WYOMING Scripts 2018 Annual Report School of Pharmacy University of Wyoming
Message from the Dean
The transition to 2019 provides an opportunity to take stock of the past year as we plan for the next. 2018 was a good (and busy) year for the School of Pharmacy. Here are a few academic highlights: • The Medical Laboratory Sciences program received full accreditation in 2018; • Our pharmacy students continue to perform in the top 10% on the Pharmacy Curriculum Outcomes Assessment (a national exam administered to all 3rd year pharmacy students); • Our graduates successfully compete for pharmacy residencies across the country; • A total of 14 students are participating in the Leadership Development Program including the four students in the Health Equity Leadership Program, a partnership with Howard University College of Pharmacy; • The incoming P1 class is the first group to go through our longitudinal skills lab, a course sequence throughout the curriculum designed to build essential skills so our graduates are practice-ready at graduation; • The first students in our Health Services Administration online MS program graduated in 2018 and several new faculty and staff were hired to continue to build the program and enhance the student experience. The School’s research enterprise continues to grow. Our faculty have received external funding from a number of sources, including the National Institutes of Health, the US Department of Defense, and the American Heart Association. We also hired two new faculty who will enhance our basic science as well as our social and administrative research capabilities. Another exciting development is the launch of the Health and Bioscience Innovation Hub. The Hub is part of the University’s Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and consists of three entities, SPARK-WY, Start-Up WY, and the WY Healthcare Innovation Living Lab. The Hub will help regional entrepreneurs and faculty move innovative concepts through the product development life-cycle from initial idea and proof of concept to regulatory approval and commercial launch. 2018 brought a number of changes to our Pharmacy Practice operations as well. Several of our Denver-based practice faculty transitioned their practice sites from Swedish Medical Center and Rose Medical Center to St. Josephs Hospital and St. Anthony Hospital North Campus. Transitions are never easy, so I appreciate the work our faculty put into establishing these new practices and look forward to working with our new partner institutions for years to come. The Student Health Service Pharmacy is doing well and has expanded the services provided to campus. The School continues to support the work of the Wyoming Community Pharmacy Enhanced Services Network and is exploring opportunities for virtual medication therapy management services. In 2018, we said farewell to faculty members, Carol Kobulnicky, Larry Staubach, and Mary Onysko (fortunately we were able to contract with Mary to help with clinical service initiatives). We also said goodbye to two staff members, JoAnn Rule and Dorie Gallegos. We are excited to welcome two new faculty members, Michelle Blakely and Karen Mruk and three additional staff members, Josetta Gabbidon, Rebecca Clemence and Heather Warren. In addition we hired David Nau as the interim director and Eric Schlidt as the interim associate director of the Health Services Administration online MS program. Everyone at the School enjoys visiting with alumni. Fortunately, we had a number of opportunities to visit with alumni this past year during guest lectures, informal visits, receptions and reunions. It was great to see the 66 alumni and guests at the Wyoming reception during the 2018 ASHP Midyear meeting in Anaheim. We appreciated those who took time to attend. We officially launched the 10-year reunions during Homecoming 2018. The classes of 2009, 1999, 1989, 1979, 1969, and 1959 will be invited back to campus in 2019. We are considering moving the 10-year reunions to the Missouri game weekend and are working with the UW Alumni Association to obtain discounted game tickets. The School will partner with the Wyoming Pharmacy Association to host 5th-year decennial reunions during the WPhA meeting in the summer. The classes of 2014, 2004, 1994, 1984, 1974, 1964 and 1954 will be invited to celebrate their reunions in June 2019. Please let us know if you have a preference for the timing of the reunions. I am always humbled by and grateful for the generosity of our alumni. Annual giving increased in 2018 and several new scholarship endowments were created. Thank you for your continued support of our students. Your generosity helped fund a number of student service activities as well as student travel to national meetings. As you will read in the following pages, our students were extremely busy with amazing projects. I am constantly amazed at what they accomplish both inside and outside of the classroom. This gives me confidence that our professions are in good hands. I hope your holiday season is filled with warm memories and good cheer and I wish you all the best in the New Year. Enjoy this edition of Scripts.
2018 Highlights ¾¾ The School of Pharmacy graduated 51 PharmD students and admitted 47 first year PharmD students. ¾¾ Graduating PharmD, MS, and PhD students were celebrated in our first school-wide convocation. ¾¾ Researchers in the School of Pharmacy began working with the first potential client in the Health and Bioscience Innovation Hub as a part of UW’s new Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship. ¾¾ More than 80 PharmD students, ten faculty members, and one alum provided health services to the University of Wyoming and Laramie community during the 2018 Fall into Good Health Fair in October. ¾¾ The School of Pharmacy awarded 64 scholarships totalling over $77,000 and celebrated student, faculty, and staff award recipients at the 2018 Honors and Awards Banquet. ¾¾ School of Pharmacy students presented at several national and regional meetings and participated in networking and professional development activities. ¾¾ The School of Pharmacy celebrated 68 classes of pharmacy alumni during the 2018 University of Wyoming Homecoming celebration in October.
