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The University of Tennessee Health Science Center

Dreams do come true See page 19.

Winter 2017

Going Forward How we will train our future pharmacists Page 20

Public Service

Tuesday evenings Page 22

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Clinical Care

Did I take my medicine? Page 24


$16 million and counting Page 26

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UT Health Science Center Administration

Chancellor STEVE J. SCHWAB, MD College of Pharmacy Administration


Associate Dean GLEN E. FARR, PharmD Continuing Education

Associate Dean BERND MEIBOHM, PhD Graduate Programs FCP, FAAPS and Research

Associate Dean PETER A. CHYKA Knoxville PharmD, DABAT, FAACT

Associate Dean TRACY HAGEMANN, PharmD Nashville FCCP, FPPAG

Associate Dean BRADLEY A. BOUCHER Strategic Initiatives PharmD, FCCP, MCCM, BCPS and Operations

Associate Dean JENNIFER WILLIAMS, PharmD Student Affairs

Assistant Dean SHELIA COOPER Administration

Interim Chair BERND MEIBOHM, PhD Department of FCP, FAAPS Pharmaceutical Sciences

Chair RICHARD A. HELMS, PharmD Department of FPPAG Clinical Pharmacy

Features Education

Going forward . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20

How we will train our future pharmacists

Public Service

Tuesday evenings. . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 College of Pharmacy students serving at the Shade Tree Clinic

Clinical Care

Did I take my medicine?. . . . . . . 24

A high tech device assists with medication therapy management


$16 million and counting. . . . . . 26 Research funding at a new high Departments Letters............................................................... 3 Student Stats..................................................... 6 UTHSC News.................................................... 8 College of Pharmacy News............................. 12 News and Notes.............................................. 28 In Remembrance............................................. 32 Giving and Receiving....................................... 34

Director of Admissions ANGELA FINERSON and Alumni Affairs PharmD, MBA Office of Development and Alumni Affairs

Vice Chancellor RANDY L. FARMER, EdD for Development and Alumni Affairs

Associate Vice Chancellor BETHANY GOOLSBY, JD for Development

PHARMACY, WINTER 2017 Produced and published by the UTHSC Communications and Marketing Department

Assistant Vice Chancellor TIM LANIER for Alumni Affairs

Contributing writer – Josie Ballin Contributing Photographer - James Wheeler

Senior Director of Annual JADA WILLIAMS Giving and Advancement Services

For address changes or corrections, please contact the Office of Alumni Affairs at or phone (901) 448-5516 or (800) 733-0482, or fax (901) 448-5906.

Senior Director of JOSIE BALLIN, MPA Philanthropy Communications Director of Alumni Programs LIBBY WYATT

Cover and interior photos by Jane Pate/UTHSC

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©2017 by UTHSC. PUB# E073601(2017-001wo#170594) All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment and admissions without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, or covered veteran status. Eligibility and other terms and conditions of employment benefits at The University of Tennessee are governed by laws and regulations of the State of Tennessee, and this non-discrimination statement is intended to be consistent with those laws and regulations. In accordance with the requirements of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, The University of Tennessee affirmatively states that it does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, or disability in its education programs and activities, and this policy extends to employment by the university. Inquiries and charges of violation of Title VI (race, color, national origin), Title IX (sex), Section 504 (disability), ADA (disability), Age Discrimination in Employment Act (age), sexual orientation, or veteran status should be directed to the Office of Equity and Diversity (OED), 910 Madison Avenue, Suite 826, Memphis, Tennessee 38163, by telephone at (901) 448-2112 or (901) 448-7382 (V/TTY available). Requests for accommodation of a disability should be directed to the ADA coordinator at the Office of Equity and Diversity.

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From the Dean

Marie Chisholm-Burns PharmD, MPH, MBA, FCCP, FASHP

Editor’s note: As you may have read in the monthly College of Pharmacy e-newsletters, Dean Marie ChisholmBurns has, once again, brought great honor to the field and to our College of Pharmacy through her dedication to the profession and to education. One of the most important achievements is her appointment to the board of the accreditation council for the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy. In this position, she will help shape the future of pharmacy education across the country. You can read more about this on page 21. In addition to this appointment, in 2016-17, Dean Chisholm-Burns: • was the 2016 Van Greene Distinguished Lecturer at Mercer University College of Pharmacy in Atlanta, Georgia. •

was the 2016 Roland T. Lakey Award Lecturer at Wayne State University College of Pharmacy in Detroit, Michigan.

presented to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in Silver Spring, Maryland concerning Interventions to Improve Adherence Among Adult Renal Transplant Recipients at a public meeting on patient-focused drug development for patients who have received an organ transplant.

Congratulations Dean Chisholm-Burns.

Five years ago when I joined the College of Pharmacy as dean, the fast track of moving an already outstanding program forward was beginning. At that time, we opened the new building on the University of Tennessee Health Science Center campus that would become our home – designed with soaring, inspirational spaces and equipped with cutting-edge technology that enabled us to provide a superior learning and research environment and helped us cross the distance to our Knoxville campus. I am pleased to say that since this time we have not skipped a beat. Through our students, alumni, friends, administration, faculty and staff, we focus on making a difference in people’s lives. During the last five years, we have introduced to our students the dual degree PharmD/Masters in Health Informatics and Information Management, as well as a Health Informatics and Information Management certificate program, and all students are now being certified in Medication Therapy Management. Our first-time board pass scores and graduate job and training placement remains excellent. In addition to providing a quality education, our tuition is cost effective. To further help remove cost as a barrier to pharmacy education, we provide scholarships to approximately 50 percent of our student body. And we can’t forget about our outstanding faculty hires, all of whom contribute to the college’s mission and vision of excellence. Additionally, two years ago we expanded the academic experience to Nashville and established a Nashville campus. As you will read on page 22, our Nashville faculty and students are fully engaged in and committed to the community, following precedents set on our Memphis and Knoxville campuses. By having multiple campuses, we not only bring our excellence across the state, but we provide inclusive environments tailored for our student needs. Our College of Pharmacy family includes faculty, staff, alumni, associates, health science campus and affiliates, and most importantly, our students. If students want to have a small family community, that is easily accommodated by our Nashville and Knoxville campuses. If they want a larger family environment, they can find that on our Memphis campus. The University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy has it all, and is striving for even greater excellence. The college’s outstanding research successes are exemplified by our National Institute for Health (NIH) funding which has doubled over the last three years. It now totals more than $6 million annually, an all-time high in the college’s history. You can read about this on page 26. While bringing about these opportunities, always in sight are our students and alumni. During the past two years, our faculty, staff, and administration have invested tremendous time in building a new integrated academic curriculum that will keep pace with today’s societal needs and prepare our students for future roles in the healthcare community. As with most things that are important, this was no small challenge, and I congratulate all those involved in bringing forth this enormous effort. In 2017, one of the largest stand-alone buildings dedicated to health care simulation in the country, the Interprofessional Simulation and Patient Safety (SIM) Center, is planned to open on the Memphis campus. This building reflects the nationwide move to train health care professionals together – physicians, nurses, dentists, physician assistants, pharmacists and others professionals – in the clinical and complementary skills needed to provide exceptional patient care. The SIM Center and the multi-health care professional interaction will provide a unique experience for our students, thus enriching their learning. These are very exciting times for pharmacy. I ask that you, as an alum or friend of the college, continue to join me as we keep pushing the boundaries of pharmacy education, research, patient care, and professional service. Warm Regards,

Marie Chisholm-Burns UTHSC College of Pharmacy - Winter 2017 3

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From the UTHSC College of Pharmacy Alumni Association President When I look back on my years as a student in the College of Pharmacy, I could never have predicted that I would now serve the college as Alumni Association president. In my quest to become a pharmacist, the UTHSC College of Pharmacy was my first choice. Our college has an outstanding array of students, and each could one day serve in this position. This year has been exceptional for the college: • We are ranked as the #17 pharmacy school in the country by U.S. News & World Report. • The college graduated 152 students during spring commencement. • College of Pharmacy students exceeded the national average for residency match with 80 percent matching during phase one, compared to the national average of 54 percent in phase one. • Our students are generous: a check for $4,460.16 in donations from members of the Class of 2016 was presented at the Honors and Awards Convocation and Commencement Ceremony. • Our three campuses, Memphis, Nashville, and Knoxville, continue to provide expanding educational opportunities for our students. • Faculty within the College have been awarded over $16 million in funding since August 2015, and 94 percent of our research faculty are now on research grants. • UTHSC College of Pharmacy alumni continue to hold leadership and advisory offices in professional organizations and to win national awards of recognition and merit. We have the greatest alumni! The College of Pharmacy Alumni Weekend in November was filled with informative sessions, award ceremonies, class reunions, a productive board meeting and, of course, a little fun as we cheered for the Vols alongside our colleagues from the College of Nursing Alumni Board! If you were not able to attend, please make plans to join us for the festivities in 2017. To maintain our status as a top pharmacy program in the state, we need you to be involved. The ongoing support of our students, faculty, staff and outreach programming is essential. As you make your charitable giving plans, don’t forget to include a gift to the UTHSC College of Pharmacy. Make your gift to the college this year and every year! An annual gift, as well as planned giving through your will or estate plans, provides ongoing support that allows the college to continue down its path of success. If you would like information on planned giving, please contact Bethany Goolsby, vice chancellor of development and alumni affairs in the Office of Development and Alumni Affairs, at (901) 448-5516. Annual gifts may be made online by going to, or by calling our annual giving office (901) 448-4974. I often reflect on “Where Would You Be Without UTHSC,” and I encourage you to do the same. I know I would not enjoy the same success in my career without my experiences that have been enriched by alumni and faculty. I am honored to serve the alumni association as your president. Sincerely,

Paula B. Hinson, BS ʼ73

UTHSC COP Active* Alumni Profile Total number of alumni


Number of states represented

46 + District of Columbia and Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands Foreign countries represented

China Egypt Mexico Saudi Arabia South Africa

Number of alumni living in Tennessee


*Active alumni are those living alumni for whom the UTHSC Alumni Office has current contact information. To reconnect with the UTHSC Alumni Office go to

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From the UTHSC Chancellor

Steve J. Schwab, MD

Our Pharmacy Students Have Choices! We value

diversity, quality and uniqueness. We provide both

big and small family atmospheres. We give

our students a small or large learning environment! We are

3 campuses – 1 college.

Memphis P2 class:

116 students

Knoxville P2 class:

41 students

Nashville P2 class:

40 students

UTHSC COP has it all! Annual In-State Tuition Cost Comparison

UTCOP has the lowest annual in-state tuition among Tennessee’s Colleges of Pharmacy


Other Tennessee Pharmacy Schools (average)

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As chancellor, it is my privilege to guide UTHSC in achieving its four-fold mission of clinical care, public service, research and education for the citizens of the state of Tennessee. I am pleased to tell you that the 2015-16 academic year was a banner one for us, the best yet in my tenure here. In September, as a part of my State of the University Address, I said that our goal is to become a top-quartile academic health science center. Our faculty and staff in all six colleges know that achieving this goal is a marathon, not a sprint. Based on our accomplishments in the 2015-16 academic year, I believe we have made a solid start and are well positioned to move forward. In education and clinical care we are now at that goal. Our depth and breadth and performance in these areas meets these criteria with graduation and board pass rates that will be difficult to better. In research we have a distance to go but the College of Pharmacy leads the way with a top quartile research performance compared to other colleges of Pharmacy. On a personal front having Dean Marie Chisholm-Burns named to the board of the accreditation council for the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy is a great honor for her, for the college and for UTHSC. Her service on this board supports our drive toward academic excellence. The Colleges of Pharmacy, Nursing and Medicine have all done hard work in revising their curricula, and we expect to see great results from this initiative. These changes play an important part in an entirely new model of preclinical education, and we are heavily investing resources and time into teaching our students through collaborative learning practices. The Interprofessional Simulation and Patient Safety Center, being built in the footprint of the former Feurt Building and scheduled to open in 2017, is where much of this new training will take place. And in this building, we have made a unique commitment to the College of Pharmacy by including a 1,200-square-foot community pharmacy facility, where students will train before going on to their clinical experiences. By investing in this building, we are also helping rebuild the Medical District that is home to our Memphis campus. UTHSC and eight other area medical and educational institutions recently formed the Memphis Medical District Collaborative. Our shared intent is to make the area surrounding our campuses and our partner institutions more livable, safe and prosperous. Together, we are able to provide great resources that can be leveraged in achieving this goal. As all College of Pharmacy students spend their first year on the Memphis campus, this will be particularly helpful in recruiting. You can read more about the collaborative on page 8. It was also my pleasure to report that the College of Pharmacy had a banner year in research. Funding is up, and innovative research is taking place in labs and clinics across the state. You can read about one example that uses new technology to advance medication adherence and improve clinical care on page 24. As you will see, this magazine contains long lists of those who have generously donated to the College of Pharmacy. It also names the many students who have received scholarships. For us to continue on our marathon to its successful completion, we depend upon you, our alumni, for support. I am thankful for all you do to support UTHSC and the College of Pharmacy.

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Student Stats

After Graduation Class positions, 2016

2015 ASHP residency placement data UTHSC College of Pharmacy – 58

Average for other in-state colleges of pharmacy – 13



increase in tuition for 2016-2017 year





Class of 2020 PharmD Students


Out-of-state Students


Median PCAT score Minorities


Average GPA


In-state Students

74% The 21 states our students call home. Students are also from Puerto Rico, Saudi Arabia and Panama.


Student Body Profile Students

Class of 2019 Home states


According to the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, in 2015 more UTHSC COP student pharmacists were placed in residencies than any other in-state college or school of pharmacy. With 58 graduates matching across the country for PGY1 residencies, the UTHSC COP was in the top 3 percent of all colleges in the nation for number of students who initially matched.



Age range


Tennessee counties represented





58% 42%

States represented

P1 students from Arkansas and Mississippi entering in fall 2016 qualified for the 50-mile radius regional tuition discount, representing a 550 percent increase since its implementation in mid-2014. Students from qualifying zip codes receive a 75 percent discount off the out-of-state portion of their tuition.


