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• The SCCP Center for Medication Safety and Efficacy has been awarded South Carolina Center of Economic Excellence (CoEE) status. This Health Sciences South Carolina-supported CoEE was approved to receive $2 million in S.C. Education Lottery funds in September by the board that oversees the CoEE Program.

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• Searches are ongoing for three CoEE chairs: Drug Discovery, Experimental Cancer Therapeutics (ECT), and Medication Safety and Efficacy. These chairs will be filled by nationally and internationally prominent scholars and will significantly boost the college’s competitiveness. Candidates have been visiting both campuses for the Drug Discovery and the ECT chairs.

MUSC Loses Long-time Benefactor Childress With MUSC classmate and business partner, established the T. Edward Childress III ’68 and John P. O’Brien, Jr.’68 Endowed Scholarship in 1995

Finding a Place for Your Passion

I became interested in fundraising when I was an undergraduate at Furman University. While there I had the opportunity to thank the donors who made available Megan Draper so many scholarships, including mine. Their generosity and passion was overwhelming. These donors gave because of their love and commitment for the university and their desire to see their school thrive and grow. I was hooked – I knew I wanted to have a part in philanthropy. Even after being in development for seven years, I still have that same sense of awe and appreciation. I count it as a privilege to be a part of pharmacy education and healthcare here in the state of South Carolina. MUSC’s $300 million capital campaign, A Partnership of Promise, emphasizes the true sense of dedicated philanthropy. In spite of the most challenging of eco-

The Newsletter for College of Pharmacy Alumni

Spring 2009

Some of you have received an electronic quarterly update that included additional information. We would like to begin sending electronic announcements more often to keep you informed, but we need your e-mail address. If you have not received one, please make sure the appropriate alumni office has your current email address. Alumni are our biggest stakeholders and best representatives … and we want to make sure you are fully informed about things going on at the college! Keep in touch.

Friends, alumni, and even donors often tell me, “I could never ask for money.” But “the ask” isn’t really the highlight for any fundraiser. It is seeing how one person’s or one family’s generosity can impact the lives of our students, our college, and, ultimately, our future.

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MUSC pharmacy alumni, friends, and supporters have contributed $4.7 million to A Partnership of Promise. nomic times, the University is pleased to report that the campaign has built strong positive momentum, having raised more than $259 million as of December 31, 2008. I am proud to announce that $4.7 million of that amount has been contributed by MUSC pharmacy alumni, friends, and supporters. A Partnership of Promise, however, is just the beginning. The College is committed to improving our facilities and increasing the number of endowed scholarships and professorships in order to educate the next generation of pharmacists. But, to be successful in our efforts, we need your help. Just like our students, you, too, have a place here at MUSC. There are many opportunities for support within the college – everything from the general fund to the new building fund (including many funds in between). It is my earnest hope and desire to find a way each of you can support your area of passion within your college. With your support there is no doubt that we can build the future of pharmacy, together.

On December 9, 2008, the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) lost a close friend when T. Edward Childress III, Class of 1968, died after an extended illness. He is survived by his wife, Jan Elrod Childress; two daughters, Elizabeth Covil of Easley and Brandi Childress of Greenville; a son, Zach Childress of New York, N.Y.; and a grandson, Ethan Covil of Easley. “Ed was a close friend of the College and a leader in both the field of pharmacy and in his community,” said Arnold W. Karig, MUSC campus dean of the South Carolina College of Pharmacy. “We will miss him and are grateful for the time we had with him, and for the positive impact he had on so many lives, particularly pharmacy students.” Along with John O’Brien, ’68, with whom he founded Nursing Home Consultant Pharmacy, Inc. (NHCP) in 1977, Childress established the T. Edward Childress, III, & John P. O’Brien Jr., Endowed Scholarship in 1995 to benefit pharmacy students with a GPA of 3.0 or higher and a preference for long-term care pharmacy. A native of Shreveport, La., Childress grew up in the Greenville, S.C. area. After receiving his degree from the MUSC College of Pharmacy, he worked for Community Drug Store and Eckerd Drugs for a number of years before founding NHCP with

O’Brien. NHCP provided pharmaceutical services and consulting to nursing homes in South Carolina and North Carolina. The company was sold in 1995 and its present organization, Health Management Resources Inc., owns long-term care facilities in both Carolinas and Georgia.

