Pharmacy Summer Camp, sponsored by Walgreens, is more than just a fun way to spend a few nights on a college campus; it is also an on-ramp to a career in pharmacy.
At The University of Toledo, three faculty members in the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences can attest to the power of Pharmacy Summer Camp. Drs. Anthony Pattin, Michelle Schroeder and Michelle Serres, faculty members in the Department of Pharmacy Practice, all came to the college in the early 2000s as rising high school juniors, eager to learn about pharmacy. Their career paths demonstrate a love for the profession of pharmacy that was initiated during the camp experience.
As a Toledo native, Dr. Anthony Pattin had the opportunity to attend pharmacy camp during the summer of 2002. Helping an elderly neighbor organize her medications sparked Dr. Pattin’s interest in becoming a practitioner, and a subsequent job at a pharmacy sealed the deal for him. Even then, he enjoyed patient interactions and counseling.
Today, Dr. Pattin is an alumnus of The University of Toledo, having completed his Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences and Doctor of Pharmacy degrees from The University of Toledo in 2007 and 2009, respectively. He completed a PGY-1 community pharmacy residency at The University of Toledo in 2010 and began his career as a clinical assistant professor at the Wayne State University Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. Last year, Dr. Pattin accepted a tenure-track assistant professor position at The University of Toledo College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.
Dr. Pattin’s research and pharmacy practice interests include expansion of community pharmacists’ services, including vaccinations, medication therapy management, and medication adherence monitoring. The first African-American PharmD faculty member in the history of The College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Dr. Pattin mentions how the experiences at pharmacy camp inspired him to pursue pharmacy “full steam ahead”. He is thankful for Walgreens and their continued sponsorship of Pharmacy Summer Camp.
Dr. Michelle Schroeder participated in the 2004 session of Pharmacy Summer Camp. She earned her Doctor of Pharmacy Degree from Ohio Northern University in 2011 and completed the community pharmacy residency program at The University of Toledo in 2012. Dr. Schroeder joined the faculty in 2012 as a clinical assistant professor of Pharmacy Practice and was a part-time Kroger Pharmacist for four years. Her primary practice site is with the diabetes education program through The University of Toledo Center for Diabetes Self-Management, Education, and Training. She is involved with the program as the program coordinator and as a certified diabetes educator (CDE).
In addition to working with the diabetes education program, Dr. Schroeder is also involved in experiential teaching of ambulatory care pharmacy for APPE’s, IPPE’s and pharmacy residents. She continues to be involved with the Pharmacy Summer Camp, leading a glucose monitoring activity in which the students learn about glucose meters and participate in a hands-on exercise checking their own blood glucose.
Dr. Michelle Serres is a clinical assistant professor of Pharmacy Practice and Director of Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences (IPPEs) at The University of Toledo College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. Dr. Serres completed the Walgreens-sponsored Pharmacy Summer Camp in the summer of 2003 and went on to earn her Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences in 2008 and Doctor of Pharmacy in 2010 from The University of Toledo. She completed a post-graduate year-one (PGY1) pharmacy residency in primary care with the W. W. Knight Family Medicine Program at The Toledo Hospital and joined the faculty in 2011. Dr. Serres earned Board Certification of Advanced Diabetes Management (BC-ADM) in December 2011, received Board Certification in Ambulatory Care Pharmacy in 2012, and is a certified insulin pump educator.
Currently the director of Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences, where she coordinates and manages P1-P3 student pharmacy and community experiences, Dr. Serres works with preceptors, students and sites to create and manage college relationships. She serves on and leads several college committees as a representative for experiential education, including the Admissions Committee, the Academic Performance Committee and is co-chair of the Professional Conduct Committee. In addition, she implemented, and was the former director of, The University of Toledo Diabetes Education, Self-Management and Training Program, accredited by AADE, based out of the Department of Endocrinology at The University of Toledo Medical Center. Dr. Serres now serves in clinical practice at the Center for Health Services, where she works with and manages patients with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes and other chronic disease states in an outpatient primary care setting. Dr. Serres is also the president elect of Toledo Academy of Pharmacy (TAP).
The careers of these faculty members grew from their own motivation to pursue the profession, paired with the generous and ongoing support of Walgreens at the start of their career exploration. The philanthropy of Walgreens has included direct support of Pharmacy Summer Camp for fifteen years, along with generous diversity grants.
By Sienna Gerdeman, P2 BSPS student
I am a senior (P2) majoring in Cosmetic Science and Formulation Design with a minor in Business Administration at The University of Toledo. My internship this past summer was at a German company called Wacker Chemical Corporation in Adrian, Mich., which is the American headquarters for Wacker. Wacker sells its silicone ingredients to manufacturers like Proctor & Gamble and L’Oreal to be used in personal care products like shampoos, lotions, lipsticks, eyeshadows, etc. If the label of a personal care item shows the ingredient dimethicone or cyclopentasiloxane, it is likely that the ingredient originated at Wacker. Silicones give personal care products benefits like moisturization, smoothness, combability, spreadability, shine, thickening, long-lasting effect, tackiness reduction, and hold. I worked in the silicone division under the personal care segment in the technical center.
