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Extracts + Graduates The University of Toledo College of Pharmacy Magazine for Alumni and Friends

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Planning Under Way There’s excitement in the air at the College of Pharmacy. The merger of the University of Toledo and the Medical University of Ohio provides a historic opportunity for the college to reach a new level of excellence. “We stand to benefit from the merger more than any other UT program,” said Dr. Johnnie Early II, dean of the College of Pharmacy. “Our superb program will become superior in its preparation of practitioners.” Only two pharmacy schools in Ohio are located on health science campuses. Integrating the technological and intellectual resources of the College of Pharmacy and the UT Medical Center will result in new and specialized learning, research and teaching opportunities. ”We are all one big family now,” explained Steve Martin, professor of pharmacy. “We share a common vision and that alignment of purpose means enhanced collaboration and cooperation.” Here’s how the College of Pharmacy will benefit from the merger:

Mauro Named College of Pharmacy Teacher of the Year, Page 7

UT Professor Appointed to National Institutes of Health Committee, Page 8

Access to a premier medical training facility. The College of Pharmacy will have access to the abundant resources of a renowned medical school and hospital that specializes in trauma and intensive care, transplantation, cardiac and cardiovascular care, and oncology. UT pharmacy students will share learning experiences with students in other health professions, including medicine, nursing and physical therapy. Expansion of hands-on learning. The UT Medical Center has been a training site for UT pharmacy students and post-graduate residents for more than 20

years. But the merger means more hands-on learning opportunities. “Our new curriculum is structured around the availability of high-quality pharmacy practice experiences for students beginning their first year,” said Martin. “Many of those experiences will occur at the UT Medical Center.” Experiential learning will also expand into new areas of practice. For example, a clinical pharmacy residency will be established in the Movement Disorder Clinic, which assists patients with Huntington’s Disease, Essential and Familial Tremor, Tourette’s Syndrome and other disorders. In addition, the UT Medical Center’s Department of Pharmacy will soon implement a model of decentralized pharmacy services. “ This will include a pharmacist’s presence on the nursing units as a recognized clinical person who is both a trusted resource of professional information and a member of the healthcare team,” said Mark Chastang, vice president and executive director of the UT Medical Center. “Rounding with physicians on various services will be included in the daily activities.” This model will open up additional opportunities for pharmacy students and residents to “shadow” and learn from pharmacists involved in direct patient care. Collaboration on research studies. Faculty and practitioners in the College of Pharmacy and the UT Medical Center will experience synergy in areas where their research interests converge. “The merger will facilitate the development of research teams focused on particular disease states,” said Dr. William Messer, continued on page 4

Vol 18, No. 1 Spring 2008 Extracts & Graduates is published twice yearly for alumni and friends of The University of Toledo College of Pharmacy Copyright 2008, The University of Toledo College of Pharmacy; All rights reserved. Editor Charisse Montgomery Contributing Writers Dean Johnnie L. Early Eric Slough Dr. Mary Powers Photographers Dean Johnnie Early Terry Fell Donna Haar Richard Montgomery Dan Miller Support Staff Donna Haar Cynthia Soncrant Design Brent Lohmann, b | creative Special Thanks Development Office Office of Alumni Relations Office of Public Information Office of Publications UT Foundation

Dear Alumni and Friends, The College of Pharmacy is undergoing many exciting changes and building on a strong history of excellence in pharmacy. The college is updating its strategic plan for the upcoming five years. The new strategic plan focuses on the expansion of education, research, patient care and teaching. The 2006 merger of the University of Toledo and the Medical University of Ohio created an unprecedented opportunity for the College of Pharmacy. The next level of pharmacy education will provide diverse opportunities for research collaboration, interprofessional education and improvement in pharmaceutical care in the clinics of our wholly-owned hospital. Students from nursing, pharmacy, medicine and the physician assistant program will share learning experiences and bedside care in the University of Toledo Medical Center, the only academic health center in the region; we combine innovative education, pioneering research and compassion to provide leading-edge care. The medical center, a Level 1 trauma center, is the only area hospital with an accredited primary stroke center. UT’s education and resources allow us to attract top faculty and staff. We continue to offer the latest pharmacotherapy and medical breakthroughs, as well as a sensitive approach to healing patients. With the expansion of the college to the Health Science Campus (HSC), another increase in PharmD enrollment is planned. Specialty care is offered in cardiology, neurology, orthopaedics, cancer and surgery. The college is contemplating an increase in the P1 class from 108 (implemented in 2006) to about 135 with the use of Wolfe Hall facilities. A new HSC building and renovations that will address space issues. Some 800 freshmen and sophomore students will remain on the Main Campus, along with a complement of Student Affairs staff and other personnel. Planning continues as to how to make the best use of both Wolfe Hall and the HSC building while maximizing the impact on learning, discovery and engagement. The college recently hired its first dedicated recruiter! We remain diligent in attracting the best students in high numbers, which requires a sustained presence in high schools. As the BS in Pharmaceutical Sciences attains its enrollment cap and adds new minors, such as international business, we must inform the applicant pool of the great potential of this degree. The College of Pharmacy received approval to add six new tenure track positions. This addition includes positions in medicinal chemistry and pharmacology with emphasis on neurodegenerative diseases, an area of strength and growth in the Colleges of Pharmacy and Medicine. The college also recently hired seven new professional staff and six faculty. Staff are contributing to the Office of Student Affairs, the Pharmacy Practice Department and the pharmacy partnership with Ursuline College. The faculty bring a wealth of skill and experience in their disciplines for both teaching and to enhance the breadth and depth of our research. One new hire transferred a National Science Foundation grant award to the college, and two others have recently secured federal funding. The record number of National Institutes of Health research awards in the Department of Pharmacology is emblematic of our future. Three of the new hires are directing the experiential programs for the BSPS and the PharmD programs. The latter has evolved to provide P1-P3 students with the newly implemented introductory pharmacy practice experience and an updated advanced pharmacy practice experience, which entails eight rotations and an optional rotation or practicum (BSPS) in Szeged, Hungary. We encourage alumni and friends to remain involved with the mission of the College of Pharmacy and to participate in the growth and change that have made the college a hallmark of pharmacy education regionally and nationwide. Sincerely,

