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Message from the Dean


What Ignites Us?


Igniting Excellence in Education


Igniting Passion in Our Students


Igniting Advancements in Research


Igniting Innovation in Patient Care


Igniting Alumni Engagement


Igniting Operational Excellence


Igniting Our Future

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Igniting Our Future: Message from the Dean I had the extraordinary opportunity to join Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED), a public, interprofessional, medical university, on Oct. 25, 2012. I was inspired by the University mission to “improve the health, economy, and quality of life throughout Northeast Ohio.” This strong foundation in the community and the health and wellness of our region truly resonated with me. I knew this was a place interested in advancing innovative pharmacy services and preparing leaders to make a positive difference in the lives of patients, their families and the region. I am honored to lead our College during this exciting time and share our story of success more broadly. This coming year, our University is celebrating its 40th anniversary and our continued transformation. There are incredible University initiatives underway to expand our nationally recognized research efforts, further engage with our students through our first-ever, on-campus housing, and more effectively serve our communities through health and wellness facilities, to name a few. Our College of Pharmacy is well positioned to advance new strategic frontiers and lead change within our profession as we enter a new and transformative chapter in our history. Given our many achievements and continued growth, we have undergone an evaluation of our efforts and outlined deliberate and meaningful priorities to create a focused and clear path forward. These strong themes of emphasis include: • further innovating our interprofessional curriculum through personalized student learning; • transforming our pharmacy workforce into one more reflective of diversity, collaboration and leadership; • advancing the wellbeing of, and best medication results for, our neighbors, their families and our vulnerable communities; and • inspiring our pharmacy research efforts through fresh and collaborative, mission-oriented frameworks. By reframing our collegiate priorities and processes, we ensure sustainability, operational excellence, and a renewed commitment to our mission and values, all of which will affect how the College of Pharmacy grows within our University, region and beyond. We are all proud of what has been accomplished and excited about where we are headed in the future. I look forward to shining a bright light on our achievements as we move forward igniting a passion for pharmacy education, research and service in our pursuit to transform our patient-care practices and profession.

Charles Taylor, Pharm.D. Dean, College of Pharmacy | 03

What Ignites Us? Our University is transforming. Founded in 1973 as the Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine (NEOUCOM), our original purpose was to serve as the College of Medicine for our local partners — graduating exemplary physicians oriented to primary care practice and other needed specialties, and striving to improve the quality of health care in Northeast Ohio.

NEOUCOM Foundation established


Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine (NEOUCOM) founded



This past decade we experienced significant growth and change. With the addition of our College of Pharmacy, a College of Graduate Studies, a governor-appointed and independent Board of Trustees and a new name and logo, we transformed from a College of Medicine to a dynamic health sciences University — one of 14 public, four-year universities in Ohio — and an academic health center, one of only 120 in the nation.

Plans began for College of Pharmacy


Awarded provisional accreditation status

NEOUCOM graduated inaugural class

NEOUCOM Board of Trustees approved creation of College of Pharmacy


Inaugural white coats issued to first medicine class


Plans began for a College of Medicine



‘72 ‘73 ‘77 ‘78 ‘81 ‘04 ‘05 Ohio Board of Regents assigned provisional approval of Doctor of Pharmacy degree program College of Pharmacy named inaugural dean

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July Aug NOV

NEOMED Academic Campus at Cleveland State University opened

Bio-Med Science Academy welcomed first class and became the first public STEM+M high school on a medical university campus in the nation University broke ground on the Village at NEOMED, its first-ever on-campus housing Ohio Board of Regents granted full approval of Doctor of Pharmacy degree program

NEOUCOM affirmed as independent institution

Pharmacy Residency Teaching Certificate program established


College of Pharmacy awarded candidate accreditation status




College of Pharmacy launched community pharmacy residency program Dr. Charles Taylor appointed College of Pharmacy dean College of Pharmacy researcher, Samuel D. Crish, Ph.D., awarded College of Pharmacy’s first NIH R01 Research Grant Master of Science degree/residency in health-system pharmacy administration approved by Ohio Board of Regents