The School of Pharmacy welcomed 47 new students into the PharmD program during a whitecoat ceremony in August 2018.
Health and Bioscience Innovation Hub The School of Pharmacy has been hard at work in 2018 to establish a framework in which entrepreneurs and care providers from around the state and beyond can collaborate with UW researchers to develop innovative ideas These projects may include innovations in human and animal pharmaceuticals, nutraceuticals, dietary supplements, medical devices, wellness and sports medicine solutions, and personalized and preventive medicine. The framework for this collaboration is the new Health and Bioscience Innovation Hub, which is one component of the new UW Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (IIE).
A student works in a School of Pharmacy research lab. The Health and Bioscience Innovation Hub will open up new opportunities for student researchers both during their time at the university and as they move into careers in industry.
In the current startup environment, entrepreneurs with ideas for biotech innovations face numerous obstacles, including high costs associated with research and lengthy regulatory processes. When entrepreneurs are partnered with researchers in the university setting, they can leverage the laboratory and business infrastructure that’s already in place in order to move ideas through the product development process more smoothly. This has potential implications for improved patient care, and is also an engine of economic growth and diversification in the state. “We believe we can build the support for business and scientific infrastructure. The idea is to create this biotech ecosystem whereby early-concept research comes to the university,” School of Pharmacy Dean Kem Krueger says. “That can help support graduate students who, in turn, build relationships with and learn to interact with private companies, in addition to traditional public funding opportunities. We’re diversifying not only our research funding stream but our opportunities for our graduate students as well.”
Program News ¾¾ The Drug Utilization Review Program (WY-DUR) successfully participated in a competitive bidding process to provide DUR services to Wyoming for another five years. In 2018 the Drug Utilization Review Program sent 2578 educational interventions to health care providers. ¾¾ The Drug Information Center completed 316 consults in Wyoming in 2018.
¾¾ The School of Pharmacy selected four students (pictured, front cover) to participate in the Health Equity Leadership Program (HELP). HELP is a collaboration between the University of Wyoming School of Pharmacy and Howard University College of Pharmacy and funded by the National Association of Chain Drug Stores Foundation. Students from UW and Howard will spend time in Washington D.C. and Wyoming studying issues of health equity and access in urban and rural areas and developing their leadership skills. University of Wyoming students who were selected to participate are Emily Potter (P2), Dylan Ren (P3), Ashley Moore (P3), and Danna Hanks (P1).
In October, the School of Pharmacy honored our 2018 Distinguished Alumnus John Pieper. John graduated in 1977 and went on to earn his PharmD and do a postdoc at the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Pharmacy. John is currently President of St. Louis College of Pharmacy. While visiting for the 2018 Homecoming celebration, John gave a leadership presentation to UW pharmacy students, met with pre-pharmacy students in the ASPIRE program, and had an engaging conversation with the PharmD student leadership group.
Pieper (center) was honored during Homecoming 2018
In November 2018, Todd Inafuku (class of 76) returned to the School of Pharmacy as a guest speaker in two pharmacy courses. Todd enjoyed a long career in numerous roles within the pharmacy profession, and his insights were much appreciated by the students. Todd retired in 2013 as Director of Government Affairs (Hawaii) for CVS Caremark Longs Drugs. To our knowledge, Todd was the first student from Hawaii to attend UW School of Pharmacy, and his class was the first cohort to do rotations, which were called externships at the time. The University of Wyoming School of Pharmacy is looking for additional opportunities to engage our alumni with current and prospective students. Inafuku visiting UW in July 2018 We believe our alumni have a wealth of experience and insight into the pharmacy profession that current and prospective students would benefit from. If you’re interested in being a guest speaker or regional contact for prospective students, please let us know at http://bit.ly/uw-rx-alum.
Lindsey (Poppe) Amerine is a 2009 PharmD alum. She is currently Associate Professor of Clinical Education and the Associate Director of Pharmacy at the University of North Carolina Medical Center and a board certified pharmacotherapy specialist. Lindsey and her team recently received an Association of Community Cancer Centers Innovator Award for their work on drug vial optimization.
Shatto Pharmacy personnel with Keener Fry of the Alumni Association
Shatto’s Frontier Drug in Douglas received the national Good Neighbor Pharmacy Award for 2018. Shatto’s is owned and operated by UW alumni, including Gary Shatto (1976), Kirsten Brown (1994), Corwyn Moss (2001), Tanisha (Shatto) Dexter (2005), Angela Wilde (2012), and Jan Shatto, who is also a UW alum (1976).
Members of APhA-ASP attend the midyear regional meeting.
P3 and P4 students participate in the Clinical Skills competition
PharmD students provide poison prevention education with Pinky the Elephant.
Members of NCPA attend the annual convention in Boston.