Johnnie L. Early II, PhD, RPh Dean and Professor


From the Alumni Affiliate President Dear Fellow Alumni, In this issue of Extracts & Graduates, we express our gratitude for the service our alumni provide for College of Pharmacy and University of Toledo students. We are especially thankful for the service and support provided to all of us by Robert Schlembach, ’49, through his ongoing work with the College and Alumni Association. Curt Black and Marilyn Black, ’74, and Bill Mies, ’66, immediately come to mind as three other alumni who continue to provide a tremendous amount of service and support to and for College and University of Toledo students through their work with the College and Alumni Association. In recent years, more and more of our College Alumni Affiliate members are following this lead including: Angie Gilis, ’74; Phil Miller, ’71, ’88; Karen Sheehan, ’62; Kathy Farkas, ’74; Kitty Ellis, ’65; Kim Schmude, ’85, ’01; Gayle Kamm, ’91, ’98; Jessica Shimman, ’05; Cindy Puffer, ’80; Diane Saccone, ’77; Bob Calabrese, ’82; Jim Szyskowski, ’79; Laura Manzey, ’93; John Clark, ’00; Joel Tavormina, ’79; Kim Newlove, ’01; Tim Oser, ’91; and Meghan Fox, ‘07. Additionally, a very important group of our alumni affiliate members serve as preceptors for our students! Thank you to all of our alumni who provide service and support for our students through the College and Alumni Association. Truly, University of Toledo College of Pharmacy students significantly benefit from the generosity of our alumni.

PHARMACY ALUMNI The University of Toledo College of Pharmacy 2801 West Bancroft Street Toledo, Ohio 43606-3390 419-530-1934 FAX: 419-530-1907 2007-2008 BOARD OF DIRECTORS President: Dr. Mary Powers Vice President: Philip Miller Secretary: Dr. John Clark Treasurer: Robert Calabrese Three-Year Term: Dr. John Clark, ‘00 Meghan Fox, ’07, ‘09 Dr. Laura Manzey, ‘93 Two-Year Term: Kathryn Ellis, ‘65 Philip Miller, ’71, ‘88 One-Year Term: Marilyn Black, ‘74 Robert Calabrese, ‘82 Dr. William Mies, ‘66 Dr. Mary Powers, ‘82 Ex Officio Members: Dr. Johnnie L. Early, II Dean, College of Pharmacy Dr. Robert J. Schlembach, ‘49 Historian UTCPAA Mr. Eric Slough, ‘95 Director, Pharmacy Development Mr. Brian Weinblatt, Assistant Director, Chapter Development Mrs. Charisse Montgomery College Communicator & Scientific Editor Student Representative Ms. Renee Niese Student Council President Mr. Robert Calabrese, ‘82

Drs. Martin and Early congratulate Sandy Tiell on her retirement from the College of Pharmacy. Sandy received a handmade stoneware mortar and pestle for her years of service to the college and university.

How to Reach Us College of Pharmacy Dean’s office: 419.530.1997 Student Affairs Office: 419.530.1904 Alumni Office: 419.530.1934 Development Office: 419.530.5320 Fax: 419.530.1907 Email: Office of University Alumni Relations Local Phone: 419.530.ALUM (2586) Toll Free: 800.235.6766 Fax: 419.530.4994 Email: Internet:


Mary Powers ‘82 College of Pharmacy Alumni Affiliate President

Homecoming Parade 2007 Dr. Mary Powers (Pharmacy Practice Asst. Prof.) and Dr. William Mies (Asst. Prof. Emeritus) throw candy to parade onlookers.


cover story continued professor and chair of the department of pharmacology. “I envision pharmacy faculty, residents and students working together with physicians, nurses and medical students in applying the latest research findings (from the laboratory and the clinic) to the development of new therapeutic approaches.” The College of Pharmacy also will be more competitive for larger grants from state and federal agencies. “Currently a $1 million grant is a large grant for UT,” said Dr. Wayne Hoss, executive associate dean of pharmacy graduate studies. “Post-merger we are already in a stronger position for collaboration at the $10 million level.” Development of innovative programs. The College of Pharmacy will be positioned to develop innovative and one-of-a-kind programs. Already under way is an Antimicrobial Stewardship program. A dedicated pharmacy clinician is being hired to work closely with physicians in the Infectious Disease division on the prevention and reduction of antimicrobial resistance in the medical center. In addition, the College of Pharmacy plans to launch a doctorate program in experimental therapeutics in fall 2008 or 2009. Construction of a state-of-the-art facility. In the near future, a beautiful, state-of-the art building with classrooms and laboratories will be constructed on the health sciences campus to house the College of Pharmacy. However, the College will still have a presence on UT’s main campus, which will remain an integral part of the undergraduate pharmacy student experience. “We are in the process of determining our needs,” said Messer. “We want to maintain our strong identity with the main campus while optimizing our opportunities at the health science campus.”

