practice Experiences at the UIW Preceptor Education conference, San Antonio, TX, September 9. Presented Constructing a Quality Pharmacy Practice Experience at the UIW Alumni Preceptor conference, San Antonio, TX, September 16. Pharmacist and preceptor for five students attending the Eagle Pass Medical Mission Trip, Eagle Pass, TX, September 7-8. Pharmacist and preceptor for students attending the Del Rio Medical Mission Trip, Del Rio, TX, October 18-19. ACPE accreditation Site Team Evaluator, October 1.

Dr. Tiffany-Jade Kreys    

Published A Bump in the Road: Overcoming Fear Associated with Psychotropic Treatment during Pregnancy in the online The Mental Health Clinician 2013;3(2):100, August 1. Primary Editor for the August issue, Psychotropics and Treatment of the Child-Bearing Woman, of The Mental Health Clinician, an online publication by the College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists, August 1. Faculty coordinator for the FSOP Clinical Skills Competition, October 22. Organized an FSOP team to participate in the American Federation for Suicide Prevention fundraiser Out of Darkness Walk, San Antonio, TX, October 19.

Dr. William Linn  

$2000 American College of Clinical Pharmacy grant for the development of an internet journal club, Forum Rx, for primary care clinical specialists, 2013-2014. Published Developing Effective Study Groups in the Quest of the “Holy Grail:” Critical Thinking in the American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education 77 (8) Article 180, October 13. Co-authors: Linn WD, Lord KC, Whong CY, Phillips EG.

Dr. Kathleen Lusk   

Published A 62 Year Old Man with Red Man Syndrome in the UIW Pharmacy Review journal, October 1. Coauthor: Sanchez R. Attended the ACCP annual meeting, Albuquerque, NM, October 12-15. Presented Overview of New Drugs 2012-2013 at the Central Texas Society of Health-System Pharmacists Fall Seminar, San Antonio, TX, October 19. Co-presenter: Lopez TC.

Dr. David Maize   

Attended the 15th annual ACPE Continuing Pharmacy Education Conference, Minneapolis, MN, October 2-4. Attended the San Antonio Board Day 2013: Fear Factor: Fundraising for local charitable organizations, San Antonio, TX, October 10. Planning coordinator for the FSOP Beta Epsilon Chapter hosting the Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity Southwest Province regional meeting for 200 students and faculty advisors, San Antonio, TX, October 25-26.

Dr. Vanessa G. Phillips 

Co-organizer for Walmart Foundation Health Fair at St. Phillips Colleges, San Antonio, TX, September 14.

Dr. Blair Sarbacker    

Continuing Education podium presentation Over the Counter (OTC) Management for Geriatric Patients: A Focus on Cough, Cold and Allergy at the 61st Annual Pharmacy Practice Seminar, Austin, TX, September 29. Attended the 15th annual ACPE Continuing Pharmacy Education Conference, Minneapolis, MN, October 2-4. Precepted 15 pharmacy and 5 pre-pharmacy students at the 2013 San Fernando Health and Safety Fair, San Antonio, TX, October 5. Appointed Planning Committee Chair for the Annual Geriatrics Conference, a UT Health Science Center Interprofessional Continuing Education Conference to be offered in summer 2014, San Antonio, TX.

Dr. Amanda Sharpe 

Published Chronic intermittent hypoxia increases sympathetic control of blood pressure: role of neuronal activity in the hypothalamic PVN in the American Journal of Physiology Heart and Circulatory Physiology., epublished October 4. Co-authors: Sharpe AL, Calderon AS, Andrade MA, Cunningham JT, Mifflin SW, Toney GM.

Ms. Christina Seeger   

Attended the Texas Library Association: Library Instruction Roundtable, San Antonio, TX, September 27. Participant, Medical Library Association webcast Making the Case: Using Assessment to Show Value and Make Decisions, October 2. Attended the South Central Chapter Medical Library Association annual meeting, Ft. Worth, TX, Oct. 26-30.

Dr. Donald Sikazwe 

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Submitted an abstract Synthesis and characterization of N-benzyl nipecotate and isonipecotate derivatives as potential acetylcholine esterase inhibitors for the 247th ACS National Meeting & Exposition, Dallas, TX, to be held March 16-20, 2014. Served as co-captain for the FSOP for the annual UIW Employee Campaign, San Antonio, TX, Sept. and Oct. Participant in UIW Alfa 1st generation student mentoring Task Force activities, San Antonio, TX, Aug. 19 & 26.

