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Beyond the Borders: Partnerships with Middle Eastern Institutions

Qasim Othman Alqasabi, MD, FRCS, FACS, and Dean Johnnie Early, PhD, RPh sign the Memorandum of Understanding at King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre

Qasim Othman Alqasabi, MD, FRCS, FACS, and Dean Johnnie Early, PhD, RPh sign the Memorandum of Understanding at King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre

In late 2012, Dean Early, along with Drs. Amanda Bryant-Friedrich, Sharrel Pinto and Youssef Sari, visited the Middle East to create and support some of the college’s educational and research partnerships. Their journey took
them to Saudi Arabia’s King Faisal Specialists Hospital and Research Centre and to Jordan’s Al-Zaytoonah University.

The college’s relationship with Al-Zaytoonah University in the capital city of Amman, Jordan extends back 10 years and includes the exchange of ideas and knowledge that have strengthened pharmacy practice in Jordan and enhanced research in the United States. Al-Zaytoonah University is a private university that features excellent pharmaceutical science programs. Its faculty members are largely trained abroad, in the United States, India and Europe.

The college co-sponsored a pharmacy conference in Jordan with the faculty of Al-Zaytoonah University. In addition to Dr. Early giving the keynote address at the conference, Drs. Amanda Bryant-Friedrich, Sharrel Pinto and Youssef Sari presented, and three UT graduates from the graduate program in the Department of Medicinal Chemistry attended. Dr. Amanda Bryant-Friedrich, associate professor in the Department of Medicinal Chemistry, presented her research on chemical toxicology and the etiology of cancer. Dr. Sharrel Pinto, associate professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Research Director for the Pharmaceutical Care and Outcomes Research Lab, spoke about the impact practicing pharmacists can have on improving patient care and outcomes.

Dr. Youssef Sari, assistant professor of pharmacology, presented his research on the treatment of alcoholism and neurodegenerative diseases. During the conference, Dr. Sari was featured on the PharmaJo website and on Jordanian television. The partnership with Al-Zaytoonah attracts students who are interested in graduate studies in the basic sciences.

The college’s new Memorandum of Understanding with the King Faisal Specialists Hospital and Research Centre allows Doctor of Pharmacy students to complete rotations at the institution. King Faisal is home to the first and only ASHP-accredited PGY1 residency program outside the United States, creating an exciting new opportunity for graduates who wish to practice abroad. The state-of-the-art hospital facilities and government support allow the institution to adopt a patient-centered medical home model and other practices that are merely in the discussion phases here in the United States.

As many of the college’s graduate students come from the Middle East and other parts of the globe, expanding the college’s presence and recruitment efforts beyond the U.S. borders is essential to increasing enrollment in our graduate programs. These partnerships allow the college to reconnect with alumni as well. Buthina Abdallah, a 2011 Medicinal Chemistry PhD graduate and assistant professor in the department of Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacognosy at Jordan University of Science and Technology, attended the conference. She remarked, “It was my pleasure to meet my UT family in my home country.” The ongoing success of graduates like Abdallah extends UT’s impact across the globe.

Students involved with the college’s Middle Eastern partnerships come to UT with financial support and excellent communication skills, having generally completed international baccalaureate programs. Because the faculty members at each of these partner institutions are largely American or British educated, the relationships and research collaborations are easily facilitated. The commitment to diversity at The University of Toledo and the opportunity for enriching education in the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences make international partnerships meaningful.

Going Global: International Partnerships

Chi Nworah (right), an exchange student from University of Szeged, Hungary, completed an Outpatient Pharmacy rotation with Drs. Martin Ohlinger and Holly Smith.

One of the college’s ongoing points of pride is its cultivation of international partnerships that yield educational and research opportunities for students and faculty. The college has active partnerships in several countries, including Hungary, China, Lebanon, India, Saudi Arabia and Jordan. New partnerships are being developed in Mexico and Great Britain.

A key feature of the college’s international partnerships is an exchange of students and faculty. Students from the college’s BS in Pharmaceutical Sciences program may complete their required summer internships abroad, and students from partner institutions study with faculty at UT.

The partnerships have enhanced the experiences of students participating in the exchange. Chi Nworah, an exchange student from University of Szeged who studied at UT in summer 2012, said of her experience, “It’s just amazing how my curriculum now looks like a repetition of what I learned with you. It was an experience of a lifetime and am grateful for every second.”