“He was a real leader of pharmacy in South Carolina and a heck of a nice guy.” -- Peter Edwards, Class of 1968

Childress held many offices with the South Carolina Pharmacy Association (SCPhA) and 13th District Pharmaceutical Association. He was SCPhA’s Pharmacist of the year in 1993. An avid Clemson fan, his community involvement also included work with the YMCA, Kings Grove Baptist Church, and Cornerstone Bancorp, Inc. He was very active with the College, serving on the board of advisors and was past president of the MUSC college of Pharmacy Alumni Association. “He was a devout Christian and a great philanthropist to Clemson, his church and to the college through scholarships and rotations,” said Peter Edwards, a fellow alumnus from the Class of 1968 and recently retired director of external affairs for

T. Edward Childress, MUSC Class of 1968

the SCCP, MUSC campus. “He was in the nursing home consultant business and was one of the first to take students in that practice area. He was a real leader of pharmacy in South Carolina and a heck of a nice guy.” The scholarship Childress and O’Brien established provides two MUSC pharmacy students each year with an $1,800 scholarship, without which many might have had a hard time pursuing their degrees. “It takes people like him that help to advance the field of pharmacy,” said Ashley Swindle, MUSC Class of 2009. “Receiving that scholarship in my senior year really raised my morale and gave me a burst of confidence to keep working hard.”


Alumni Making a Difference for Students

SCCP Executive Dean Joseph T. DiPiro

Dean’s List

The Executive Dean’s Report The college remains active in many areas, and we have a number of items of interest regarding both the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) and theUniversity of South Carolina (USC) campuses of the college: • The Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) visited the college in January. The two-member site visit team spent time on both the USC and MUSC campuses of the SCCP and preliminary indications are that the visit went very well. The report from the team is expected soon and will likely contain recommendations. There will be a full team visit early next year prior to the ACPE Board decision regarding full accreditation. If all continues to go well we should receive full accreditation in June 2010. • In the coming months, you will begin to hear more about an initiative called SCCP Excellence. This program, based on the nationally known and respected model created by The Studer Group, is a quality-improvement initiative designed to promote quality improvement through goal setting, use of key performance indicators, leadership training, and organizational goal-behavior alignment. SCCP Excellence has five pillars that provide the structure for service and operational excellence: People, Service, Quality, Growth, and Finance. The college incorporates measurable goals in each area and will reflect them in individual performance evaluations, so that every member of the SCCP community will actively pursue objectives tied directly to institutional priorities.

MUSC alumni and friends have contributed generously to help make pharmacy school more affordable for students. At MUSC, students have the opportunity to earn scholarships from 10 endowed funds, five restricted tribute funds along with man annual scholarships. Many of the funds create multiple scholarships and in 2008-09, students benefitted from 77 different awards, totaling more than $150,000. For many students, winning a scholarship means more than just receiving financial help for tuition, as important as that is. “Receiving these awards motivates me to strive to do my best, be involved as much as I can, and continue to exude professionalism, dedication, and compassion for pharmacy,” said rising fourth-year student Lisa Olsen. In 2008-09, she was awarded scholarships from the Deborah Gordin-Markel ’81 Memorial Scholarship Fund and the Deans Scholarship. Alumni who provide scholarships inspire the next generation of pharmacists to work hard during their academic careers and go on to be leaders in the profession. It becomes a self-sustaining cycle of support for generations to come. Kelly Wotring ’09 won the T. Edward Childress, III ’68 & John P. O’Brien ’68, Jr. Endowed Scholarship, along with Ashley Swindle ’09 . “Although I did not know Mr. Childress personally, he has had such a positive impact in my life,” said Wotring. “Due to his generosity, I was able to make it through a financially difficult semester. I’m so grateful that someone would donate their hard work to encourage pharmacy students to learn and excel in their studies. I hope one day to pay it forward and give back to future pharmacy students as Mr. Childress has done.” Many of the awarded this year were scholarships provided whole or in part by or in honor of alumni, including (student winner in 2008-09 listed on right): Michael Araneo Endowed Scholarship T. Edward Childress, III ,68 & John P. O’Brien, Jr. ,68 Endowed Scholarship Mr. Charles F. Cooper, Sr. ,65 Endowed Scholarship Dr. Alvin F. Dodds ,49 Endowed Scholarship Vivian F. Platt, Sr. Memorial Endowed Scholarship Harry L. Rickenbacker, DDS ,69 Endowed Scholarship Dick & Emily Schwerin ,67 Endowed Scholarship Christopher Dunmyer Memorial Scholarship (MUSC College of Pharmacy Class of 2006) Mr. F. Joseph Hodge ,58 Endowed Scholarship Fund Deborah Gordin-Markel ,81 Memorial Scholarship Fund Nathalee Hare Memorial Scholarship Fund Dr. Julian E. McGill Endowed Scholarship Fund Robert C. Hubbard, III and Claudia B. Hubbard Tiger Scholarship (dedicated in memory of Christopher Dunmyer) Bryan Bailey Pigg Memorial Scholarship from The Community Foundation of Gaston County, Inc. Dr. & Mrs. Edward Sumner ,50 Scholarship Dr. & Mrs. Arnold W. Karig Endowed Scholarship Dr. William H. Golod Endowed Scholarship Smith Drug Company/JM Smith Foundation Endowed Scholarship Fund

