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02 FEBRUARY 2013


RxeFILL this issue Clinical Skills Competition P.2

Karen Papadakis retires after more than four decades at University

Jessica Schillig, PharmD ‟06 P.2 Recruiting in Michigan P.3

By Brian Purdue

CPPS Spotlight P.4

Pharmacists and Immunization-Based Health Disparities By Dr. Monica Holiday-Goodman, professor of Pharmacy Practice and Program Director of the Health Outcomes and Socioeconomic Sciences program Dean Johnnie Early presented a UT mortar and pestle to Karen Papadakis, administrative secretary in the Department of Pharmacology.

The University of Toledo has undergone countless changes throughout the last four decades, and Karen Papadakis has experienced them all. After 41 years and four months of working at UT, she is moving on — and taking with her great memories and friendships she made during her time at the University. After graduating from high school in Tecumseh, Mich., she moved to Toledo and began working at UT while taking classes to earn an associate of applied business degree. Read more

Health disparities are defined as differences in the incidence, prevalence, mortality and burden of diseases or adverse health conditions that exist among specific population groups (NIH). Health care disparities are differences in access to health care and quality of health care among populations (National Healthcare Disparities Report). As the country observes Black History Month, it is important that pharmacy professionals be aware that African Americans experience major health and health care disparities compared to other groups. This is especially true in regard to hypertension, diabetes, HIV, infant mortality, and immunization rates. Although the presence of disparities often is correlated with socioeconomic factors such as level of income, or lack of health care coverage, this is not the case for disparities related to immunizations. Studies have shown that African Americans are less likely than Caucasian Americans to receive

immunizations, even when health care coverage is comparable (AARP)1. Vaccine-preventable diseases are responsible for over 60,000 deaths each year in the US (CDC). As pharmacists are allowed to provide several immunizations, our role in the elimination of this disparity is crucial. Pharmacists can assist by informing patients of the importance of key immunizations, and of our ability to provide them. With our presence in virtually every community, we can assure that all patients, especially those who are traditionally underserved, are aware of the opportunity to receive immunizations from a pharmacist. In this way, we can be a driving force in improving our nation‟s public health and in the elimination of health and health care disparities. 1

Flowers, L. (2007). Racial and ethnic disparities in influenza and pneumococcal immunization rates among Medicare beneficiaries. Issue Brief (Public Policy Institute (American Association of Retired Persons)), no. IB83, 1-6.

2012 ASHP Clinical Skills Competition Stephanie Ogorzaly and Cindy Williams, 2013 PharmD candidates, competed in the 2012 Clinical Skills Competition at the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists Annual Meeting.

After earning a spot as a Top 10 Finalist team; they took second place overall out of 120 teams from across the U.S. The semifinal round consisted of submitting a written plan for a patient case. For the finals, they had to orally present the case to a panel of three judges and defend their therapeutic plan during a rigorous Q&A session. Previously, they had won local competition and had competed at the state level as well. The Clinical Skills judges and coaches for 2012 at the local level were Drs. Gayle Kamm, Anita Stonehill-Ridner and Laurie Mauro. The detailed coaching they provided helped Ogorzaly and Williams to prepare for the state and national competitions.

Alumna Dr. Jessica Schillig Earns ASHP Foundation’s 2012 Pharmacy Practice Research Literature Award Jessica (Dusky) Schillig, PharmD ‘06, is the recipient of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) Research and Education Foundation‟s 2012 Pharmacy Practice Research Literature Award. The award is one of five that are bestowed annually as part of the ASHP Foundation‟s Literature Awards program. The Literature Awards Program honors important contributions by pharmacists to the biomedical literature. The Literature Awards are made to individuals who publish high-impact articles in the primary, peer-reviewed, biomedical literature. Emphasis is placed on originality, innovation, impact and quality of the contributed articles. Dr. Schillig is a clinical pharmacist at LifeCare Hospitals of North Texas. Her winning article, “Clinical and Safety Impact of an Inpatient PharmacistDirected Anticoagulation Service” was co-authored with her colleagues at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Mich.: Scott Kaatz, D.O., M.Sc., Michael Hudson, M.D., Gregory D. Krol, M.D., Edward G. Szandzik, R.Ph., M.B.A., and James S. Kalus, Pharm.D. The article was published in the Journal of Hospital Medicine (J Hosp Med. 2011;6:322-8).