First few weeks in Hungary

Three weeks down and seven to go! Wow, this internship/practicum is flying by so quickly that I can hardly believe I am even on the other side of the world. In case you have no idea what I am talking about, I, Thomas Tarry, am a recent senior majoring in Pharmaceutics in the Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences (BSPS) program. As some of you may know, all students in the BSPS program have to complete an internship in order to graduate. I am very fortunate to be doing my summer practicum at the University of Szeged in Szeged, Hungary. I am not alone in my travels; I am with Andrea Myers and Jason Lasher. All three of us are Pharmaceutics majors and we are currently working in the Institute of Pharmaceutical Analysis at the University of Szeged.

Before I get into too much about the work we are doing, let me tell you about our journey to this foreign land. On Saturday, May 21st, my journey started at 4:30 in the morning to get ready to head to the train station in downtown Toledoin order to get to Chicago, Illinois, where our first flight was taking off. After arriving at the train station, I soon found out that my train was two hours late, but luckily I had planned ahead and still had plenty of time to get to the airport and make it to my terminal. I will admit I was very nervous about the flight since it was my first plane ride ever, and to top it all off, I would be flying across the ocean. After all was said and done, with one connection in Brussels, Belgium, we all arrived in Budapest safe and sound. Then we had a taxi take us from Budapest to Szeged, a 2 and a half hour ride. We arrived in Szeged and have been enjoying every minute since.

Back to what we are working on. Like I said, we are currently in the Institute of Pharmaceutical Analysis working with Dr. Gerda Szakonyi and Dr. Èva Kalmàr. We are working on two separate projects right now. The first project consists of testing the one type of suppository for the amount of active ingredient in each sample. We are using two separate testing methods to determine the amount of active ingredient: one is a titration reaction and the other is photometric testing. The other project we are working on deals with antibody-resistant proteins, and our role in this project is to help with the amplification of the protein using PCR reactions and other methods for the faculty to study these proteins later. We will be moving to the Institute of Pharmaceutical Technology in a few weeks to work on several projects in that department.

It has not been all work over here. We have been very fortunate to have some great people show us around Szeged and the surrounding area. We also have traveled to the capital of Hungary, Budapest, which is a huge city filled with culture and amazing sights. Also, this coming weekend we will be traveling to Vienna, Austria for a couple days.

Well, I hope everyone is having an amazing summer like I am. I could not ask for a more fulfilling summer. Thanks for reading, and I’m sure you will be hearing from me soon.

BSPS program increases its global profile

BSPS Kristin JustinaThis year may be one of the most exciting internship seasons yet, with some students interning in esteemed positions with academic institutions and other students traveling abroad to work in international pharmaceutical and research companies. The University of Toledo’s Bachelor of Science in the Pharmaceutical Sciences (BSPS) program is the most comprehensive undergraduate pharmaceutical science program in the United States. We are among the few institutions that provide specific training in each of the four pharmaceutical science disciplines, but more specifically, we are the only institution among colleges of pharmacy that provides leadership training in tandem with the academic program. The culminating project in the leadership program is the internship, wherein each student spends 10 weeks in the field working in their major. The internships students will be involved in this summer are significant, and they demonstrate the increasing recognition of the BSPS program nationwide.

While we are still in the midst of volleying acceptance letters from various companies and research programs, it is important to recognize two of our students who have confirmed their placements in competitive, nationally-ranked internship programs. Kristin Satterwhite, a medicinal/biological chemistry major and aspiring physician, received summer research experience offers from the University of Oregon, Washington State University, University of Florida, and University of Rochester Medical Center. She accepted the offer with University of Rochester,  ranked #16 among medical schools in the current U.S. News and World Report rankings. Similarly, Omar Issa, a pharmacology/toxicology student, accepted a prestigious position with University of Michigan, where he will conduct research on the structure and function of proteins. University of Michigan is currently ranked number five among colleges of pharmacy in the U.S. News and World Report rankings.

Across the pond and beyond, five students will conduct research in both academic and corporate sites. Thomas Tarry, Andrea Myers, and Jason Lasher will travel to University of Szeged in Szeged, Hungary to work with the university’s faculty on various projects. During their experience, they will have opportunities to work in pharmaceutical companies throughout Hungary as well. Nachiket Patel, a pharmaceutics major, will work in the formulations plant for Sun Pharmaceuticals in Gujarat, India, one of the world’s top producers of generic drugs. Lastly, Devangi Patel, another pharmaceutics major, will work with Astron Research Limited, an international contract research and drug manufacturer in India.

We look forward to hearing about more internship confirmations from the nation’s top healthcare organizations and Fortune 500 companies. Our students’ progress is a sure sign of the program’s growth and an acknowledgment that we train the best undergraduate pharmaceutical scientists in the country.