In Memory It is with great sadness that we report that the College of Pharmacy has experienced two traumatic events in the Pharmacology Department during the past calendar year. The unexpected passings of longtime professor Dr. Gerald P. Sherman (July 2007) and Dr. James P. Byers (October 2007) were a shock to the university and our pharmacy family. Dr. Gerald Sherman, longtime pharmacology professor and faculty member who is credited as being the “father of the B.S. in Pharmaceutical Sciences program,” was instrumental in the formation and curriculum development of that program. “Gerry had a wonderful perspective on teaching pharmacy students,” said Dr. William Messer, chair


The merger of The University of Toledo with the Medical University of Ohio, and the resulting creation of the UT Health Science Campus, presents a unique opportunity for the College of Pharmacy. The college will have the opportunity to become physically integrated into a world-class academic health care environment. The core of this campaign will be a state-of-the-art facility located on UT’s Health Science Campus. The new facility will include the latest in interactive teaching labs and research facilities, and it will serve as the home for Alzheimer’s Research and Diabetes Research. The pharmacy practice lab will include a simulated community pharmacy and provide students with real-world and real-time classroom experience and resources. The Professional Development lab also will include the latest in drug dispensing technology coupled with infrastructure for and the learning of effective medication therapy management techniques. At the completion of this campaign, our students, faculty and staff will have the latest in educational resources and tools. Beyond the building itself, we have committed to raising additional scholarship funds and technology and laboratory resources. As we plan for the future, we ask that our supporters help us to invest in that future by supporting critical initiatives. As we build upon the momentum that was made possible by Wolfe Hall, we embark on a transformational campaign that will raise the reputation and value of UT pharmacy education to even greater heights.

of the pharmacology department. “He cared about the subject matter he was teaching and read widely to keep students up to date on the latest medications.” It is because of Dr. Sherman that the Toledo BSPS program is the program of choice for prospective students. Dr. James Byers taught pharmacokinetics, one of the toughest courses for pharmacy students, and despite the demanding course material and his gruff exterior, he will always be remembered as a professor that made himself available to his students. Jim grew up in Maryland, but found a home at Toledo where he completed his master’s and doctorate degrees in chemical engineering, met his wife Lisa, and would eventually raise their two children. “Jim loved life, his family, his friends, his

students and his colleagues,” said Dr. Ron Fournier, UT professor of bio-engineering. “He had a broad reach and a kind and gentle spirit that has left its mark on all of us.” Jim also made his presence felt in the research lab where his research with Dr. Ken Bachmann has helped in the development of new treatments for Alzheimer’s disease. Jim’s legacy lives on as his work is helping guide testing for Phase I clinical trials in the spring of 2008. Of course, these short stories do not fully describe the magnitude of their passing or the loss felt by the College of Pharmacy and the pharmacy community. You may honor their memory by making a contribution to the College of Pharmacy Memorial Book Scholarship Fund in the names of Dr. Gerald P. Sherman and Dr. James P. Byers. Contributions can be made to the UT Foundation, fund number 401-072, and forwarded to the UT Foundation, 2801 W. Bancroft St., Toledo OH 43606.

Pharmacy Alumni Honored Caroline Gaither, ’83, Diane Saccone, ’77, and Matthew Buderer, ’93, were honored by the Alumni Affiliate at this year’s Homecoming activities for their contributions to the pharmacy profession and the University of Toledo College of Pharmacy.

Toledo Alumni Association (UTAA) as a member of UTAA marketing committee and UTAA awards committee. She has also served as UTAA executive alumni board secretary, chair of the UTAA public relations committee and chair of the UTAA Art on the Mall Silent Auction Committee.

Distinguished Alumna Award Caroline A. Gaither, PhD, RPh, FAPhA, is the chair of the PhD program in the Social and Administrative Sciences at the University of Michigan College of Pharmacy. She earned a BS in pharmacy from the UT College of Pharmacy in 1983, a MS in pharmacy administration from Purdue University in 1987 and a PhD in pharmacy administration from Purdue University in1990. Caroline was inducted as a Fellow to the American Pharmacists Association in 2006 and served a three-year term as a social and administrative sciences section officer to the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy. In 2001, she received an award for the best published paper in the economic, social and administrative sciences given by the American Pharmacists Association. For the past three years, Caroline has acted as a relief pharmacist at Cordelia Martin Pharmacy in Toledo and for the past year at Hope Clinic in Ypsilanti, Michigan.