Due to the risk and complexity associated with anticoagulant medications, the Joint Commission instituted National Patient Safety Goal 03.05.01, which is a series of requirements intended to „„reduce the likelihood of patient harm with the use of anticoagulation therapy.‟‟ In order to optimally address this National Patient Safety Goal, Schillig and her team felt that a systematic intervention would be required to impact each step of the medication-use process for anticoagulants. This led to the development of a pharmacist-directed anticoagulation service (PDAS) at Henry Ford. The PDAS provided dosing, monitoring, and coordination of transition from the inpatient to outpatient care in patients receiving the blood-thinning medication warfarin on a medical unit and a cardiology unit. Care from the PDAS was compared with a control group on two similar medical and cardiology units. The study included 500 patients and was designed to assess the impact of the PDAS on both patient safety and transition of care. The research showed that there were significant improvements in care transitions and at least similar safety with the PDAS. Sub-group analysis even suggested improved safety in high-risk subpopulations. “The significance of this study to health-system pharmacy is great in that there are often multiple

patient handoffs and acute illnesses that can impact the patient,” said Schillig. “Pharmacists play a direct role in managing or helping to manage these medications, and this study showed that pharmacists can improve the quality of care for patients taking warfarin in the hospital and transitioning to an outpatient setting.” “Receiving this award is a great honor,” she said. “I could not have completed this study without the help of my co-authors, especially Dr. Kalus, who has been my mentor since residency.”

P3 student Abby Rabatin and other members of the Student Society of Healthsystem Pharmacists participated in a showcase and poster presentation of their patient care projects. The project initiated by UT‟s SSHP chapter was entitled "Medication 101." For this project, students visited an assisted living facility and discussed the top ten medications taken by the elderly, along with how to take the medications properly and how to identify common side effects.

Schlembach Scholarships

Northern Exposure: Recruiting in Michigan Prospective pharmacy students in the state of Ohio now have seven colleges of pharmacy, six of which are fully accredited, from which to choose. While the college continues to attract the best and brightest in Ohio, recruitment efforts have expanded further north to tap into the Michigan market. Enrollment Management Specialist, Crystal Taylor, proposed the idea to Associate Dean of Student Affairs, Dr. Christine Hinko, in Spring 2012. The college chose to cast a wider net to attract students in Michigan looking for a quality pharmacy or pharmaceutical sciences

program. Additionally, the Admissions office at The University of Toledo currently recruits only in seven counties in southeast Michigan, leaving a highly untapped market for the college. While maintaining a presence in the State of Ohio, our recruiting efforts have expanded to schools and college fairs in Michigan, reaching Southwest, the Thumb and mid-Michigan. The college is finding great success with recruitment efforts, supported by the favorable scholarship opportunities for out-ofstate students offered by the Tower Scholarship. Students from outside of

Ohio who have a 2.75 high school GPA are offered a minimum scholarship of $9,120, which covers the out-of-state tuition surcharge. This gives instate and out-of-state students the same tuition rate and is very attractive to prospective students and their families. As more students throughout Michigan find out about the opportunities The University of Toledo has to offer, a greater number are expected to enroll from all parts of Michigan not only in the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences but University-wide.

Life-saving knowledge through Service Learning and third-grade students. The P2 students talked about the difference between medicine and candy. A recent study showed that nearly one in four children mistake medicine for candy, an error that can have deadly consequences.

As part of their Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences (IPPEs), several P2 students visited Harvard Elementary School in Toledo to educate 100 first-

The P2 pharmacy students used a PowerPoint presentation along with word searches and crossword puzzles in their discussions with the children. The firstand third-graders were enthusiastic participants and left with knowledge that can save lives.

Doc and Parviz Boodjeh, ‘54 An exciting component of the university‟s current fund raising campaign is a group of funds called the Schlembach Scholarships, in recognition of Dr. Robert Schlembach, ‟49 (“Doc”). Doc is chairing the college‟s giving campaign along with his honorary co-chair, Parviz Boodjeh. Donors who establish an endowed scholarship of $25K or more in the donor‟s own name may have their scholarship designated as a Schlembach Scholarship, an umbrella of funds that support matriculating students. These scholarships will be acknowledged at convocation each year the scholarship is awarded. Doc‟s sense of indebtedness to the college for the excellent education he received influenced his desire to give to the college. “Giving,” said Dr. Schlembach, “continues to pave the way for an excellent professional education of which every University of Toledo alumnus can be proud.”

CPPS Spotlight The Student Impact Award, instituted for the first time in 2011 by the student government, honors faculty members who positively influence the lives of students. Dr. Steve Peseckis, associate professor of Medicinal Chemistry, was among the 25 faculty members university-wide who earned this studentdriven recognition for 2012. The awards were based on personal nominations from students.

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director of Student Services for the pre-professional division, for excellence in her role as an adviser. Pharmacy students Emily Kramp, Dan Gilloon, Sean Hackett and Andrew Schneider, who nominated Sobczak for the Shining Star advising award, are featured with Deb in a YouTube video discussing the importance of sound advising, among other topics. Click the image above to watch the video.

Dr. Wayne Hoss, executive associate dean, along with President Jacobs, Dean Johnnie Early and Chancellor Jeff Gold, were present at the college‟s annual faculty and staff advancement conference. The college presented Dr. Jacobs with an artistrendered collage of the college‟s historic locations in recognition of his ongoing support for the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. The annual advancement conference allows faculty and staff to discuss important issues and make decisions that affect the growth and progress of the college.

Upcoming Events PHARMACY LAW CE Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at 7pm in the Collier Auditorium on the UT Health Science Campus The event is free; however, advanced online registration is required.

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