The School of Pharmacy supports students via scholarships, travel support for professional events and meetings, and financial support for student service projects that are funded by our Student Development Fund. Our Strategic Plan currently includes a goal of sending 75% of our students to state, regional and/or national meetings by our 75th anniversary. Participation in these activities helps expand our studentsâ€™ perspective on practice opportunities, allows them to network with pharmacists and students from across the region and the nation, and helps them appreciate the value of their education. To find out more about the Student Development Fund or to make a gift, visit our website at: http://bit.ly/give-sdf.
Aleczandra McAulay (left) and Katelyn Hoff (right) participate in the Advanced Microbiology lab as part of the Medical Laboratory Sciences program at UW Casper. Hoff graduated in spring 2018 and currently works as a Medical Laboratory Scientist at Memorial Hospital of Converse County. McAulay is set to graduate in December and currently works as a Medical Laboratory Scientist at Wyoming Medical Center.
Members of Phi Lambda Sigma gather to celebrate their new members.
Faculty and Staff Awards ¾¾ Jared Bushman was named Top Professor by the UW chapter of the Mortar Board Society. ¾¾ Melissa Hunter received the 2018 College of Health Sciences Interprofessional/Interdisciplinary Award. ¾¾ Antoinette Brown received the 2018 College of Health Sciences Meritorious Service Award. ¾¾ Maria Bennett was awarded the College of Health Sciences Outstanding Staff Award. ¾¾ Michelle Hilaire received the Colorado Pharmacists Society Cardinal Health Generation Rx Champions Award. ¾¾ During the 2018 University of Wyoming Staff Recognition Day several School of Pharmacy staff were honored for their years of service to the University o JoAnn Rule was honored for 20 years of service; o Laura Miller was honored for 15 years of service; o Jeffrey Yang was honored for 10 years of service. ¾¾ Jeremy Vandiver was named Colorado Pharmacists Society Distinguished Young Pharmacist for 2018. ¾¾ During the June 2018 WPhA meeting o Tonja Woods was named WySHP Pharmacist of the Year; o Dave Bruch received the Upshire-Smith Laboratories Excellence in Innovation Award. ¾¾ Melissa Hunter was named the NCPA Outstanding Faculty Liaison of the Year. ¾¾ Michelle Hilaire received the AACP Pharmacy Practice Section Outstanding Service Award.
Faculty and Staff News ¾¾ Leena Myran and Thanh Nguyen received a grant from DHHS for the Diabetes Prevention Program. Their team was one of five awardees in a competitive process. ¾¾ Baski Thyagarajan was a special invitee for Governor Mead’s Technology Summit held in Jackson Hole. ¾¾ Travis Brown received an NIH-R21 grant award.
¾¾ The PharmD program welcomed two new faculty in 2018. Michelle Blakely (left) joined the School as Assistant Professor of Social and Administrative Pharmacy. Michelle holds a Ph.D. in Social and Behavioral Sciences and a M.Ed. in Counseling from Auburn University. Karen Mruk (right) joined the School as Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutical Science. Karen received her Ph.D. from the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology at UMass Medical School. She was a Craig H. Neilsen postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University.
School of Pharmacy graduates were celebrated at the first annual School of Pharmacy convocation in May 2018.
MS in Health Services Administration graduates The School of Pharmacy welcomed two new staff members in 2018. Rebecca Clemence (left) joined the School as an Accountant. Josetta Gabbidon (right) came on board as the Office Assistant. Both Rebecca and Josetta can be found in the main office of the School and are central to daily operations.
THE MASTER OF SCIENCE IN HEALTH SERVICES ADMINISTRATION IS OFFERED THROUGH THE UNIVERSITY OF WYOMING’S SCHOOL OF PHARMACY FOR NEW OR MIDCAREER HEALTH PROFESSIONALS LOOKING TO ADVANCE THEIR CAREERS IN THE PHARMACEUTICAL AND HEALTH CARE FIELDS.
32 STUDENTS GRADUATED IN MAY! In the Spring of 2018, we graduated our first class of master's students. We had students from all over the country, in different fields. who now can master the next step in their career! Most courses are taught online, with students traveling to Laramie, Wyoming twice for
A TYPICAL SEMESTER: First Course: Online; 2 credits; 5 weeks Second Course: Weekend seminar; 1 credit; residential in Laramie Third Course: Online; 3 credits; 7 weeks
intensive weekend seminars — once during their first and once during their last semester. This fall, we have several new students who already attended their first fall seminar in Laramie, pictured below.
SPECIALTY TRACKS OFFERED: -Biopharmaceutical Regulatory Compliance -Health Economics & Outcomes -Health Institution Leadership -Healthcare Quality Improvement
WHO ARE THE STUDENTS? Students hail from 14 states and a variety of healthcare backgrounds including pharmacists, nurses, physical therapists and management.
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Over 40 students from the School of Pharmacy participated in the 2018 Big Event, an annual event where UW students come together to complete service projects for the Laramie community.
The annual Fall into Good Health Fair is coordinated by the student chapter of Phi Lambda Sigma. More than 80 students, ten faculty, and one alum took part in the 2018 Health Fair.
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The Big Event, 2018
University of Wyoming School of Pharmacy Annual Report