University broke ground on Research and Graduate Education Building, the first component of $160 million campus expansion efforts


College of Pharmacy awarded full accreditation status

College of Pharmacy partnered with Cleveland Clinic and University Hospitals to offer residency programs University named to President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll


M.S./Ph.D. degree program in integrated pharmaceutical medicine approved by Ohio Board of Regents

May JUNE July

College of Graduate Studies founded

College of Pharmacy established its residency match program

University broke ground on Health, Wellness and Medical Education Complex

College of Pharmacy graduated inaugural pharmacy class


Dr. Jay Gershen appointed NEOUCOM president

Legislation changed the institution’s name from NEOUCOM to Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED)


College of Pharmacy awarded precandidate accreditation status


Inaugural white coats issued to first pharmacy class



‘07 ‘08 ‘09 ‘10 ‘11 ‘12 ‘13

First graduating class participated in ASHP residency match program

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Igniting Excellence in Education

Excellence in Education

The Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) returned to campus to evaluate the quality of the pharmacy education program. The site team was extremely complimentary of how the College continues to build on the previous commendations with a “culture of assessment.” Preliminary results from the site team indicated the College to be in compliance with all 30 standards with recommendations for continued accreditation status.

Interprofessional and Experiential Approach to Pharm.D. Degrees Our College of Pharmacy offers the only Doctor of Pharmacy degree (Pharm.D.) program in Eastern Ohio, and we are dedicated to interprofessional health care education and research — pharmacy and health professions students learning together — as we graduate pharmacists who proactively integrate into the health care team to collaboratively advance and deliver optimal patient care. The Interprofessional Team Project (ITP) is an example of interprofessional activities woven throughout the curriculum. In the ITP, teams of five to seven second-year pharmacy and medicine students are immersed into team-based learning around activities vertically and horizontally integrated with other curricular content found within the curriculum. Phase one focuses the team on evidence-based medicine skills to evaluate the effectiveness of team-based care, discharge planning and strategies to reduce readmission rates. Phase 06 |

two guides the team to deepen their knowledge of transitions-of-care while phase three provides an opportunity for the team to visually represent their awareness of patient-centered medical home (PCMH) models. A key point of differentiation is our significant experiential emphasis in each of the four years of our curriculum. Recognized as a noteworthy practice by ACPE, the introductory and advanced experiential activities are performed in

community sites, institutional sites and a broad variety of specialty practice sites. During the Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience (IPPE) in their first three years, pharmacy students complete about 444 hours in actual pharmacy practice settings and more than 225 hours of campus-based simulation activities. In the fourth year, students complete a total of 10 months of experiential site visits for a minimum of 1,600 Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (APPE) hours.

What Makes Our Curriculum Unique


of our curriculum is interprofessional ACPE Guideline

College of Pharmacy Actual


No <5% of curriculum

15% of curriculum


No <25% of curriculum

37% of curriculum

28 total electives offered

Student Data Snapshot: Class of 2016

51 23 Female


67 7 Ohio


Number of Students

Out of State


How students enter the College of Pharmacy Our four-year program admits 75 students each year, the majority through preferential admissions agreements with our four university partners — Cleveland State University, Kent State University, The University of Akron and Youngstown State University — where students are able to complete their pre-professional pharmacy studies and then apply for one of 15 seats designated for their university. We also admit 15 students from other institutions across Ohio and the nation. Unfilled seats by partnering universities are also made available to applicants from other institutions through an “at-large” application review.


Prior Degree

Matriculation Average Cumulative GPA: 3.37 Average PCAT Composite Score: 63

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Igniting Excellence in Education

Residency Education Programs

Under the direction of Timothy R. Ulbrich, Pharm.D., R.Ph., director of pharmacy resident education and assistant professor of pharmacy practice, our College of Pharmacy has developed a three-pronged approach to residency program development. It includes establishing partnerships with regional residency practice sites and site preceptors, offering resources to pharmacists completing their residencies in the area, and educating students, faculty and staff on the benefits of pharmacy residencies.

