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APhA-ASP Mid-Year Regional Meeting

aphaaspP3 Student Deeb Eid discusses the momentum set at the APhA-ASP Mid-Year Regional Meeting

Four years ago, the UT chapter of American Pharmacists Association—Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP) was sending approximately 8-10 students to the APhA’s Region 4 Mid-Year Regional Meeting. Of late, the chapter  has seen greater and more consistent student involvement and was able to send 42 students to last fall’s meeting in Lexington, Kentucky. The college’s most prominent student leaders among them, APhA-ASP sent the second largest student body (second to the University of Kentucky) to the meeting this year. At the meeting, the chapter attended leadership workshops, learned about the policy proposal process, and participated in curriculum vitae writing sessions.

Importantly, student pharmacists learned more about the HR4190 bill that is pushing for pharmacist provider status and how they as students can help to shift the profession. In addition, students were pushed to challenge the status quo through the policy proposal process, and the chapter passed its proposal for recommending epinephrine injectors for use in emergency situations in the public school setting, with consent from a physician.  This proposal, the chapters first to pass in the past five years, was aided by the tremendous efforts of P3 student, Tiffany Haddad.

The chapter’s patient care vice president, Laura Macaveiu, earned recognition for her work in building a patient care project board. The chapter is looking to continue the momentum set at the Mid-Year Regional Meeting.

Kyle Rako, Doctor of Pharmacy valedictorian

Kyle RakoKyle Rako is the valedictorian for the Doctor of Pharmacy Class of 2014. As an undergraduate, Kyle Rako studied abroad at Universidad de Rey Juan Carlos in Madrid, Spain. A chemistry minor, he graduated summa cum laude with a B.S. in Pharmaceutical Sciences in 2012. After completing his bachelor’s degree, Rako participated in an executive pharmacy internship with Target Pharmacy.

His honors and awards include the Walgreens Diversity Scholarship, the Charles Schifman Scholarship, the Dean Schlembach Scholarship, and the Rocket Scholar Award in addition to The University of Toledo President’s List and the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Dean’s List.

Rako conducted pharmacy research at Universidad de Alcalá in Spain. His activities include serving as the director of pharmacy relations for UT CommunityCare Clinic and as a drug information teaching assistant. He also served on a medical mission trip in San Lucas Toliman, Guatemala in 2013. He has also served as president of the Beta Eta Chapter of Rho Chi Society, the pharmacy honor society, SPAN-liaison for American Pharmacists Association – Academy of Student Pharmacists and public relations officer for Student National Pharmaceutical Association in addition to his membership in Student Society of Health-System Pharmacists.

Dr.Rako plans to work in community pharmacy following graduation.

February 2014 Refill e-newsletter

The February 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:

  • Script Your Future
  • Love Connection
  • Life After the BSPS degree
  • Dr. Cappelletty’s Shining Star Award
  • Saine ’79 honored by ISMP
  • Award for UT SNPhA chapter
  • UT research at APhA meeting
  • Rx Impact and Pharmacy Advocacy
  • March 11, 2014 Law CE Registration

UT research will be prominent at 2014 APhA meeting

The College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences will make a tremendous impression at the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) meeting in March 2014. Among the posters that were accepted for talking poster presentations, 25 percent feature UT students and faculty members. Several other poster presentations represent the work of UT faculty members, recent alumni and students. In particular, the Center for Pharmaceutical Care and Outcomes Research and the master’s program in Health Outcomes and Socioeconomic Sciences will be well represented.

Kelly Gaffney, a P2 PharmD student, will present a poster derived from her research in the Center for Pharmaceutical Care and Outcomes Research. Co-authored by Dr. Sharrel Pinto (MS ’01) and Robert Bechtol (BSPS ’05, MS ’07), the paper is entitled “Evaluating patients’ perceptions of blister packs dispensed in a community setting and its impact on their adherence.” In addition to this oral presentation, Gaffney will present a poster entitled “Patients’ perceptions of medication organizing systems and their level of adherence using these systems.”

Kevin Omerza, a P3 PharmD student and first-year MS graduate student in the Health Outcomes and Socioeconomic Sciences program, will present his poster, “A qualitative analysis assessing patients’ perceptions of services offered in an adherence pharmacy program.” Omerza is a graduate research assistant in the Center for Pharmaceutical Care and Outcomes Research, and the paper is co-authored by Dr. Sharrel Pinto and Robert Bechtol.

A paper entitled “Cost of intermittent participation in medication therapy management,” co-authored by Dr. Sharrel Pinto and Robert Bechtol and graduate student, Tessa Conner, will be presented by Conner. Conner is a first-year graduate student in the Health Outcomes and Socioeconomic Sciences program and a graduate research assistant in the Center for Pharmaceutical Care and Outcomes Research.

Nilesh Gangan, a 2013 graduate of the Health Outcomes and Socioeconomic Sciences master’s program, will present his thesis research on “Predicting factors leading to primary medication non-adherence and its effect on health service utilization among Medicare beneficiaries with cardiovascular disease” as a podium presentation at the APhA meeting. The abstract was co-authored by Drs. Varun Vaidya, Sharrel Pinto, and Aliaksandr Amialchuk.

“Identifying pharmacists’ perception, knowledge, and perceived barriers towards providing care to patients taking antipsychotics” will be presented by Neha Gangal, MS ’13. The paper, which was derived from her thesis research, is co-authored by Drs. Monica Holiday-Goodman and Varun Vaidya, and Robert Bechtol.