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Diversifying our PharmD

#1 in cost effective education in the state of Tennessee


U.S. News & World Report ranking among over 130 Schools of Pharmacy


countries host UTCOP students during their international rotation, including Europe, Australia, and Japan

students currently enrolled in the PharmD/MHIIMC

the percentage of our student body that receive scholarships

20+ 200+

the number of years our International Program has been sending students on international



dual degree programs available to our students




students currently enrolled in the PharmD/MBA ProgramA


number of students who completed the Nuclear Medicine Certificate Program since 2012

students currently enrolled in the PharmD/PhDB

the number of students MTMD certified between 2012-2016


students currently enrolled in the PharmD/Certificate in HIIME

A. Masters in Business Administration (partnership with the University of Memphis-Fogelman College of Business and Economics) B. PharmD/Doctor of Philosophy C. PharmD/Masters in Health Informatics and Information Management Program (partnership with UTHSC College of Health Professions) D. Medication Therapy Management E. PharmD/Certificate in Health Informatics and Information Management Program (partnership with UTHSC College of Health Professions)

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certificate programs available to our students


UTCOP students participated in the international program, while 200+ international students studied at UT over the last few years

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UTHSC ready to anchor change in Memphis Medical District

As a result of intensive internal planning Above - Dr. Brown, standing near the new Translational Science Research Building and strategic growth, the University of Tennessee Health Science Center is primed Invited to address the topic of to serve as an anchor for change in the “transforming neighborhoods,” Dr. Brown community that surrounds it, Executive described his efforts to move the campus Vice Chancellor and Chief Operations from “incidental to intentional,” ensuring Officer Ken Brown, JD, MPA, PhD, strategic development of buildings and FACHE, told an international conference grounds to meet the needs of the university of university, civic and government leaders. as it progresses. Dr. Brown was a guest speaker at the He highlighted our Campus Master International Town & Gown Association Plan that serves as the road map for future (ITGA) 2016 Annual Conference in growth, and discussed UTHSC’s role as Chicago. The ITGA is the leading the anchor for partnerships and strategies organization addressing challenges, issues that are transforming the Memphis and opportunities of higher education Medical District, where the university is institutions and the communities in which located. Unveiled in 2014, the plan is the they are located. first comprehensive blueprint for growth of the campus in more than two decades, and

Memphis Medical District Collaborative The eight member institutions: • UTHSC • Le Bonheur/Methodist University Hospitals • Regional One Health • Southwest Tennessee Community College • Baptist College of Health Sciences • Memphis Bioworks Foundation • Southern College of Optometry • Methodist University Hospital 8

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• 16,000 employees • 8,000 students • $2.7 billion

collective operating budget

• 250+ acres of property

Source: University of Memphis Center for Partnership in GIS and Institutional Data

is designed to enhance UTHSC’s stature as an urban academic medical center and driver of the medical district revitalization. Dr. Brown was joined as a presenter by Krisan Osterby, planning practice leader for Perkins+Will, the architecture and design firm that worked with campus leaders to draft the master plan. Also on the presentation was Alex Feldman, a vice president at U3 Advisors, the real estate and economic development consulting firm helping to develop a strategy for revitalization of the medical district. Dr. Brown has been recognized as a leader in moving our campus forward to meet the needs of internal and external stakeholders. In April, he was a panelist for a community forum led by The Memphis Daily News to talk about plans for the medical district and the key role UTHSC plays in the process. He is vice chair of the Memphis Medical District Collaborative, a nonprofit community development entity charged with making the area, which is between Downtown and Midtown and roughly bordered by Poplar Avenue, I-40, Vance Avenue and Danny Thomas Boulevard, economically prosperous, clean and safe. In August 2015, Dr. Brown was invited by the Association of American Medical Colleges to serve as a leader of a webinar on campus planning. His presentation used the UTHSC master plan to discuss the use of data in master planning.

Input for planning the MMDC was gathered in early 2016 from the anchor institutions’ faculty, staff, students and visitors.

MMDC Aspirations Good schools Safe streets Amenities and services Job opportunities Public spaces Variety of housing Health care

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About the new Memphis Medical District Collaborative

MMDC Board of Directors and CEO of Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare. “There are some immediate steps we can take to improve the district’s The leadership of some of Memphis’ livability and safety, and some most significant health care and longer-term actions that will require higher education institutions, as well sustained investment and focus. Our as community leaders from the Edge challenge ultimately is to connect to District and Victorian Village, has the development happening throughout launched a new organization to direct Midtown and Downtown, while the future development of the Memphis improving the vibrancy within the larger Medical District. The Memphis Medical Medical District.” District Collaborative (MMDC) will now “There is good momentum in Midtown be responsible for a series of strategic and Downtown right now, and the Medical programs to make the district more vibrant, District is the link between the two,” says economically prosperous, clean and safe. Tommy Pacello, MMDC president. “The “The time is right for us to work district is one of the region’s largest together in a more focused way economic engines, and we’re looking around a common vision for the area’s forward to focusing some of that energy future,” says Gary Shorb, chairman of The Medical District Collaborative Board President Tommy Pacello Chair Gary Shorb CEO of Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare Vice-Chair Dr. Kennard Brown Executive Vice Chancellor, UTHSC Treasurer Dr. Betty Sue McGarvey President, Baptist College of Health Sciences Secretary Dr. Lewis Reich President, Southern College of Optometry

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Board of Directors Richard Shadyac Jr. President and CEO, ALSAC Dr. Reginald Coopwood President and CEO, Regional One Health Dr. Tracy Hall President, Southwest Tennessee Community College Dr. Steve Bares, Executive Director Memphis Bioworks Foundation Pitt Hyde Trustee, Hyde Family Foundations Doug McGowen COO, City of Memphis

toward the redevelopment among the campuses.” In addition to coordinating many of the redevelopment efforts, the MMDC will also focus on four key areas: maintaining and improving the public realm, increasing safety and security, programming and marketing of the district, and community development. MMDC will also launch a series of programs — Live Local, Buy Local and Hire Local – aimed at increasing the number of employees and students living in the district, growing local purchasing of goods and services, and connecting community residents to job opportunities at the institutions. “The Medical District employs more than 16,000 people and has more than 8,000 students, many of who commute into the district. The district is also responsible for more than $1.2 billion dollars in purchasing and procurement, and we have lots of opportunities to keep those dollars recirculating within the district,” said Pacello. “If we can work with the institutions to design strategies to buy local, live local, and hire local in a more intentional way, we can boost property values and create more opportunities for locally-owned businesses. That benefits the entire city.” The formation of MMDC comes at a critical time for the district, which will be the site of some $3 billion in public and private investment in the coming years, thanks to ambitious new campus development plans by UTHSC, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare and others. Terence Patterson President, Downtown Memphis Commission Scott Blake President, Victorian Village Inc. Community Development Corporation Mike Todd President, Edge Neighborhood Association Jim Boyd Executive Director Pyramid Peak Foundation

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Interprofessional Simulation and Patient Safety Center

When the new $36.7 million, 45,000-square-foot Interprofessional Simulation and Patient Safety Center, going up in the footprint of the obsolete Feurt Pharmacy Research Building at 26 S. Dunlap Street, is finished in 2017, UTHSC will stand at the forefront of interprofessional education alongside other comprehensive academic health science centers of its size across the country and beyond. The new building was designed by brg3s architects of Memphis, which has done new design and redesign work on a number of buildings on the campus. Oregon-based SimHealth Group, an internationally known and highly skilled consulting firm that has designed simulation centers all over the world, was engaged to guide the campus leadership team and steering committee on design, curriculum, implementation and faculty development to maximize the space and use of the building. Step Inside The first floor of the building will host fundamental-skills-training opportunities. Two skills rooms, each with 12 hospital beds around the outside of the room and a training table in the center, will provide an environment to learn, practice and test basic exam and clinical skills. This floor will also have large, multipurpose training rooms, along with a home environment equipped with a kitchen area, living room and bathroom to facilitate training for anyone who will be visiting a home to provide patient care. The second floor will house specialized

environments, including simulated hospital rooms, a neonatal intensive care unit, a birthing suite and an operating room – all of which are designed to be flexible enough to be configured as needs dictate. The third floor will feature a 1,200square-foot community pharmacy and 24 outpatient clinical rooms. All three floors have debriefing rooms where instructors can critique student performance, small group rooms and administrative space. The building also has lounge, training and prep space for standardized patients – actors trained to portray patients.

Meet the center’s new executive director Chad Epps, MD, was a high school teacher before he became a physician. As the new executive director of the Interprofessional Simulation and Patient Safety Center, Dr. Epps will combine his expertise as a physician and a teacher to improve education for future health care professionals and the quality of care their patients will receive. Dr. Epps, who trained in anesthesiology at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York and completed a fellowship in Human Patient Simulation at Mount Sinai Human Emulation Education and Evaluation Lab for Patient Safety and Professionalism, began his new job on June 1.

High-fidelity manikins, computerized replicas of patients, will be available for student training, expanding the work being done at the interprofessional education center. The manikins represent patients across the age spectrum. Looking Ahead The facility is also being designed to accommodate continuing education for existing health professionals, to serve as a resource for the residency programs affiliated with the College of Medicine, and for team training for physicians and staff members at partner hospitals.

Most recently, Dr. Epps has served as the associate director for the Office of Interprofessional Simulation at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), and as an associate professor with academic appointments in four schools there – Medicine, Health Professions, Nursing and Engineering. He received his medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia School of Medicine in Augusta. “I think I’ve always had the heart of an educator,” Dr. Epps said. “I was exposed to the powerful effects of simulation during my residency in anesthesiology. I was so drawn to it as an educational modality that I completed a fellowship in simulation, and have been working in health care simulation ever since.”


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At your service

University of Tennessee President Joe DiPietro gave his first State of the University address at Saint Thomas West Hospital in Nashville on Feb. 16, and students from the College of Pharmacy, Nashville campus, were called upon to serve as ushers for the event. In 2015, UTHSC and Saint Thomas Health announced plans to expand a 30-year partnership to increase research collaboration, pharmacy and dental education and create a new Nashville Campus for UTHSC. The new $40 million facility will be adjacent to Saint Thomas West Hospital.

From left: President DiPietro at the podium, Associate Dean for the Nashville Campus Tracy Hagemann speaks with the students, cookies with the UT icon were take-away treats.

UTHSC College of Health Professions dean named special advisor to UT system president

Noma Anderson, PhD, former dean of the College of Health Professions at UTHSC since 2010, (above), has been

named special advisor on diversity and inclusion to UT System President Joe DiPietro. Dr. DiPietro announced the appointment to the Academic Affairs and Student Success Committee during the UT Board of Trustees meeting held June 23-24 in Knoxville. Dr. Anderson has served as chair of the president’s Diversity Advisory Council (DAC) since 2012. This new responsibility, effective July 1, pulled Dr. Anderson away from her duties as a dean at UTHSC. However, she will remain on the faculty of UTHSC’s College

of Health Professions in the Department of Audiology and Speech Pathology. At UTHSC, Dr. Anderson has presided over a period of growth in the College of Health Professions. Founded in 1972 as the College of Community and Allied Health Professions, it became the College of Allied Health Sciences in 1985. “Dr. Anderson has been a major asset to our College of Health Professions and to UTHSC,” Chancellor Steve J. Schwab said. “She has moved the college forward on all fronts. We are happy that

she will continue to be part of our UTHSC family, and will have the opportunity to share her extensive talents with the entire UT System.” Dr. Anderson has a distinguished academic and clinical history. She served as the chair and a professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Florida International University (FIU) in Miami. She was also dean of the School of Health Sciences at FIU for five years.

Graduation 2016

“We’re proud of our graduates,” said Lori Gonzalez, PhD, vice chancellor for Academic, Faculty and Student Affairs. “We know that these individuals will positively impact health care as they become practitioners or providers.” Dr. Gonzalez noted that this year’s graduating class of 779 is a significant increase in number over last year’s class of 698 graduates. “UTHSC is committed to improving the health of Tennesseans, as evidenced by the increased

number of graduates – an increase of roughly 10 percent over last year,” she said. “Our mission is to improve the health of the citizens of Tennessee, and these graduates are not only going to do that, they’re going to become leaders in their communities.”

In May, UTHSC graduated 779 new health care professionals at separate ceremonies for each of its six colleges. The graduate count by college is: • Dentistry - 123 • Graduate Health Sciences - 77 • Health Professions - 188 • Medicine - 158 • Nursing - 81 • Pharmacy - 152

Turn to page 16 for the College of Pharmacy graduation photo gallery.

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Faculty news Because of her many contributions to the field of gynecologic health research, Candace Brown, PharmD, professor of Clinical Pharmacy and Obstetrics and Gynecology, was invited to attend the Scientific Vision Meeting of the Gynecologic Health and Disease Branch (GHDB) of the National Institutes of Health. The GHDB, a Brown newly established branch of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, supports clinical research programs, research training, and career development related to gynecological health throughout the reproductive lifespan. Roland N. Dickerson, PharmD, BCNSP, FCCP, FASHP, FCCM, FASPEN, is the 2016 recipient of ASPEN’s Excellence in Nutrition Support Education Award. This award is granted by the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (ASPEN) to a nutrition support educator currently employed at an academic, community, Dickerson or supervised training setting who demonstrates excellence in his delivery of professional education. Dr. Dickerson was honored for his contributions to the field during Clinical Nutrition Week. Dr. Dickerson was also recently appointed associate editor of the journal Nutrition. The journal offers readers articles focusing on advances in nutrition research and science, presents new and advancing technologies in clinical nutrition practice, uses clinical data of outcomes research and meta-analyses applied in patient-related nutrition and seeks to establish research, policy and practice agendas for nutrition science. Additionally, in September, Dr. Dickerson spoke at the International Protein Summit taking place at the Nestle Nutrition Institute in Charleston, South Carolina. He was the only pharmacist at the conference, which was an invitationonly event. Shannon Finks, PharmD, professor in the Department of Clinical Pharmacy, received the American Society of HypertensionCertified Hypertension Clinician (ASHCHC) certification. In the last year, the American Society of Hypertension launched an advanced certification designation recognizing multidisciplinary Finks providers with expert skills and knowledge in the management of clinical hypertension. This new certification, called American Society of HypertensionCertified Hypertension Clinician (ASH-CHC) is given upon demonstrating a valid practice in the field of hypertension, as well as a passing score on the certification exam (offered nationally to nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, pharmacists, physician assistants and primary


care physicians who qualify). This ASH-CHC certification is unique among professional certifications due to its interdisciplinary, multi-professional spectrum. Bernd Meibohm, PhD, FCP, FAAPS, associate dean of Research and Graduate Programs and interim chair for the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, has been elected member-at-large at the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS). There are five membersat-large who serve together with the Meibohm president, president-elect and treasurer as the executive council of AAPS, the corporate board of directors for the association. AAPS is the premier professional scientific organization for pharmaceutical scientists, with approximately 11,000 members employed in academia, industry, government, and other research institutes worldwide. Stephanie Phelps, BSPharm, PharmD, BCPS, FCCP, FAPhA, is the 2016 recipient of the Linwood F. Tice Friend of American Pharmacists Association-Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP) Award. This distinction is given to an individual who has not only demonstrated outstanding commitment and dedication to APhAPhelps ASP, but who has also promoted the advancement of student pharmacists within the profession, provided support to student pharmacists at the national level, and served as a positive motivator. When asked about winning the award, Dr. Phelps noted, “Receiving this prestigious award is incredibly humbling. It is not simply a matter of being included among past recipients, but of knowing that there are individuals in the audience that should be standing here tonight. I was fortunate to have been nominated by my dean, colleagues, former and current students. I can never adequately express my thanks to them.” Formerly known as the “APhA Friend of ASP Award,” the Tice Award was established in 1988 in order to honor an individual whose commitment and dedication to APhA-ASP greatly benefited the organization. Dr. Phelps has served as the advisor for the UTHSC College of Pharmacy APhA-ASP chapter for more than 25 years. On March 24, David Rogers, PharmD, PhD, professor of Clinical Pharmacy and Pediatrics, was invited to the University of Kentucky (UK) to deliver the 2016 Swintosky Distinguished Lecture for their Rho Chi Research Day. His presentation was entitled “Improving Antifungal Pharmacotherapy and Lessons Learned Along the Way.” Rogers Since 1980, the UK College of Pharmacy faculty have annually identified and selected an outstanding