Hayley Messich Ashley Swindle, Kelly Wotring Linda Nguyen, Ashley Swindle, Karyn Wallace Qingyuan Cao, Brittany Schrader Amber Porter, Jamie Wiggins Lauren Gurganus, Alison Harvey, Jamie, Rudisill Monica Barden Marcus Dean, Brittany Rice Beju Shah Lisa Olson Laura Bonnette Clarence Schiltz Danielle Madison,Marissa Wentzler Laura Bonnette, Hollie Chinn, Christine Cox, Deanna Pauley Lakisha Gadsden Leslie Blackmon Hollie Chinn Christopher Dykes, Melissa Thompson

If you are interested in learning more about supporting student scholarships, contact Megan Draper, directory of development, at 843-792-4980 or email at draperm@musc.edu.

MUSC Alumni Activities at SCPhA During the 132nd Annual Convention of the South Carolina Pharmacy Association (SCPhA) June 26-28, 2009 in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Many events are planned for MUSC pharmacy alumni. The College is co-sponsoring the first “Be Cool with Your School” golf tournament on Thursday, June 25. You can play with any foursome and also play for MUSC. There will be a Texas Scramble for average college scores and a Best Ball for team scores. The tournament will be at Myrtle Wood starting at 1 p.m. On Friday, June 26 at 12:45 p.m., MUSC alumni will gather for an annual luncheon. This event features an opportunity to hear updates from college administrators and others about the latest MUSC pharmacy news, including developments regarding the new building. The college is also sponsoring a Champagne Reception on Saturday, June 27 at 6:30 p.m. before the Awards Dinner & Entertainment. For more information on any of these events, visit the SCPhA Web site (www.scrx.org) call Megan Draper, director of development, at 843-792-4980 or email at draperm@musc.edu

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Medical University News I wanted to share with you a few recent highlights of activities on the MUSC campus of the South Carolina College of Pharmacy (SCCP). John Bosso was named MUSC Campus chair of the Department Dean Arnold Karig of Clinical Pharmacy and Outcomes Sciences, overseeing faculty on both the MUSC and USC campuses of SCCP. In addition, he was elected chair of the Council of Faculties of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, reappointed to the editorial board for Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy and was named a fellow of the Infectious Diseases Society of America. Dachelle Johnson, class of 2009, was recognized with the Pharmacy Times/Wal-Mart RESPy Award. The RESPy (respect, excellence, and service in pharmacy) is a national award which recognizes eight outstanding student pharmacists each year for their community service efforts. Wayne Weart, a pharmacy icon at MUSC for nearly 30 years, retired in December. The most recent of the many accolades he has received was the designation as “Master Teacher” by the MUSC Board of Trustees. He has been retained to fill tem-

