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Walgreens Pharmacy Camp jump-starts careers

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.

Dr. Anthony Pattin

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

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

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.


February 2015 Refill e-newsletter

The February 2015 issue of Refill, the e-newsletter of The University of Toledo College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, is now available online.

In this issue:

  • Remembering Parviz Boodjeh ‘54
  • Pharmacy Student-Athletes: Auckley, Gonring and North
  • Introducing Dr. F. Scott Hall
  • Amanda Bryant-Friedrich’s Stanley C. Israel Regional Award
  • PharmD/MBA Dual Degree program
  • Allan Zaenger ’79 leads Charitable Pharmacy
  • Clinical Skills Competition Winners, Hazelden and Israel
  • Student Conferences and Presentations
  • Outstanding Alumni Nominations

Dr. Bryant-Friedrich receives American Chemistry Society award

Dr. Amanda Bryant-Friedrich was honored by the American Chemistry Society’s Committee on Minority Affairs with the Stanley C. Israel Regional Award for Advancing Diversity in the Chemical Sciences.

The Stanley C. Israel Regional Award recognizes individuals and/or institutions who have advanced diversity in the chemical sciences and significantly stimulated or fostered activities that promote inclusiveness within the region.

The award included travel accommodations and registration for the Central Regional Meeting and recognized Dr. Bryant-Friedrich’s mentorship and dedication. She was nominated by Dr. Isabel Escobar, professor of chemical and environmental engineering and associate dean for research development and outreach in The University of Toledo College of Engineering.


The Full Spectrum: Diversity Initiatives that Improve the Human Condition

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.


September 2014 Refill e-newsletter

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

Diversity in Practice

By Dr. Monica Holiday-Goodman

The December 2013 cohort of the Diversity Certificate program, including Dr. Holiday Goodman

The December 2013 cohort of the Diversity Certificate program, including Dr. Holiday Goodman

This past fall semester I had the privilege of participating in the University’s Diversity Certificate program. Although I have taught diversity-related concepts such as cultural competence and health disparities for several years now, this experience proved that I still have so much to learn.

Diversity is a broad and comprehensive concept that touches all aspects of life. Although many associate diversity exclusively with race and ethnicity, it also encompasses religion, abilities, age, gender, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic status among many other things.

I particularly enjoyed learning about the social of psychology of diversity, opening my eyes to the issue of micro-aggressions in interpersonal communications. Learning about diversity in religious beliefs was also a favorite topic of mine.

Earning the certificate has not only helped me personally to interact more effectively with those around me, but it has also enhanced my performance within the classroom, as I have begun to incorporate many of the lessons learned in my course content. As chair of CPPS Human Diversity Committee, the program has also given me great ideas for diversity training sessions within the College.  I strongly encourage everyone to participate in some aspect of the program. Whether you attend an individual session or attend the requisite number to earn the certificate, I guarantee that you will benefit from the experience.

Learn more about the Culture Building Institute Diversity Certificate.