Spotlight on Residencies: Alejandro L. Adorno, Pharm.D., graduate of the inaugural NEOMED College of Pharmacy Class of 2011, PGY1 community pharmacy resident Q: Why did you decide to apply for a residency? A: While NEOMED provided me with a firm foundation in pharmacy, I knew that to practice in a setting that would better satisfy and challenge me, I needed more focused training. I have found my residency to be all that and more!

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A: It revolves around my residency: establishing and being the first pharmacist in the NEOMED Community Pharmacy Residency Program in collaboration with AxessPointe Community Health Center. More importantly, being able to help patients better understand their medications, their disease states and how we can work together to benefit their individual health. Q: What ignites you? A: People! As an extrovert, I like to get to know new people and their stories. I love to build relationships with my patients, my colleagues, students, and others in my community.

Establishing Residency Programs Teaching Certificate Program Our Residency Teaching Certificate Program, designed for PGY1 and PGY2 pharmacy residents throughout Northeast Ohio, allows residents to develop a teaching philosophy, prepare an academic portfolio, learn more about careers in academia, and participate in on-campus teaching opportunities.

Est. 2010

PGY1 NEOMED Community Pharmacy Residency Program, AxessPointe Community Health Center

Est. 2012

80% site


1 resident

NEOMED Responsibility Breakdown

16 residents participated from 2012-2013 Graduates Entering Residencies Nearly a third of our students enter residencies following graduation in a variety of practice settings and throughout the United States.


PGY1 Cleveland Clinic Community Pharmacy Residency Program

Est. 2013



1 resident

NEOMED Responsibility Breakdown

Est. 2011

In 2013, 21 graduates are entering American Society of Health-System Pharmacistsaccredited PGY1 residencies; 16 of those in Ohio. 4 graduates from the class of 2012 are entering PGY2 residencies.

PGY2 University Hospitals Geauga Medical Center Internal Medicine Residency Program

Est. 2013

1 resident

60% site


NEOMED Responsibility Breakdown

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Igniting Excellence in Education

Graduate Education Programs

We work closely with the College of Graduate Studies at NEOMED to offer students dual degree and advanced degree opportunities. The College of Graduate Studies offers Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in integrated pharmaceutical medicine, a Master of Science degree in health-system pharmacy administration, a Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) degree, and a bioethics certificate. The integrated pharmaceutical medicine program is administered by the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences under the direction of Denise Inman, Ph.D., assistant professor of pharmaceutical sciences. The program is designed to educate and develop first-rate scholars and independent investigators interested in entering a career in the pharmaceutical industry and academia. In August 2012, the University welcomed the inaugural class of the Master of Science degree in health-system pharmacy administration program, administered by the Department of Pharmacy Practice under the direction of Mick Hunt Jr., R.Ph., M.S., M.B.A., FASHP, vice chair for pharmacy administration and associate professor of pharmacy practice. This new dual-track program is designed for PGY2 administrative residents as well as experienced pharmacist practitioners who wish to develop administrative, financial and leadership skills related to health-system administration.

Spotlight on Graduate Studies: Sarah Kelling, Pharm.D. (â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;12), M.P.H. (â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;13), postgraduate year one resident at Kroger-Ohio Northern University Q: Why did you pursue advanced degrees through the College of Graduate Studies? A: I first considered earning a Master of Public Health degree through the College of Graduate Studies during an 10 |

interprofessional course my first year in the College of Pharmacy. It was a basic introduction to population health and that course, combined with my volunteering at the OPEM M clinic in Akron, really grew my interest in community health and pursuing the M.P.H. degree. I also completed the bioethics certificate program my third year of pharmacy school. It tied everything together quite well, and provided a nice ethical background and context to my work with underserved populations. Q: How will your multiple degrees help you as a practicing pharmacist? A: Following my residency this summer, I have accepted a position as a clinical assistant professor in the College of Pharmacy at the University of Michigan. I will be at my Kroger practice site 60 percent of the time, where I will be developing clinical services and precepting

pharmacy students on rotations. I will also be participating in community-based research and teaching in the classroom. I believe I can use my M.P.H. degree to harness the ability of the community pharmacist to work in collaboration with other health care professionals to address the needs of individual patients as well as the health of the entire community, and I hope the next steps in my career include increasing access to clinical pharmacy services. Q: What advice would you offer pharmacy students considering an advanced degree? A: As we look at where the pharmacy profession is headed, we have moved away from purely dispensing medications and are now focusing more on patient-centered care. Having additional training like a residency, fellowship or an additional degree prepares you for the new positions becoming available to pharmacists.