Dr. Elizabeth Urteaga 

Attended the Certificate Program in Standardized Patient-Based Education at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago, Chicago, IL, October 6-11.

Dr. Christine Whong 

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Published Developing Effective Study Groups in the Quest of the “Holy Grail:” Critical Thinking in the American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education 77 (8) Article 180, October 1. Co-authors: Linn WD, Lord KC, Whong CY, Phillips EG. Attended the ACCP Annual Meeting, Albuquerque, NM, October 12-15. Volunteered at the Walmart Foundation Health Fair at St. Phillips Colleges, San Antonio, TX, September 14. Volunteered for UIW Meet the Mission at Providence Place, San Antonio, TX, September 20.

Dr. Raghunandan Yendapally 

Issued U.S. Patent Number 8,552,208 dated Oct. 08, 2013 for Analogs of Tetramic Acid. Research conducted at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. Co-applicants: Lee RE, Hurdle JG, Yendapally R.

tudent News: P OL I TI CAL A C TI ON C OMM ITTE E W EE K –  T HE P OWER OF G RASSROOTS A DVOCACY  October marks the start of American Pharmacist Month. To kick off a month dedicated to the practice and advocacy for the profession of pharmacy, students of APhA-ASP at FSOP celebrated by dedicating a week to the advocacy process, deemed Political Action Committee (PAC) Week. The week-long program was entitled ‘Grassroots Advocacy: Process, Importance, and Approach.’ The Texas Pharmacy Association (TPA) President Ms. Carole Hardin-Oliver, RPh and Chief Executive Officer Joe DaSilva visited the school on Monday October 7th. The program included instruction about how the TPA will benefit students, in school and beyond, and about the future political demographics of Texas, which will greatly impact our profession. The importance of pharmacists’ advocacy efforts was stressed, due to the profession being so heavily regulated at the state level. This year the TPA is graciously allowing students to become members for free as part of the ‘Invest in Your Future’ program. Tuesday, October 8th’s speaker was Mr. David Marwitz, CEO of MARWITZ and Company, LLC in Austin, lobbyist for the TPA, and Board Member of the PAC. He provided a legislative update on the 83 rd session of the

Texas Legislature and elaborated on the future political climate in Texas. Mr. Marwitz also noted the success that pharmacy lobbyists had during the session, highlighting the Governor’s veto of TX SB 227, which would have given physicians and therapeutic optometrists the capacity to dispense certain aesthetic drugs. The veto was in large part credited to pharmacists, student pharmacists, and pharmacy technicians writing and calling the Governor’s office, urging him to consider the implications it could have on our Political patients and profession. Action Committee Wednesday October 9th featured a discussion about how students can get involved with advocacy and how to successfully advocate. FSOP alumnus Dr. Christopher Alvarado, RPh, PharmD, President of the Bexar County Pharmacy Association and a TPA PharmPAC Board Member, presented this session. The Thursday October 10th session featured the APhA-ASP Region 6 Delegate, Kalyn Acker, a P3 student from UT Austin, who led a mock House of Delegates. The students got to see first-hand and have an active discussion about the APhA-ASP policy process.

Approximately 140 student pharmacists were educated about getting involved in advocacy during PAC Week. The FSOP student chapter of APhA-ASP continues to promote the importance of advocacy, both as a student and as a pharmacist. It is the hope that PAC Week will become an annual event at the Feik School of Pharmacy. Kudos to chapter advisors Dr. Kimberly Cauthon and Dr. G. Blair Sarbacker, whose support and encouragement were pivotal in planning this ambitious week of important life lessons.



S A FE T Y F AI R 2013

This is the second year the UIW Feik School of Pharmacy has sent students to participate in the annual San Fernando Health and Safety Fair. Preceptors Dr. G. Blair Sarbacker and Dr. Kim Cauthon accompanied 15 pharmacy students and 5 pre-pharmacy students to vaccinate the underserved community of San Antonio. Along with students from the UT Schools of Nursing and Medicine, the pharmacy students were able to immunize around 500 men, women and children with the influenza vaccine.