porarily the experiential education function of Peter Edwards,’68, who also retired this year. Edwards has long been a high-profile figure in South Carolina pharmacy and spent the last third of his career as a faculty member at MUSC. Megan Theiling Draper was hired in November 2008 as the new MUSC campus director of development for the SCCP. Her key objectives are to secure gifts for the College of Pharmacy Building Campaign, endowed chairs and professorships, and student scholarships and fellowships. Fundraising continues for the new building fund. A number of alumni have stepped forward, excited to add their support to what will be a magnificent accomplishment and a crown jewel on the MUSC campus. While celebrating its 50th anniversary, the MUSC Medical Center-College of Pharmacy residency program was recognized as having the nation’s best postgraduate residency program by the American Society of Health System Pharmacists (ASHP). MUSC’s program earned the Pharmacy Residency Excellence Award (Program Award) from the ASHP’s Research and Education Foundation. The program was subsequently also recognized with the 2009 Amgen Pharmacy Residency Stipend Support for $40,000.

The Kerr Community Pharmacy Residency Program was launched with 2008 MUSC pharmacy alumna Emily Bellebaum enrolling as its first resident. She and pharmacy faculty Cathy Kuhn and Kristy Brittain actively represented the program and the college, teaching in certificate programs, participating in the Advanced Practice Institute of the American Pharmacist Association, speaking at national conferences and collaborating with institutions like Franklin C. Fetter Family Health – with whom Kuhn and Brittain received a grant from the National Association of Chain Drug Stores Foundation. Their work was recently recognized when Kerr Drug/ KDI Health Solutions was selected as the Top Chain Pharmacy MTM Provider of the Year by Outcomes Pharmaceutical Health Care. The two-century old Anderson House was honored with the Pro Merito Award from the Preservation Society of Charleston for being an outstanding example of structural historic preservation and use. It was also featured in local and national media as a model of quality renovation. If you have not had a chance to visit our new administrative home, please drop by.

Looking Back and Looking Forward The college approaches an important milestone in 2009 – it will be five years since the Boards of Trustees decided to integrate the two Colleges of Pharmacy to form the South Carolina College of Pharmacy (SCCP). Faculty, staff, students, alumni, community and health-system partners, and many other friends of the college can reflect back on a number of accomplishments: • creation and implementation of a new, joint curriculum taking the best from both campuses; • finalization of a new integrated college administrative structure creation of an APT policy and faculty development plan • achievement of ACPE Candidate status with full accreditation in sight • increased research funding, placing the college in the top 25 percent of colleges for NIH funding • completion of a memorandum of agreement between USC and MUSC for the SCCP These achievements are all geared toward providing the best pharmacy education for students, who are now actively benefitting from the integrated resources the college has. The following are a few illustrations of positive outcomes:

Expansion of the Upstate Program The resources of the integrated college enabled additional expansion into the Upstate, including important partnerships with health care systems like Greenville Hospital System University Medical Center (GHS) and Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System (SRHS). We now have 16 co-funded faculty positions in the Upstate and a full-time Upstate regional director. Soon, we expect to open a campus at GHS, and students will be able to complete their third and fourth years there.

Expanded Quantity and Quality of Our Experiential Sites Students from both campuses are benefitting from the opportunity to complete rotations at a greater number of sites that cover the entire Palmetto State.

Expanded Opportunities in Our Curriculum The nuclear track is now available to students on both campuses. Faculty from both campuses implemented the community track, which is available to all students.

One Faculty, One Curriculum, One Student Body Leaders in both community and health-systems pharmacy have indicated the improved abilities of students who have been taught a common curriculum by the expert faculty at both campuses.

Increase in NIH funding to the Top 25 Research funding, along with many other benchmarks in teaching and patient care, is an important barometer of the quality of our faculty. As one integrated faculty, opportunities for collaboration and increases in grant funding have grown exponentially. In 2004, the combined funding for both colleges was around $2 million; in 2006, it had doubled. A recent example of such collaboration was a five year, $200,000 RO1 project grant Campbell McInnes (SCCP assistant professor, USC campus) was awarded with co-investigators Chuck Smith (SCCP professor, MUSC campus) and Doug Pittman (SCCP associate professor, USC campus).


