The Student of the Month for September 2014 is Kulvinder Nagra. Nominated by several students and a faculty member, Kulvinder showed great leadership in organizing the Social in the Sand event for Student National Pharmaceutical Association. Not only did Kulvinder help to organize this event and engage pre-professional and professional division students, he also secured sponsors for the event. Money raised from the raffle will fund SNPhA’s Cherry Street Mission Annual Health Fair.
UT College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences News
The October 2014 issue of Refill, the e-newsletter of The University of Toledo College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, is now available online.
In this issue:
- 2014 Distinguished Alumnus, Jerry Wisler, ’79
- Your 2014-2015 Alumni Affiliate Board
- Taking Patient Care to the Next Level with Board Certification by alumnus Brandon Craig, PharmD ’07, RPh, BCACP
- Mission: Unstoppable: Student Affairs staffer Jing Meyer keeps students focused on graduation
- The Master of Plans: Alumnus Kevin Krock, BSPS ’07 on planning for a meaningful career
- Leadership Lessons: Graduate School Preparation
- Small Organelle, Big Possibilities: Dr. Wissam AbouAlaiwi’s research on cilia
- Calendar of Events
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As director of research and development at Precision Toxicology in San Diego, Alumnus Kevin Krock, BSPS ’07, has experienced career success as a result of planning and hard work. Initially arriving at The University of Toledo with the intent to become a pharmacist, he realized that he was better suited for a career in drug research.
Krock chose pharmaceutics because it offered a stable and interesting career path; formulation was a necessary role in big Pharma that had the potential to grow with the development of new technologies. After graduation, while many of his classmates elected to enter PharmD programs, Krock chose to go to graduate school with a focus on drug research.
“One thing I found amazing in the corporate world is that jobs will be open for six months to a year while they search for the exact right person,” Krock said. “I saw graduate school as the best way to get the necessary experience.”
The pharmaceutics major had given him a strong foundation in biology, chemistry and laboratory experience, which prepared him for graduate study at University of Illinois at Chicago. There, he studied medicinal chemistry and analytical chemistry.
While the pursuit of a graduate degree in research was challenging, it was also very rewarding. Plotting his path carefully, Krock went from working as a research assistant to working as an applications scientist before taking his current position as director of research and development. He advises current students to plan well for their careers.
“Determine what you want out of life and choose your next steps carefully,” Krock said. “If you think research is interesting, speak to faculty members with active labs. Volunteering there will let you meet current Ph.D. candidates, post-docs and research faculty. You can learn a lot from their career paths and determine whether research is for you.”
Among the personal qualities that have helped him to succeed, Krock credits his talent for surrounding himself with brilliant and experienced people from whom he can learn. Asked what has surprised him most about his career journey, he replied, “how much of my success has been due to sheer luck.”
Krock enjoys solving complex problems, a characteristic that makes him well suited to research and development.
With the scientific freedom his work allows, he is able to plan unique projects that affect people’s lives and improve their access to the medications they need.
Ever the risk taker, Krock continues to seek new ways to impact health care by taking on innovative projects.
“People who fear failure will not do well in research and development,” he said.
Refining his professional goals and associating with the right people has contributed to his success over the years, and he isn‟t finished yet.
Jing Meyer, coordinator of advising and student services, helps professional division students gain confidence and set career goals.
The Office of Student Affairs in the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences has received university and national attention for its service to students. Each member of the team contributes to the personalized care our students receive.
As coordinator of advising and student services, Jing Meyer is heavily involved in making sure our students are successful. Her role allows her to support the students academically throughout the college journey, helping them to make informed decisions.
Meyer‟s role also includes academic advising, a cornerstone of retention and educational success. Our college uses group and individual advising sessions to collaboratively guide students through academic policy and procedure and to encourage early planning, problem solving and decision making. Academic advisors offer advice and listen and refer students to support services when necessary.
With more students selecting multiple minors and participating in college and departmental Honors programs, encouragement and guidance about career options help students to plan for the future.
Meyer’s career history demonstrates her strengths in connecting with others and strategizing for success. Before coming to UT, she was an adviser in the College of Education & Human Development at Bowling Green State University and an adviser at Owens Community College. She was also an associate professor and chair of psychology department in the College of Education at Hunan Normal University in China.
Over the past 11 years, Meyer has learned to wear many hats while working with students in the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.
“Sometimes I am a teacher, sometimes a counselor, sometimes a service provider, sometimes a records manager, sometimes a stern advocate,” Meyer said. “Occasionally, I need to intervene in a student’s personal arena to obtain personal assistance for the student. I love the diversity of my job.”