Diane certainly has the qualifications to be a Distinguished Service Award recipient, as this award is bestowed by the affiliate to alumnus or non-alumnus for contributions to the growth and success of the College of Pharmacy, and/or the College of Pharmacy Alumni Affiliate and/or the UT Alumni Association.

In her acceptance letter, Caroline said, “Since leaving the [UT] College of Pharmacy, I have spent most of my career working to improve the quality of work life of pharmacists through my teaching, research and service activities.” Distinguished Service Award Diane Prezioso Saccone, RPh, graduated from the University of Toledo College of Pharmacy with a B.S. in pharmacy in 1977. Diane served as past president of The University of Toledo College of Pharmacy Alumni Affiliate (UTCPAA) for two terms from 2003 to 2005 as well as UTCPAA board member, and editor of the Alumni Focus newsletter. She is currently staff pharmacist at the Toledo Hospital and the Pharm Pharmacy in Maumee, Ohio. Diane serves the University of

Outstanding Young Alumnus Award Matthew J. Buderer, RPh, FIACP, is a compounding pharmacist and fellow of the International Academy of Compounding Pharmacists. Matt is a third-generation pharmacist in practice with his father James Buderer and aunt Mary Lou Viviano. Matt graduated from the University of Toledo College of Pharmacy in 1993 with a B.S. in pharmacy. While at UT, he specialized his practice area in consulting pharmacy and compounding pharmacy as well as taking graduate-level classes in pharmaceutics, doing research in the area of particle interactions in liquid suspensions. In 1998, Matt was inducted as a fellow in the International Association of Compounding Pharmacy and is currently one of 70 in North America. Matt and his father Jim were co-recipients of the March 1999 National Compounding Pharmacist of the Month award. He and his father’s practice were recently featured in the August 2001 Ohio Pharmacist journal.

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Matt is also co-founder of GenoSphere Bioformulators LLC, North America. GenoSphere provides dosage form development and formulations for the biotech industry. The corporate headquarters is in Sandusky, Ohio. GenoSphere is currently working with NASA Glenn Research Center and the University of Toledo in the development of a Biotechnology and Research Center at the Plumbrook Station in Sandusky, Ohio. See the full text of the article on our website and complete the nomination form for the 2008 Recognition of Excellence Awards:

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Momentous Occasions On Sept. 11, 2007, the Ohio Pharmacists Association held the annual Licensure Ceremony for newly licensed pharmacists in Ohio. Many recent UT graduates were on hand to receive their wall certificates from the State Board of Pharmacy. UT was well represented with a contingent of faculty members and deans to welcome the graduates and offer congratulations on licensure. Also present were OPA trustee and UT alumnus Marilyn Black, and OPA foundation trustee, UT alumnus, and current Merck Professor of Clinical Pharmacy at UT, Dr. Curt Black.

OPA licensure ceremony in Columbus. Several students, faculty, and alumni from UT pose for a group picture.

Fall Convocation 2007. 126 students were awarded $108,000 in scholarships and awards at the 2007 College of Pharmacy Fall Convocation and Awards Ceremony. Dean Johnnie Early is pictured with the pharmacy student organization leaders for 2007-2008.

Professional Advancement Ceremony Dean Early sits front and center as P1 students receive white coats and portfolios.

s the new director of development for the University of Toledo College of Pharmacy, I look forward to connecting with our outstanding graduates, corporate partners and friends as we plan for the future. As the college has grown, so has the university campus. New expansion on our Health Science Campus has created an opportunity for the college to take the next step in educating our students and to meet our ever increasing classroom and lab needs. Expanding the college to the Health Science Campus will put our students closer to clinical patient care at the University Medical Center, our researchers on a health science campus and our faculty in a healthcare-focused environment.


The core of our upcoming campaign will be a state-of-the-art facility located alongside our newly merged Colleges of Medicine and Nursing at our Health Science Campus. This facility, with a total cost of $15 million,

will be made possible by $10 million in state funding and $5 million in private support. We will involve our alumni, friends, corporations and community partners as we realize our goal to build the most complete and clinically advanced facility in the region. Beyond the building, we have committed to raising an additional $2 million for scholarship, technology and laboratory resources, which will complete our campaign for the future. Students from many diverse backgrounds compete for placement in our rigorous programs. Enhancement of our endowed scholarship funds will provide an additional $50,000 in yearly scholarship support, which will allow the college to compete for the best, brightest and most well-rounded individuals looking to make pharmacy their chosen profession. Pharmacy is a fastpaced and research-based industry. To supply the leaders in all fields of pharmacy, we must be able to provide our students with the latest in computer, laboratory and research equipment. Physically moving our college to the Health Science campus will require vast

additions to our teaching infrastructure, as we outfit our new facility for the current and future needs of the college. The UT College of Pharmacy is known as a “practitioner’s school” and as evidence of this, I am pleased to relay that UT pharmacy graduates are being sought at an ever increasing rate. UT supplies more than 20 percent of Ohio’s pharmacists. Since beginning a strategic growth initiative in 2000, we have nearly doubled our enrollment to 1,500 students, a growth of 76 percent in just seven years. As the demand for pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists continues, UT will rise to the challenge to provide these valuable healthcare practitioners. I look forward to speaking with our many engaged and interested alumni in the upcoming months. In the meantime, I’d welcome your suggestions, comments and critiques. Feel free to contact me directly at 419.530.5320, toll free at 866.848.0002 or e-mail me at I welcome visitors to my office in the Driscoll Alumni Center.