Alumni Making a Difference for Students

SCCP Executive Dean Joseph T. DiPiro

Dean’s List

The Executive Dean’s Report The college remains active in many areas, and we have a number of items of interest regarding both the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) and theUniversity of South Carolina (USC) campuses of the college: • The Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) visited the college in January. The two-member site visit team spent time on both the USC and MUSC campuses of the SCCP and preliminary indications are that the visit went very well. The report from the team is expected soon and will likely contain recommendations. There will be a full team visit early next year prior to the ACPE Board decision regarding full accreditation. If all continues to go well we should receive full accreditation in June 2010. • In the coming months, you will begin to hear more about an initiative called SCCP Excellence. This program, based on the nationally known and respected model created by The Studer Group, is a quality-improvement initiative designed to promote quality improvement through goal setting, use of key performance indicators, leadership training, and organizational goal-behavior alignment. SCCP Excellence has five pillars that provide the structure for service and operational excellence: People, Service, Quality, Growth, and Finance. The college incorporates measurable goals in each area and will reflect them in individual performance evaluations, so that every member of the SCCP community will actively pursue objectives tied directly to institutional priorities.

MUSC alumni and friends have contributed generously to help make pharmacy school more affordable for students. At MUSC, students have the opportunity to earn scholarships from 10 endowed funds, five restricted tribute funds along with man annual scholarships. Many of the funds create multiple scholarships and in 2008-09, students benefitted from 77 different awards, totaling more than $150,000. For many students, winning a scholarship means more than just receiving financial help for tuition, as important as that is. “Receiving these awards motivates me to strive to do my best, be involved as much as I can, and continue to exude professionalism, dedication, and compassion for pharmacy,” said rising fourth-year student Lisa Olsen. In 2008-09, she was awarded scholarships from the Deborah Gordin-Markel ’81 Memorial Scholarship Fund and the Deans Scholarship. Alumni who provide scholarships inspire the next generation of pharmacists to work hard during their academic careers and go on to be leaders in the profession. It becomes a self-sustaining cycle of support for generations to come. Kelly Wotring ’09 won the T. Edward Childress, III ’68 & John P. O’Brien ’68, Jr. Endowed Scholarship, along with Ashley Swindle ’09 . “Although I did not know Mr. Childress personally, he has had such a positive impact in my life,” said Wotring. “Due to his generosity, I was able to make it through a financially difficult semester. I’m so grateful that someone would donate their hard work to encourage pharmacy students to learn and excel in their studies. I hope one day to pay it forward and give back to future pharmacy students as Mr. Childress has done.” Many of the awarded this year were scholarships provided whole or in part by or in honor of alumni, including (student winner in 2008-09 listed on right): Michael Araneo Endowed Scholarship T. Edward Childress, III ,68 & John P. O’Brien, Jr. ,68 Endowed Scholarship Mr. Charles F. Cooper, Sr. ,65 Endowed Scholarship Dr. Alvin F. Dodds ,49 Endowed Scholarship Vivian F. Platt, Sr. Memorial Endowed Scholarship Harry L. Rickenbacker, DDS ,69 Endowed Scholarship Dick & Emily Schwerin ,67 Endowed Scholarship Christopher Dunmyer Memorial Scholarship (MUSC College of Pharmacy Class of 2006) Mr. F. Joseph Hodge ,58 Endowed Scholarship Fund Deborah Gordin-Markel ,81 Memorial Scholarship Fund Nathalee Hare Memorial Scholarship Fund Dr. Julian E. McGill Endowed Scholarship Fund Robert C. Hubbard, III and Claudia B. Hubbard Tiger Scholarship (dedicated in memory of Christopher Dunmyer) Bryan Bailey Pigg Memorial Scholarship from The Community Foundation of Gaston County, Inc. Dr. & Mrs. Edward Sumner ,50 Scholarship Dr. & Mrs. Arnold W. Karig Endowed Scholarship Dr. William H. Golod Endowed Scholarship Smith Drug Company/JM Smith Foundation Endowed Scholarship Fund