Meyer enjoys working with students and providing information that relieves their stress and supports their goals. She is pleased when students leave her office feeling relaxed, refreshed, focused, and inspired.
“It is amazing to witness students overcoming hurdles and successfully completing their degree programs,” said Meyer. “It is tremendously rewarding to help students open their eyes to the various curricular and career options offered by our college.”
The college’s Office of Student Affairs has nine staff members and offices on both the Main and Health Science Campuses. Students schedule advising meetings online and even meet with advisors via Skype. Weekly Student Affairs e-newsletters inform students of deadlines, events, and activities.
The mission of the Office of Student Affairs is to provide students with advising and support services that help to ensure their success in completing their degree programs. The staff is dedicated to supplying the highest quality of “pharmacy student care” possible.
The Alumni Affiliate of the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences plans meaningful programming and events for the college alumni and supports student endeavors. From family events like ice skating to professional development CE programs, the Alumni Affiliate, our branch of the UT Alumni Association, engages alumni and the community.
This year, the college welcomes several new members to the Alumni Affiliate Board who, along with experienced board members, will plan new types of events and develop new ways to involve current students with the Alumni Association.
Janice Marsteller, ’02, ’05 is president, and Tristan Hill, ’07 is vice president of the board. The board secretary is Michelle Carey, ’13, and the treasurer is Jean Lovejoy, ’80. Other alumni members of the board include Harold Kinker, ’70, Joel Levitan, ’69, Kim Schmude, ’85, Rachel Rocha, ’12, Andrew Azzi, ’13, Hussein El-Khatib, ’09, Brandon Ver Vaet, ’12 and Janee Witner, ’12.
Dean Early, past president Jeff Muszynski, ’78, development director Jeff Barton and communications director Charisse Montgomery are ex-officio members of the board, along with Pharmacy Student Council president Matthew Jordan, Dr. Robert Schlembach, Donna Haar, and Ashleigh Sonnenberg, assistant director of alumni relations.
Planned events for this year include a Pharmacy law CE in March and an ice skating night. Students will benefit from the Exam Study Break, a biannual event that provides free snacks during exam times, sponsored by the Alumni Affiliate. The board will also organize a community service event this academic year.
by Dr. Brandon Craig
Healthcare is changing. Patients’ needs are growing. The pharmacist’s role is expanding. According to The Joint Commission of Pharmacy Practitioners’ (JCPP) in their Future Vision of Pharmacy Practice 2015, “Pharmacists will be the healthcare professionals responsible for providing patient care that ensures optimal medication therapy outcomes.” In order to prove our professional worth and fulfill our patients’ medication- and health-related needs, we must get in the game. One way of doing this is Board Certification.
Dr. Brandon Craig, a 2007 Pharm.D. graduate of the University of Toledo College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, recently achieved board certification in ambulatory care pharmacy through the Board of Pharmacy Specialties (BPS). Dr. Craig is a clinical pharmacist practicing at Discount Drug Mart, a regional pharmacy chain in Ohio. He is also a preceptor for Pharm.D. Students at UT. His professional interests include Medication Therapy Management, diabetes care, vaccinations and medication reconciliation.
“I have always possessed a passion for educating and sharing knowledge. As a pharmacist on the front line of healthcare, I enjoy teaching my patients about general health and wellness and the appropriate use of their medications. I have also found it very rewarding to precept pharmacy students from UT in completing their experiential hours.”
There are many reasons one may pursue board certification, including affirmation of skills and knowledge, increased recognition from other healthcare professionals, or exploring new practice opportunities. My major motivation for becoming a Board Certified Ambulatory Care Pharmacist (BCACP) was in providing optimal care to my patients and ensuring that high quality, practical education is provided to our future pharmacists. As the quest towards Provider Status continues, we as pharmacists must prove our value to patients and fellow health care professionals.
“Through earning Board Certification, I would like to offer additional learning opportunities to UT pharmacy students. This credential validates a pharmacist’s knowledge to manage patients with complex medication-related needs. The community pharmacist of today is truly a clinician, and has many added roles and responsibilities in caring for ambulatory patients. There are many patient services offered at my pharmacy, including MTM, health/self-care education, medication adherence, vaccinations, and medication synchronization. Students would benefit greatly from being directly involved in the provision of these services.”
“With pharmacists providing advanced pharmacy services such as health education, MTM, vaccine administration, and patient/prescriber drug therapy recommendations, we need to strive for excellence and recognition as members of the health care team.”