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Our best wishes 2016 Retirements

pharmaceutical scientist and educator to receive the honor and prestige of being named the Swintosky Distinguished Lecturer. In addition to the lecture, Dr. Rogers visited with students and faculty and served as a poster judge. Dr. Rogers was also honored by students in the College of Graduate Health Sciences with an excellence in teaching award at the UTHSC Student Government Association Executive Committee (SGAEC) annual spring awards banquet. Shaun Rowe, PharmD, associate professor in Clinical Pharmacy-Knoxville Campus, received the designation of Fellow of the Neurocritical Care Society (FNCS) this year. The Neurocritical Care Society awards fellow designation to those who have exhibited excellence and dedication on contributions to the field of neurocritical Rowe care in the areas of professionalism and collaborative multiprofessional practice, program development, scholar activity, and leadership. The UTHSC SGAEC presented its annual Excellence in Teaching Awards on May 3. Cathy Crill, PharmD, associate professor of Clinical Pharmacy and Pediatrics Hoover Crill and Jonathan Hoover, PharmD, clinical pharmacy specialist in Internal Medicine at the Memphis Veterans Affairs Medical Center and assistant professor of Clinical Pharmacy, were selected by College of Pharmacy students to receive the award.

On April 5, UTHSC Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research announced seven Collaborative Research Network (CORNET) Awards to members of the Pharmaceutical Sciences Department. Award winners were chosen from over 40 applications. The purpose of the award is to stimulate innovative, interdisciplinary, team research that crosses UTHSC College boundaries, and to give rise to future external funding. The awards are given to promote new lines of research. Congratulations to Michio Kurosu/Isaac Donkor, Bob Moore, Wei Li, Francesco Giorgianni, and Tao Lowe.

Stephan Foster, PharmD, professor, past vice chair of Community Pharmacy Affairs, and director of Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences in the Department of Clinical Pharmacy, and associate professor in the Department of Family Medicine, retired June 30 after more than 18 years service to the College of Pharmacy. A Foster retired captain in the U.S. Public Health Service, Dr. Foster has been a strong advocate for the pharmacist’s role in public health. He has personally trained hundreds of pharmacists as immunizers and, through his work with student pharmacists, has facilitated the vaccination of more than 10,000 Tennesseans each year. His collaborations within and outside of pharmacy have led to his appointment by the governor of Tennessee to chair a new committee on cervical cancer vaccination. The state also has used his knowledge and skills in the development and implementation of its pandemic preparedness plan. A tractor-themed reception was held in the College of Pharmacy to mark the occasion. In December, Robert (Rob) Nolly, DPh, professor the Departments of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Clinical Pharmacy, stepped down after 37 years service to the College of Pharmacy. During his tenure, he was named Distinguished Professor and received the Distinguished Service to Pharmacy award. Nolly He worked as associate director of the Plough Center for Sterile Drug Delivery Systems, and worked tirelessly in the planning and construction of the new Pharmacy building. Before joining the College of Pharmacy full-time, he served as the executive director of UT Bowld Hospital. Dr. Nolly’s retirement reception was held on Nov. 9 in the College of Pharmacy lobby. Brenda Thornton, senior administrative services assistant in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, retired after 39 years of service and her retirement reception was held at the end of June. It featured a video recording from Bernd Meibohm, PhD, FCP, who was unable to attend, a photo wall of memories, and Thornton (as a nod to her love of footwear) a cake decorated to resemble a shoe box.

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Preceptors of the Year

New Faculty Sarah Eudaley, PharmD, is a 2009 graduate of the UTHSC College of Pharmacy. Following graduation, she completed a PGY1 pharmacy residency at UT Medical Center Eudaley in Knoxville, followed by a PGY2 Pharmacotherapy specialty residency with the UTHSC College of Pharmacy/UT Medical Center. Dr. Eudaley served as an assistant professor with the Auburn University Harrison School of Pharmacy on the Mobile, Alabama, campus for three years following completion of her postgraduate training. She was most recently an assistant professor at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine School of Pharmacy in Bradenton, Florida. Dr. Eudaley joined Dr. Andrea Franks in clinical practice with the UTHSC Department of Family Medicine at UT Medical Center. Jarrod Fortwendel, PhD, received his BS in Clinical Laboratory Science from Indiana State University in 1999 and his PhD in Pathobiology and Molecular Fortwendel Medicine from the University of Cincinnati in 2005. He completed his postdoctoral studies at the University of Cincinnati and at Duke University. During his training at Duke, Dr. Fortwendel was awarded a National Institutes of Health K22 Career Development Award to focus on delineating the role of Rasmediated signal transduction in fungal morphogenesis. Dr. Fortwendel later joined the faculty at the University of South Alabama (USA) as an assistant professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology in 2011. As a faculty member at USA, Dr. Fortwendel was awarded an R01 Research Project Grant to further his studies into fungal-specific Ras signaling mechanisms orchestrating fungal growth and virulence. He joined the College of Pharmacy in July as an assistant professor.

East Koren

East Tennessee A UTHSC College of Pharmacy alumnus, James Koren, PharmD, earned a B.S. in Pharmacy from Samford University. After completing a residency at the Veterans Affairs (VA) hospital in Memphis, Dr. Koren held positions within the VA system in North Carolina and Tennessee. He served as manager of Clinical Operations for Baptist Hospital in Knoxville in 2008 before returning to the VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) in Knoxville. He precepts APPE students in ambulatory care at the VA CBOC. During rotations with Dr. Koren, students see a wide variety of patients with difficult-to-treat metabolic syndromes.

West Waddell

West Tennessee Dawn Waddell, PharmD, is also a UTHSC COP alumna. After completing a PGY1 and PGY2 at the University of Chicago Medical Center, she returned to Memphis to work at Baptist Memorial Hospital. She has been a College of Pharmacy preceptor faculty member since 2011. Besides offering an APPE in cardiology, she provides therapeutics lectures and participates in Applied Therapeutics courses for the college. When on rotation with Dr. Waddell, students work on a team with other health care professionals. Also, students are able to watch surgeries.

Middle DeVier

Middle Tennessee Maggie DeVier, PharmD, graduated from the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC). Upon completion of her degree, she did a two-year Pharmacotherapy Residency at MUSC with Dr. Jean Nappi. Dr. Devier began her professional employment with Shands Teaching Hospital at the University of Florida and then moved to Tennessee in 2009 where took a critical care position at St. Thomas Midtown Hospital. She has been an APPE preceptor for the College of Pharmacy since 2009. Students have the opportunity to work on a multidisciplinary team in the surgery intensive care unit when working with Dr. DeVier.

IPPE Monteen

IPPE Preceptor of the Year Kelly Monteen, PharmD, employed as a clinical pharmacist at Tennova Turkey Creek Medical Center since 2013, has served as a preceptor for College of Pharmacy since 2014. During a period of administrative transition, she served as both an IPPE institutional and general medicine preceptor. Students who work with Dr. Monteen see a very diverse patient population, as the hospital is a certified chest pain/stroke center and has an antimicrobial stewardship taskforce. Also, IPPE students are allowed to go into the IV room.


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Flood relief

Students from all three campuses organized a drive to collect supplies to aid those affected by the Louisiana flooding this fall. Michael Braud (P3, Knoxville), Katlyn Krug (P3, Memphis) and Rebecca Moser (P3, Nashville), led these efforts. The trio challenged their classmates to collect donations within three days. By day three, Braud noticed that the box he placed in Knoxville was too small – the donations filled the entire room. After speaking with Krug and Moser, he learned that the same thing happened on each campus. The donations were pooled with larger campus efforts and were delivered to different shelters in the flood-affected area.


Once again, College of Pharmacy students participated in administering flu shots to faculty, staff, and students on the Memphis and Knoxville campuses. Altogether 1,914 shots were given. The event was sponsored by University Health Services, the College of Pharmacy, the Office of Student Life, APhA-ASP, SNPhA, and the SGAEC.

Alan Ross, P3 from Columbia, Tennessee, represented the College of Pharmacy at UT Day on the Hill in February. The annual event is held on the Legislative Plaza in Nashville and coordinated by the UT Office of Government Relations and Advocacy. It showcases the work of all campuses and institutes to elected officials and other constituencies. Ross was one of six students chosen to attend the event, and while on the Plaza, he visited with his state representative, Sheila Butt.

Imhotep In May, student pharmacists were inducted into the Imhotep Society. Named after the ancient Egyptian god of medicine, the campus-wide organization recognizes students who have significantly contributed to student life at UTHSC. While the principal objective of the society is to reward and recognize student leadership on campus, a secondary goal is to inspire students to continue leadership and service roles as alumni of the university. The 2016 inductees are: Sara Atyia

Corey J. Medler

James S. Barker

Amy Metcalfe

Courtney Bradley

Suzette Mills Scriven

Michael E. Braud Laken Elizabeth Bush Bowe Craine Alaina B. Darby Mayuri Dharsandia Stephen J. Duden Malcolm Earle Caroline Flint Brennan Joseph Herrmann Lauren L. LaBeff Lauren Elizabeth Ladd Katherine Landmesser Megan A. Lowe Justin J. Macklin Nadine Majaj

Jonathan Naylor Joshua Newell Jordan A. Perrine Hope Randle Amanda Sue Randolph Victor F. Rivera Javier F. Rodriguez Alan C. Ross Tanner Shields Kelley Smith Jessica Some Corina Spanu Angee M. Taylor Brandon Tubbs

The annual White Coat Ceremony took place in Memphis on April 29. The event is held at the end of the P1 year to celebrate the successful completion of the first year of the curriculum. Rick Sain, PharmD, senior vice president of Retail Pharmacy Business Development for Fred’s Pharmacy, made the sponsor remarks, while Christopher K. Finch, PharmD, BCPS, FCCM, FCCP, director of Pharmacy for Methodist University Hospital and UTHSC College of Pharmacy associate professor, delivered the professional charge.

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Graduation 2016 The College of Pharmacy was the first of the six UTHSC colleges to host its graduation ceremony. The event was held on the afternoon of Thursday, May 12, at the Orpheum Theatre in downtown Memphis. The 152 graduation candidates processed from Halloran Centre for Performing Arts and Education into the historic, ornate theatre, where National Pharmaceutical Association President Carleton Maxwell, PharmD ’06, was guest speaker for the event.

After the degrees were conferred by UT System Trustee Shannon Brown, diplomas were handed out by UTHSC Chancellor Steve Schwab and Dean Marie Chisholm-Burns. Following this, academic, service and leadership awards were announced and students took the oath of professionalism. Afterward, family, friends and well-wishers gathered back at the Halloran for a reception.

Members of the Class of 2016

Brandi Michelle Bowlin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Memphis Cherish Lynn Bowman . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kingsport, Tennessee Christopher Charles Byrd . . . . . . . . . . . . . Maryville, Tennessee Elizabeth Calabretta . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Memphis Amanda Annalee Cavness . . . . . . . . . . . . . Newbern, Tennessee Cathlyn Chan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Memphis Doris Elizabeth Clark . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Germantown, Tennessee Hannah Leigh Cockrell . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Memphis Rachel Mae Conaty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kingston, Tennessee Michelle Elizabeth Cox . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Cordova, Tennessee Matthew DeMarco . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Brentwood, Tennessee Hannah Lillian Donnelly . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Knoxville Emily Grace Endres . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bolivar, Missouri Emma Corinne Evans . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Athens, Alabama Cedric Lawrence Foster . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Memphis Daniel Ryan Foutch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Alexandria, Tennessee

Elise Marie Abbas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Memphis Elizabeth Catherine Adams . . . . . . . . . . . . . Cordova, Tennessee Benjamin Afoakwa . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Cordova, Tennessee Dina Ali . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Lakeland, Tennessee Alix Kirsten Andreaco . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Knoxville Jiderechukwu Ugonna Anyigbo . . . . . . . . . . . . . Houston, Texas Shane Allen Baker . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Cookeville, Tennessee James Scott Barker . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Readyville, Tennessee Bryan Eugene Bell . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Memphis Joshua K. Bell . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Memphis Neel Dilip Bhana . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Cordova, Tennessee Khalid Mohammed Bin Saleh . . . . . . . . . . Riyadh, Saudia Arabia Lauren Elizabeth Bode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Memphis James Michael Bolin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Arlington, Tennessee Adam Nicholas Boucher . . . . . . . . . . . Germantown, Tennessee 16

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Ezra G. Gabre . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Murfreesboro, Tennessee Victoria Marie Germinario . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kingsport, Tennessee Jenny Elizabeth Gibson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Cleveland, Tennessee Jeremiah Dee Glass . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Leoma, Tennessee Jon Tyler Golden . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Nashville Trent Lawrence Goodwin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Doyle, Tennessee Corey D. Grimshaw . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Greenback, Tennessee Joel Andrew Haire . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Memphis Kimberly Ann Hall . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Collierville, Tennessee Emily Ann Harmon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Lakeland, Tennessee Steven Harrington . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mount Juliet, Tennessee Lauren Elaine Harris . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dayton, Tennessee Lisa Marie Hayes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Knoxville Jared Michael Heiles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Harrogate, Tennessee James Brendon Henderson. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Knoxville

Nicole Lynette Holmes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Antioch, Tennessee Charles Bradley Hunt . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Brentwood, Tennessee Tien Huynh . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mount Juliet, Tennessee Kaycie Leigh Inman . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Big Sandy, Tennessee Janell Lennice Claire Jackson . . . Lookout Mountain, Tennessee Kaysie Elizabeth Jackson . . . . . . . . . Hendersonville, Tennessee Swati Jain . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Saint Rose, Louisianna Ashley Ansley Jarrell . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Memphis Kathryne Edmondson Jensen . . . . . . . . . . . . Pulaski, Tennessee Daniel Robert Jinks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Millington, Tennessee Charles Earnest Johnson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bartlett, Tennessee James Andrew Johnson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ripley, Mississippi Chantler Jones . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jackson, Mississippi Morgan Leigh Judish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Clarksville, Tennessee Bianca N. Kakade . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Spring Hill, Tennessee UTHSC College of Pharmacy - Winter 2017 17