Pathways to pharmacy highlights

Diversity African American Asian/Pacific Islander Caucasian Non-disclossure

3.7 Average GPA

Pipeline Programs Pharmacy faculty and staff lead and assist in pipeline programs designed to expand student interest in the pharmacy profession and increase the number of students who graduate from high school and pursue pharmacy as a career. Pathways to Pharmacy: Established in 2009, this pharmacy workforce development program allows underrepresented students to experience the pharmacy profession and career options for pharmacists through mentorship, enrichment programs and industry exposure.

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HealthSuccess: Established in 2002, this selective enrichment program helps prepare high school students who are interested in studying pharmacy or medicine learn college readiness skills, teamwork, pharmacy or medicine career information, the importance of professionalism, and how to prepare to apply to the University. Health Professions Affinity Communities (HPAC): Established in 2012, the HPAC program is designed to support and guide ninth through twelfth graders who have an interest in extending their connection to, and preparing for, a career in the health professions. HPAC offers a host of academic and community-based experiences with the aim of empowering students to take charge of their academic and career development and make a difference in the health of their communities.

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Igniting Passion in Our Students

We have a reputation for igniting a passion in our students. We maintain a strong curriculum and graduate highly sought after pharmacists who think independently, work collaboratively as part of the health care team and keep patient care as their number one priority. Students actively participate in College and University governance, scholarly activities and research, leadership and professional development opportunities, community service and outreach, and numerous associations and organizations.

advanced patient care services, and increase the number of community experiential training sites that are offering advanced patient care services.

Spotlight on Education: Partners for Promotion NEOMED’s Partner for Promotion Program, adopted in part from The Ohio State University, pairs fourth-year student pharmacists with a community pharmacy to develop, implement and evaluate an innovative patient care service. The goals of the program are to create sustainable services for community pharmacies, enhance the skills and confidence of students and pharmacists to deliver 12 |

Recently, two student pairs worked with Marc’s pharmacies to implement a point-of-dispensing Medication Therapy Management (MTM) program and a U-Turn Diabetes Wellness Program. Through these yearlong longitudinal experiences, students learned about and put to practice various components of service development, including a needs assessment, defining service goals, completing a cost analysis, writing policies and procedures, and developing a marketing plan. In March 2013, both projects were implemented and very well received by Marc’s pharmacies senior management with expressed interest to continue and expand these services to other stores.

Education Highlight NEOMED students are certified in their second professional year through the American Pharmacists Association Certificate Program: Delivering MTM Services. Students are also trained through the Outcomes® platform and participate in a live comprehensive medication review with a standardized patient.

Research Highlight NEOMED students are active participants in practice-based, educational, basic sciences and translational research. Students are offered an independent research elective in their second and third year.

Service Highlight NEOMED was named to the 2013 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest federal recognition a university can receive for its commitment to volunteerism, service and civic engagement.

Spotlight on Student Service: Students Complete APPE Rotations in Honduras While fourth-year students in the College of Pharmacy at NEOMED, Samantha Woods, Pharm.D. (‘13), and Matthew Reale, Pharm.D. (‘13), spent a week as part of an interprofessional health care team in several communities outside Tegucigalpa, Honduras, earlier this year, completing their Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (APPE) community pharmacy experience, and fulfilling their criteria for an underserved rotation. Under the direction of Daniel L. Krinsky, M.S., R.Ph., associate professor of pharmacy practice in the College of Pharmacy, who travels to Honduras each year as part of a service mission of more than 60 medical professionals to treat the country’s underserved, Woods and Reale had the opportunity to impact