Eric Slough ’95 Director of Development


N a m e d C o l l e g e o f P h a r m a c y Te a c h e r o f t h e Ye a r It’s 7:30 a.m. in the Medical Coronary Care Unit in the University of Toledo Medical Center, and Dr. Vincent Mauro is in high gear. He stands outside the room of a patient who was admitted the previous night with chest pain. With Dr. Mauro are a medical resident, a pharmacy resident and a pharmacy student. He is asking about lab values and other test reports that have been performed on the patient since admission and what medications the patient is currently receiving. He’ll quiz these young healthcare professionals-in-training on the meaning of the lab data and their medications, and formulate a pharmacotherapeutic plan to manage the patient’s chest pain. Within the hour, he’ll be joined by one of several cardiologists with whom he practices, to formally “round” on all the cardiology patients on the medical service and provide pharmacotherapeutic consultation. And so another day begins for Vince Mauro. It will end late in the day at the UT Main Campus in his office at Wolfe Hall, after several hours of lecture, meeting with students, two committee meetings and some downtime for writing. Dr. Mauro has been doing this for nearly 23 years, and he still exhibits the passion for patient care and teaching that has made him famous to thousands of College of Pharmacy students over the years. Most alumni describe Vince Mauro, 2007 College of Pharmacy Teacher of the Year, as an engaging classroom instructor who demands that students meet high standards for knowledge of pharmacy and therapeutics. Cardiology has long been Mauro’s strong suit. He was drawn to the discipline through the intrigue of heart rhythm disturbances (arrhyth-

mias), and the science of drug therapy that treats arrhythmias that he learned first hand on his clerkship experiences at Lima Memorial Hospital while an undergraduate pharmacy student at Ohio Northern University. Throughout his graduate PharmD studies at The Ohio State University (OSU) and his postdoctoral residency training at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), Mauro’s knowledge and passion for cardiology developed and grew. His interest in heart rhythm disturbances has led to his requirement that all pharmacy students learn to read and interpret electrocardiograph (ECG) tracings, a skill that even most medical students don’t fully master.

Mauros established B.S. clerkship experiences for students through their practice sites. Later, these became PharmD clerkship experiences and, in today’s accreditation lingo, advanced pharmacy practice experiences. The rest is history for pharmacist graduates of UT.

Mauro has been joined in his academic pharmacy career by his wife Laurie, whom he met at ONU while studying in the library for a physics exam. He was contemplating switching to engineering then, but the couple soon found similar interests in pharmacy, and have been together ever since. They traveled to OSU and UIC together, and landed work at UT as the first tenure-track clinical pharmacists the school had employed. Mauro and Mauro created a legendary Drug Therapy course series for B.S. pharmacy students, and are credited as the founding father and mother of the PharmD program. Both also established clinical pharmacy practices at the (then) Medical College of Ohio Medical Center. Clinical pharmacy was still a novel concept in Toledo in 1985, and the husband and wife team helped pioneer the idea of bedside patient care by pharmacists in Northwest Ohio. Vince focused his work in cardiology, while Laurie devoted her time to care of the critically ill patients in the intensive care unit. Early in the course of their careers, both

According to Mauro, the UT College of Pharmacy has positioned itself as a “studentcentered institution offering an accessible and affordable professional education for the sons and daughters of Ohio’s blue collar workforce. UT’s program offers outstanding quality, and its students compete nationally as among the best trained in the profession.”

His longevity at the school and years of experience in academic pharmacy have made Vince an often-sought-after advisor for faculty members and administrators, old and new. Mauro’s wisdom and counsel to students, alumni, faculty and staff are as legendary as his Indians season tickets and college basketball playoff excursions. He teaches several board review courses around the country, and serves as the resident expert at UT for board exam review.

Although Mauro sees challenges ahead for the College as it rapidly changes to meet accreditation standards for the profession, he remains optimistic for pharmacy education in Northwest Ohio. The Teacher of the Year is unfazed by challenges; he’s overcome too many in his long career to be intimidated by what lies ahead. Mauro has much more work to do before hanging up his lab coat. Dr. Vincent Mauro is a Professor of Clinical Pharmacy in the Department of Pharmacy Practice (College of Pharmacy) and Adjunct Professor of Medicine in the Department of Medicine (College of Medicine). He can be reached at 419-530-1952 and vincent.mauro@utoledo.


Research Milestone

UT Professor Appointed to National Institutes of Health Committee Implemented in 2001, the Pharmacy Camp continues to attract students from across the nation. An astounding 36-46 percent of the campers return to the University of Toledo as freshman pharmacy majors. Walgreens, the inaugural sponsor, and CVS/Caremark currently sponsor this four-day residential experience. Campers study a custom curriculum taught by college faculty, while shadowing pharmacists, experiencing compounding, and conducting research. At the conclusion of the camp, participants present group projects. To find out more about Pharmacy Camp, help sponsor the camp, or have a student shadow you, please visit www.utpharmacy. org/summercamp or call Christine Wickenheiser at 419.530.4173.