Recent graduate Surbi Shah, MS ’13, will present a paper derived from her thesis research, entitled “Assessing medical students’ awareness towards pharmacist-provided counseling services and their intent to collaborate using a modified Theory of Planned Behavior.” Co-authors are Robert Bechtol and Drs. Sharrel Pinto and Gregory Stone.

October 2013 Student of the Month

SOM oct13Kimberly Zitko is the Student of the Month for October 2013. Kim was indispensable in establishing the college’s chapter of the Student College of Clinical Pharmacy (SCCP), drafting bylaws and submitting the application to the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP), the national parent organization. The UT chapter of SCCP held its first meeting in October with Kim as president. A mentor and a leader, Kim is also a member of the executive boards of American Pharmacists Association-Academy of Student Pharmacists and Phi Lambda Sigma.


UT Pharmacy is Right for Me

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kxopKWN92UI Pharmacy students recently produced a video to introduce prospective students to pharmacy and to The University of Toledo. The video features current students and recent graduates of the college. The students, who were very enthusiastic about the project, have submitted the video to the Pharmacy is Right for Me project, an initiative from the American Pharmacists Association that teaches middle school and high school students about careers in pharmacy and introduces them to pharmacy schools nationwide.

APhA Annual Meeting 2011

The plane grows quiet as the ten once-rowdy UT pharmacy students start to fall asleep. I, too, grow tired as we return home from Seattle, WA but find it difficult to sleep as all the exciting moments from the last few days run through my head. After four days, we finally return to alma mater with a wealth of knowledge and experience gained from APhA’s Annual meeting.

This year, over 6,000 pharmacy students from across the country met to participate in workshops, forums, and poster presentations to further the profession. Since this was my first time at such an event, I was awestruck at the unity, influence, and leadership of not only thousands of fellow pharmacy students but also numerous pharmacists, employers, and community members. In workshops highlighting updates in various fields of medicine, I saw the wheels of change pushing us to new heights as pharmacies nationwide begin to implement improved drugs, disease management guidelines, and operation procedures.

It was often reported by the presenters of these workshops that this is a pivotal time in the history of pharmacy and that new strides are leaving footprints in the uncharted areas of a better tomorrow. However in other workshops, presenters were correctly identifying areas where pharmacists, researchers, and students need to improve within patient care. But in these warnings, I found the most rewarding part of the weekend. I would look around the room to see the audience’s response. Although age, race, education, and experience, etched a different life story on each face, there was always the same glimmer in the eye. Rather than meet these shortfalls with bitterness, discouragement, or even fear, an almost palpable expression breached each difference to collectively show the pharmacists’ determination to rise to the challenge and improve self and profession at all costs. Most traveled hundreds of miles and gave up a weekend with family to be there, but as if that was not enough, they asked questions like, “How can I take this back to my pharmacy” and “What do I need to do to make this work?” No doubt, those answers did not offer shortcuts or easy solutions, but I guarantee you that in the prospect of improving even one patient’s life, these pharmacists would not hesitate to work past their scheduled hours just to make it a reality.

AI highly encourage students to attend national and regional events like this because even if you don’t feel that obligation now, you will see it in the hearts and minds of a unified body, and at the very least it will help you sleep on those long plane rides home. Until next time… Enjoy the journey.

Great time to be a UT Pharmacy Student!

That is right my friends! It is a great time to be a Pharmacy Rocket and so little time to tell you about it! There is so much going on this time of year with Pharmacy Month (check out Thomas Tarry’s blog!), UT Athletics (congratulations UT Football Team and pharmacy alum and new swimming head coach, Liz Hinkleman!), Health Science Campus events and much more! In fact, last week alone there was the APhA Patient Counseling Competition (students competed for a chance to represent UT in the Annual APhA 2011 Conference in Seattle, Washington), Interprofessional Education Panel Lecture (Dean Early and the three other HSC Deans answered the most important healthcare issues facing us today), DeadWAR (a medical emergency scenario where pharmacy, medical, and nursing students competed in a 5+ mile scavenger hunt), and the Parents and Family Weekend Health Fair (students presented information on Diabetes, Hypertension, and healthy lifestyles).
Ok, I know that was a lot of information and I know you cannot fully capture the value of these events by just one sentence excerpts, but what I am trying to say is start getting involved today! It is difficult with exams and homework, but if you continue to miss out on these opportunities you will fail to learn something that no didactic setting will teach you. While all four activities were educational, they all went beyond the provincial student setting and offered a peak into the real life of a pharmacist! At each event, I was engaged with current problems, given honest answers, and collaborated with other health professionals. This is a growing trend since we moved over to the Health Science Campus. Students, faculty and staff members are working together in research, patient care settings, educational programs, and even social events. I was approached recently by the President of the Medical Student Council, Rajiv Bahl, about future collaborations between pharmacy and medical students. I was surprise to find that after all this time thinking medical students hated us for taking their parking spots that they are just as eager to meet us as we are to meet them. So keep an eye out and don’t be afraid to extend that welcoming hand!
Well hopefully through my incoherent calendar reading, you have come to realize that there is a lot of great things going on now and in weeks to come. Be sure to check out the giant calendar on the wall across from the student pharmacy in HEB! Let me know if you have any questions and I’ll see you at Pharmacy Day on Oct 27th! And remember… Enjoy the Journey

 American Pharmacists Month activities