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ISPOR group receives Chapter of the Year Award

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The UA College of Pharmacy student chapter of the International Society of Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR) has been recognized as the society’s 2012-2013 Outstanding Chapter of the Year.

The award was accepted by the chapters’ president, Amanda Harrington, at the 2013 ISPOR annual meeting in New Orleans May 19. Harrington is a graduate student in the pharmaceutical economics, policy and outcomes track.

In addition to accepting the chapter award, Harrington received one of 14 ISPOR Outstanding Service Awards.  This award honors individual student chapter members for outstanding contributions to the ISPOR Student Network in 2012-2013. 

The COP ISPOR organization was selected for the chapter award from a pool of 41 national and international student chapters due to the outstanding work and student involvement that the group achieved over the year. Some of the chapter’s 2012-2013 accomplishments include:

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The college's student chapter of the International Society of Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research received the society's 2012-2013 Outstanding Chapter of the Year Award. Amanda Harrington (left) is president of the COP group.

UA College of Pharmacy: Reaching for the top

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Making your way to the top takes a lot of dedication. Very few make it to the summit of Mt. Everest, but the determined ones who do are proud to announce their accomplishment.

Likewise, the UA College of Pharmacy likes to share that it has achieved the feat of being tapped by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top pharmacy programs in the country. The college is listed at number 10 in the publication's 2014 Best Graduate Schools issue.

In fact, the college, founded in 1947, has placed in the 10th slot or above since the publication started ranking colleges of pharmacy.

The rankings are based on the results of peer assessment surveys sent to deans, other administrators, and/or faculty at accredited degree programs or schools. All schools surveyed in a discipline are sent the same number of surveys. There are 125 accredited doctor of pharmacy programs in the U.S. at this time.

This achievement is a tribute to the dedication and quality of the faculty, staff, students and alumni of the college, which is striving to be the leader in educating the next generation of pharmacy professionals.

Story by Rebecca Wingate

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Hard work and dedication do get noticed. The University of Arizona College of Pharmacy places in the top 10 of U.S News and World Report's Best Grad Schools.

A morning to savor, a day to relish

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“I never thought this day would come… It doesn’t feel real.”

With joy and excitement in her voice sparked by “finally” graduating, so spoke the president of the PharmD Class of 2013 to faculty, friends, family and the newly minted alumni attending the College of Pharmacy’s Graduation Convocation last Friday morning.

Jessica DiLeo echoed the thoughts of the other 94 new doctor of pharmacy recipients who shared the Centennial Hall stage, and the 14 new PhDs who had been hooded just about an hour earlier.  Each new graduate had had an opportunity to express thanks to those who had been his or her supporters and companions through the challenging academic journey.

Speaking on behalf of the graduates, DiLeo said, ”How can I convey to you the excitement we feel, the obstacles we have overcome and the gravity of the positions we are soon to encounter?”  She summarized the PharmD class’s journey as if it were a “retrospective, cohort study” that began in August 2009, included more than 120 exams, multiple all-nighters, professional pharmacy conferences and dozens of extracurricular activities. And then came this past year of clinical rotations.

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Nearly 100 new doctor of pharmacy recipients, including Kimberly Tran (left), shared the Centennial Hall stage with 14 new PhDs at the College of Pharmacy Convocation May 10.

A look at MMC's new ambulatory care pharmacy practice residency

male patient with pharmacist taking blood pressureTwo pharmacists are coming into the home stretch of a brand-new, innovative residency program in ambulatory care that was introduced by the College of Pharmacy’s Medication Management Center last July.

Hussam Kutbi and Shrouq Qaisi are the inaugural participants in the postgraduate year two (PGY2) residency started by the Medication Management Center. A residency in pharmacy is a program that offers PharmD graduates optional additional training.  

“There are not many programs like this,” Kutbi says. “Hospitals and clinics that weren’t interested in ambulatory care pharmacy services  are now interested... I’m very thankful for being chosen to participate in this residency program.”

As Kutbi suggests, residencies in ambulatory care are relatively rare in this geographical area. El Rio Community Health Center has a pharmacy practice  (PGY1) residency under the COP general residency program focusing on ambulatory care training. The new postgraduate year two (PGY2) residency at the MMC has more in-depth and broader experience in ambulatory care settings.

So what is this new MMC program about which Kutbi is so enthusiastic? Let’s step back in time to learn more about it.

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Hussam Kutbi and Shrouq Qaisi are two young pharmacists coming to the end of an all-new residency program started by the Medication Management Center for those interested in ambulatory care pharmacy services.

Cultural Mission honors Saudi pharmacists studying at UA

Two Saudi Arabian pharmacists enrolled in University of Arizona College of Pharmacy programs have been selected to receive Outstanding Student Awards by the Saudi Arabian Cultural Mission

Dhfer Alshayban, a final year PhD student in the college’s Pharmaceutical Economics, Policy and Outcomes track, and Jawaher Gramish, who completes her first-year residency at University of Arizona Medical Center-University Campus in June, were presented with their awards in Washington, D.C. in May. The honor included a certificate, a medal, an $800 cash award, airline tickets to anywhere they choose and tickets to attend a workshop at King Abdulaziz University in Saudi Arabia in January 2015.