Hayley Messich Ashley Swindle, Kelly Wotring Linda Nguyen, Ashley Swindle, Karyn Wallace Qingyuan Cao, Brittany Schrader Amber Porter, Jamie Wiggins Lauren Gurganus, Alison Harvey, Jamie, Rudisill Monica Barden Marcus Dean, Brittany Rice Beju Shah Lisa Olson Laura Bonnette Clarence Schiltz Danielle Madison,Marissa Wentzler Laura Bonnette, Hollie Chinn, Christine Cox, Deanna Pauley Lakisha Gadsden Leslie Blackmon Hollie Chinn Christopher Dykes, Melissa Thompson

If you are interested in learning more about supporting student scholarships, contact Megan Draper, directory of development, at 843-792-4980 or email at draperm@musc.edu.

MUSC Alumni Activities at SCPhA During the 132nd Annual Convention of the South Carolina Pharmacy Association (SCPhA) June 26-28, 2009 in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Many events are planned for MUSC pharmacy alumni. The College is co-sponsoring the first “Be Cool with Your School” golf tournament on Thursday, June 25. You can play with any foursome and also play for MUSC. There will be a Texas Scramble for average college scores and a Best Ball for team scores. The tournament will be at Myrtle Wood starting at 1 p.m. On Friday, June 26 at 12:45 p.m., MUSC alumni will gather for an annual luncheon. This event features an opportunity to hear updates from college administrators and others about the latest MUSC pharmacy news, including developments regarding the new building. The college is also sponsoring a Champagne Reception on Saturday, June 27 at 6:30 p.m. before the Awards Dinner & Entertainment. For more information on any of these events, visit the SCPhA Web site (www.scrx.org) call Megan Draper, director of development, at 843-792-4980 or email at draperm@musc.edu

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Medical University News I wanted to share with you a few recent highlights of activities on the MUSC campus of the South Carolina College of Pharmacy (SCCP). John Bosso was named MUSC Campus chair of the Department Dean Arnold Karig of Clinical Pharmacy and Outcomes Sciences, overseeing faculty on both the MUSC and USC campuses of SCCP. In addition, he was elected chair of the Council of Faculties of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, reappointed to the editorial board for Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy and was named a fellow of the Infectious Diseases Society of America. Dachelle Johnson, class of 2009, was recognized with the Pharmacy Times/Wal-Mart RESPy Award. The RESPy (respect, excellence, and service in pharmacy) is a national award which recognizes eight outstanding student pharmacists each year for their community service efforts. Wayne Weart, a pharmacy icon at MUSC for nearly 30 years, retired in December. The most recent of the many accolades he has received was the designation as “Master Teacher” by the MUSC Board of Trustees. He has been retained to fill tem-

porarily the experiential education function of Peter Edwards,’68, who also retired this year. Edwards has long been a high-profile figure in South Carolina pharmacy and spent the last third of his career as a faculty member at MUSC. Megan Theiling Draper was hired in November 2008 as the new MUSC campus director of development for the SCCP. Her key objectives are to secure gifts for the College of Pharmacy Building Campaign, endowed chairs and professorships, and student scholarships and fellowships. Fundraising continues for the new building fund. A number of alumni have stepped forward, excited to add their support to what will be a magnificent accomplishment and a crown jewel on the MUSC campus. While celebrating its 50th anniversary, the MUSC Medical Center-College of Pharmacy residency program was recognized as having the nation’s best postgraduate residency program by the American Society of Health System Pharmacists (ASHP). MUSC’s program earned the Pharmacy Residency Excellence Award (Program Award) from the ASHP’s Research and Education Foundation. The program was subsequently also recognized with the 2009 Amgen Pharmacy Residency Stipend Support for $40,000.

The Kerr Community Pharmacy Residency Program was launched with 2008 MUSC pharmacy alumna Emily Bellebaum enrolling as its first resident. She and pharmacy faculty Cathy Kuhn and Kristy Brittain actively represented the program and the college, teaching in certificate programs, participating in the Advanced Practice Institute of the American Pharmacist Association, speaking at national conferences and collaborating with institutions like Franklin C. Fetter Family Health – with whom Kuhn and Brittain received a grant from the National Association of Chain Drug Stores Foundation. Their work was recently recognized when Kerr Drug/ KDI Health Solutions was selected as the Top Chain Pharmacy MTM Provider of the Year by Outcomes Pharmaceutical Health Care. The two-century old Anderson House was honored with the Pro Merito Award from the Preservation Society of Charleston for being an outstanding example of structural historic preservation and use. It was also featured in local and national media as a model of quality renovation. If you have not had a chance to visit our new administrative home, please drop by.