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Class of 2016, continued Vikash Vinod Kansagara . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Nashville Matthew Lyle Kennedy . . . . . . . . . . . . Germantown, Tennessee Christin M. Kilcrease . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Brentwood, Tennessee Macy Renee Kint . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Clarksville, Tennessee Ashley Elizabeth Kwasigroh . . . . . . . . . Olive Branch, Mississippi Brandon Merrill Ladd . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Murfreesboro, Tennessee Currie Elliston Landry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Somerville, Tennessee Cara Danielle Lankford . . . . . . . . . . . . . Madisonville, Tennessee Samantha Leigh Lewis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Memphis Christine Weizer Li . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Cookeville, Tennessee Peyton Scott Lucas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Newbern, Tennessee Lexie Toloan Ly . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Memphis Pinky Suresh Mahbubani . . . . . . . . . . Pigeon Forge, Tennessee Kayihura Manigaba . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Memphis Melanie Macall Manis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Louisville, Tennessee Carrigan Bryce Martin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Memphis Megann Linda Maynard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Crossville, Tennessee Christopher Andrew McCown . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Knoxville Rebecca Rhea McFarland . . . . . . . . . . Germantown, Tennessee Tasha Renee McKinney . . . . . . . . . . . Lawrenceburg, Tennessee Whitney McKinney . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Antioch, Tennessee Jessica McManus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Collierville, Tennessee Jeffrey Reid Meadows . . . . . . . . . . . . . Germantown, Tennessee Grace Messick Michael . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Lascassas, Tennessee Ashlee Bianka Mitchell . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Clarksville, Tennessee Rhys Clinton Moore . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Germantown, Tennessee Mary Alyssa Musgrove . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Franklin, Tennessee Hannah Renee Neal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Lebanon, Tennessee Meredith Kristina Newsom . . . . . . . . . . . Friendship, Tennessee Neshia Nicole Newton . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Leoma, Tennessee Bao Anh Nguyen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Antioch, Tennessee Jennee Antoinette Nickleson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Memphis Olabisi Olumuyiwa . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Athens, Georgia Erick Nyakwaye Ongayo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Memphis Bhavyata Parag . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Cordova, Tennessee Harini Chetan Patel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Athens, Tennessee Hinaben Siddharthbhai Patel . . . . . . . Murfreesboro, Tennessee Hiten Dineshkumar Patel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dayton, Tennessee Jay Kishor Patel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Chattanooga Shrikant Harshad Patel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dickson, Tennessee Tarkik Naranbhai Patel . . . . . . . . . . . . . Murfreesboro, Tennessee Zalak Patel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Martin, Tennessee Madison Elizabeth Pavlechko . . . . . . . . . . . Franklin, Tennessee Matthew David Percy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Fayetteville, Tennessee Crystal Camile Peters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Memphis Marcy Latrice Pilate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Flowood, Mississippi

Alexandra Paige Punke . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sevierville, Tennessee Jessica P. Quinn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Utica, Mississippi Brent Kirk Rainwater . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Savannah, Tennessee Andrew Rangel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Hendersonville, Tennessee Matthew Francis Reddin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Hensley, Arkansas Jasmine Lenise Reedus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Nashville Reginald A. Robinson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Memphis Adrian Rose . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Marion, North Carolina Elizabeth Elisha Royal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kingsport, Tennessee Sarah-Catherine Clair Ryan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Memphis Tenley E. Ryan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Germantown, Tennessee Alicia Sanchez . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mount Juliet, Tennessee Nicholas Jay Santaniello . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Medina, Tennessee Michael Samuel Schwartz . . . . . . . . . . Germantown, Tennessee David Seebeck . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Germantown, Tennessee Melanie Parris Shelton . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Clarksdale, Mississippi Sara Morgan Shelton. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Adamsville, Tennessee Cassie M. Siler . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Brownsville, Tennessee Alexa Toril Smith . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Collierville, Tennessee Devlin Victoria Smith . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Collierville, Tennessee Elmer Dee Smith . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Marion, Arkansas Jessica Marie Smith . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Franklin, Tennessee Torrey Lee Smith . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Alpine, Tennessee Uyen Mai Le Smyth . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Memphis Lorena Spencer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Fairhope, Alabama Grant Stillman . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Nashville Matthew Peyton Strickland . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Hartselle, Alabama Katy Michelle Stuckwish . . . . . . . . . . . . . Friendsville, Tennessee Kristin Leigh Summers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Knoxville Lauren Michelle Terrell . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Hermitage, Tennessee Michael Thiefault . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Knoxville Jeffrey Lee Tillman . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Stantonville, Tennessee Rachel Elizabeth Triplett . . . . . . . . . . . . . Union City, Tennessee Garrett Mitchell Trusler . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Knoxville Rachel Turnage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Memphis Nicole Kristin Twele . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Matthews, North Carolina Kody Vallejo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Cordova,Tennessee Halden Zane Vancleave . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Nashville Derek Chad Walker . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Livingston, Tennessee William Dillon Weaver . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Woodbury, Tennessee Sally Ty White . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Knoxville Amber McCaleb Williams . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Cordova, Tennessee Robert Tyler Wilson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Greeneville, Tennessee Anna Marie Woods . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Knoxville Katherine Ann Ziegler . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ooltewah, Tennessee

Class gift During the ceremony, class presidents from all three campuses joined in presenting the class gift, a donation to the college’s general scholarship fund. Of the 152 members of the graduating class, 133 donated for a total gift of $4,460.16. Shown from left to right with Dean ChisholmBurns are: Jessica Smith, Nashville; Torrey Smith, Knoxville and Trey Smith, Memphis. And yes, it was an excellent year for students named Smith to serve in leadership positions; however, none of the three are related.


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Dreams do come true Members of Kappa Psi, a pharmaceutical fraternity, provided a wish for 5-year-old Nicohl through Make-A-Wish Mid-South and made her dreams come true. The child, who is from Mexico, loves the movie “Frozen” and wished to go to Disney World. Thanks to Kappa Psi, Nicohl and her parents were able to make the trip to Disney World. But first, she was the guest of honor at a Disney-themed party in the College of Pharmacy that was hosted by members of Kappa Psi, along with other students and faculty. Shortly after lunch, a limousine carrying Nicohl and her parents pulled up in front of the Pharmacy building. Waiting for them as they stepped from the car, was a student dressed as Elsa, the princess from “Frozen.” At first, the little girl looked a bit overwhelmed by the attention, but she gamely donned a purple crown, slipped on the blue tutu offered to her, and walked into the building, holding a fairy wand and Elsa’s hand. Students, dressed in Disney character costumes provided by Make-A-Wish, lined a blue walkway to greet her. The greeters

included Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Lilo from “Lilo and Stitch,” Cinderella, a couple of Minions and several other Disney princesses. Since Nicohl’s favorite game is soccer, she was ushered into a classroom for a rousing game of kick ball with the students. After a round of Duck, Duck,

Goose; a pile of presents brought by Make-a-Wish; and some photos, the family was presented with the trip, and then everyone had cake. Connor Stuart, a second-year Pharmacy student and Kappa Psi Regent, said it took a couple of years of doing fundraising events, including some very successful karaoke nights, to raise the money needed to provide the wish. “I feel very fortunate working with the executive committee and all the chapter members to get to give the wish,” he said. “I am really happy with the turnout, and it looks like she had a good time.” Dean Marie Chisholm-Burns said students at UTHSC are encouraged to give back to the community. “We are so proud of all our Pharmacy students who worked so hard to make a little girl smile,” she said.

Top: The lobby of the College of Pharmacy at UTHSC was full of Disney characters, all waiting to greet their little guest of honor. Center: Nicohl spent quality time with her favorite Disney princess, Elsa (also known as Kelli Smith, P3), from “Frozen.” Left: Kappa Psi members gathered for a photo.

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Education going forward How we will train our future pharmacists New. Improved. Innovative.

These terms are synonymous with continuous improvement, and they now apply to the curriculum that will be offered by the UTHSC College of Pharmacy. Beginning fall 2017, first-year student pharmacists will begin their studies using a course of study that has undergone a top-to-bottom overhaul. The changes in course structure and content, approved by the faculty in October, are the result of a process that began nearly four years ago. Many of the revisions are based on the Center for the Advancement of Pharmacy Education’s (CAPE) Outcomes 2013 document and Accreditation Council of Pharmacy Education’s 2016 Standards and Guidance documents. Leading the process is the college’s Curriculum Committee, chaired by Associate Professor Vivian Loveless, PharmD, and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Stephanie Phelps, PharmD. Dr. Phelps recently spoke about the opportunities and challenges involved in this process, and what it will mean to the From left: Loveless and Phelps College of Pharmacy.

Q. Why was there a need to revise the college’s curriculum?

As we began the process, the college’s faculty posed a similar question. By all metrics the college is producing an outstanding graduate – we have a very high graduation rate, about 35-40 percent of students pursue postdoctoral residencies, our scores on the national boards consistently exceed the national average, and our job placement following graduation is excellent. However, the argument made was that the profession of pharmacy continues to evolve, and our curriculum must be relevant to industry standards. Our curriculum must always be dynamic and influenced by continuous quality improvement that considers changes in current and future practice, as well as innovation.

Q. What is the long-term goal?

Our curriculum must adapt to meet the college’s goals of educating a student pharmacist who is prepared for Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences, who can function as a member of an interprofessional health care team, and who is practice- and career-ready.

Simply put, it is to prepare a student pharmacist with the knowledge and skills required not only for contemporary practice, but for evolving opportunities within the profession. To enhance communication and problems-solving skills, to develop an individual who is a lifelong learner and who can critically think, problem solve, reflect and self-assess, and to enhance the ability of our students to serve as advocates, leaders and agents of change within the profession.

Q. What were the major considerations when making the changes?

Several years ago, we adjusted the order in which medicinal chemistry and pharmacology courses were presented so that their content was aligned, enabling like information between the disciplines to be taught in close proximity. Given the success of this initiative, when we began curriculum revision considerations, we explored an approach that would integrate applied pharmacokinetics, medicinal chemistry, pharmacology, nonprescription drugs and self-care and the six therapeutic courses. The curriculum committee believed this would enable students to have a better understanding of structural activity relationships and mechanisms of drug actions, with a focus on therapeutic relevance and application to prevention and treatment of diseases. The faculty also approved adding new courses. Fundamentals of Drug Action will be taught in the first professional semester and will lay a foundation for students to begin the basic science components that are included in the integrate model. Dietary Supplements was added to provide students with evidencebased information on this arm of therapeutics. Other changes were made to reflect current educational and student needs. Over a decade ago, our faculty voted to relocate biochemistry, microbiology and immunology from the curriculum to prerequisite status for admissions. This was done at a time when students would invest three, if not four years, in an undergraduate setting to meet admission criteria. Today, there is a strong sense among faculty that incorporation of medical microbiology and immunology is critical if students are to fully grasp infectious disease content. The college also considered the financial cost of earning an advanced degree. In an attempt to reduce student debt, biochemistry was relocated to the new curriculum; meaning, a student could apply for admission after two years of undergraduate education.

Q. Were there other considerations?

Along the way, one question of concern from the faculty has been, “How do we know what students can do?” Ultimately, the objective was not what the students know, but what can they do with their knowledge. For several years, the curriculum has contained a five-course series that was


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Our curriculum must adapt to meet the college’s goals of educating a student pharmacist who is prepared for Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences, who can function as a member of an interprofessional health care team, and who is practice- and career-ready.

intended to answer this question prior to a student’s experiential learning opportunities. Now, the college has incorporated numerous communication and skills-based activities into the curriculum. In 2018 UTHSC will open a new 45,000-square-foot Interprofessional Simulation and Patient Safety Center. The college will have 1,200 square feet of dedicated space for a “mock” pharmacy in this facility. The space will house an outpatient pharmacy complete with a non-prescription/DME area, a diagnostics room, and two rooms for comprehensive medication reviews. Currently, the Department of Clinical Pharmacy is in the process of hiring a faculty member with community pharmacy experience to help lead the collegge’s faculty in educational simulation initiatives in this area.

Q. Describe the process the faculty went through in producing the new course of study.

In 2012, a task force of faculty members was charged with reviewing five components of our educational program. That group recommended further exploration of pre-pharmacy prerequisites and exploration of an integrated curriculum. In 2013, the faculty approved new prerequisites for admission, and the next year they voted to develop a new integrated curriculum. After this, the curriculum committee identified 15 core areas, committees were formed for each, and faculty were asked to volunteer to participate on one of these committees. This began a collaborative process between faculty from various disciplines, including pharmacology. After months of work, the chair of each committee presented recommendations to the curriculum committee, who then revised the plan. The process concluded with several town hall meetings and a week-long opportunity for faculty and students to review and comment on the curriculum model and individual course content. In October, the faculty overwhelmingly approved the new curriculum.

Q. How will the new curriculum be implemented?

Students already enrolled in the college will continue in the current curriculum. The curriculum will be implemented with next fall’s new P1 students, class of 2021.

Q. How will you monitor the implementation?

Anytime you undertake something this important and complicated, there will be challenges. Both the curriculum and assessment committees will monitor various aspects of the new curriculum – from academic performance and progression, to student and faculty satisfaction, to student and faculty stress. In conclusion, Dr. Phelps noted, “The College of Pharmacy is here to provide future pharmacists with the best education available. We believe that the new curriculum combined with our experiential program is going to produce the next generation of pharmacist who are fully prepared to provide the best care and to advance the profession.”

Dean Marie Chisholm-Burns, PharmD, MPH, MBA, FCCP, FASHP, has been named as the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) appointee to the board of directors of the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE). She will be one of 10 members on the accrediting board. “Appointment of members to the ACPE board by their corresponding Chisholm-Burns peer organization is a high honor, as the organization is entrusting great responsibility to their appointee to assure and advance the quality of pharmacy education,” said Peter H. Vlasses, PharmD, DSc (Hon), BCPS, FCCP, executive director of ACPE. “Dr. Marie Chisholm-Burns’ selection by the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy as their new appointee to the ACPE board, through a highly competitive process, reflects the confidence her academic peers have in her ability to serve the ACPE mission.” Dr. Chisholm-Burns will be one of three board members appointed from AACP (educators). She will be joining three appointees from the American Pharmacists Association (practitioners), three appointees from the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (regulators), and one appointee from the American Council on Education (public members without ties to pharmacy/ academic administration). Board members serve a six-year term. “I am honored and humbled to be the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy appointee to the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education board,” Dr. Chisholm-Burns said. “It is a privilege that my colleagues have entrusted in me the responsibility of this important role. I look forward to working with ACPE and the other nine board members to enhance pharmacy education.”

