In this issue Pharmacy Summer Camp 1 UTCPPS and Free Clinic 2 Alumna Teaches in China 3 Upcoming Events 4
STUDENT FEATURES Summer in Hungary
Pharmacy Summer Camp takes on crime Pharmacy Summer Camp, sponsored by Walgreens and Cardinal Health, added a new element this year. CSI: Toledo, a program that gave students hands-on experience with elements of forensic science, was part of this year’s camp. Drs. Fred Williams and Jill Trendel orchestrated the experience. The annual camp, for high school seniors, introduces students to careers in pharmacy and the pharmaceutical sciences. Eighty students from Ohio and Michigan—and some from as far as Georgia, New York, Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico—come to campus for the four-day, three-night camp. Students walked through a mock crime scene and evaluated evidence like fingerprints, blood types (not with real blood) and DNA in order to solve a crime. “CSI: Toledo shows students how crime scene chemistry translates into fascinating careers in scientific research, particularly in the pharmaceutical sciences,” said Laural Seewer, coordinator of the Pharmacy Summer Camp. “The faculty want to inspire these students to apply their skills in math and science to help others through careers in research.” Find out about CSI: Toledo for high school juniors, October 29, 2011
Three weeks down and seven to go! Wow, this is flying by so quickly that I can hardly believe I am even on the other side of the world. In case you have no idea what I am talking about, I, Thomas Tarry, am a recent senior majoring in Pharmaceutics in the Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences (BSPS) program. As some of you may know, all students in the BSPS program have to complete an internship in order to graduate. I am very fortunate to be doing my summer practicum at the University of Szeged in Szeged, Hungary. Read more
CPPS lends a hand in free clinic The University of Toledo College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences is adding a pharmacist’s touch to the Perrysburg Heights Free Medical Clinic. The clinic, initiated by Dr. Richard Paat in 2010, operates in the Perrysburg Heights Community Center each Wednesday night. Since 2010, the clinic has served over 300 patients, including low-income patients, the elderly, the uninsured and the underinsured.
Department of Pharmacy Practice and co-director of the Infectious Disease Research Laboratory, serves on the Board of Directors. Three UT pharmacists – Drs. Diane Cappelletty, Amy Smith and Chad Tuckerman, PharmD ‘00 – as well as local UT pharmacy alumna Dr. Krystal Ricciardella, PharmD ‘08, rotate to cover the clinic’s pharmacy operations. P2 pharmacy students work alongside first- and second-year medical students to treat patients.
Regardless of income or ability to pay, patients of all ages receive medical care at the clinic. Patients receive the services they might receive during a typical office visit: vitals, medical history, physical examination, and labs and x-rays if they are needed. Free diagnostic testing and result confirmation, amounting to over $50,000, has been provided by St. Luke’s Hospital. Patients are even able to have minor medical procedures performed, like removal of cysts or sutures. The clinic’s services are provided by a number of medical professionals, from physicians, physician’s assistants, pharmacists and nurses to more specialized practitioners like ophthalmologists and podiatrists. The clinic sees 15-20 patients per week in the two and a half hours it operates. The clinic’s services also include a mobile migrant worker clinic that travels the state to meet and treat migrant populations.
In addition to completing Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience (IPPE) hours at the clinic, pharmacy students have completed service learning projects for the patients. The projects have resulted in a patient information binder that includes information about smoking cessation, diabetes and nutritional support, free listings of pharmacies with reduced prescription costs, and information about patient assistance programs through pharmaceutical companies. P4 students have also completed longitudinal experiences as the Perrysburg Heights Free Medical Clinic, wherein they educate patients about health issues like inhaler use and fill prescriptions.
The College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences is playing an important role in the clinic. Dr. Diane Cappelletty, associate professor of clinical pharmacy in the
Medications for patients at the Perrysburg Heights Free Medical Clinic were initially provided through a grant from a nun at St. Anne’s. The clinic’s pharmacy department is now seeking grants from various agencies to purchase more medications and to provide more effective medications, such as longer-acting insulin products for diabetic patients.
