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Rising in the Ranks

Recently, the U.S. News and World Report updated its rankings of pharmacy schools. Always highly regarded, the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences was first ranked by this publication in 2012 as a result of concerted efforts by the college to expand external communications and spread the word about our programs and people.

The newest rankings show an improvement for the college, from number 62 among over 80 ranked colleges to number 60 of over 100 ranked schools, indicating the persistently high regard for the program, even in a time of fiscal austerity.

The College continues to engage in the activities that moved it onto the lists of ranked colleges through its learners, faculty and staff and their efforts in academics and service in key roles in state and national pharmacy organizations.  The college’s complex and comprehensive program of twelve curricula pioneered the Pharmacy Summer Camp as a recruitment tool for pharmacy and the pharmaceutical sciences.  An added offering is the teaching certificate for pharmacy residents.

The College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences attracts high achieving learners to its BS in Pharmaceutical Sciences majors in cosmetic science and formulation design, pharmacology and toxicology, pharmaceutics, medicinal chemistry, and pharmacy administration (with a minor in business).  Future practitioners enroll in the college’s highly competitive PharmD program and study in the clinics and pharmacies of the University of Toledo Medical Center.  Learners who are focused on research continue in the MS and PhD programs, the latter of which include medicinal chemistry and experimental therapeutics.  Students have the opportunity to earn dual-degrees, including the BSPS/MS degree in medicinal chemistry, the PharmD/MS in health outcomes and socioeconomic sciences or the PharmD/PhD in medicinal chemistry.  The PharmD/MBA is the college’s newest dual-degree program. Learners also enhance their clinical skills in the PGY1, PGY2, or Kroger Community Pharmacy residency programs.


November 2014 issue of Refill

The November 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 Faculty and Staff Retirements
  • Pharmacy Student-Athletes Stay in the Game
  • Dr. Amanda Bryant-Friedrich receives regional honor
  • Meet Dr. Scott Hall
  • Giving Thanks by Matthew Jordan, Pharmacy Student Council President
  • Dr. Diane Cappelletty to chair Department of Pharmacy Practice
  • Doc Schlembach’s 90th birthday
  • Calendar of Events

August 2014 Refill e-newsletter

The August 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:

  • Home away from home: Welcoming and retaining graduate students from abroad
  • Notes from the CD3 Anniversary Symposium
  • Ginkgo biloba and stroke recovery
  • Leadership Lessons from Distinguished University Professor Paul Erhardt
  • Substance abuse research, Dr. Caren Steinmiller
  • Pharmacy Camp inspires future Rocket scientists
  • Student research and awards
  • Community education, Elias Bassil
  • International APPE: Chun Wong’s Journey
  • Tradition, Ethics and the Professional Advancement Ceremony

Home away from home: Welcoming and retaining international graduate students

Dr. Amanda after completing her doctoral exam in Heidelberg, Germany, 1997

Dr. Amanda after completing her doctoral exam in Heidelberg, Germany, 1997

Having left the comforts of the United States to explore graduate education abroad, Dr. Amanda Bryant-Friedrich has firsthand knowledge of the complex transition awaiting graduate students who come to the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences from around the globe. Completing her doctorate in Heidelberg, Germany and postdoctoral training in Basel, Switzerland allowed her to grow academically and see the world, but these experiences were often challenging, and missing her home and community at times compounded the challenges. In her new role as Director of International Pharmaceutical Sciences Graduate Student Recruitment and Retention, Dr. Bryant-Friedrich is a valuable resource to graduate students experiencing the United States, often for the first time.

“Students who decide to pursue advanced degrees outside their country of origin are often faced with barriers of immigration and matriculation that originate from a lack of knowledge from the perspectives of both the student and the respective institution of higher learning,” Dr. Bryant-Friedrich said.

As the College engages new regions of the world to attract graduate students, Dr. Bryant-Friedrich plans to introduce members of the college community to the educational systems, culture and research enterprise in each region. Her new role also requires a heightened sense of awareness of the political and economic conditions of the countries from which international learners originate to make sure that students receive counseling and support to help them to maintain an exceptional level of academic performance, even when thoughts of home are a distraction.

Another aspect of retaining international students is ensuring their sense of community upon their arrival.

“I intend to maintain strong relationships with community-based organizations that have ties and services important to the needs of our international students. This will include working with the UT Center for International Students and Programs as well as Toledo Sister Cities International and other organizations with a common interest in international relationships,” Dr. Bryant-Friedrich said.

The college is continually increasing the population of graduate students who are well prepared academically for coursework and research. Dr. Bryant-Friedrich sees this as an opportunity to create recruitment pipelines from prestigious institutions abroad.

Dr. Bryant-Friedrich, who has mentored 17 graduate students from 11 countries, feels fortunate for the opportunity to ease the transition for graduate students in the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.

“The global scientific community relies on the establishment of productive collaborations based on mutual trust and understanding,” Dr. Bryant-Friedrich said.  “What better way to improve the human condition than to bring brilliant students from around the world together to improve what really matters.”


July 2014 Refill e-newsletter

The July 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 College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences celebrates 110 years of excellence
  • Recap of the 47th Annual Mid-Atlantic Graduate Student Symposium in Medicinal Chemistry by Aparna Raghavan
  • Student research presentations at ISPOR, ASBMB and NYSCC meetings
  • Chinese scholars study and share at UT
  • Staff Development Retreat
  • 17th Annual Infectious Disease Update: September 10, 2014
  • Alumnus Phil Miller earns highest honor

Chinese scholars learn and share knowledge at UT

Six visiting scholars and one graduate student from the North Sichuan Medical College (NSMC) visited the College from February through June. Their visit, which follows a visit from a faculty delegation in 2013, demonstrates the thriving learning, teaching and research partnership between North Sichuan Medical College and The University of Toledo College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.