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Tuesday evenings Serving at the Shade Tree Family Clinic


n Tuesday evenings and Saturday afternoons, the doors open to the Shade Tree Clinic, a medical-student-run free clinic located in Nashville that serves low-income patients. Established in 2004, the clinic was initially staffed by students from Vanderbilt and Meharry University’s medical schools. With the addition of volunteers from law and social work

students who serve as interpreters, it has since grown to provide a number of additional services for its patients. The clinic houses a dispensary, and medications, along with dispensing software, are provided by the pharmacy department of Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC). Initially, there were no pharmacy services offered on site. However, earlier in the year, Bob Lobo, VUMC director of Clinical Programs, approached UTHSC College of Pharmacy Associate Dean Tracy Hagemann about UTHSC pharmacy students joining in to help provide care for the clinic’s patients. Dr. Hagemann and James Wheeler, PharmD, assistant professor of Clinical Pharmacy, met with Robert Miller, MD, VUMC associate professor of Medicine

and the clinic’s attending physician, we started taking students, we saw and solidified this relationship. “At how things clicked with them – the Bob’s invitation, James and I began medical students and the pharmacy visiting the Tuesday evening clinic students. We see their interactions to see what opportunities would and how they learn from each be available for our students,” said other.” This was confirmed in a Dr. Hagemann. “I wanted to make correspondence with Dr. Hagemann, sure that our students were not just where one Vanderbilt medical working in the dispensary. student who is a clinic leader wrote, “Since September, we have been “Also we wanted to let you know how set up to cover the Tuesday evening helpful it has been for your students shifts, with plans to expand to the to be in clinic. Our teams have really Saturday clinic in spring 2017. To enjoyed having a pharmacist’s do this, we identified a core group perspective and education regarding of our own P2 and P3 students new medications.” who are now volunteering. We also This type of practical, in-the-field have two students from Lipscomb’s experience is not limited to the pharmacy school who are assisting,” students at the Nashville campus. A Dr. Hagemann said. similar clinic operates in Knoxville, “My goal was that they would be and Memphis students work with seeing patients with the medical the underserved through a legion of students, working up medical service-learning projects scheduled histories, doing patient counseling throughout the academic year. and helping provide patient care. Jennifer Williams, PharmD, We realized this would be a way to associate dean for Student Affairs, integrate interprofessional education said that while co-curricular with a service-learning experience. experiences like these have always This also supports the new been offered at the college, it was curriculum requirements in a very not until the 2016-17 academic meaningful way.” year that they became a standard An average of 17 patients are requirement. The faculty identified seen each Tuesday evening. that this type of experience is one of Under the supervision of either Dr. the most effective ways to satisfy four Hagemann or Dr. Wheeler, student of the six standards set forth in the pharmacists perform patient new ACPE curriculum requirements. workups, review medicines and “This co-curricular activity provides make recommendations, check for real-life opportunities for education drug interactions and provide patient and service, cultural sensitivity, counseling. They also administer flu professionalism, and leadership,” shots and other vaccines. Dr. Williams said. When asked about what she saw as being the best about this new volunteer opportunity, Dr. Hagemann said, “From the very first day that Written by Jane Pate, MA


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Public Service

Travis Myers, P4, center, talks with Vanderbilt medical students about a patient at the Shade Tree Clinic Pharmacy.

From left: Bethany Leachman, P3; Tien Ngo, P3 and Daniel Teberg, P2

Above, from left: Daniel Teberg, P2, confers with Vanderbilt University medical students Jonathan Dallas, M1, and Tony Qui, M4.

Dr. James Wheeler counsels a patient at the Shade Tree Clinic Pharmacy.

A student’s point of view Sara Fletcher, P3, serves as the pharmacy student coordinator for the clinic. She says, “My involvement with the Shade Tree Clinic has absolutely been beneficial. The greatest benefit has been the opportunity to be part of an interprofessional team. At Shade Tree, we have the chance to work with medical students, nursing students, student translators, physical therapists, and social workers, to name a few. It is also extremely rewarding to provide care to patients in our community, and exciting to begin putting my pharmacy school knowledge to practical use. My time at Shade Tree has highlighted the impact pharmacists can make as part of the health care team. Even as a student pharmacist, I have helped optimize medication therapy and promoted medication adherence and safety for my patients. I hope to foster the collaboration between our student pharmacists and the Shade Tree clinic, so current and future UTSC COP students here in Nashville may have the Shade Tree experience for years to come.”

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Did I take my medicine?

Today? Every pharmacist knows that being prescribed the proper medication is only the first step of the therapeutic process. The prescription serves no good purpose unless it is filled, and the medication is taken as directed. Pharmacists are able to determine from refill records and patient interactions that their patients often don’t take their medicine as prescribed. This is now recognized as a significant health care problem. According to the American Pharmacists Association, “medication-related problems and medication mismanagement are a massive public health problem in the U.S. Experts estimate that 1.5 million preventable adverse events occur each year that result in $177 billion in injury and death.”

But how do you make sure patients take their medicine? One way of doing so is through medication therapy management (MTM). Providing MTM to patients has become a priority since the Medicare Modernization Act of 2003. Today’s pharmacy students are now trained to

provide this service, and it is being incorporated in health care settings. But, key to managing how patients take their medicine is tracking a prescription’s actual use and then collecting this data. Researcher Justin Gatwood, PhD, MPH, is conducting a study with the goal of finding ways to improve the adherence to the prescribed drug therapy for glaucoma. “Glaucoma treatment medication adherence is an understudied area,” he said. “Results from this study can have a tremendous impact on patient care.” If he is successful in finding ways to help these patients, it will reduce the intraocular pressure caused by glaucoma, and in turn delay the patient’s visual field loss, or the need for surgery. In conducting this research, Dr. Gatwood is using a combination of new technologies. A device developed by a technology company in Silicon Valley collects the data about where, how and when glaucoma patients use their medication. It also has the potential to remind patients to take their medicine if a dose is missed. Small and lightweight, the device fits neatly around a standard eye drop bottle that contains the glaucoma medication. It has a built-in sensor that detects and records when medication has been used. Without any activity from the patient, the data collected from the medication’s use are wirelessly transmitted in real


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Photo provided by Kali Care

Clinical Care

time to a remote computer server. The patient’s data can then be accessed by a health care provider and used in conjunction with his or her medical record. During this testing, one concern was whether the appliance attached to the bottle was off-putting to older patients who may be less inclined to use newer technology. To allay these concerns, Dr. Gatwood personally interviewed half of the participants to determine if using the device interfered with their taking the medication, and not one reported a problem using the device or with knowing the data collected could be Gatwood accessed by a health care provider. Altogether 30 patients participated over a two-month period. The information collected was then compared to results from other widely used survey instruments in which patients self-reported on medication adherence. The rates of adherence differed significantly, with results indicating that patients tend to overestimate how closely they follow their prescribed regimen. Moreover, the percent of doses taken, and the percent deemed adherent to therapy, dropped from month one to month two of the study, suggesting that

simply monitoring medication use is not enough to improve, or even maintain, adherence to medication schedules. The next question in this research is to ask if timed reminders or tailored messages sent to the patients will improve results. For the next step in the research, a larger number of patients will be recruited from a chain pharmacy. These patients will be identified as not adhering to their glaucoma medications, based on their refill patterns and records. The same device used in phase one will be used to track when a dosage is missed. However, when this happens, the device will send tailored messages by phone or by text to remind the patient to use their medicine. After this trial has completed, a third and larger trial is planned to check the cost effectiveness of the therapy. Dr. Gatwood recently presented the results from the first phase of the study at the American Academy of Ophthalmology meeting held in October. He will use the feedback he receives from this meeting to guide the next phases of his research.

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d counting As a part of his State of the University address, UTHSC Chancellor Steve Schwab noted the College of Pharmacy has had an extremely successful year in research. And indeed it was. The Departments of Clinical Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences have had a stellar year in terms of funding and the types of research being conducted. Altogether, tenured and tenure-track faculty within the college have been awarded over $16 million in funding since August 2015.


“This amount of growth for our College is tremendous,” said Dean Marie Chisholm-Burns. “The number of investigators that have brought in NIH-funding increased from 39 percent to 60 percent, and the number of research faculty on active grants to 94 percent.”

Total National Institutes for Health Funding, including subawards

Amount by Federal Fiscal Year $7,000,000

Annual Funding



The College of Pharmacy’s funding almost doubled since 2015.


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News and Notes President George W. Bush and Laura Bush were the keynote speakers for the opening session of the 50th ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting and Exhibition, and Dean Marie ChisholmBurns met them after the session. “I found the presentation from the Bush Family to be very engaging and informational. It really personalized their family. When taking the picture with him and his wife, I explained to him that this was going to be my son’s Christmas present. He then put his arms around me and said in a calm and supportive voice, ‘then we better make this a good picture.’ ” The opening session took place in New Orleans, Louisiana, on Dec. 7, 2015.

In May, six UTHSC faculty members were honored by the University of Tennessee Alumni Association (UTAA). The awards were presented during the annual banquet of the Student Government Association Executive Council at the Student Alumni Center. Stephanie J. Phelps, PharmD, BSPharm, BCPS, FCCP, FAPhA, professor of Clinical Pharmacy and associate dean for Academic Affairs, received the Outstanding Teacher Award. This award recognizes and honors her dedication to the University of Tennessee and to her students, as well as her excellence in teaching. Dr. Phelps was a special guest at the UTAA Board of Governor’s Banquet in Knoxville in June. “I am so blessed to have been nominated and selected for this award,” Dr. Phelps said. “Teaching student pharmacists for more than 30 years has been a highlight in my professional career. I have gained so much more through my involvement with students than I have given or could ever give. Without a doubt, they have made me a better teacher, pharmacist and person.” Dr. Phelps is pictured with Joe DiPietro, DVM, president of the University of Tennessee, (left) and Alan Ledger, president of the UTAA (right).

The Center for Disease Control’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) met in Atlanta on October 1820 to discuss vaccine recommendations. Stephan L. Foster, PharmD, FAPhA, FNAP, UTHSC COP retired professor, serves as liaison representative to ACIP.

Debbie Byrd, PharmD ’94 was named dean of the Gatton College of Pharmacy at East Tennessee State University on July 1. Prior to this appointment, Dr. Byrd served as associate dean of professional affairs at the UTHSC College of Pharmacy since 2010.

On Oct. 22, the City of Brentwood, Tennessee participated in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, an opportunity for residents to rid their homes of expired, unused, and unwanted prescription medicines. The event was held at Brentwood Municipal Center, and representatives from the Brentwood Police Department, the Williamson County Anti-Drug Coalition and the UTHSC College of Pharmacy were on hand to assist. Just down the road at Middle Tennessee State University, Derrik Roth, P4, assisted with the event held on that campus. This national event aims to provide a safe, convenient and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for the abuse of medications. It is offered as a service by the U.S. Department of Justice Drug Enforcement Administration’s Diversion Control Division. We’re social! Keep up with the UTHSC College of Pharmacy.






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Alumni Recognitions

College of Pharmacy

Outstanding Alumnus

David K. Solomon

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UTHSC honors its loyal donors who make gifts of at least $100 every year. In the College of Pharmacy, these gifts are used to support the recruitment and enrichment of our students, fund research leading to better treatment for common illnesses, and help attract top faculty to train the next generation of leaders. Did you know… • Tuition covers only about 48 percent of the cost to educate a student. • UTHSC COP awarded more than $300,000 in scholarship and aid for the 2016-2017 academic year.

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PharmD ’70 FASHP

College of Pharmacy Outstanding Alumnus award winner David K. Solomon, PharmD, FASHP, is known as a leader in health-system and clinical pharmacy and formerly served as a tenured professor of Clinical Pharmacy specializing in Health Outcomes and Policy Research in the UTHSC College of Pharmacy. Since his graduation in 1970, Dr. Solomon has enjoyed a distinguished career with extensive academic, research, practice and leadership experiences in rural, urban and governmental health care. His work has taken him to the Appalachian Regional Hospital System, the Detroit Medical Center, the Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center in Memphis where he served from 1991 to 2011 as associate dean for VA and Hospital Affairs and chief of pharmacy services, to the UTHSC College of Pharmacy and College of Graduate Health Sciences. Dr. Solomon received his bachelor’s degree in Pharmacy from the COP in 1969 followed by a PharmD from the college in 1970. In addition to his position as a professor in the college, he holds an appointment in the College of Graduate Health Sciences and is the director of the Health Systems Pharmacy Management Graduate Program at UTHSC. In addition to his past appointment with UTHSC, Dr. Solomon has held academic affiliations and faculty appointments at the University of Kentucky, West Virginia University, the University of Maryland, Medical College of Virginia, and was a tenured faculty member at Wayne State University. Dr. Solomon has trained 150 postdoctoral pharmacy residents. He has directed 45 masters and two doctoral degree candidates. He has written 65 publications, including peer-reviewed journal articles and textbook chapters. Additionally, he is a manuscript reviewer for American Journal of Health Systems Pharmacy and Pharmacotherapy. He has served on the journal editorial boards of Pharmacy Practice Management Quarterly, Hospital Pharmacy, and Veterans Health System Journal. Dr. Solomon’s teaching, research, scholarly, and practice interests include: safe patient medication use and delivery systems, innovative pharmacist practice and leadership models, patient outcomes with chronic drug therapy, evaluation of pharmacy data and computerized patient record systems, and inter-professional patient care. He has received several awards and honors and was elected to Fellow status in the American Society of Health System Pharmacists (ASHP) in 1995. Dr. Solomon has served in leadership positions in professional pharmacy associations at the local, state, and national levels and is a former member of the ASHP Commission on Credentialing, which is responsible for the accreditation of all national pharmacy PGY1 and PGY2 postdoctoral pharmacy residency programs.

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The Feurt Symposium The College of Pharmacy’s Continuing Education Department hosted the 2016 Feurt Symposium on Oct. 19. The topic of this year’s Symposium was Prescription Drug Abuse/ Diversion, and the featured speakers were Adrienne Baker and Reggie Dilliard, DPh.