STUDENT FEATURES Learning from Experts Ernie Boyd, executive director of the O h i o Pharmacists Association, recently visited UT to speak with P3 PharmD students about pharmacists’ role in advocacy.
FACULTY NOTES Dr. Salah -Uddin Ahmed, assistant professor of pharmacology, researches novel therapeutic uses for commonly consumed items like chocolate and green tea. His research has shown that chocolate is effective in limiting brain damage due to stroke and that green tea is an effective remedy for arthritis. Dr. Ahmed recently shared his expertise on the progression and treatment of rheumatoid arthritis with WGTE viewers. UTCPPS students and laboratories are also featured in the video. Watch the video Dr. Aaron Lengel is the new advisor for the Beta Eta chapter of the Rho Chi Society, the academic honor society in pharmacy.
Around the World: Teaching in China KAYLEIGH MAJERCAK, BSPS ’10
I never thought that after I graduated from UT, I would find myself traveling to China to teach for four months. If someone had told me that, I would have laughed and responded, “In my dreams!” But here I am living in China! It is still hard to believe. Life is full of surprises! I am currently the youngest teacher teaching freshman and sophomore students at Beijing-U.S.A. College of English. The students are part of the International School of Business, which is affiliated with Melbourne Institute of Finance and Management. After their second year, the students will study abroad and travel to Melbourne, Australia to finish the rest of their program. At first, I’ll admit, teaching was a bit of a challenge. The students vary in their level of English knowledge, which ranges from very good to poor. Thus, I had to find a way to simplify the information I needed to teach, as well as try to provide real life experiences so they could understand and apply the concepts. It was trial and error when it came to teaching methods, until I found something that worked. I really have to applaud the students; not
only are they still practicing and learning English, they are also taking courses that are not in their native language. That is quite difficult in itself.
way to go, but I am slowly making progress. Even though my Chinese may not be sharp, I can definitely say my chopstick skills have greatly improved! I enjoy interacting with the local people as well as experiencing the food. The students and people are so friendly and always willing to help. Sometimes I feel like somewhat of a celebrity. Everywhere I go, I get stared at (I do not blend in too well), and people ask if they can take my picture. It is almost like my very own paparazzi! I feel lucky to have been given this opportunity. China is a great place to travel and explore. There is so much to see and do. I would like to give a special thanks to Jing Meyer, coordinator of advising and student services for the professional division, for informing me about this once-in-a -lifetime adventure. I can cross “climbing the Great Wall” off of my bucket list! Some people only dream of being able to do what I have done. I am living the dream!
So far, this opportunity has been a wonderful learning experience. I enjoy teaching the students and they enjoy teaching me. It is a great feeling to know that I am shaping the lives of others and able to provide them with different perspectives. In the beginning, it was a bit of a culture shock, but I have finally gotten the hang of things. I am learning a lot and Kayleigh earned a BSPS degree in understanding the culture better pharmacy administration with a everyday. My Chinese still has a long minor in business.
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Upcoming Events Dean’s Commission on Pharmacy Education September 15-16, 2011, Frederic and Mary Wolfe Center
The Dean’s Commission on Pharmacy Education will convene for its biannual meeting.
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Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education Site Visit September 27-29, 2011 beginning at 12 noon
The Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) will visit The University of Toledo College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences for its scheduled assessment of the college’s accreditation. ACPE sets standards for the education of pharmacists to prepare them for the delivery of pharmacist-provided patient care.
Homecoming 2011: DATE CHANGED October 21-23, 2011
The College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Alumni Affiliate will host an event at which outstanding alumni will be honored. The awards event and parade on Saturday and the free CE on Sunday are excellent opportunities to gather with old friends and classmates. More details
CSI: Toledo for high school juniors Saturday, October 29, 2011
High school juniors (Class of 2013) who enjoy science, chemistry and biology are invited to explore forensic science and solve a crime using chemistry. Apply today 3000 Arlington Avenue, MS 1014 Toledo, OH 43614 419.383.1904 www.utoledo.edu/pharmacy