Dr. Marcia McInerney, professor and chair of medicinal and biological chemistry in the College of Pharmacy at the University of Toledo, has been appointed to serve on a committee of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Dr. McInerney will be a member of the Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolic Diseases B Subcommittee of the Diabetes and Kidney Diseases Initial Review Group. “Members are selected on the basis of their demonstrated expertise and achievement in their scientific discipline as evidenced by the quality of research accomplishments, publications in scientific journals and other significant scientific activities, achievements and honors,” said Dr. Griffin Rodgers, director of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. Although membership on an initial review group represents a major commitment of professional time, the service also provides a unique opportunity to contribute to the national biomedical research effort. McInerney has been a professor at UT since 1991 and served as an adjunct faculty member at the former Medical University of Ohio. Her research focuses on diabetes, both Type 1 and Type 2, exploring the role of the immune system, inflammation and immunopathogenesis in the disease process. McInerney, a member of the Center for Diabetes and Endocrine Research (CeDER) at UT, currently collaborates with Dr. Sonia Najjar, Director of CeDER, on a grant supported by the United States Department of Agriculture. This grant is investigating how a high-fat diet contributes to the development of Type 2 diabetes in mice. Since 1992, McInerney has garnered more than $2.2 million in extramural grant funding, related to diabetes research, from NIH, the American Diabetes Association,(ADA) the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) and the Diabetes Action Research and Education Foundation. McInerney received her doctorate from the University of Michigan, and completed a


postdoctoral fellowship at Yale University that was supported by NIH and JDRF. McInerney received a Career Development Award from ADA (19931996), the CODA Children’s Research Award from the Central Ohio Diabetes Association (1996), an Outstanding University Woman Award from the University Women’s Commission (2005), and a UT Outstanding Faculty Research Award as well as the Dean’s Award for Outstanding Research (2006). McInerney was named a Senior Mary Iacocca Fellow at the Joslin Diabetes Center/ Harvard University during her last sabbatical leave in 1998-1999. With NIH-NIDDK, McInerney will be reviewing grants for clinician-scientist awards and training grants in diabetes research. McInerney said, “I am happy to serve on a committee dedicated to training and supporting young investigators who will be utilizing clinical and basic science research methods to promote translational research that will ultimately enhance patient care.” McInerney will remain on the committee through June 2011. “We are quite pleased to see Marcia being tapped for service because it shows recognition for her research contributions and that she is prepared and recognized in her field,” said Dr. Johnnie Early, dean of the UT College of Pharmacy. “Beyond that, her publications and the funding she has won are exceptional and speak greatly for the University.”

IPPEs are introduced to incoming pharmacy students There are significant changes occurring in experiential education in pharmacy that will impact not only Colleges of Pharmacy but practitioners across the country. Beginning with the Doctor of Pharmacy class entering in the fall of 2007, The Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) is mandating that all students participate in Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences (IPPEs). The guidelines for IPPEs according to ACPE are as follows:

completing over the course of their P1 – P3 years. Currently, 90 percent of the P1 class has identified an IPPE site in at least one practice setting, with a majority of the sites being in a community pharmacy setting.

• IPPEs should begin early in the curriculum, be interfaced with didactic coursework and continue in a progressive manner leading to entry into the advanced pharmacy practice experiences (APPEs).

Practice Experiences at jessica.shimman@ with any questions you may have as this new program is beginning. As further curricular changes are made within the college you will receive more information. While the implementation of IPPEs is going to be challenging, the end result will have a very positive impact on the profession of pharmacy.

Student Features

The new ACPE standards should help make our future pharmacists better prepared as they enter the workplace. We all remember our experiences in school and as interns, and it is those experiences that helped to shape our • IPPEs must involve actual practice experiences in practice careers. Should a student approach community and institutional settings and permit you for assistance, we hope you’ll give strong students, under appropriate supervision and as consideration to serving as a preceptor. permitted by practice regulations, to assume Please feel free to contact Jessica Shimman, direct patient care responsibilities. PharmD, The Director of Introductory Pharmacy

• 300 IPPE hours must be completed over the course of the curriculum prior to students beginning APPEs, which includes actual practice experiences as well as reflection time dedicated to those experiences. • Practice experience gained through IPPEs must be non-paid.

In order to meet this standard at the University of Toledo, the college is in the process of redefining our entire curriculum. Once the curriculum revisions are finalized, students will register for courses dedicated to IPPEs each year during the first through third professional years (P1 – P3 years), Keith Higgins speaks to students about allowing time within the curriculum for students to the important roles of pharmacists in the healthcare profession. gain actual practice experience. Until this occurs, however, students will be required to accumulate a majority of their IPPE hours outside the curriculum. Two courses within the current curriculum fulfill 110 IPPE hours, leaving 190 IPPE hours to be completed independently over the course of the first three professional years of the program. Beginning in fall semester 2007, each incoming P1 student identifies a pharmacist within a community setting as well as a hospital or institutional setting that would be willing to precept the student in order to fulfill IPPE hours that are not accounted for within the curriculum. Each practice setting has specific objectives that students work toward

SNPhA Holds Annual Meet and Greet Event Student National Pharmaceutical Association (SNPhA) is an educational and service organization of students who are concerned about pharmacy and healthcare-related issues. One of SNPhA’s service activities is the annual Meet and Greet event which took place on Oct. 2, 2007. The primary purpose of the event is to offer the pre-pharmacy students, especially minority students, a professional division mentor in order to help retain the students in the pharmacy program. CVS/pharmacy sponsored the event, and provided the keynote speaker, Mr. Keith Higgins.