Top: Dr. Dilliard makes his presentation on the Memphis campus. Above: Adrienne Baker of RXReacts

Baker is associate director of RXReacts, an initiative sponsored by Purdue Pharma. Through a simultaneous broadcast to more than 500 students, faculty, and practitioners at our campuses located across the state, she presented on lawful prescribing and the dangers of diversion. Dr. Dilliard, executive director of the Tennessee Board of Pharmacy, followed Baker’s presentation with a discussion of local and regional initiatives to reduce prescription drug abuse After this, both Ms. Baker and Dr. Dilliard reviewed strategies and red flags for practitioners to prevent prescription drug abuse. The Feurt symposium is an annual college tradition that is named after Seldon Dick Feurt, PhD, who served as dean of the college from 1959 until his death in 1975. Following his death,

members of the Tennessee Board of Pharmacy and Tennessee Pharmacists Association, in cooperation with the university, started the Seldon D. Feurt Memorial Fund to honor Dr. Feurt and provide private funding for scholarships, fellowships, research grants, and other needs of the College. In addition to the symposium, the Seldon D. Feurt Memorial Fund provides scholarships for both general education and international rotations, and supports other initiatives in the College of Pharmacy. Ongoing contributions from alumni of the College and family/friends of Dean Feurt allows the expansion of these programs. If you would like to make a gift to the Seldon D. Feurt Memorial Fund visit, or contact Jada Williams, senior director of Annual Giving, at or (901) 448-4974.


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News and Notes

Alumni Recognitions

The UTHSC College of Pharmacy hosted its Annual Big Orange Breakfast on July 19, during the Tennessee Pharmacist Association Summer Meeting held in Point Clear, Alabama. Alumni, faculty and students who attended this event were treated to a special guest speaker – the Voice of the UT Vols, sports announcer Bob Kesling.

Tim Tucker PharmD ’88, FAPhA

College of Pharmacy

In addition to the many alumni present, nine members of the UTHSC Tennessee Society of Student Pharmacists (TSSP) were on hand. Student pharmacists Kembral Nelson, P4, participated in the student-led presentations. Shown below from left to right are: Alec Sain, delegate; Brendal Hurst, delegate; Sara Nimer, delegate; Alaine Knecht, past president TSSP; Kembral Nelson, student presenter; Seong Jung Kim, TSSP member-at-large; Kaci Foster, delegate; Jordan Perrine, delegate; and Josh Crago, TSSP member-at-large.

Student Pharmacist Kembral Nelson participated in the student-led presentations providing the topic Impact of Chain Pharmacy-Based Discharge Medication Bedside Delivery Service on the Transition of Care in an Academic Tertiary Hospital.

Distinguished Service to Pharmacy Award Tim Tucker, PharmD, FAPhA, is the owner of City Drug Company in Huntingdon, Tennessee. Recently, he and his family will celebrate 51 years of business. Dr. Tucker received his BS in Biology from Union University and graduated from the UTHSC College of Pharmacy in 1988 as a member of the inaugural all-PharmD class. Named Outstanding Alumnus in 2009, the 2016 Distinguished Service to Pharmacy award illustrates how Dr. Tucker continues his involvement with UTHSC. Currently, he is a member of the admissions committee, a position he has held for more than 20 years. Dr. Tucker was recently appointed to an at-large position on the UT Alumni Association Board of Governors for 2016-2017. Dr. Tucker currently serves as vice president of the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education. He served on the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) board of trustees from 1996 to 1998 and again from 2001 to 2010. He was the 2008-09 APhA president. Dr. Tucker served as speaker of the house of the Tennessee Pharmacists Association from 1989 to 2000, and again from 2006 -2009. He was elected president of the organization in 2000 and was treasurer from 2009-2015. Dr. Tucker also served as a member of the Tennessee Board of Pharmacy from 19931999 and as the organization’s president in 1998. In addition to his involvement with professional organizations and the UT Alumni Association, Dr. Tucker is very active in his home community. He has been a member of the Huntingdon Town Council for 26 years and is currently finishing his first six-year term on the Huntingdon Special School District Board. Dr. Tucker and his wife, Diane, recently celebrated 25 years of marriage. They have three boys: Will, 21, a senior at Union University; Matt, 19, a sophomore at Union University; and Jack, 16, a junior at Huntingdon High School.

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Leave your legacy

Have you thought about the legacy you will leave behind? Planned giving can fulfill your wishes, simplify your estate for your family, and reduce the tax burden applied to your assets, all while benefiting causes you hold dear. The special nature of these gifts deserves a special honor, and UTHSC offers membership in its Hershel P. “Pat” Wall Legacy Society. Hershel P. “Pat” Wall, MD ’60, has dedicated more than 50 years to the University of Tennessee as a student, and then a pediatrician, faculty member and administrator. He currently advises UTHSC leaders as special assistant to the chancellor. His passion for the missions at UTHSC is unsurpassed, and it is the inspiration for our recognition society to honor our donors who make planned gifts. Planned gifts provide a piece of their donors’ lives, just as Dr. Wall has done for many decades. His legacy will live forever, as will the impact made by our donors. For more information about planned gifts to UTHSC and Legacy Society membership, contact Bethany Goolsby at (901) 448-5516 or

Thank you to our Legacy Society members! The College of Pharmacy wishes to thank the following individuals and families, who have made provisions specifically for the college in their will or through their estate plans. Alan B. and Mary L. Corley James C. and Anne B. Eoff, III Don C. and Sandra H. Fancher Glen E. and Kathy B. Farr Robert Fink Dick R. and Greta A. Gourley Linda Highers David W. and Patricia J. Huntley Rose S. Laffoon L. Steve Lubin Jimmy F. and Betty McDonald Ben S. Moore Christopher A. and Sallye A. O’Rourke Tommy W. and Stephanie Page Stephen H. and Dianne M. Powell James R. and Elizabeth Price Martha and David A. Shepard Michael G. and Ann N. Swaim James W. and Phyllis Taylor

In Remembrance 1945 Betty Jane Kellum, BS ’45 Tupelo, Mississippi

Charles T. Langford, Jr. BS Pharmacy ’61 MD ’66, Knoxville

1948 Charles T. Stevens BS ’48 Nashville

Joe C. Norris, BS ’61 Knoxville

James W, Warner, III, BS ’48 Nashville

1962 Kendall Matthew Lynch BS ’62, Nashville

1949 Robert E. Margrave, BS ’49 Harriman, Tennessee

1963 William E. McGavic, BS ’63 Port Charlotte, Florida

Max F. Stephenson, BS ’49 Mount Pleasant, Tennessee

1969 Judith C. Taylor, ’69, BS, Trenton, Tennessee

R. H. Willis, BS ’49 Memphis 1950 Billy J. Brake, BS ’50 Knoxville Chester Owen Graves, BS ’50 Alcoa, Tennessee 1951 Luther C. McDonald, BS, ’51 Ponta Vedra, Florida 1952 Mr. Charles L. Whitehead BS ’52 Newport, Tennessee 1953 Samuel A. Powers BS Pharmacy ’53, MD ’57 Madison, Alabama 1954 Phillip A. McGregor, BS ’54 Chattanooga 1958 Madison F. Carey, BS ’58 Powell, Tennessee 1959 Clarence L. Fortner, BS ’59 Wallingford, Pennsylvania Edgar W. Keelin, BS ’59 Kenosha, Wisconsin 1961 John A. Kinard, BS ’61 Murfreesboro, Tennessee

1970 Dannye R. George, BS ’70 McMinnville, Tennessee 1973 Robert B. Beckett, Jr. PharmD ’73 Wabash, Indiana Neal D. Presley, III, BS ’73 PharmD ’74 Nolensville, Tennessee 1980 Gayle Hutchison BS UTK ’78, BS COP ’80 Waverly, Tennessee 1983 Lisa D Weir, BS ’83 Jackson, Tennessee 1997 Deborah J. Reynolds PharmD ’97, Nashville 2002 Gerald Dwayne Bentley PharmD ’02 Memphis 2005 Ryan Paul Gaston PharmD ’05 Arlington, Tennessee 2015 Courtney Kennemore PharmD ’15, Chattanooga

Please note: The College of Pharmacy and the Office of Alumni Affairs have worked to provide an inclusive and accurate listing. This listing is current through Oct. 28. Please inform the UTHSC Office of Alumni Affairs of any errors or omissions at (901) 448-5516, (800) 733-0482 or If you would like to make a donation in memory or honor of a classmate or friend, please contact the UTHSC Development Office.


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Alumni Recognitions

2016-2019 College of Pharmacy Alumni Board of Directors Officers

Appointed Positions

PRESIDENT Paula B. Hinson ’78


PRESIDENT- ELECT Casey H. White ’01


PAST PRESIDENT Martha Shepard ’73

APPOINTED ALUMNI David F. Black ’84 Richard H. Sain ’89 J. Allen Scoggin ’67, ’71 Lindsey Wells ’13

AREA VICE-PRESIDENTS Marcus Dortch ’01 Betty Hazlewood ’75 Tim Tucker ’88

Board of Directors WEST TENNESSEE REPRESENTATIVES Reginald Andrews ’01 Richard Brown ’74, ’75 Rick Chambers ’92 Mark Wilson ’76 MIDDLE TENNESSEE REPRESENTATIVES Ron Felts ’74 Richard Randolph ’92 Ashlie Singeltary ’01 EAST TENNESSEE REPRESENTATIVES Donald Branam ’01 Aaron “Brent” Dunlap ’99 Eric Lee ’98 REPRESENTATIVES-AT-LARGE Kara Fortune ’04 Andreece Gandy ’08 Marty Gentry ’01 Curtis Petty ’05 Josh Regel ’00 OUT-OF-STATE REPRESENTATIVES Carleton Maxwell ’06 J. Edwin Underwood, Jr. ’91

APPOINTED NON-ALUMNI Bobby Hoang Carl A. Merideth


Travis W. Fleming PharmD ’09 BCPS

UTHSC College of Pharmacy

Distinguished Recent Alumnus Award

Dr. Travis W. Fleming is a 2009 graduate of the College of Pharmacy. Following his graduation, Dr. Fleming was selected for a PGY1 pharmacy practice residency at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He is now a board certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist and currently serves as the cardiovascular clinical pharmacy specialist at the University of Tennessee Medical Center (UTMC) in Knoxville. Dr. Fleming is known as a superior clinician not only by his pharmacy colleagues, but also by the physicians and other medical professionals he serves in his daily interactions. In addition to his clinical responsibilities, Dr. Fleming is chairman of the Pharmacy Practice Council, a body dedicated to ensuring consistent clinical practice standards to facilitate health and healing through the application of scientific knowledge, judgment, and critical thinking. Under his leadership, a number of detailed initiatives have been developed resulting in important improvements for Clinical Pharmacy Practice at UTMC. Dr. Fleming remains involved with the College of Pharmacy as an assistant professor, and precepts both P3 and P4 students and pharmacy residents. He is well respected for his teaching methods and demands much from his students and residents in the way of professionalism and pharmaceutical care of patients. His research interests include pharmacotherapy, cardiovascular disease, and critical care, and he coauthored a study recently published in the Annals of Pharmacotherapy. Known for his superior work/life balance, Dr. Fleming is the son of Wayne and Cheryl Fleming of Paris, Tennessee, and is devoted to his wife, Miranda, a speech pathologist for school-age children. Dr. Fleming and Miranda have two Welsh Corgis they adore and are active members of Sevier Heights Baptist Church.

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2016-17 College of Pharmacy scholarship recipients At scholarship presentation ceremonies held simultaneously on August 23 in Knoxville, Memphis and Nashville, a total of 352 scholarships were awarded to UTHSC College of Pharmacy students. Many thanks to our generous alumni donors.

SAMMIE AND DORIS ARNOLD SCHOLARSHIP Jessica Some BAETEENA MCADOO BLACK SCHOLARSHIP Stephanie Terry CARDINAL HEALTH PHARMACY SCHOLARSHIP Crystal Harrison CARDINAL NUCLEAR PHARMACY SCHOLARSHIP Reshuna Durden Janet Kha Justin Macklin David Nicoll Gerald Phillips Ben Veksler BOB CATES MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP Kembral Nelson CHANCELLOR’S DIVERSITY SCHOLARSHIP Lauren Andrews Robert Banks Larry Jason Breakfield Bernard Britton Queenetta Brown Robert Bruno Chelsea Butler Jerelyn Carmichael Lisa Caviness Justin Chai Faria Chaudhry Christina Chintanaphol Candace Cox

Reshuna Durden Alexis Ewah Macy Garcia Charity Golden Elizabeth Goodwin Christine Handy Raymon Hankins Crystal Harrison Sarah Key Sofia Kim Seongjung Kim Jeewar Kokoy Katlyn Krug Jennifer Lee Sung Chan Lee Joshua Lerma Megan Lowe Courtney Manlove Janice Martinson Keyera McCoy Zachary Mgbemere Taylor Money Dharaben Naik Kushal Naik Alissa Nathans Kembral Nelson Carol Nguyen Bhumi Patel Neelkumar Patel Shrey Patel Auriel Person Dennis Santiago Angellica Scott Mariatou Sisay Jessica Some Kenneth Sykes Zeab Tadesse Angee Taylor Khang Tran Stephen Turner

Charnesa Tutwiler Kimberly Van Sean Vinh Erica Washington Kristen Wilhite Steven Wilkins Ashlee Williams CHATTANOOGA AREA PHARMACY SOCIETY SCHOLARSHIP Nisha Patel DEAN CHISHOLM-BURNS FIRST SCHOLARSHIP Kari Clevenger LEONARD AND DOTTYE COMPTON SCHOLARSHIP Gerald Phillips CORLEY FAMILY SCHOLARSHIP Brandon Hawkins Sara Nimer CVS PHARMACY SCHOLARSHIP Hecmarie Alonso-Gil Hec Manuel Alonso Madison Iman Rachel Needham ROBERT AND THELMA DODSON SCHOLARSHIP Anna Kegley Emily Longaker Rima Patel DIANNE V. DUNCAN SCHOLARSHIP Alissa Nathans

ELIZABETH CLUB SCHOLARSHIP Alex Brower Caylee Burnine VIRGINIA EOFF SCHOLARSHIP Sara Neil VIC AND LUCILLE FREELS SCHOLARSHIP Tanner Shields JANA L. FUQUA SCHOLARSHIP Jordan Johnson MELINDA RHEA GARRETT SCHOLARSHIP Julie Farrar DICK AND GRETA GOURLEY SCHOLARSHIP Michael Braud LINDA HIGHERS SCHOLARSHIP Mary Anderson Jessa Bibb Kelsey Bickel Melissa Blair Kristin Davis Victoria Davis Dalton Dawson Samuel Doran Hannah Gipson Anne Harlan Anna Carroll Harris Russell Higgins Jacob Hodges Caitlin Jennings Kimber Lewis Laura Meyer