communities in desperate need of care. Krinsky has already selected two pharmacy students to complete their APPE rotation with him on the mission next year, and he hopes to take more students in years to come. “I would love to make it an annual experience, adding more students and more locations,” Krinsky said. “It serves as an important interprofessional experience, and I can see it evolving to include more of our partners over time.” As the College of Pharmacy begins planning for next year’s rotation, the outcomes of this first team of students will serve as a basis for future additional student experiences. “I knew what we would be doing (at each visit), but I was really surprised by the number of people who were there,” said Woods. “They would wait all day for service, and they were grateful, not

impatient. They were so appreciative, and they didn’t mind waiting. Some even got dressed up to come — this may only happen for them once a year.” “This was my first time ever doing something like this, and it was the best decision I ever made,” said Reale. “It was sad to leave; down there, you really feel you made a difference.”

Facts/Figures More than 400 NEOMED students completed about 5,500 total hours of community service.

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Igniting Advancements in Research

The University’s research teams focus on the most urgent health care issues facing society, and the discoveries and innovations of their research have direct and positive impact on the well-being of our communities, the growth of our medically focused local economy and the furthering of knowledge. Research within the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences focuses on the investigation of mechanisms causing chronic illness and developing novel therapeutics and drug delivery systems. Core focused research interests include: • drug discovery, development and delivery aimed at therapeutic targets associated with: neurodegenerative diseases and psychiatric illness, including Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, stroke, glaucoma, autism, schizophrenia, post-traumatic stress disorder and substance abuse • solid tumor cancers, including brain, breast, liver and lung • vascular inflammatory and endocrine disorders

Cornelis J. Van der Schyf, B.Pharm., M.Sc., D.Sc., DTE, founding department chair and associate dean for research and graduate studies, recently joined Idaho State University as dean of the Graduate School. During his time at NEOMED, he laid the groundwork for our pharmaceutical sciences research efforts, contributed to the accomplishments our researchers have achieved to date, and ensured we are well positioned to continue in a vein of growth and success moving forward. Research within the Department of Pharmacy Practice incorporates a broad range of focus areas, including: • chronic disease and pain management • medication adherence • medication therapy management • ambulatory care pharmacy • pediatric and geriatric pharmacotherapy • long-term implications of psychotropic medication use • women’s health issues • health literacy • prescription drug abuse

University Focus Areas Auditory Neuroscience Community-based Mental Health Metabolic Disease, Cardiovascular Disease and Regenerative Medicine Skeletal Biology

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University Research Resources


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Today, one million Americans suffer from Parkinson’s disease, and without significant therapeutic intervention, more than 12 million Americans will suffer from neurodegenerative diseases by 2040, making the discovery of treatments and cures increasingly important.

Spotlight on Research: Parkinson’s Disease and Private Funding Neurodegenerative diseases cause worsening of several of the body’s functions, including balance, movement, talking, breathing, and heart function. These diseases can be serious or lifethreatening and most have no cure.

Currently, there are no FDA-approved medicines that can slow down the disease progression of Parkinson’s disease; however, two researchers, Werner Geldenhuys, B.Pharm., Ph.D., assistant professor of pharmaceutical sciences, and Richard Carroll, Ph.D., associate professor of pharmaceutical sciences, focus their efforts on identifying and developing novel medicines which will stop or slow down the brain cell death, thereby prolonging and preserving the quality of life for patients. Through as the originating source of the disease, and a new emphasis is being placed on uncovering the specific neuronal mechanisms related to the disease’s progression.

Spotlight on Research: Visual Neuroscience and First College NIH R01 Research Grant Glaucoma is a leading cause of irreversible blindness worldwide and, despite increasing interest, effective treatments remain elusive. However progressive research continues to point to neural dysfunction and degeneration

Samuel D. Crish, Ph.D., assistant professor of pharmaceutical sciences, continues to gain important resources and industry recognition for his research on axonopathy in glaucoma. Dr. Crish’s glaucoma research focuses on how defects and degeneration originating in the brain may lead to cell death and resulting functional loss in the eye. Dr. Crish was awarded the College of Pharmacy’s first Research Project Grant (R01), the original and oldest grant mechanism used by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to provide

