FYI for COP: Sept. 1, 2010

ACPE logoReminder! PharmD program up for re-accreditation
The college will undergo a PharmD program re-accreditation audit Oct. 26-28. The Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) will be on site to perform the audit, which will consist of inspection of a self-study document produced by the college and interviews with college students, employees and other stakeholders.

Faculty, staff and students met Aug. 18 to review and contribute to the document before the final version is sent to ACPE.

The evaluation team members who will perform the audit are: Lynn Crismon, dean, University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy; Peggy Piascik, associate professor, University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy; Donald Williams, practitioner, Bellevue, Wash.; Peter Vlasses, executive director, ACPE; and Barbara Burch, the ACPE Board of Directors observer. The State Board of Pharmacy observer has not yet been determined.

For more information on the re-accreditation, see the story published in the Dec. 3, 2009 edition of the Bulletin.

BioAccel™ staff move in to COP suite in Phoenix
Four staff members of BioAccel™, an independent, Arizona not-for-profit organization, have moved into office space in the college’s suite on the Phoenix Biomedical Campus.

According to Phil Schneider, associate dean for academic and professional affairs for COP, the Phoenix office has space that COP is not currently using, and subleasing it helps defray some operating costs.

“COP also has a strategic alliance with BioAccel,” says Schneider, “and particularly their CEO, MaryAnn Guerra, who is also treasurer of the Health Transformation Institute, with whom the college works closely. The physical proximity facilitates effective communication and strengthens the relationship between UA COP and HTI.”

The BioAccel staff members working out of COP’s suite are Guerra; Ron King, president and chief scientific officer; Nikki Corday, outreach and education development manager; and Deb Wiviott, operations manager.

COP to cohost APhA-ASP regional midyear meeting
The College of Pharmacy and Midwestern University will host this year’s American Pharmacists Association-Academy of Student Pharmacists Region VIII Midyear Regional Meeting Oct. 29-31 at Pointe Hilton Squaw Pointe Resort in Phoenix. Funding is still needed. For more information, contact Libby Giesler.

College to provide health fair in barrio
Jenene Spencer, clinical pharmacist in the experiential education office, is coordinating COP screening services for a health fair in Bristol Park in the Barrio Centro neighborhood, near 22nd Street and Tucson Boulevard. Dubbed a "Fall Fiesta," the fair will be Oct. 2 from noon to 6 p.m. Students and preceptors are needed to help provide services, which will include screenings for diabetes, asthma, hypertension and cholesterol. For more information or to volunteer, contact Jenene Spencer.

COP running team looking for members
Nathan Smith, Class of 2013, has started the COP running team. Runners and walkers are welcome to join. The goals for the group are to train for the Damascus Bakeries Half-Marathon on Dec. 12 and to raise money for the Arizona Cancer Center. Anyone who is interested in joining should contact Nathan Smith.

College raises money for Otilia Zamudio
The COP held a fundraising luncheon in memory of Otilia Zamudio on Aug. 27. The event raised just over $1600, which will be used to put a marker on her grave. Zamudio died Sept. 6, 2009 in a car accident. She had been an employee of the COP for 14 years. To contribute to the fund, contact Jeanice Smith.