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Changes planned for Drachman B208 computer lab

The computers in the Drachman B208 computer lab are getting old and slow and are unable to be upgraded to run Windows 7, so they will be removed over the next several weeks. There is still power and network connectivity in the lab, and students are welcome to continue to use their own devices in the room.

In the near future, a portion of B208 will be partitioned to create private spaces so that researchers accessing sensitive data can do so in a secure environment. The computers in room B206 will continue to be available.

Don’t panic if you need to print posters. The computer that is currently connected to the poster printer will stay up and running in the computer lab until such time as that printer can be added to the network.

Updated: Thursday, 27 February 2014

Target Case Competition winners announced

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How does one improve Target Corporation’s business operations? Eight teams of four student pharmacists each presented their own ideas to Target representatives Feb. 26.

After the initial set of presentations, the top three teams moved to the final round. The panel of judges from Target listened to the proposals and, after careful deliberation, awarded $4,000 to the winning team: Nathaniel Mesa, Garrett Berger, James Ketterer and Michael Voight.

“Their presentation incorporated the wellness of the [Target] guest, and helped make it more profitable and helped bring more repeat guests to the pharmacy,” says Liz Breiland, a Target representative. “Just their overall idea we thought was well thought-out and implemented.”

Members of the other two finalist teams were:

Team 4
Evan Mallory
Andrew Garcia
Ron Velasquez
Nicole Henry

Team 5
Jason Kwan
Jinxing Yang
Corey Frahm
Sierra Fung

Updated: Thursday, 27 February 2014

FYI for COP: Feb. 11, 2014

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Pharmacy Day at the Capitol set for tomorrow
PharmD students and pharmacists will converge on the Arizona State Capitol Senate Lawn at 1700 W. Washington in Phoenix Feb. 12 for Pharmacy Day at the State Capitol. From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. that day, students will help staff informational booths on the following:

  • Immunizations
  • Medication therapy management
  • Arizona Poison and Drug Information Center
  • Smoking cessation
  • Blood glucose screenings/diabetes
  • Blood pressure screenings
  • Asthma screenings
  • Drug take-back

Goldschmid accepts new role with AHSC, UAHN
Steve Goldschmid, who has served as dean of the UA College of Medicine-Tucson since July 2009, has been appointed associate vice president for clinical affairs at the Arizona Health Sciences Center.

Goldschmid will begin his new duties March 3 and will report to Skip Garcia, UA senior vice president for health sciences. Garcia now also will serve as interim dean of the UA College of Medicine-Tucson.

Updated: Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Distance learning: Coming to a classroom NOT near you (well, not all of them)

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The University of Arizona is building an infrastructure to facilitate new teleconferencing services for students and teachers. The College of Pharmacy is planning to install multiple cameras, microphone and monitors to take advantage of the campus infrastructure and offer classes at a distance. The new technology will feed live video and audio to students at the Phoenix Biomedical Campus.

UA is using Cisco’s TelePresence to host live feeds for distance learning purposes. The new technology will allow students in Phoenix to participate in the classroom via computer and microphone. Students can ask questions and take part in classroom discussion, unhindered by the distance gap. TelePresence will provide students in Phoenix with an on-campus experience.

The College of Pharmacy plans to install the new technology in Drachman Hall B111 and is currently identifying small group rooms viable for installation so that students off campus can still participate in student government, which meets in small rooms around the Tucson campus, and other activities. The college is also considering purchasing a few cameras that professors may check out for live office hours online.

Updated: Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Class of 2016 students eligible for Phoenix experience

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The college is proceeding with plans to launch a Phoenix cohort program for enrolled third-year PharmD students in the Fall Semester of 2014. To date, five Class of 2016 students have applied for the third-year cohort.

“This is good news,” says Phil Schneider, associate dean based at the Phoenix Biomedical Campus, “but we would like to have more Class of 2016 students consider the opportunity. To give people more time to investigate the program, we are discontinuing the deadline for applications.”

To make the transition to studying in Phoenix seamless, the college is upgrading distance learning technology at both the Tucson and Phoenix campuses. The new systems will be ready for classes this fall.

Job opportunities in Phoenix are emerging as an additional reason for students to consider the program. The college’s Medication Management Center plans to expand to Phoenix, which will provide jobs for students and pharmacists after graduation. In addition, a partnership with Banner Healthcare may create jobs for students, an expanding pharmacy residency program and sites for senior projects.