NSMC is a government-run college of medicine in Sichuan Province and is located in the second largest higher education center of Sichuan Province—Nanchong City, the origin of the Three Kingdoms Culture.

Visiting scholars were mentored by faculty in the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, and the College of Medicine and Life Sciences.

Si Wang was mentored by Dr. Jeff Blumer, professor and chair of the Department of Pediatrics in the College of Medicine and Life Sciences.

Jiaxin Yan was mentored by Dr. Amira Gohara, director of the post-sophomore pathology fellowship and sophomore medical student pathology course in the College of Medicine and Life Sciences and Dean Emerita of the Medical University of Ohio, and Dr. James Slama, professor of medicinal chemistry and director of the B.S. in Pharmaceutical Sciences program in the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.

Xue Mei was mentored by Dr. Steven Peseckis, associate professor of medicinal chemistry in the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.

Qi Shi was mentored by Dr. Kelly Manahan’s group. Dr. Manahan is a professor and chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology in the College of Medicine and Life Sciences College of Medicine and Life Sciences.

Tielong Tang was mentored by Dr. Ajay Singla, professor and vice chairman of the Department of Urology in the College of Medicine and Life Sciences and director of Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery.

Huang Xuezhu was mentored by Dr. John McSweeny, Professor Emeritus of psychiatry and neurology in the College of Medicine and Life Sciences, Dr. Yueh-Ting Lee, professor of psychology in the College of Languages, Literature and Social Sciences, and Dr. Zahoor Shah, assistant professor of medicinal chemistry in the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.

Graduate student Lijun Luo studied in the laboratory of Dr. Ming-Cheh Liu, professor of pharmacology in the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.

NSMC faculty members attended classes and laboratory sessions and observed the instructional methods used in the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences and in the College of Medicine and Life Sciences as well as the University of Toledo Medical Center and Clinics. In addition, the faculty members and graduate student were exposed to broad academic and social settings in which they expanded their cultural knowledge and practiced their language skills.

Learning included language skills developed through the American Language Institute and teaching methods enhanced through classroom observation, in addition to observation of clinical practices and participation in cultural and college engagements.

The faculty members and student from NSMC also shared aspects of their home culture with the UT community. They presented a lecture about Chinese tea ceremonies and conducted a tea ceremony for UT faculty and students as well as staff members and prospective students at the home of Dean Early. The experience was enriching for all who participated.


March 2014 Refill e-newsletter

The March 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:

  • Agreement Signing with Al-Zaytoonah Private University of Jordan
  • Cosmetic Science program hosts seminar series
  • The Real World: Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences
  • CD3 Symposium
  • Upcoming Events

January 2014 Refill e-newsletter

The January 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:

  • Alumnus Matt Buderer earns national recognition
  • Fall 2013 Student of the Month honorees
  • Bump, Set, Spike: SNPhA volleyball event
  • Student perspectives on pharmacy events and conferences
  • Shoot hoops for a local baseball charity
  • Save the Date: March 11, 2014, Free Law CE
  • Upcoming events

Science and the Sister Cities

The Toledo Sister Cities initiative is a project that began in 1931 as a way to promote cultural exchanges and bridge cultural divides. Toledo’s first international partnership was, quite naturally, with Toledo, Spain. The program has grown exponentially since 1931 and includes numerous municipal partnerships with cities around the world.

Photo of UT Main CampusOne unique benefit Toledo Sister Cities International has brought to the city of Toledo is the aspect of economic development through governmental partnerships. The program encourages tourism and educational exchanges with the sister cities. The College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences has successfully engaged international exchanges with sister cities, including a very productive relationship with the University of Szeged in our sister city of Szeged, Hungary.

Students from the University of Szeged have come to The University of Toledo to study in the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences for several years, and students from the college’s Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences program have traveled to Szeged to complete summer research experiences. These students have enriching educational experiences that include not just the challenging scientific work in which they are engaged, but also the opportunity to become submerged in a foreign culture. While they engage in research, they become acquainted with the culture, food and hospitality of their host cities and hopefully gain a global perspective that they can carry into their professional careers in research and the sciences.

Students and faculty members from both institutions participate in mutually beneficial scientific endeavors for a meaningful internship experience. To date, multiple research publications have emanated from the partnership with University of Szeged, and the college’s newest undergraduate major, Cosmetic Science, recruited a faculty member who participated in the exchange from Hungary as a student.

The College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences has a long-term goal of initiating successful educational and research partnerships with institutions from all Toledo sister cities. These partnerships allow the college to recruit talented and well prepared students from partner institutions, while encouraging UT students to gain scientific knowledge in new settings.


June 2013 Refill e-newsletter

The June 2013 issue of Refill, the e-newsletter of The University of Toledo College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, is now available online.

In this issue:

  • Planning the Graduate Research Forum by Aparna Raghavan
  • 2013 Valedictorians and Class Data
  • Humanitarian Award for Dr. Cappelletty
  • Meet Dr. Julie Murphy
  • Medication Disposal Education Program
  • Solutions for Health Disparities
  • Student Research Presentations: Almaliti and Upadhyay
  • Upcoming Events