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their efforts, they have identified a very novel medicinal target (NL-1), which is located inside the cells lost in Parkinson’s disease patients. Their research has been solely funded by private funds. The Stark Community Foundation gave them an initial grant in 2009 that was renewed in 2010, 2011 and 2012, and in December 2012, a local resident and business owner, Dick Nicely, who suffers from Parkinson’s disease, issued a personal check to the University in support of their work. Their progress is very promising and the latest gift and grant is allowing them to approach the Michael J. Fox Foundation for major funding to develop a compound that will target NL-1.

support for health-related research based on the mission of the NIH. Dr. Crish serves as principal investigator for the grant, which peaks out at nearly $1.9 million at the end of the proposed fiveyear period. With the support of this new grant by the National Eye Institute of the NIH, Dr. Crish’s lab is examining the structural and functional defects in retinal ganglion cell axons, which transmit visual information from the retina to several regions of the brain, in early glaucoma. Continuing successes in this unique but key research area will allow the University to play a leading role in the creation of a well-funded oculo-neural research institute in the future. | 15

Igniting Innovation in Patient Care

Our faculty and preceptors are dedicated to the success of our students, the advancement of the pharmacy profession and the well-being of our patients and communities. Through advocacy, leadership, innovative instruction and clinical expertise in teambased care, they demonstrate and champion the tenets of education, research and service outlined in our University’s mission.

Spotlight on Service: Giving Back in Ghana Kyle A. Gustafson, Pharm.D., BCPS, assistant professor of pharmacy practice at NEOMED and pharmacy clinical specialist at Southwest General Hospital, traveled to Ghana, West Africa, for the first time in August 2011 as part of a 19-member team on a health care mission. One of seven health care providers on the trip, Dr. Gustafson partnered with another pharmacist, one physician and four nurses setting up open clinics to address the needs of the underserved as the entire team traveled from village to village. The experience impacted his personal life and reminded him of his professional goals; so much so, he returned in August 2012. “I feel strongly about service, and I was taught throughout my pharmacy education to care for patients. But to go to a third-world country and just do whatever you can — it really reminded me of why I wanted to be a pharmacist and why I’m where I am today.”

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New Faces Katherine Benderev, Pharm.D., M.B.A., director of pharmacy administration education and associate professor of pharmacy practice Christine M. Crish, Ph.D., research assistant professor Christopher Shelby, Pharm.D., BCPS (‘11), assistant professor of pharmacy practice Kyle Sobecki, B.S., M.S., Pharm.D., BCPS (‘11), assistant professor of pharmacy practice

Spotlight on Clinical Research: Geriatric Patient Care

Spotlight on Patient Care: Serving the Underserved

Susan M. Fosnight, R.Ph., BCPS, CGP, associate professor of pharmacy practice at NEOMED and clinical lead pharmacist in geriatrics at Summa Health System, was named the national recipient of the 2012 Excellence in Geriatric Pharmacy Practice award by the Commission for Certification in Geriatric Pharmacy. Fosnight champions geriatric pharmacotherapy’s major presence in the pharmacy curriculum; spends significant time leading or co-investigating multiple research projects with topics ranging from falls among the elderly to diabetes

management among older patients to reducing and preventing delirium among elderly patients; and, she has developed and implemented numerous protocols and programs in the hospital setting designed to positively impact patient safety.

Magdi H. Awad, Pharm.D., assistant professor of pharmacy practice at NEOMED and clinical pharmacist at AxessPointe Community Health Center, first participated in Medication Therapy Management (MTM) services through his work in a federally qualified health center during his residency training. Since then, Dr. Awad has provided MTM and disease management services to patients with chronic conditions such as diabetes, asthma/COPD, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease, arthritis and blood clots.

around elderly patients and underserved minorities who are trying to manage numerous medications, are faced with compliance and health literacy issues, and who may be seeing multiple specialists. Many of his patients are referred to him by physicians while others hear about his services through word-of-mouth.

His current work at AxessPointe centers

“It is somewhat atypical for the pharmacist to lead these research efforts, but it all comes out of unanswered questions. There is just not enough information on geriatric patients. Once you’ve been involved in one research project, ideas just start flowing.”