In regards to education and pharmacy students, I plan to continue precepting students at my practice site as often as they are assigned. I would also be excited to participate in other opportunities with the College of Pharmacy to provide seminars, practical experience or professional experiences to students. I am interested in any research opportunities that are relevant to ambulatory care pharmacy. I am also an active member of APhA and the Ohio Pharmacists Association (OPA), including the Disease State Management Taskforce and MTM Work Group committees with OPA.
Please contact me with any questions.
Brandon Craig, PharmD, RPh, BCACP
Class of 2007, University of Toledo College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
Discount Drug Mart #69
661 Wooster St., Lodi, OH 44254
Tom Nameth, Director of Pharmacy Operations
Jason Briscoe, Director-in-training Jbriscoe@discount-drugmart.com
211 Commerce Dr.
Medina, OH 44256
Phone: 330.725.2340, Ext. 84454
Photo: Brandon Craig, PharmD, RPh, BCACP discusses pharmacy legislation with his local congressmen.
Gerald ‘Jerry’ Wisler, BSP ’79, is the recipient of the 2014 Distinguished Alumnus award from The University of Toledo Alumni Association. Nominated by his peers and selected by the college’s Alumni Affiliate and Dean’s Cabinet, he will be honored at the Homecoming Gala on October 24. The Distinguished Alumnus award is the highest honor and distinction the affiliate bestows on alumni, recognizing outstanding career achievements in pharmacy or healthcare.
Wisler’s unique educational background and career path have allowed him to contribute greatly to the lives of others. After earning his Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy, he completed a Master of Business Administration degree at The University of Toledo, with a major in finance. Wisler began his career as a practicing pharmacist but quickly moved into sales and promotion roles in the pharmaceutical industry. His roles at Novartis and Merck included directing managed care and marketing strategy, in which he helped bring to market well known drugs like Pepcid® and Zocor®.
Team building, strategic leadership and innovation are the hallmarks of Wisler’s success in the pharmaceutical industry. The recipient of numerous awards for his entrepreneurialism and strategy, he independently established and led Aegerion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Omthera Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Through Aegerion Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a specialty pharmaceutical company focused on late-stage product development and commercialization, Wisler led the completion of Phase 2 and Phase 3 trials, which culminated in the FDA approval of MTP Inhibitor Juxtapid (lomitapide) in December 2012. The FDA approval of Epanova, a high-potency, prescription Omega 3 product, and its 2013 acquisition by Astra Zeneca are further indicators of Wisler’s acumen in pharmaceutical product development and commercialization.
Maintaining his interest in pharmacy education, Wisler has been a guest of the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, speaking to student pharmacists and encouraging them to be entrepreneurial. His professional efforts have enhanced the lives of many, and The University of Toledo is proud to recognize him with as a Distinguished Alumnus.
Jerry Wisler has spent more than 30 years in the pharmaceutical industry. He has successfully founded and led Aegerion Pharmaceuticals, a publicly traded company with a market cap of over $1 billion, and Omthera Pharmaceuticals, which was acquired by Astra Zeneca for over $400 million. His entrepreneurial efforts in these ventures brought Juxtapid® (lomitapide) and Epanova to market.
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Promoting a culture that values its constituents and encouraging strong positive relationships among these groups are major facets of the core values of the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. Aligned with these core values, the college includes diversity as a key component of its mission, as does The University of Toledo. Diversity is a broad and comprehensive term, and the college is benefited by a plethora of diversity, including, but not limited to, age, color, ethnicity, gender, religion, disabilities, socio-economic status, sexual orientation, gender identity, and national origin .
As the newly appointed Assistant Dean for Diversity and Community Engagement, Dr. Monica Holiday-Goodman addresses diversity and its intersections with health outcomes in the larger medical community. A nationally recognized expert on health disparities and cultural competence, she is responsible for teaching these topics in the CPPS curricula. Several sources, including the US Institute of Medicine, have stated that the lack of cultural competence in the health professions is a major contributor to the country’s health disparities. Dr. Holiday-Goodman believes that having a student body that is able to provide care for any patient, regardless of their demographic background, would bring great benefit to all Ohio citizens, especially those who are traditionally underserved in health care.
Dr. Holiday-Goodman, who chairs the college’s Human Diversity Committee, has had primary responsibility for the college’s Diversity Plan and the P1 Diversity Workshop for several years. She is the co-chair of the Admissions committee and therefore is keenly aware of recruitment and the retention challenges facing many of our students. She has also developed a close working relationship with the University Office of Equity, Diversity and Community Engagement and has earned a certificate in diversity through the university. She plans to ensure ongoing training and activities for faculty, staff and preceptors, allowing for continued growth in diversity-related skills and knowledge.