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Giving and Receiving

Christian Moore Autumn Needham Danielle Oliver Felicia Phipps Rachel Stein Desiree Steward Yashar Taleb-Haghipoor Jake Trigg Edward Yarbrough Zachary Zenn Victoria Davis Dalton Dawson Samuel Doran Hannah Gipson Anne Harlan Anna Carroll Harris Russell Higgins Jacob Hodges Caitlin Jennings Kimber Lewis Laura Meyer Christian Moore Autumn Needham Danielle Oliver Felicia Phipps Rachel Stein Desiree Steward Yashar Taleb-Haghipoor Jake Trigg Edward Yarbrough Zachary Zenn ANNA BELLE AND TATE MORGAN SCHOLARSHIP Alaina Darby Stephen Duden Seongjung Kim Morgan Lingerfelt Corey Medler Sneha Patel Steven Skovran Robert Stafford Nancy Tran Jessica Walker NACDS SCHOLARSHIP Shannon Anderson Bethany Doss PHARMACY CENTENNIAL SCHOLARSHIP Robert Crawley PHARMD/PHD SCHOLARSHIP Gregory Phelps PHARMACY GENERAL SCHOLARSHIP Davis Coulter Jacob Counts Sara Fletcher Keaton Gaffney Jessica Goodson

William Gregory Alicia Guthrie Austin Ing Caitlin Jennings Ashlyn Jones Natalie Klein Lauren LaBeff Sydney Mattox Shannon McElroy Katherine Messer Kushal Naik Justin Oliver Jean Phillips Elizabeth Pollard Alexis Prillhart Azur Priode Rebecca Richards Daniel Riggsbee Ashely Riner Allison Roberts Erin Sherwin Nrandon Smith Timothy Starry Timothy Zaske PAM OLIVER PHILLIPS SCHOLARSHIP Lauren Hoth PLOUGH PHARMACY SCHOLARSHIP James Arnold Kenneth Atkins Michael Behal Anna Birg Sarah Burnette Laken Bush Rachel Chassan Krystyna Clark Ryan Clark Mark Cole Alaina Darby Alexandria David Sarah Darby Emily Forte Morgan Gray Matthew Harmon Lauren Hoth Molly Hunt Brittney Johnson Kimberly Johnstone Weston Keen Anna Kegley Kimberly Keller Dylan Knox Matthew Laws Haley Leach Sydney McNeill Amy Metcalfe

2016-17 Legacy Scholar

Hannah Hoggard

As a chemistry major with a biology minor, Hannah Hoggard, P1, was perfectly positioned to pursue a career in pharmacy. She did not, however, set out to become a pharmacist. Instead, Hoggard planned to follow in the footsteps of her grandfather, Billy Wayne Hoggard, Sr. COD ’57 and her aunt, Susan Hoggard Wamble, DDS Hoggard ’89, MS ’91, by becoming a dentist. However, a shadowing experience during her undergraduate freshman year caused Hoggard to realize dentistry was not for her. Continuing on her quest to discover a career path, she contacted the RX Shoppe, an independent pharmacy in Memphis and one of the few that does its own compounding. Owner Rodney Tubbs, UTHSC COP ’82, was pleased to have her shadow him. “Rodney was so welcoming. I was there almost all day, every day. I didn’t get paid, but was there all the time and loved what I was doing. I loved patients and learning why they were taking medications and how it helps them,” said Hoggard. A career in pharmacy was her new direction. Hoggard’s connections to the University of Tennessee system run deep. In addition to her grandfather and aunt who are UTHSC alumni, her father, Steve, is a 1986 graduate of UT Martin and two more uncles, Wayne Hoggard, Jr. and Wes Hoggard, attended the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. “When it was time to apply to pharmacy school, I put all of my eggs in one basket and applied to UTHSC. I live in Olive Branch and pay a discounted out-of-state tuition. The high quality education makes it worth it,” she said. “I am honored to have been selected for this scholarship,” said Hoggard. “It has been such a blessing.” Hoggard’s mother is an OR nurse at St. Jude and suggests that her daughter consider working in a hospital setting. “I don’t know enough about hospitals to know that I don’t want to work in one. I do know I really, really love community pharmacy. I love people, I love talking to people. I would love to work in a community pharmacy.” Putting her career path decisions aside, Hoggard is simply staying focused on school. “I feel like I’m trying to keep my head above water, it’s hard but it’s fun!”

The Legacy Scholarship is an initiative of the UT Alumni Association and provides scholarship awards to students who are children or grandchildren of UT alumni. To learn about scholarships offered by the UTAA, visit scholarships.

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TENNESSEAN DIVERSITY SCHOLARSHIP Denny Anerin Sara Atyia German Ayele Brittany Bailey Kassandra Bates Sheena Bethea Natalie Bohanon Biancia Bolton Si-Ing Chen Elijah Choy Antashara Davis Stanley Dowell Malcolm Earle Taira Egawa Ezinwanne Emelue Colins Eno Rebecca Fong Brandon Gard Rachel Gard Tam Hua Yuhong “Chloe” Huang Louis Jackson Alexis Jones Deanna Joo Heir Jordan Krupa Kalaria Katie Ma Xuan Anh Ma Justin Macklin Dharakunvarba Mahida Briana Malone Maria Mejia Suzette Mills Dviti Mody Tien Ngo Benjamin Nguyen Maily Nguyen Mimi Nguyen Brittany Nichols Yasmeen Odeh Gerald Offei-Nkansah Rohith Parvathareddy Anu Patel Dipti Patel Nesha Patel Nisha Patel Radha Patel Rima Patel Sneha Patel

Ryan Payne Avideh Ramezanifar Jazzmine Redden Muzammel Rizvi Harsimran Singh Apana Agha Takwi Raven Tate Brittany Taylor Daniel Teberg Hermon Tekie Esha Thakore Shrutiben Trambadia Cam Tran Nancy Tran Sameer Vaddadi Huy Vi An Vo Han Kyung Wissink Kevin Wong Qian Zhao Samuel Zhao JERRY AND BARBARA TREECE SCHOLARSHIP Jonathan Hartmann UNIVERSITY SCHOLAR SCHOLARSHIP Hec Manuel Alonso Hecmarie Alonso-Gil Kaia Boatner Mineka Bridges Shelby Brooks Terrence Brown Kimberly Butler Juliet Chijioke Chelsa Deanes Alexandra DeWitt Brittney Hall Jillyan Harlan Jonathan Hartman Aiah Ibrahim Luella Jones Jalisa Keyes Janet Kha Jasmina Kunverjibhai Patel Myung-Ja Kwon Eun Ho Lee Jenny Lee Kevin Liao Kwan Yu Lin Misha McCleary

Angela McClendon Eric McCurry Jasmine McElroy Carlvin Metra Gizalali Mistry Joseph Moon Harriet Muthondu Jonathan Naylor Lona Patel Krishna Patel Nikesh Patel Riya Patel Pratikkumar Patel Dolly Patel Neha Patel Roslyn Ratcliff Victor Rivera Alicia Rogers Jessica Smith Damien Stevenson Devika Suri Cynthia Ta Shirin Tharakan Michael Tran Jared Veal Rebecca Wong Yanyao Yi Celestino Zayas Morales UTAA LEGACY SCHOLARSHIP Hannah Hoggard VOLUNTEER PHARMACY SCHOLARSHIP Sarah Darby WALGREENS SCHOLARSHIP Bernard Britton Vlad Gamalie Elizabeth Goodwin Nadine Majaj Celestino Zayas Morales WALMART SCHOLARSHIP James Butts Austin Koelker Alexandria Taylor


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Two pharmacy grads lead the effort to honor

Gary Cripps, former COP faculty member When asked about his motivation to enter the pharmacy profession, Bill Evans, BS ’73, PharmD ’74, immediately responds that there was no lifelong plan to go to pharmacy school or even end up as an administrator. His route to what would become his career was serendipitous. Dr. Evans worked as a high school student for a local apothecary in Clarksville, Tennessee, making deliveries. That job started him on a path that led to a decade as the leader and career researcher in the Evans Lab of the Pharmaceutical Sciences Department at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Dr. Evans makes a point to list a number of mentors who identified his strengths and guided him to avenues that enabled him to maximize his impact on the profession. The primary navigator, and perhaps the most notable, is former UTHSC College of Pharmacy faculty member Gary Cripps, BS ’68, PharmD ’69. “My relationship with Gary (Cripps) was never one of a formalized mentorship, but he was certainly a faculty mentor to me and other students in the program,” Dr. Evans said, describing Dr. Cripps as a great communicator who was committed to his students. “He could distill the most complicated topics into terms that we understood, and he inspired

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me to do what ultimately turned into a professional passion.” Dr. Cripps was part of the first PharmD class at UTHSC and graduated as valedictorian. Following his graduation, he served on the COP faculty for five years before returning to his hometown of Smithville, Tennessee. In the short time he served on the faculty, and throughout the remainder of his career, Dr. Cripps made a lasting impression on Dr. Evans and many others, including his classmate and

American College of Clinical Pharmacy

Cardinal Health Foundation Caring for the Community Community Foundation of Greater Memphis CVS Health Foundation Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund Fred’s Incorporated Jewish Foundation of Memphis Live and Let Live Drug Store Memphis Area Pharmacist Society NACDS Foundation

retired UTHSC faculty member Jim Eoff, BS ’69, PharmD ’70. Dr. Eoff and Dr. Cripps served together on the faculty of the college. “Gary Cripps not only set the rigorous standard for the PharmD program, but he demonstrated application of his teachings in rural Tennessee when he left UTHSC to practice in Smithville,” Dr. Eoff says of his classmate and former colleague. Dr. Evans and Dr. Eoff feel strongly about the impact of Dr. Cripps on their success and profession. They are leading a fundraising effort to celebrate both Dr. Cripps, who passed away in August 2014, and his wife Susan, who passed away a few weeks after her husband. They intend for the scholarship to perpetuate the legacy of excellence and dedication to students left by Dr. Cripps. “Very few people (at UTHSC) were here in Dr. Cripps’ time, and we need to keep alive the names of those in the early days and, at the same time, shape the future of pharmacy,” Dr. Evans said. More information about the fund and making a personal contribution can be obtained by contacting Jada Williams at or (901) 448-4974. Secure contributions may also be made online through

National Vulvodynia Association Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America Foundation Pharmacy Student Government Association Plough Foundation RDV Consulting Services, LLC Schwab Charitable Fund Southern Hills Medical Center Stonecrest Medical Center Van Vleet Foundation Walgreens

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Thank you for Your Membership in the 1911 Society The UT Health Science Center 1911 Society recognizes annual supporters of the College of Pharmacy who are critical to our mission of educating some the best minds, conducting innovative research, and improving health. Named for the year of the Health Science Center’s founding, the 1911 Society celebrates the total giving by donors who each year make their gifts of $100 or more between July 1 and June 30. Recognition levels are based on total contributions during the year to any college, program, or fund at UTHSC. Gifts can be renewed annually to retain membership in the Society. The Office of Development and Alumni Affairs is pleased to record a successful year for the 1911 Society and wishes to thank our donors for their commitment to the College of Pharmacy and UTHSC! HYMAN ASSOCIATE MEMBER $5,000 and above Marie A. Chisholm-Burns and John F. Burns William E. Evans and Mary V. Relling Sandra Haverstick Fancher and Don C. Fancher Chad and Camilla Frost Rampurna Prasad Gullapalli Linda Highers Donald L. and Donna S. Jones Betty Kirksey Ben S. Moore Stephanie J. Phelps and Ms. Leigh Price David A. and Martha Shepard Charles E. and Luana Stephens Natalie Ann Tate Timothy L. and Diane F. Tucker PATRON MEMBER $2,500 - $4,999 Christopher C. Balton Dian Brasher Charles W. and Wilma Chadwell Kim Tin Huynh and Minh Quang Thai CHANCELLOR’S CIRCLE MEMBER $1,000 - $2,499 Jerry B. Bartlett Jason Todd and Heidi M. Batchelor Bradley A. and Barbara Boucher J. Chris and Monte Sue Bradberry James W. and Jacqueline Bundy

Michael L. and Robbin Christensen Leonard I. and Dorothy W. Compton Alan B. and Mary Lynn Corley Terry W. and Gayle Cost Catherine M. Crill Roger L. and Nancy White Davis Joseph S. and Carla D. Fahhoum Glen E. and Kathy B. Farr Jana L. Fuqua Christopher D. Gilbert Danny R. and Linda G. Hall Richard A. and Susan Helms Steven C. and Joanna Q. Laizure Ray E. and Jane E. Marcrom Carl A. and Shelley G. Merideth Curtis Lee Petty, Jr. and William Batts, Jr. Robert E. and Faris S. Phillips Bert H. and Harriet Price George William Prigge Walter Rayford Joshua L. and Summer R. Regel Albert C. Roach James A. Scoggin Timothy H. Self and Melissa Matlock-Self Jerry P. and Mary Jo Stanley Elizabeth Louise Stima and Frank O’Brien James Whitley Taylor and Phyllis Taylor Randle S. and Elissa Williams DEAN’S ALLIANCE MEMBER $500 - $999 Danny E. and Vanita H. Austin Samuel R. and Tracey L. Bastian Baeteena M. and Bob Black J. Richard and Marsha Lynn Brown Debbie R. and Robert Byrd Debbie Carroll Case Stanley M. Chervin and Barbara F. Richards Jeannie W. and Robert A. Downing Michelle Gilchrist R. Allan Gilliam Bethany Goolsby Tracy Marie Hagemann Jerry R. and Paula Sue Hinson Patricia A. Keller Jean Harris McClard Michael S. and Deborah Y. McKenzie Margaret R. Moore Paul T. Motheral Billy Joe and Donna F. Regel Arthur B. and Carol G. Straughn Charles Edwin Webb, Jr. and Julie L. Webb Noel Lynn and Hannah Russell White VISIONARY MEMBER $250 - $499 R. Crady Adams, Jr. and Linda Adams David R. and Susan J. Berman Robert T. and Kimberly B. Bibb Chester W. and Carol Herd Blankenship Grover C. Bowles, Jr. and Mary Lois Bowles Donald Lynn and Valerie Marie Branam