Alshayban was honored to accept his award from the Saudi ambassador to the United States, Adel al-Jubeir, and the minister of higher education in Saudi Arabia, Khaled Alangare, and to be surrounded by other dignitaries from Saudi Arabia in Washington, D.C.Man receives award from two other men

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Two Saudi Arabian pharmacists enrolled in University of Arizona College of Pharmacy programs have been selected to receive Outstanding Student Awards by the Saudi Arabian Cultural Mission.

In the Spotlight: May 21, 2014

Smiling Saudi man with very short hairAbdulaziz Mohammed, PharmD, and Alaa Bagalagel, PharmD, are the first individuals to complete the two-year Postdoctoral Fellowship in PharmacoEconomic Research. A celebration reception/luncheon was held recently to honor Mohammed and Bagalagel with faculty, preceptors, mentors, family and friends in attendance. Both men presented gifts to Mike Katz, PharmD, clinical associate professor and director of international programs, who initiated the postdoctoral program with King Abdulaziz University in Saudi Arabia, and to Ivo Abraham, the director of the Center for Health Outcomes and PharmacoEconomic Research.

Amelia Duke, Class of 2014, is the author of “Tradition and Innovation: 47th Annual Southwestern Clinical Pharmacy Seminar,” published in the Spring 2014 issueof Arizona Journal of Pharmacy.

Kaitlyn Skulkan, Class of 2016, won an iPad Air from the American Pharmacists Association recently. She was entered into a chance to win when she signed up for the APhA’s Pharmacists Provide Care campaign. The campaign is an effort to achieve “provider status,” which will recognize pharmacists as valued members of the healthcare team under U.S. federal law.

Updated: Wednesday, 21 May 2014

PharmD Class of 2014 presents senior projects

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Members of the PharmD Class of 2014 presented the results of their senior projects May 13 on the Walkway of Wellness plaza. The students worked in groups and had 18 months to write a proposal, collect data, analyze the information and write a report. All class members then recapped their projects in a poster presentation, with some students also writing a manuscript for publication.

Students submitted posters based on a variety of research methods, including clinical study and database analysis. Posters included such titles as: “Impact of Automated Dispensing Technology on Medication Safety and Costs at an Inpatient Pharmacy” and “Inpatient Pharmacist Intervention Helps Sustain Improved Rates of Baseline Metabolic Monitoring for Patients Initiated on Atypical Antipsyhotics.”

Updated: Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Class of 2014 students, COP faculty members recognized for outstanding performance

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Class of 2014 PharmD students and College of Pharmacy faculty members were recognized for outstanding performance at an awards luncheon May 14 at the Tucson Chinese Cultural Center. Dean J. Lyle Bootman and Associate Dean Ted Tong presented awards given by the college, while student leaders distributed student organization awards.

The student organization awards and the students who received them were:

  • American Pharmacists Association-ASP Award – Zak Cerminara
  • AzPA-SPA Outstanding Senior Award – Eric Wong
  • National Community Pharmacists Award – Danielle Nguyen
  • Student Society of Health-System Pharmacists Outstanding Senior Award – Marti Larriva
  • Phi Lambda Sigma Outstanding Senior Award – Amy Smith
  • Rho Chi Outstanding Senior Award – Caitlin Simonson
  • Kappa Epsilon Outstanding Senior Award – Patrick Campbell
  • Kappa Psi Outstanding Senior Award – Patrick Hryshko
  • Phi Delta Chi Outstanding Senior Award – Steven Boyles
  • International Pharmaceutical Students’ Federation Award – Echo Fallon
  • PediaCats Outstanding Senior Award – Tina Vallabh

The College of Pharmacy awards and the students who received them were:

Updated: Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Hip, hip, hurray for newest graduates!

Rowdy cheers, squeals of delight and occasional tears brought on by overwhelming pride.

Rounds of applause, followed by still more rounds of applause.

A steady stream of new graduates, each taking a moment in the spotlight to receive the unwieldy academic hood that symbolically proclaims “Congratulations, Doctor!”

That’s how the College of Pharmacy minted 12 new doctors of philosophy and 94 new doctors of pharmacy last Friday morning. 

The video slideshow here captures some of the joy and excitement of the 800 or so graduates, parents, siblings, aunts, uncles, spouses, children, sweethearts, friends and colleagues who came to Centennial Hall to make Convocation 2014 special.

Steven Boyles, PharmD class president, recalled many of the challenges faced by class members during their academic journey and said, “We became a family in these halls.”  Remarking on the transition from sharing experiences to embarking on new individual pathways, he said, “Change is never good or bad; it simply is” and reminded classmates “to make your mark on the world and never forget where we began.”

Updated: Friday, 25 July 2014

In the Spotlight: May 5, 2014

Smiling white man with blond hairGeorg Wondrak, PhD, associate professor in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, has been elected to lead the American Society for Photobiology. Wondrak will begin his term as president-elect during the 37th Annual ASP meeting slated for San Diego in June. He will serve as ASP president-elect for 2014-2016, and as ASP president for 2016-2018.

Mazda Shirazi, MD, PhD, medical director of the Arizona Poison and Drug Information Center, has been inducted as a fellow of the American College of Medical Toxicology. Induction into the ACMT is based upon a three- to seven-year record of accomplishment in teaching, research, public service and practice.smiling man

Theodore Tong, PharmD, associate dean for academic and student affairs, was chosen to receive the Patriot Award by the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve for his work with the Arizona One Disaster Medical Assistance Team. The ESGR is a Department of Defense agency. Tong received the honor during an awards dinner April 25.


Updated: Monday, 05 May 2014

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