CPFI F ALL S ERVICE P ROJECTS The FSOP chapter of Christian Pharmacists Fellowship International (CPFI) began the semester by holding a health fair serving children getting ready to return to school. The fair was held at the Frank Bryant Community Center in downtown San Antonio on August 24th. CPFI’s major service activity each fall is Operation Christmas Child, a program sponsored by Samaritan’s Purse International Relief, to provide and ship boxes of small gifts and toiletries to underprivileged children in over 130 countries worldwide. CPFI’s goal was to collect enough donations to make 250 gift boxes to send to children in the Philippines. This included fundraising activities to pay for the postage to ship the boxes half-way around the world. One such event was a bake sale of homemade goodies prepared by the students. Even though the goal set for this fall’s Operation Christmas Child project was an increase of 70 boxes over last fall’s total – to prepare 250 boxes – that goal was exceeded. CPFI members were proud to ship out 310 Christmas gift boxes to needy children.






The Brothers of the Gamma Nu chapter of Phi Delta Chi at University of the Incarnate Word Feik School of Pharmacy were asked to assist H-E-B with multiple clinics around San Antonio. Eleven Brothers from Phi Delta Chi have been able to give immunizations such as Zostavax, Boostrix, Pneumovax 23, Influenza, Twinrix and Menveo. While at the clinics, Brothers have performed full lipid panels, A1C, glucose, and BMI measurements. Thus far, the Brothers have given a total of 350 vaccinations at 12 clinics. This has been a great opportunity to practice giving immunizations, gain experience with clinic work and serve the San Antonio community.




In recognition of National Latino AIDS Awareness Day on October 15th, SNPhA hosted a month-long series of HIV/AIDS events during October. The organization partnered with several organizations: San Antonio AIDS Foundation (SAAF), UNICEF, Greater than AIDS, and the UIW Health Center. These partnerships ensured that FSOP has the resources in place to educate and expand awareness in the community during this time. To kick off the month on October 1st, FSOP students gathered with faculty and staff for a photo, all wearing RED to reflect FSOP’s commitment to increase education and prevention of HIV/AIDS. Events included volunteering at the SAAF House for HIV/AIDS hospice patients, an IPPE HIV/ AIDS Pharmacy tour, and HIV testing events at UIW’s main campus and FSOP. The organization implemented a SNPhA/UNICEF Stamp Out Child AIDS Campaign, with a goal to raise money to provide antiretroviral therapy and HIV testing for 500 women in underdeveloped countries. Through various fundraising efforts, over $1400 was raised. SNPhA’s gift to UNICEF will ensure nearly 1000 women and children will receive testing and antiretroviral treatment.

S UI CI DE P RE V E N T I O N W A L K On October 19th, a group of FSOP students and faculty participated in the American Federation for Suicide Prevention’s (AFSP) Out of the Darkness Walk held at Woodlawn Park in San Antonio. In response to the number of lives lost each year to suicide in the United States and worldwide, the AFSP is dedicated to raising awareness and preventing suicide through research, education, and advocacy. The FSOP team, with the support and involvement of Student Societies of Health-System Pharmacy (SSHP) members, raised over $1550 to support AFSP. Dr. Vanessa Phillips and Dr. Elizabeth Yablonski also lent their support by providing quiz bonus points to all those who walked or donated.




The Pre-Pharmacy Association (PPA) hosted the first bone marrow drive ever held at UIW on September 25th. The PPA has always worked closely with the South Texas Blood and Tissue Center on blood drives, and has now taken on the Bone Marrow drive in an effort to educate, inform, and sign up committed donors. The program conveyed the dire need for an increase in bone marrow donors, and generated 400 newly-registered bone marrow donors.

KE R A I S I N G B R E A S T C A N C E R A W A R E N E S S The Brothers of Kappa Epsilon would like to thank all who participated in Breast Cancer Awareness week in October 21 - 24. On Monday, students showed support by wearing pink ribbons. Tuesday, KE provided free baked goods while passing out breast cancer literature. Wednesday, many students wore pink to honor those currently fighting breast cancer and celebrate survivors. Thursday, Dr. Bradi Frei spoke on breast cancer epidemiology, risk factors and prevention. On Friday, KE hosted a “Jeans for the Cause” and raised almost $400 for research.

K A P P A E P S I L ON R E V I S I T S F AL L T R ADI T I ON S Kappa Epsilon sponsored its annual pumpkin carving event on Friday, October 25. Brothers, families and friends came out to carve pumpkins and enjoy the fall weather. Members then spent the afternoon together at the Corn Maize in Hondo, TX.