“It’s challenging working with patients with barriers; you have to spend the majority of your time creating a ‘no shame’ environment and just gathering information. You have to excel at not only making recommendations but making the services work within their busy schedules.” | 17

Igniting Innovation in Patient Care

Our significant preceptor network covers a variety of practice settings, allowing students to experience diverse communities, patients, teams, and care during their introductory and advanced pharmacy practice experiences.

Spotlight on Experiential Education: Rewards of Rotations Carol Risaliti, M.A., LPCC-S, executive director of Prescription Assistance Network (PAN) of Stark County, approached the College of Pharmacy soon after its founding to establish a partnership between our College and PAN, a non-profit agency designed to advocate for the vulnerable uninsured. The site offers a full-fledged pharmacy, and her efforts led to a partnership that has been critical in allowing us to identify and establish a shared faculty position as well as train the next generation of pharmacists, who rotate to the pharmacy as part of their experiential learning. In addition to positive outcomes for our College and the pharmacy profession, the partnership allows us to fulfill our commitment to caring for our local, underserved communities. “I have been deeply touched professionally and personally by the quality of pharmaceutical knowledge, hard work and compassion the NEOMED students show our clients,” said Risaliti. “Also, I am impressed by both their strength of character and passion as pharmacy students.” 18 |

College of Pharmacy Faculty and Preceptor Data Snapshot

Best Practices in Care Transitions Michelle L. Cudnik, Pharm.D., associate professor of pharmacy practice at NEOMED and clinical lead pharmacist in the Internal Medicine Center at Summa Health System; and John M. Moorman, Pharm.D., BCPS, assistant professor of pharmacy practice at NEOMED and pharmacotherapy specialist in endocrinology at Akron General Medical Center, are highlighted in the spring 2013 edition of Academic Pharmacy Now, news magazine of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP). The feature article “From One Place to Another” discusses their transitions-of-care programs as innovative practice models that provide patient education and prevent readmissions. Their work will also be spotlighted in the AACP’s Pharmacy Practice Section webinar “Pharmacy Practice Innovations: Best Practices in Care Transitions” this June.


faculty members ( 27 of our 41 pharmacy practice faculty hold faculty and site responsibilities with local hospital and community practice pharmacies )

Preceptor sites by community

Community Chain


Community Independent



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Igniting Alumni Engagement Our College of Pharmacy maintains ongoing relationships with our nearly 200 outstanding alumni who demonstrate a strong, continuing theme of success as patient-care providers and pharmacy industry leaders. They work hard each day to ensure the best medication results for their patients, and their accomplishments are tremendous; from their placements following graduation to their NAPLEX and MPJE scores, which were at or above those of their national peers, to their involvement and leadership in industry organizations and associations. We are honored by their continued involvement in our programmatic efforts, their support of our students and their service as preceptors and faculty members.

Spotlight on Alumni: Timothy Church (‘11)

dyslipidemia, heart failure, thyroid issues, and electrolyte abnormalities, while addressing the needs of patients From the classroom to residency to practice, Timothy Church, Pharm.D. (‘11), recommended to him by other health care specialists on site. He also has member of the inaugural College of prescriptive authority, meaning he can Pharmacy class, has experienced and change patients’ therapies (such as helped shape the way interprofessional starting new medications or discontinuing education and execution lead to better the use of medications) to best address patient outcomes. Following the patients’ needs without additional commencement, Dr. Church began his internal sign-off. This is because the VA residency at West Palm Beach Veterans recognizes pharmacists with advanced Affairs (VA) Medical Center, and in July training as providers and grants them a 2012 was hired as a clinical pharmacy specialist in the Center’s primary care clinic. scope of practice. Out of 20 clinical pharmacists at the West Palm Beach VA Medical Center, seven, including Dr. Church, are focused on the primary care clinic. In his role, he runs the pharmacotherapy clinics and handles the management of chronic diseases, including diabetes, hypertension, 20 |

“Looking back, my education really laid the foundation for my residency, which prepared me for this role. The emphasis NEOMED placed on the interprofessional model and how it was preached to us was critical; it’s what I do every day.”

them in becoming productive members of the profession on day one.