“Diversity-related education of faculty, staff and students will improve the recognition of and appreciation for the benefits of diversity within the College. I plan to provide oversight in the planning of activities and functions celebrating and acknowledging the various types of diversity within the College and in creating an inclusive environment for all college constituencies,” Dr. Holiday-Goodman said.
By serving as a liaison between the community and the college for health-related events in the Toledo area, Dr. Holiday-Goodman will assist the college in developing more community outreach projects that improve the human condition in Northwest Ohio.
Learn more about UT’s commitment to diversity and community outreach.
The September 2014 issue of Refill, the e-newsletter of The University of Toledo College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, is now available online.
In this issue:
- The Full Spectrum: Diversity initiaves that improve the human condition
- Sister to Sister: Science runs in the family for Yasmine and Samar Ayoub
- Homecoming: Reasons to come home to UT
- The Polished Professional: Mary Jo Borden helps students develop professional skills that are valued in the workplace
- Leadership Lessons: Dr. Early shares advice on effective networking
- Focused Ambition: Dual-degree programs and residencies offer exciting career paths
- Legendary: Dean Early to be honored with community award
- Calendar of Events
Tags: alumni, BSPS, diversity, faculty recognition, graduate education, leadership, research, science, service, The University of Toledo College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
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For Yasmine and Samar Ayoub, research and patient care are a family affair. Yasmine is a P2 PharmD student, and her sister Samar is a high school student who plans to become a physician.
Samar attends high school in Sylvania, Ohio and, through a Department of Chemistry grant from the American Chemical Society Project Seed Program and the National Science Foundation, she is conducting a summer research project in the laboratory of Dr. Amanda Bryant-Friedrich, associate professor of medicinal chemistry. She initially became interested in science and research through a local Women in Science program she attended in seventh grade. Yasmine, who had taken a class with Dr. Bryant-Friedrich, suggested that Samar work with Dr. Bryant-Friedrich on a research project.
“Dr. Amanda was my professor for Med Chem II, so I was familiar with her teaching style and eagerness to help students understand topics that may be more difficult to comprehend. I thought that it would be a good idea for my sister to learn the basics of organic chemistry at such a young age so that once she begins college, the material won’t be as foreign to her as it was to me,” Yasmine said.
Both sisters benefitted from early exposure to laboratory science through high school coursework. In these courses, they were able to design experiments and apply their findings to real-world problems. As a high school senior, Samar has already gained quite a bit of laboratory experience and participated in symposia. Samar has enjoyed receiving feedback from academics regarding her high school research projects and has used their advice to plot a career path. Her summer research with Dr. Bryant-Friedrich allowed her to delve deeper.
“I had the freedom to make my own decisions on how I want my experiment to go, even though it was my first time being exposed to organic chemistry and the synthesis of molecules,” Samar said. “Having an expert like Dr. Amanda ask what I want to do, allowing me to control the experiment, truly was an honor. I also enjoyed analyzing my results. Trying to figure out what exactly my compound was and using tools such as NMRs and mass spectroscopy allowed me to try to put all the puzzle pieces together to see exactly what I was looking for.”
When she entered college in 2011, Yasmine chose pharmacy because of the diversity of career choices within pharmacy and the opportunity to educate patients as a way of improving patient health. At UT, she has conducted research on cancer, green tea polyphenols and inflammation in the laboratory of Malathi Krishnamurthy (Department of Biological Science). In ten years, Yasmine would like to be a practicing pharmacist who conducts oncology research.
“I hope to see more patient/pharmacist interactions throughout the years. In addition, I plan to continue on with research to play a role in a medical breakthrough,” Yasmine said.
The Ayoub sisters have other health professionals in their family. Their cousin is a cardiologist in Miami, Florida, and their aunt is a pharmacist. Yasmine believes in the importance of role models, particularly for women in science.
“It is important to have someone to look up to for motivation for success, even when it may seem difficult. My mom and dad are my role models,” Yasmine said.
- September 2014 Student of the Month: Kulvinder Nagra
- October 2014 Refill e-newsletter
- The Master of Plans: Kevin Krock, BSPS ’07
- Mission: UNSTOPPABLE
- Your 2014-2015 Alumni Affiliate Board
- Taking Patient Care to the Next Level with Board Certification
- 2014 Distinguished Alumnus: Jerry Wisler, Class of 1979
- The Full Spectrum: Diversity Initiatives that Improve the Human Condition
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