The Brothers of Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity, Epsilon Beta chapter, of UIW were excited to host the Fall 2013 Southwest Province Assembly in San Antonio, TX. The meeting was held on October 25-26, and over 200 Brothers, from New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas, were in attendance. At the meeting, the chapter won “Best Chapter Report” which was a 6 minute video made by the Brothers. UIW- Kappa Psi was recently named the Best Chapter in the Southwest Province, which consists of 9 collegiate chapters and 4 graduate chapters throughout New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas. The Epsilon Beta chapter is also ranked #6 in the Top 10 International Collegiate Chapters throughout the fraternity. The chapter Brothers would like to recognize their Grand Council Deputy, Dr. David F. Maize, for all of his hard work, commitment, and dedication to Kappa Psi. None of these awards would have been accomplished without his guidance, as well as the exceptional hard work of the fraternity Brothers.

SSHP F AL L S E R V I C E A C T I V I T I E S The FSOP chapter of Student Societies of Health-System Pharmacy was active in service activities throughout the semester. SSHP members participated in the CPFI back-to-school health fair at the downtown Frank Bryant Center on August 24th.

SSHP members also visited with children at the Howard Early Childhood Center on October 15th.

The SSHP chapter sponsored a Clinical Competition for FSOP students on October 22nd.



lumni News:

Here we are at the top of the mountain again, ready for our downhill run towards graduation for the Class of 2014. It looks like 2014 will be another exciting year! I’m excited to announce the beginning of the monthly continuing education (CE) meetings hosted at FSOP, and co-hosted by the Bexar County Pharmacy Association. Prior to each CE event there is a social hour for FSOP alumni. Our first CE meeting on influenza was a success! We hope the next month’s law CE meeting on December 18th draws even greater participation from our alumni network. This is a blessing, that faculty have volunteered to reach out to bring alumni back together to obtain free CE credits for license renewal. I would like to congratulate Dr. Amyn Madhani for completing his first year on the UIW Alumni Board of Directors. He has represented FSOP well on UIW’s main campus, and we look forward to his tenure for the next two years as we groom our next alumni to join the board. I’d also like to applaud the efforts of Dr. Gilbert Sarmiento for reaching out to our alumni to begin an endowed scholarship for future FSOP students in the name of our late classmate and friend Michael Gres. We need to raise $25,000 so that this scholarship in Mike’s name will live on forever, as his memory lives in us. I hope to see you at our future CE event on December 18th at 6pm to be led by Dr. Eli Phillips. I’d like to extend best wishes for our Feik School of Pharmacy family and alumni over the holidays, and wish you all a Merry Christmas and peaceful New Year! Take care, Chris Alvarado, Pharm.D. UIW FSOP Alumni Network Chair

FSOP S E E KI N G Y O U R F E E D B A C K ! The redesigned FSOP website debuted this summer on July 1st. A more graphics-oriented site, visitors will now find slideshows of recent activities, pictures of our students and donors, a calendar of upcoming events, and video tour of the school narrated by Dr. Johnson-Fannin. The new web address is Some of the new features include a “Quick Facts” page, statistics on FSOP graduates’ NAPLEX passing rates, and a SUGGESTION BOX – found on the Alumni and Friends page We welcome and seek your feedback, and invite you to visit! Your comments will remain anonymous unless you choose to share your name and email address.

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For the past two years, FSOP has collaborated with UIW’s Ila Faye Miller School of Nursing in offering unique study abroad electives with an interprofessional healthcare emphasis. The 3-credit-hour electives are offered in the spring semester, and are attended by both pharmacy and nursing students. The elective begins with a semester-long classroom component, co-taught by pharmacy and nursing faculty, to study the history, culture and healthcare environment of the destination country. The course then culminates with a visit to the country being studied. The focal point of the trip is visits to healthcare facilities, but top tourist destinations are also included. The study abroad elective being tentatively planned for the spring 2014 semester will be to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands. The itinerary is likely to be comprised of 3 days in the Ecuadorian rain forest, 2 days in Quito, the capital city of Ecuador, and a 3-day cruise around the Galapagos Islands. Student interest is being gauged at this time. Look for an update in the February newsletter!

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