Spotlight on Alumni: Joseph Dikun (â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;11)

Q: How did NEOMED prepare you for your career as a pharmacist? A: A NEOMED education provides you with many intangibles such as the ability to think critically, the ability to deal with challenging situations, and a solid network of passionate colleagues that are truly invested in your success. The transition from student to new practitioner is made much easier by supporting graduates and providing them with the tools as well as the knowledge to assist

Q: Why did you decide to apply for postgraduate education opportunities? A: My decision to pursue a doctoral degree in pharmacy administration and pursue a career in academic pharmacy is rooted in strong beliefs that the profession should be proud of its accomplishments and should recognize its potential to be just that much more. I knew that this career path would provide me the opportunity to capitalize on my strengths, allow me to focus on research areas critical to our advancement, and the opportunity to nurture countless student pharmacists and impact the patients they will one day serve. Q: What ignites you? A: My passion lies in exploring unanswered questions, striving for the success of others, and embracing innovation.

Alumni Data Snapshot: Class of 2012


Number of graduates



Offered and accepted positions in Northeast Ohio


First-time pass rate on the NAPLEX


First-time pass rate on the in-state MPJE

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Igniting Operational Excellence REVENUE Tuition, Fees, and other student charges | 58% State Share of Instruction | 34% Grants and Contracts | 4% Gifts and Other Income | 4%

EXPENSES Faculty Salaries | 47%

Supplies / Equipment | 1%

Benefits | 15%

Travel | 2%

Contracts | 26%

Other | 4%

Experiential | 5%

COLLEGE OF PHARMACY TUITION/FEES – IN STATE $20,364 /year (first through third year) $24,809/year (fourth year)

COLLEGE OF PHARMACY TUITION/FEES – OUT OF STATE $38,684/year (first through third year) $47,709/year (fourth year)



private gifts received



Student Scholarships issued


The Walgreens Diversity Donation program announced its support of our College of Pharmacy’s 2012-2013 diversity outreach and inclusion initiatives with a gift of $10,000. This gift supports a new Walgreens Diversity and Inclusion Excellence Award, a Walgreens Diversity Scholarship, and the development of pipeline initiatives and other programming efforts to promote diversity and inclusion on campus. 22 |

Honor Roll CVS Dick Nicely Fred S. Silk Charitable Fund Ann and Barry Klein Stark Community Foundation Walgreens

Igniting Our Future: Looking Ahead

i g n i t i n g Each academic year brings new students, new initiatives and new opportunities. Our College of Pharmacy has again experienced incredible achievements and success thanks to the efforts of our dedicated students, faculty and preceptors, staff, alumni and friends. This May, we successfully graduated our third class of pharmacists. Fifty-two percent are entering community practice, 28 percent are entering residencies while the balance are pursuing health-system pharmacy practices, continuing their education or finalizing their plans. This August, we will open the doors to our new Research and Graduate Education Building, a four-story, 80,000-square-foot,

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state-of-the-art research facility that will become the new home of our Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences researchers, the College of Graduate Studies and our Research, Entrepreneurship, Discovery and Innovation Zone (REDIzoneSM), a physical space for early-stage biomedical companies that will continue to foster innovation and technology commercialization at the University. In August, we will also welcome students into our first-ever, on-campus housing through the Village at NEOMED, a 270,000-square-foot village featuring 350 single and double, fully furnished apartments that will significantly impact our student life and engagement activities.

This fall, the University will also kick-off our 40th anniversary celebration. As we continue to invest in our future, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s appropriate we look back toward our beginnings and remember all those who have helped us to grow and transform during the last 40 years, bringing us to the dynamic, public medical University and academic health center we are today. The future is indeed bright. Our College of Pharmacy is well positioned to lead change within our profession and ignite a passion for patient care in all those we serve as we enter a new and transformative chapter in our history.

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Contact Us: College of Pharmacy | Northeast Ohio Medical University 4209 St. Rt. 44, PO Box 95 | Rootstown, Ohio 44272-0095 Phone: 330.325.6267 | Email: |

NEOMED College of Pharmacy Annual Report | 2012-2013  
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