Anita Faye and Clay Britt Ellen Campbell Ivy L. and Arthur Chang Richard W. and Susannah B. Chinouth Peter A. and Deborah Lynn Chyka Lesley Paige Clement Teresa Y. Cooper Marcus J. Dortch and Rhonda R. Hollins-Dortch Benjamin T. Duhart, Jr. and Senese Duhart Dianne Vest Duncan Amy and Douglas Dye Rickie E. and Elizabeth S. Ealy Nicholas T. Elliott Donna Lynette and Patrick Michael Gaffney Christa M. George and G. Christopher Wood James M. and Margaret Gordon Alison Grigsby Marion F. and Kay Haile Leslie A. Hamilton Michael and Danielle Hassel A. Larry and Sherry G. Hill Billy J. and Elizabeth Holt Shawn L. Hope Deborah Miller Hoppenjans James R. and Ann Jones Frederick Michael and Sandra M. Kennel Marilyn D. Lee Angela B. and Thomas Edward Link Fred Wright and Margaret Julia Mahler Carleton Brantley Maxwell and Crystal Antrease Smith James R. McNally, III and Janice R. McNally Marcus A. Norton Bhavin Laljibhai and Kiran Patel James W. and Brenda Pershing Timothy E. and Helen B. Poe Joe G. and Earline R. Price Cooper and Carolyn Quinn Kothanur and Premavathi Rajanna Kerry S. and Elizabeth B. Regen Jeffrey A. Reitz Ann Crockett and Jackie D. Richardson Carey Beth Zachary Senter and Greg Senter Lewis M. Sharp, III and Jonelle Sharp Leslie Kay Shepard Larry Cecil and Becky L. Shepherd William R. and Rebecca Starnes Yichun Sun Chelsey H. and William M. Tate Donna L. Topping John H. Vaughn, III William D. Whigham, Jr. and Amelia S. Whigham David and Lea A. Wiles Mac and Barbara C. Wilhoit Jennifer S. and Michael W. Williams Stefane K. and Thomas E. Williams Clare Wiseman George C. Wood


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MILESTONE MEMBER $100 - $249 Dina Ali C. Michael and Ann Allen Lonny Neal Allison, Jr. and Annette G. Allison Beleta R. Atkins Larry Bomar and Joyce E. Broyles Brandi Bowlin Jack G. Bradshaw, Jr. Philip P. Burgess and James Nutter John M. and Joan M. Burns Kenneth M. Caldwell Willa D. Carr Brian Carriveau and Carol Collins-Carriveau Regina F. and Jeff L. Cassidy Harold E. Cates, Jr. and Carolyn D. Cates Jennifer L. Chapman Robert L. and Elizabeth H. Clark Leonard R. Cleavelin Mike and Anne M. Clepper Christi Daidone and Lee Colbert Colbert Charles L. Conley, Jr. and Donna G. Conley Micah Joel Cost William D. Cozart, III and Mary Louise Cozart Mary Ann and Sidney Cromwell Julie Anna and Matthew Cronise Richard and Sonia M. Crumley Grant S. and Tamara K. Davis Rita Davis-Deas Gary Dorris Jeffrey B. and Haley Duffey Deborah E. Dunlap Jimmie L. and Marvin L. Eaves Don and Cindy Edwards Ronald Ray and Sandra Felts Joyce M. and T.E. Folse Billy P. and Marsha L. Ford Andrea R. and Lee S. Franks Andreece Gandy Daisy E. and Shannon Gannon Marvin G. Gentry Jeremiah Dee Glass Bethany Kathleen Goolsby J. Ty and Marion Gordon Dick R. and Greta A. Gourley Jason M. and April Woodard Greene Justin D. and Kathryn Griner Kimberly A. Hall Charles E. and Betty M. Harbison Lauren Harris Nancy Borja Hart John Phillip and Holly Hardin Hathcock Allan E. and Marcia Hayden Betty Alice Hazlewood Thomas T. and Kelley Gale Heilman Judy Mae Henry Dennis D. and Leslie Claire Henson Sandra L. Hinds Robert D. and Patricia E. Holbrook

Joe R. Houston David W. and Patricia J. Huntley Tien Huynh Daniel Robert Jinks Clayton M. and Corry Taylor Johnston Daron D. Jones Les and Mary Jayne Jones Maxie L. and Paula C. Jones Clifford E. and Ellen Capewell Keith Erin G. Kelley Tony and Connie George King Mark N. and Hannes S. Kirstein Natalie P. and Adam Kittrell Jordan M. and Jenna Klein Walter Heinrich Koch Brandon Merrill Ladd Joanna Quarles Laizure Roy McDougal and Linda Kay Ledbetter Mark G. and Kelley R. Lee Caryn Gabel Lerma Janice A. Lewis Jeffrey Allan and Jamie Lewis Ann R. and William T. Looney Sengphet A. Lou Joseph M. and Linda C. Lynch Albert P. and Annette B. Marks Darius Louis Mason James R. and Robbie J. Mathis James A. and Jacqueline H. May Susan Elaine and John L. McAlpin Helen McClaren Marx Wayne and Maxine V. McClellan Barbara Thompson McKinnon Charles D. and Melanie C. McNatt Ronald W. and Jackie C. Meadows Duane D. Miller, Ph.D. Carlisle W. Mitchum, Jr. and Phoebe Mitchum Mitch and Emily E. Mitchum Curtis Eugene Moore, Jr. and Genevieve D. Moore David P. and Carolyn M. Moore Anthony W. and Kimberly D. Morton Thomas Jessee and Constance D. Nester Oliver Joshua Nunn, Jr. and Phoebie E. Nunn Sherry Osborne Alan M. and Lisa L. Padgett Cheryl Ann and Douglas Park Hina Patel Joe and Shelby Denniston Patrick Timothy R. and Joe Denery Pauley William H. Pearigen, Jr. and Betty R. Pearigen Rachel Perry Wyatt Dean and Mary A. Pettigrew Johnny M. Pittman Donald J. and Ann Inman Plunk Barbara W. and Douglas Porteous Lemorris Prier, Sr. Richard N. and Pascale Randolph Matthew Reddin

Deleca L. Reynolds Donald L. Roberts and Jansje Maria Hoppe-Roberts Alan G. and Laura M. Rogers Jerry A. and Janis C. Rose Larry M. Rouse C. Edwin and Dorothy C. Rowe Alicia C. Sanchez David Rambo Sands Vicki A. Sanford Frank T. Sawyers, Jr. Joseph Seo Chasity Michelle and James Michael Shelton Donna L. Shepard Tracey E. Shotwell Herbert R. and Kay Segerson Shough Margaret M. Simpson Elmer Dee Smith, III Melissa Scandlyn and Greg Smith Michael Harrison and Jane Ahern Smith John Clark Sneed Deborah Stanfill Chad Evan and Amanda Stewart Timothy Robert and Mary Mackey Sykes Dennis Alan and Joyce Tatum Gary W. and Janice L. Taylor Tiffany N. Taylor Laura A. and Jeff R. Thoma Melissa J. and D. Seth Tucker Edward S. and Jeannine Umstot Michael Jefferson and Kathy A. Usery Robert Della Valle Bryan T. Vaughn Matthew J. and Mary Kelly Vicars Byron Kent and Suzanne Hyder Wagner Edna C. Walker Kimberly Ehle and Edward A. Ward, Jr. Bruce Albert and Brenda Smith Warren Lynette Ladoris and Danny Washington Barbara Lea and Richard M. Wells James S. Wheeler Dawn R. Wilburn-Goo and Ronald Goo Daniel S. and Debbie Williams Dana Woodall Calvin L. and Nancy J. Woods Diane Pojanowski Woods and Mark Woods Carolyn S. Wright Carol Melton Zachary and Robert C. Zachary For more information on how to make your gift and become a member of the 1911 Society, or to renew your membership for fiscal year 2017, please contact the Office of Development and Alumni Affairs at (901) 448-5515 or visit us online at

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Alumni News and Notes

Golden Graduate Weekend

Alumni from all six UTHSC Colleges, including 13 from the College of Pharmacy, traveled to Memphis to attend Golden Graduate Homecoming held October 19-21. A total of 157 alumni and guests from 15 different states were in

attendance. Events included dinner at the Rendezvous, breakfast with the chancellor, open houses at the various colleges and the Golden Graduate Medal Ceremony and dinner held at the Peabody Hotel.

Members of the College of Pharmacy Class of 1966 received their Golden Graduate medallions. Shown from left to right, front row are: Carolyn Wilson, Betty Thompson, Melinda Myhr, Patsy DeLemos, Elise Griffin. Back row: Ken Smith, Ron Williams, Roy Phipps, Sid Newman, James Martin, Jerry Grimmitt, Jim Bailey, John Buchheit. Alumni in attendance learned first hand about the many building projects and renovations now taking place to modernize the UTHSC campus. Top left: Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief Operations Officer Kennard Brown shows alumni the progress made in completing the campus master plan, along with details about how the new spaces will be used. Bottom left: Golden Grads tour the Mooney Library in the quad. Its character is being preserved, and once completed, the space will be a refectory used for meetings and other gatherings. It will also house offices.

Watch your mail for information about Golden Graduate Weekend 2017.

Mark your calendars for Oct. 11-13, 2017.

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Kosten Foundation donates $200,000 for pancreatic cancer research and therapeutic modalities for this disease.” Since the Kosten Foundation was established in 2003, it has provided regular donations to the UTHSC pancreatic cancer research team, while working hand-in-hand with them to help educate the general public about pancreatic cancer, the medical advances the research team achieves, and support and advocacy opportunities for those affected by pancreatic cancer. “We are proud to announce this grant for the continued research at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center for a cure for pancreatic cancer, one of the most lethal forms of cancer,” said Alan Kosten, chairman of the Herb Kosten Pancreatic Cancer Charitable Fund. “We are thankful for the Dermon family’s support of the Kosten Foundation’s mission of research, advocacy, education, and hope as well as the work of our partners, the UTHSC pancreatic cancer research team.” The Kosten Foundation holds support group meetings at the Cordova Public Library the second Saturday of every month for those affected by pancreatic cancer. The pancreatic cancer support group is open to anyone who would like to attend. The Kosten Foundation recently published an overview video about the foundation and the UTHSC Pancreatic Cancer Research Team. The video Front row, from left: Sheema Khan, PhD, UTHSC; Subhash Chauhan, PhD, UTHSC; Stephen can be viewed on the Behrman, MD, UTHSC; Jeffrey Goldberg, Kosten Foundation; Joan Dermon, PhD, Dermon II Family; Kosten Foundation YouTube Kathryn Gilbert Craig, Kosten Foundation; Julie Kosten, Kosten Foundation; Nadeem Zafar, MD, channel: UTHSC; Alan Kosten, Kosten Foundation; Zach Pretzer, UTHSC; Meena Jaggi, PhD, UTHSC. dGkg22OmITQ. Back row, from left: Uzair M. Bilal, middle school student; Mohammad Sikander, PhD; Bilal B. Hafeez, PhD; Vivek K. Kashyap, PhD; Subash K. Gupta, PhD; Murali M. Yallapu, PhD; Saini Setua, MS; Sonam Kumari, MS (all from UTHSC).

On June 28, the Kosten Foundation for pancreatic cancer support announced a $200,000 grant to establish the Dermon II Family and Herb Kosten Foundation Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund at UTHSC. The fund is to be used exclusively for the research of pancreatic cancer, the disease that claimed the life of the Kosten Foundation’s namesake, Herb Kosten. “It is our great privilege to work in close collaboration with the Dermon family and the Kosten Foundation to defeat pancreatic cancer, which is one of the deadliest diseases. This kind of community support always works as a booster, moving us to a next level of encouragement to work on this kind of heavy duty project,” said Subhash C. Chauhan, PhD, professor of pharmaceutical sciences. “This funding will be transformative for our research group and will provide us opportunity to train the next generation of pancreatic cancer researchers, while also helping us develop new diagnostic

Picnic in the park

The Kroger Company sponsored the annual APhA-ASP picnic held on Sept. 20, in Health Sciences Park, and several company representatives joined the festivities. Division Pharmacy Clinical Sales manager Cindy Fisher said, “It was a great day for the event, and as usual, the turnout was phenomenal.” Shown from left to right are Mitchell Lingerfelp, PharmD ’11; Lindsey Cardosi, PharmD ’15; Theresa Chenault, RPH, Mike Wasson, RPh and Cindy Fisher, PharmD ’91.


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Alumni Recognitions

Casey White, BS ʼ01 “Without UTHSC, I would lead a much more bland life in a career I likely would care little about. I found my calling to help patients through pharmacy training at UTHSC.” Current Hometown: Cookeville, Tennessee Hobbies: Home improvement, playing with my daughters, and fantasy football Wife: Lori Daughters: Kaley, 17; Catherine, 15; Alexandra, 7 Pets: Two cats, Pixie and Mitt-Mitt

What is your favorite UTHSC memory from your time as a student? I think my favorite memory would have to be graduation day. I know this sounds cliché, but it was a thrill to see all of my classmates again in one place after we had all darted off in our fourth year in different directions to experience various areas of pharmacy practice. We were all able to look at each other and know that we had achieved one of the biggest milestones in our lives. My whole family was there as well, to see me graduate with honors, including then 2-year-old Kaley and her soon-to-be born sister, Catherine. It was a great day. What are some highlights of your professional career? I have been practicing for 15 years and have been truly blessed in my career. The best part so far are the friendships and relationships I have formed with both my close colleagues in my daily workplace and the extended pharmacy family I have gained through professional involvement. At Cookeville Regional Medical Center, my colleagues and I have built, and are continuing to build,

pharmacy services that are patientcentered, innovative, and progressive. At the state level, through involvement with the Tennessee Pharmacists Association and the Tennessee Society of Health-System Pharmacists (TSHP), we have achieved the recently legislated Collaborative Practice Act. At the national level I have also had numerous opportunities, primarily through the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, to lead and help shape policy. I was truly blessed with an outstanding education from the College of Pharmacy that has allowed me to achieve personal goals such as board certification in three different areas – pharmacotherapy, nutrition support, and critical care. I also believe my experience at the University of Tennessee encouraged a desire to attempt to live up to highest potential – leading me to attain a Master of Business Administration as a tool to help me be a more complete pharmacist and be able to understand both the clinical and fiduciary issues surrounding patient care. I owe all I have been able to accomplish to the educators at the UTHSC COP and the people who have loved and supported me through the years. I continue to hope to live up to the standards my mentors set before me.

How are you currently engaged with UTHSC? I am currently engaged in three primary ways. First, I attempt to maintain contact with my colleagues from UT and stay engaged. Secondly, I am serving on the UTHSC COP Alumni Board. Lastly, I give regular donations to the college. Why did you get involved in the alumni association? I have always felt it was extremely important to give back to the profession and learning institution that has truly gifted me over the years. I was appointed as a representative from TSHP to the UTHSC COP Alumni Board by former Dean Dick Gourley, and then by Dean Chisholm-Burns. My involvement has progressed from there. I am the current president-elect of the COP Alumni Board. What is your advice to other alumni about getting involved? Jump right in – the water’s fine! There is no contribution or labor that is too big or too small. I believe we should all give back as part of our professional responsibility. What better way is there than through our beloved alma mater?

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Congratulations! At the annual Awards Banquet held on Nov. 10, Tim Tucker, PharmD ’88, received the Distinguished Service to Pharmacy Award. Shown from left to right are Dr. Tucker’s wife Diane, Dr. Tucker and Dean Marie ChisholmBurns. Read more about Dr. Tucker and the other award winners starting on page 29.

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