Looking Back and Looking Forward The college approaches an important milestone in 2009 – it will be five years since the Boards of Trustees decided to integrate the two Colleges of Pharmacy to form the South Carolina College of Pharmacy (SCCP). Faculty, staff, students, alumni, community and health-system partners, and many other friends of the college can reflect back on a number of accomplishments: • creation and implementation of a new, joint curriculum taking the best from both campuses; • finalization of a new integrated college administrative structure creation of an APT policy and faculty development plan • achievement of ACPE Candidate status with full accreditation in sight • increased research funding, placing the college in the top 25 percent of colleges for NIH funding • completion of a memorandum of agreement between USC and MUSC for the SCCP These achievements are all geared toward providing the best pharmacy education for students, who are now actively benefitting from the integrated resources the college has. The following are a few illustrations of positive outcomes:

Expansion of the Upstate Program The resources of the integrated college enabled additional expansion into the Upstate, including important partnerships with health care systems like Greenville Hospital System University Medical Center (GHS) and Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System (SRHS). We now have 16 co-funded faculty positions in the Upstate and a full-time Upstate regional director. Soon, we expect to open a campus at GHS, and students will be able to complete their third and fourth years there.

Expanded Quantity and Quality of Our Experiential Sites Students from both campuses are benefitting from the opportunity to complete rotations at a greater number of sites that cover the entire Palmetto State.

Expanded Opportunities in Our Curriculum The nuclear track is now available to students on both campuses. Faculty from both campuses implemented the community track, which is available to all students.

One Faculty, One Curriculum, One Student Body Leaders in both community and health-systems pharmacy have indicated the improved abilities of students who have been taught a common curriculum by the expert faculty at both campuses.

Increase in NIH funding to the Top 25 Research funding, along with many other benchmarks in teaching and patient care, is an important barometer of the quality of our faculty. As one integrated faculty, opportunities for collaboration and increases in grant funding have grown exponentially. In 2004, the combined funding for both colleges was around $2 million; in 2006, it had doubled. A recent example of such collaboration was a five year, $200,000 RO1 project grant Campbell McInnes (SCCP assistant professor, USC campus) was awarded with co-investigators Chuck Smith (SCCP professor, MUSC campus) and Doug Pittman (SCCP associate professor, USC campus).


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• The SCCP Center for Medication Safety and Efficacy has been awarded South Carolina Center of Economic Excellence (CoEE) status. This Health Sciences South Carolina-supported CoEE was approved to receive $2 million in S.C. Education Lottery funds in September by the board that oversees the CoEE Program.

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• Searches are ongoing for three CoEE chairs: Drug Discovery, Experimental Cancer Therapeutics (ECT), and Medication Safety and Efficacy. These chairs will be filled by nationally and internationally prominent scholars and will significantly boost the college’s competitiveness. Candidates have been visiting both campuses for the Drug Discovery and the ECT chairs.

MUSC Loses Long-time Benefactor Childress With MUSC classmate and business partner, established the T. Edward Childress III ’68 and John P. O’Brien, Jr.’68 Endowed Scholarship in 1995

Finding a Place for Your Passion

I became interested in fundraising when I was an undergraduate at Furman University. While there I had the opportunity to thank the donors who made available Megan Draper so many scholarships, including mine. Their generosity and passion was overwhelming. These donors gave because of their love and commitment for the university and their desire to see their school thrive and grow. I was hooked – I knew I wanted to have a part in philanthropy. Even after being in development for seven years, I still have that same sense of awe and appreciation. I count it as a privilege to be a part of pharmacy education and healthcare here in the state of South Carolina. MUSC’s $300 million capital campaign, A Partnership of Promise, emphasizes the true sense of dedicated philanthropy. In spite of the most challenging of eco-

The Newsletter for College of Pharmacy Alumni

Spring 2009

Some of you have received an electronic quarterly update that included additional information. We would like to begin sending electronic announcements more often to keep you informed, but we need your e-mail address. If you have not received one, please make sure the appropriate alumni office has your current email address. Alumni are our biggest stakeholders and best representatives … and we want to make sure you are fully informed about things going on at the college! Keep in touch.