My internship included a primary and secondary project. My primary project was the development of a clear shower gel formulation. My objectives were to create a planned formulation recipe by researching available literature and product data, identifying Wacker products that could be used in the product, preparing and optimizing formulations, testing stability, evaluating performance, and presenting the results. My goal was to optimize a clear shower gel formula so Wacker could highlight its latest product, a water-soluble silicone known as PF 200. Using any type of surfactant, otherwise known as soap, can cause the skin to feel dry. Silicones are known for their moisturizing properties. Adding PF 200 to my shower gel formulation reduces the dryness of the skin, and leaves it feeling smooth and soft. My job was to successfully formulate shower gels with and without PF 200 and test the differences. I performed foam tests, moisturization tests and a panel test in order to compare the shower gels and test PF 200’s efficacy.
My secondary project was the development of a water-based nail polish formulation. Water-based nail polish is safer for the environment and cheaper for the manufacturers to transport compared to normal solvent-based polish, which is more expensive and highly flammable. However, the water-based nail polishes currently on the market are criticized for being slow to dry and easy to chip. My project was to formulate this nail polish with and without PF 200 to compare and contrast the ingredient’s ability to resolve flaws in current nail polish formulations. For example, PF 200 makes the nail polish shinier and last longer. Throughout the project, I communicate with suppliers and request samples pertaining to my research. I have enjoyed and learned from the challenges and successes I’ve encountered. Working with personal care products is a passion of mine and it is a thrill to be able to formulate.
NPhA welcomed their inaugural class of NPhA Fellows. The distinguished group included Johnnie L. Early, II PhD, RPh; H.W. “Ted” Matthews, PhD, RPh; Terrence V. Burroughs, MBA, CMTM, RPh; Barry Bleidt, PhD, Pharm D, RPh, and Marcellus Grace, PhD, RPh. The NPhA Fellows Recognition Program (FNPhA) was created to grant recognition and promote awareness of pharmacists who have a record of outstanding service to the profession through contributions to NPhA. These members have sustained, continuous membership of at least ten years and have demonstrated excellence in serving the medically undeserved.
Dr. Early was a charter member of Student National Pharmaceutical Association, the student affiliate organization of National Pharmaceutical Association, and is the first charter member to be honored in this way.
Emerging HealthCare Materials & Advancement in Toxicology, 1-3 September 2016, Radisson Hotel, Health Sciences Campus, The University of Toledo, Toledo, Ohio
An International Conference on Emerging Healthcare Materials and Advancement in Toxicology 2016 was held at Radisson Hotel, The University of Toledo Health Science Campus, Toledo, Ohio, USA, from September 1 – 3, 2016. The conference was organized by Dr. Zahoor A. Shah and Dr. Frederick E. Williams from College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences in collaboration with Dr. Iqbal Ahmad, The University of Manchester, UK.
This conference was the first of its kind focused on emerging healthcare materials and advancements in toxicology. The city of Toledo was selected due to its proximity to big cities like Detroit, Cleveland, Columbus and Ann Arbor. The main focus of this conference was to bring researchers from academia, industry, government and non-governmental organizations onto one platform to discuss the emerging research on nanotechnology and healthcare medicine and its effects on human health. This opportunity facilitated new collaborations and networking benefits to researchers working and studying hard to make healthy use of nanotechnology. Imminent scientists/researchers across the country participated in the conference and the key note/distinguished and invited speakers list is below.
OPENING PLENARY LECTURE: ROBERT L. TANGUAY, Distinguished Professor of Molecular Toxicology Department of Environmental and Molecular Toxicology, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR.
TITLE: Rapid In Vivo Assessment of the Nano/Bio Interface to Help Develop Safer Nanomaterials.
DISTINGUISHED LECTURE: MARK BANASZAK HOLL, Professor of Chemistry; Director of Macromolecular Science and Engineering, College of Engineering, University of Michigan, An Arbor, MI
TITLE: Fluorescent Materials For Biological Imaging.
OTHER INVITED SPEAKERS:
JOHN P. WISE, Professor of Pharmacology and Toxicology, School of Medicine, University of Louisville. Louisville, KY
TITLE: Of Whales and Men: Lessons Learned about Global Pollution from Great Whales.
MICHAEL CARVAN, Professor, School of Freshwater Sciences, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, IL
TITLE: Developmental Methylmercury Exposure Leads to Transgenerational Adult Neurobehavioral Defects—Using Zebrafish to Understand Mechanism.
YANG H. YUN, Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering, College of Engineering, The University of Akron, Akron, OH
TITLE: The Application of L-Tyrosine Polyphosphate in Nanomedicine.
MOHAMMED O. ALJAHDALI, Professor of Ecological Physiology, King Abdulaziz University Rabigh, Saudi Arabia.
TITLE: Sesamin Ameliorates STZ Induced Free Radical Mediated Oxidative Stress in Diabetic Retina.
ANDREW P. AULT, Assistant Professor of Environmental Health Sciences and Chemistry, School of Public Health, University of Michigan, An Arbor, MI
TITLE: Rapid Size and pH-Dependent Modification of Silver Nanoparticles in Simulated Gastrointestinal System
KATSUHISA KUROGI, Assistant Professor, University of Miyazaki, Japan
TITLE: Investigation of the Metabolism of Steroids-Related Compounds Through Sulfation Using the Zebrafish.
TARIQ HAMID, Assistant Professor, School, Cardiovascular Disease Center, School of Medicine, University of Alabama, Birmingham, AL
TITLE: Anticancer Drug Imatinib, Stem Cells and Myocardial Regeneration.
JERRY NESAMONY, Associate Professor of Pharmaceutics, College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, The University of Toledo, Toledo, OH
TITLE: Exploring Multiple Strategies to Develop Nanostructured Systems For Use in Drug Delivery.
SCOTT HALL, Assistant Professor, Assistant Professor of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, The University of Toledo, Toledo, OH