Updated: Tuesday, 11 February 2014

College to welcome 2 exchange students this summer

University of Arizona College of Pharmacy students and faculty will welcome two new faces this July.

Smiling young white woman with long reddish-blonde hairApolline Ade from Paris, France and Monika Wieckowska from Krakow, Poland will stay in Tucson for about one month as part of the International Pharmaceutical Students’ Federation International Student Exchange Program. They will report to the UA Medical Center on weekdays, shadowing and working with various pharmacy preceptors, fourth-year pharmacy students and pharmacy residents in a variety of departments.

Michael Katz, the director of international programs, arranges the schedule based on the students' interests. Their options include any of the specialty departments, including ambulatory care, critical care, emergency medicine, infectious diseases, nutrition support, pediatrics and internal medicine.

In the evenings and on weekends, Ade and Wieckowska will participate in IPSF social events.

Map of EuropeThe two were chosen based on the following selection process:

Updated: Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Biannual meeting to be hosted by Kappa Psi only weeks away

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The Pacific West Province’s biannual meeting hosted by the University of Arizona College of Pharmacy Gamma Upsilon chapter of Kappa Psi is only five weeks away. The meeting will be held at the University Marriott March 21 through 23.

Registration has been open for about three weeks, and so far 89 people have signed up to attend. About 15 of those registered are from Gamma Upsilon; up to 200 people total are expected to attend.

Fundraising for the event is going well; Gamma Upsilon will sell COP workout shirts to help raise the rest of the money needed to host the event.

For more information about the event, including how to make donations and how to register, contact Alex German.

Updated: Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Alumnus Bill Jones: 'Retirement' brings new role in patient care

man speaking to womanIs it possible to be busier after retirement than before? Can you still be involved in cutting edge innovations in your chosen field? If you’re Bill Jones, then the answer is yes. Jones has been anything but stagnant since his retirement from the Southern Arizona VA Health Care System in 2009.

When Jones started at the VA in 1979, he was the only clinical pharmacist at the facility. That number grew to four in the 1990s and then to 30 by the time Jones moved into the VA National Office where he  worked with pharmacy residency programs and accreditation of new programs. Jones found helping to train residents to be immensely satisfying. In 2006, Jones was selected as the Distinguished Federal Pharmacist by the APhA and was the first VA pharmacist to receive this recognition.

“I greatly enjoyed teaching pharmacy residents…I have seen them enter as brand new graduates and leave as competent and confident pharmacists able to tackle all sorts of practice models,” states Jones. He was the residency director for 112 students prior to his retirement and, since he still knows many of the VA residency directors, he is able to connect students to the directors as they are seeking programs that meet their needs.

Jones always enjoyed direct patient care more than any other aspect of his work at the VA.

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Alumnus Bill Jones may be retired from his life as a hospital pharmacist, but he is still making patients lives better and still an enthusiastic PharmCat!

Graduate students recognized with fellowships

Group of 13 people standing in a line and smiling at the cameraThe 2013-2014 Graduate Student Awards Luncheon took place Jan. 16. Six students were recognized with fellowships, as described below.

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Six of our amazing graduate students, including Kathleen Yeh (left), were recognized with fellowships at an awards luncheon Jan. 16.

FYI for COP: Jan. 9, 2014

Graduate student awards luncheon set
Colorful trophy cupThe COP Graduate Student Awards Luncheon will take place on Thursday, Jan. 16 in Drachman Hall Room B109. At this annual event, the college will announce and recognize the recipients of this year's Abraham and MacDonald Graduate Student International Research Award, Arizona Chapter of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society Fellowship, Caldwell Health Sciences Research Fellowship, William and Betty Milleson Fink Graduate Student Fellowship, Hugh E. Laird II, PhD, Memorial Fellowship and Yuma Friends of Arizona Health Sciences Center Young Investigator Research Award. Faculty and graduate students are invited. For more information, contact Sonya Basurto.

New resource matches students with research projects
There’s a new resource to help students connect with faculty who are working on research projects. Students who need a research project for an academic requirement or who are interested in a particular topic can find out what is planned or underway. Faculty members list and describe research projects they are working on in which student volunteers could assist. You can find this new resource under the Student Links category of Internal Links on the COP website.

Updated: Friday, 10 January 2014

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