Friends, alumni, and even donors often tell me, “I could never ask for money.” But “the ask” isn’t really the highlight for any fundraiser. It is seeing how one person’s or one family’s generosity can impact the lives of our students, our college, and, ultimately, our future.

PHARMSC

MUSC pharmacy alumni, friends, and supporters have contributed $4.7 million to A Partnership of Promise. nomic times, the University is pleased to report that the campaign has built strong positive momentum, having raised more than $259 million as of December 31, 2008. I am proud to announce that $4.7 million of that amount has been contributed by MUSC pharmacy alumni, friends, and supporters. A Partnership of Promise, however, is just the beginning. The College is committed to improving our facilities and increasing the number of endowed scholarships and professorships in order to educate the next generation of pharmacists. But, to be successful in our efforts, we need your help. Just like our students, you, too, have a place here at MUSC. There are many opportunities for support within the college – everything from the general fund to the new building fund (including many funds in between). It is my earnest hope and desire to find a way each of you can support your area of passion within your college. With your support there is no doubt that we can build the future of pharmacy, together.

On December 9, 2008, the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) lost a close friend when T. Edward Childress III, Class of 1968, died after an extended illness. He is survived by his wife, Jan Elrod Childress; two daughters, Elizabeth Covil of Easley and Brandi Childress of Greenville; a son, Zach Childress of New York, N.Y.; and a grandson, Ethan Covil of Easley. “Ed was a close friend of the College and a leader in both the field of pharmacy and in his community,” said Arnold W. Karig, MUSC campus dean of the South Carolina College of Pharmacy. “We will miss him and are grateful for the time we had with him, and for the positive impact he had on so many lives, particularly pharmacy students.” Along with John O’Brien, ’68, with whom he founded Nursing Home Consultant Pharmacy, Inc. (NHCP) in 1977, Childress established the T. Edward Childress, III, & John P. O’Brien Jr., Endowed Scholarship in 1995 to benefit pharmacy students with a GPA of 3.0 or higher and a preference for long-term care pharmacy. A native of Shreveport, La., Childress grew up in the Greenville, S.C. area. After receiving his degree from the MUSC College of Pharmacy, he worked for Community Drug Store and Eckerd Drugs for a number of years before founding NHCP with

O’Brien. NHCP provided pharmaceutical services and consulting to nursing homes in South Carolina and North Carolina. The company was sold in 1995 and its present organization, Health Management Resources Inc., owns long-term care facilities in both Carolinas and Georgia.

“He was a real leader of pharmacy in South Carolina and a heck of a nice guy.” -- Peter Edwards, Class of 1968

Childress held many offices with the South Carolina Pharmacy Association (SCPhA) and 13th District Pharmaceutical Association. He was SCPhA’s Pharmacist of the year in 1993. An avid Clemson fan, his community involvement also included work with the YMCA, Kings Grove Baptist Church, and Cornerstone Bancorp, Inc. He was very active with the College, serving on the board of advisors and was past president of the MUSC college of Pharmacy Alumni Association. “He was a devout Christian and a great philanthropist to Clemson, his church and to the college through scholarships and rotations,” said Peter Edwards, a fellow alumnus from the Class of 1968 and recently retired director of external affairs for

T. Edward Childress, MUSC Class of 1968

the SCCP, MUSC campus. “He was in the nursing home consultant business and was one of the first to take students in that practice area. He was a real leader of pharmacy in South Carolina and a heck of a nice guy.” The scholarship Childress and O’Brien established provides two MUSC pharmacy students each year with an $1,800 scholarship, without which many might have had a hard time pursuing their degrees. “It takes people like him that help to advance the field of pharmacy,” said Ashley Swindle, MUSC Class of 2009. “Receiving that scholarship in my senior year really raised my morale and gave me a burst of confidence to keep working hard.”


PharmSC Extra- Spring 2009