35 SNPhA members attended the annual Meet and Greet.


This year’s freshman class of approximately 440 has an average high school GPA of 3.6 and an average ACT score of 24.15. The 17 contingent admit students hold an average high school GPA of 4.12 and an average ACT score of 30.5. As of August 2007, six Founders Scholars [full scholarships for first four years] are enrolled in the college; each year since 2000 the college has enrolled at least one. In 2007, 16 P1 students entered with 4.00 GPAs. As expected, these students occupy the top 20 percent of their class, which eventually qualifies them for membership in Rho Chi, the Honor Society of Pharmacy. Students who enter the first professional year come with a strong ability to communicate, proven by the essay and interview components of the application process. Another component of the competitive admissions process is the GPA – as posted on our Web site www.

BSPS student Katherine Barcelo works in Dr. Piroska’s pharmaceutics lab during her Summer 2007 practicum at The University of Szeged in Hungary.

BSPS Program The future holds many options for students in the College of Pharmacy’s Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences (BSPS) program. In the last 10 years, graduates from this program have pursued careers as research scientists, pharmaceutical sales representatives, business administrators, lawyers, doctors, optometrists, and more. The BSPS program appeals to students interested in the fast-growing industries of biotechnology, healthcare and pharmaceuticals. According to the U.S. Department of Labor and Statistics, job growth in these industries is expected to far exceed growth in other industries through 2014. The field of toxicology, in particular, is experiencing rapid growth. “There’s an increased concern in our society with consumer safety issues,” said Dr. James Slama, professor of medicinal and biological chemistry. This has led to a demand for scientists in industrial settings to test new products and ensure worker safety. Students must apply to the BSPS program in their second year. Admission is based on cumulative


Another attribute of the student population is a high level of ethnic diversity. Ninety-six of the 440 freshmen are African American, Asian American, Latino or American Indian. This represents a 52 percent growth over last year, and sustains a positive trend: 12 percent of the 2007 P1 PharmD students are ethnic minorities. This has positively impacted student life, especially through the programs of the Student National Pharmaceutical Association, which is very instrumental in student retention. Our enrollees and student organizations continue to enhance student life and elevate the college.

GPA and science GPA. Upon acceptance, students can choose from four majors: medicinal and biological chemistry, pharmacology/toxicology, pharmaceutics, and pharmacy administration. Each major is interdisciplinary, crossing traditional academic boundaries to prepare students for specialized careers. “It’s a flexible program that gives students a lot of freedom to take different electives,” explained Slama. “They can tailor the program to their interests.” A required practicum is a distinctive aspect of the BSPS program. Students spend one semester receiving hands-on experience in a real-world setting. “The practicum is much closer to the world of work than an ordinary college lecture course,” said Slama. “It requires a different set of problem solving skills. Two UT staff members–Richard Montgomery, assistant director, and Kim Nigem, coordinator– aid students in finding practicum opportunities that match their interests. Students must then prepare a resume, apply and interview for the practicum. “The entire experience prepares students for life after graduation,” said Slama. “The practicum gives them an advantage on their

resume when they are job searching. And in many cases, students are offered a full-time position at the end of their practicum.” There are over 100 practicum sites, some as close as Toledo and others as far flung as Brazil and China. Pfizer, Procter & Gamble, Abbott, Microsoft, Detroit Public Schools, University of Kentucky, Szeged University (Hungary), and Eli Lilly are examples. “The BSPS program is growing in popularity,” said Slama. “About half of the graduates of the program enter the work force and the other half continues on to further their education. The options are unlimited.”

AlumniCapsules 2000s

John Clark, ‘00 and Angie DeCato Clark, ‘00, left Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, MD, where John was director, pediatric pharmacy division and Angie was the pharmacy clinical specialist in internal medicine. Angie completed a pharmacy practice and pharmacotherapy residency there as well. They moved to Saline, MI. in March 2007 where they live with their 2-year-old daughter Caroline and newborn son, Brady, who was born on March 10th. John is associate director of pharmacy for University of Michigan Hospital and Health Centers and assistant professor of clinical sciences in the College of Pharmacy. He is also secretary for the University of Toledo College of Pharmacy Alumni Affiliate Board. Angie works at the Medicine Shoppe in Saline and New Boston, MI. John said, “We are very much enjoying being closer to family and closer to our alma mater.” Megan Kaun, ’03, ’05 (UT College of Pharmacy Director of Advanced Experiential Programs), and Jessica Shimman, ’03, ’05 (UT College of Pharmacy Director of Introductory Experiential Programs) passed their board certification exams and are board certified pharmacotherapy specialists. Matthew Moran, ’04, ’06, has been appointed as president of Toledo Area Society of HealthSystem Pharmacists (TASHP).


