Alumni Potpourri - January/February 2012

This page is a miscellany of many kinds of information about people who are alumni of the UA College of Pharmacy. To contribute your own tidbits, use our Stay in Touch form or email your photo and information to the alumni affairs staff.

News from January & February

young woman with brown hairEleanor Olvey (PharmD 2006, PhD 2011) completed her PhD in Pharmaceutical Economics, Policy and Outcomes in December. While completing her doctorate, Olvey contributed to many projects with the Center for Health Outcomes and PharmacoEconomic Research.

In addition, she was part of the teaching faculty for multiple health outcomes training programs offered by the center. Olvey's newest role is as an Arizona Area Health Education Center (AzAHEC) Fellow in Clinical Outcomes and Comparative Effectiveness Research (COCER). Learn more about COCER here.

Grace Hunt Milota (BS Pharm 1956) responded to a story in the December issueof Staying In Touch: "We really enjoyed your article 'Then and Now' - Wes Anderson and I graduated in 1956 and keep in contact via e-mail. I remember both Charles and Yvonne. When classes started in the fall, Professor Bialk would have a picnic at his house for all the pharmacy students. We had such small classes we knew everybody quite well, including the professors. Wes lived in housing for married students and would invite us all over to cram for exams. I spent hours studying, but also had many wonderful fun times. It is great to reminisce about the '50s - it was the best of times."

Little boy (age 6) with puppet & his little sister (4)Greg Matsuura (PharmD 2001) sent a message to Amy Grizzle, assistant director of the Center for Health Outcomes and PharmacoEconomic Research: "Just wanted to drop you a line as it looks like some of your professional interests may overlap with some of my interests. I was a student back in 2001 and my PharmD project was with Dr. [Ed] Armstrong. (It had to do with the influenza vaccine.)

"I currently work at a small hospital in Yakima Wash., but I have an interest in clinical pharmacy informatics.

"Off topic: Nancy (Liu Matsuura - PharmD 2001) and I have two kids now, Nathaniel, 6, and Hana, 4. We visited the college about a year ago, but it was late in the day so almost everyone was gone."

We at the College of Pharmacy love to see our former students imparting knowledge to their colleagues through continuing education programs. Recently, we caught up with several alumni who are doing just that.

Scott Hall (PharmD 2011), as part of his residency at Maricopa Medical Center in Phoenix, in December presented "Not for Human Consumption: An Update on the Newest Drugs of Abuse" to pharmacists and technicians. He will give an abbreviated version during the Trends and Innovations in Pharmacy session at the Southwestern Clinical Seminar in March.

young woman outsideErica Domer (PharmD 2011) just completed her second offering of "Vancomycin and Aminoglycoside Kinetics Review" in January. Many thanks to Lara Frick (PharmD 2007), clinical pharmacist and coordinator of student and professional affairs for the College of Pharmacy at the Phoenix Biomedical Campus. Frick has been working with Lynne Mascarella, director of continuing education and alumni affairs, to facilitate the resident continuing education program series at Maricopa Medical Center.

Ana Gamboa (PharmD 2011) is also developing her continuing education delivery skills. Gamboa, a pharmacy practice resident at Tucson Medical Center, gave her presentation "Pharmacologic Treatment of Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease on Hemodialysis" to TMC pharmacy staff Jan. 26.

Scott Strassels (PharmD 1989) returned to Tucson in January to attend the annual Advanced Course in Pharmacoeconomic Modeling and Comparative Effectiveness Research. While at the course, Strassels visited with his former professor (and COP alumnus)  Ed Armstrong, professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science, and reminisced about their student days with Amy Grizzle (PharmD 1990).

woman with brown hairCarol Rollins (PharmD 1987) is an associate editor of the 17th edition of the Handbook of Nonprescription Drugs, published by the American Pharmacists Association.

Rollins is also a preceptor for the college and the director of the PGY2 Nutrition Support Pharmacy residency at the University of Arizona Medical Center - University Campus.

Kelly Green-Boesen (PharmD 2000) and Sandra Leal, both preceptors, and Sam Kutbi, PGY1 pharmacy resident at El Rio Health Center, were featured in a story in the Jan. 15 issue of the Arizona Daily Star about an effort to get pharmacists recognized as healthcare providers under federal law.

older man with mustacheDick Wiedhopf (BS Pharm 1965) was recently featured in a story on Arizona Public Media. The story focused on his work as president of the Tucson Cactus and Succulent Society, which recently signed an agreement with Pima County to begin landscaping and transplanting a diverse array of plants to the newly established Pima Prickly Park.

Originally posted: August 29, 2013
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