Joanie (Czerwinski) Cook, ’97, is clinical coordinator at Mount Carmel West Hospital in Columbus, OH. Joanie and her husband, Mark, have a 1-year-old daughter, Anna. Jennifer Grabarczyk, ’99, has been a preceptor for the College of Pharmacy since 2005, and this is the second year in a row she has won the Roche Preceptor of the Year Award. Jennifer is a clinical pharmacist at St. Luke’s Hospital in Maumee, OH. Yolanda Hardy, ’99, was awarded the National Pharmaceutical Association (NPhA) Terrence Burroughs Pharmacy Leadership Award at the 60th NPhA Annual Meeting in Las Vegas, NV. Yolanda is an assistant clinical specialist at the Dept. of Pharmacy Practice, Northeastern University School of Pharmacy in Boston. In addition to teaching, she heads an ambulatory care clinical pharmacy service in a community health center in

Dorchester, MA. She also regularly presents to local community groups and at community health fairs promoting health awareness. She serves as NPhA Secretary. Lisa Richards, ’99, Pharmacology/Toxicology graduate, received the first Outstanding BSPS Preceptor of the Year Award presented by the UT College of Pharmacy. Lisa is senior business analyst at The Pharmacy Counter in Toledo where she developed protocols for pharmacy audits and network administration. She has also coordinated the installation and training of staff on pharmacy robotics and workflow software. Russ Smith, ’95 (UT Medical Center Pharmacy Department Manager of Operations) passed his board certification exam and is now a board certified pharmacotherapy specialist. Chad Tuckerman, ’97, ’00, is manager of clinical pharmacy services and residency program director at the University of Toledo Medical Center.


Cindy Puffer, ’80, was in attendance at last year’s graduation ceremony to present Benjamin McKever, ’07, the Cindy Puffer Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (Clerkship) Award. Puffer also presented Sonia Brujic, ’07, with the first annual Andrea Kay Pavlich Memorial Scholarship Award. Cindy has returned to her alma mater as coordinator of managed care PHM services at the University of Toledo Medical Center.


David Boyer, ’73, has been named Ohio Pharmacists Association (OPA) president and will be the keynote speaker at the UT College of Pharmacy Spring Commencement this May.

Dean Early, Cindy Puffer, Sonia Brujic

As executive sales director for Merck & Co. until her 2004 retirement, Mary Caracci, ’71, spearheaded the company’s pharmaceutical sales and marketing plans in 15 north-central states and directed a staff of 140. Mary’s favorite part of the job, however, was extracurricular: mentoring talented employees as they rose through the ranks. Mary volunteers for SCORE: Counselors to America’s Small Business, a nonprofit organization that partners with the U.S. Small Business Administration.  SCORE offers free advice and training to business owners around the country. Mary’s volunteer work with SCORE was highlighted in the November 2007 issue of the Ohio Magazine. To read the entire article, go to Marilyn Black, ’74, is serving as president of Toledo Academy of Pharmacists (TAP) and UT College of Pharmacy Alumni Affiliate (UTCPAA) board member. Jay Mirtallo, ’76, who teaches at Ohio State University, was awarded the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP) Clinical Practice Award for 2007. This award is given to a college member who has made substantial and outstanding contributions to clinical pharmacy practice. In his acceptance speech, he singled out Dr. Robert Schlembach, ’49, and Dr. Kenneth Bachmann, as mentors and influential teachers in his life. More information on Jay and the award he received can be found at report/rpt0907/arto2.php. Joel Tavormina, ‘79, is pharmacy operations coordinator at the University of Toledo Medical Center.


Charles Blitzer, ’65, Distinguished Alumnus Award recipient, is CEO and principal shareholder in a phytochemical company, PreEmptive Meds Inc. in Las Vegas. The company focuses on predisease therapeutics and promoted five products with clinical evidence-based data.

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Post-Doctoral Programs

Dean Early with Drs. Schnelle and Peeters

Dean Early with Drs. Aboezz and Ohlinger

Dr. Kendra (Lee) Schnelle (UT PharmD ‘06) is the first PGY1 Pharmacy Practice resident to complete the program at UTMC. Dr. Schnelle is currently a clinical pharmacist at the Ohio State Medical Center. The PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency has since expanded and now has two residents for the 2007-2008 year, Dr. Jennifer Hibbs (Ohio Northern University ’07) and Dr. Monica Nayar (Duquesne University ’07).

Dr. Rayf Aboezz (B.S. Pharm, King Saud University ’96; PharmD, North Dakota State University ’05; PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency, St. John Hospital and Medical Center, Detroit, ’06) completed the PGY2 Specialty Residency in Critical Care Pharmacy at UTMC. Dr. Aboezz is the sixth candidate to complete the program. Dr. Bryan Dotson (PharmD, Wayne State University ’06; PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency, Detroit Receiving Hospital, Detroit, ’07) is the current PGY2 Critical Care resident.

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Sixteen graduates from the UT College of Pharmacy Class of 2007 are in post-doctoral training in programs across the United States, including residencies in Washington, DC, Tennessee, Cincinnati, and Cleveland and a two-year fellowship in Indiana sponsored by Purdue University, Eli Lilly and the FDA.

Spring 2008 Extracts & Graduates  

The University of Toledo College of Pharmacy's bi-annual alumni magazine

Spring 2008 Extracts & Graduates  

The University of Toledo College of Pharmacy's bi-annual alumni magazine