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Randall Takes Office as Ohio Pharmacists Association Trustee

COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Ohio Pharmacists Association (OPA) announced that Deborah Randall, R.Ph., of Fremont, Ohio, was installed as Trustee representing District 1 at its 138th Annual Conference held April 15-17 in Columbus.

Randall is a 1977 graduate of the University of Toledo College of Pharmacy.  She has practiced community pharmacy in the Toledo area for more than 30 years. She currently works as a staff pharmacist at Gibsonburg Pharmacy in Gibsonburg, Ohio. Randall has also been active in the Sandusky Valley Academy of Pharmacy as well as the UT College of Pharmacy Alumni Association.

“We are pleased to have Deb Randall on our Association’s Board of Trustees. She has been a valued member of the organization and the pharmacy community for many years, and we look forward to continuing to work with her as a Trustee,” said Ernest Boyd, OPA Executive Director.

OPA, established in 1879, represents more than 4,000 pharmacists, pharmacy educators, and pharmacy students throughout the state. It is OPA’s mission to unite the profession of pharmacy and encourage interprofessional relations, while promoting public health through education, discussion, and legislation.


Creating your own path

Kevin Omerza, PharmD/MSPS ‘15, discusses the decision to pursue a dual degree and how this decision has opened many new paths for him. Dr. Omerza is currently completing a PGY1 residency at MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio.

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The Past and the Future. These are two important factors in every decision we make. The past holds knowledge and experiences that help to inform your decision. The future includes your goals, how you feel the decision will impact these goals, and how you believe the profession will evolve. Both the past and the future played a large role in my decision to pursue a dual-degree program in Pharmacy and Health Outcomes Research along with the PharmD degree.

My past included experiences and connections that provided the dual-degree opportunity. As a P1 pharmacy student and P2 BSPS Administration student, I took my first foray into the world of research. I worked with Dr. Sharrel Pinto on a literature review as a thesis to complete the requirements of an Honors Degree. In addition to my honors thesis, I was given the opportunity to join the Pharmaceutical Care and Outcomes Research group (PCOR) with Dr. Pinto. Through the PCOR, I was exposed to many areas of pharmacy policy, practice, and research. I was able to assist in reporting to the State Board of Pharmacy on the status of new pharmacy technology as well as assist in the design, implementation, analysis and reporting of a focus group study. These experiences also included interactions and networking with pharmacists, patients and fellow researchers.

As I became more involved in research, and my P2 pharmacy year began to draw to a close, I was approached by Dr. Sharrel Pinto about the potential for helping to establish a dual-degree program. In addition to my knowledge and experiences, I considered where I saw myself and the profession of pharmacy in the coming years. I knew that my goal would be to impact patient care through inpatient clinical practice. I knew that I would need to effectively utilize research in my practice, as well as potentially complete my own research. I could think of no better way to develop these skills than focused coursework and hands-on experience. I also took into account of the perspective of the profession. It is no secret that competition for pharmacy positions is growing, especially among residency programs. The dual-degree program, and associated experiences, would help to diversify my skills and help me to stand out from the applicant pool.

My effort in the dual-degree program was definitely rewarded. I gained valuable experience through helping to develop a multi-site, double-blind research study. I also helped to revive a student organization focused on research. All of these experiences helped to diversify my knowledge and skill set. Through networking and conferences, I was solicited to apply for careers in research as well as PhD programs at various schools. This also speaks volumes to the rigor and prestige of the master’s in Health Outcomes program we have here at UT. While I did not intend at the time to pursue these career paths, I know first-hand the importance of having multiple options, as you never know what the future will hold.

When applying for a residency, I was able to stand out from the crowd and be a competitive candidate. I earned a residency position in the geographic area I wanted, and at a hospital that is very strong in the specialties in which I am interested.

Overall, I have had a fantastic experience both during, and as a result of, the dual-degree program. I was able to participate in multiple research conferences and have built relationships that will last throughout my career and beyond.

The white papers to the state board, the focus group, and the research study have provided cutting-edge practice-based experiences. These unique experiences have given me exposure to a world of pharmacy that a typical hospital or community pharmacy experience does not provide. In the current climate of health care reform, and the focus on outcome-driven care, such exposure is important to truly understand the current roles and future of our profession.

I hope that all pharmacy students take a moment to think about their education and career goals and what will help them to attain these goals. They can then seek out and take advantage of the many opportunities which exist within our college. Regardless of your practice interests, there are organizations and motivated faculty members to help you achieve your goals. I was lucky enough to find an opportunity that fit in with my practice goals.


October 2014 Refill e-newsletter

The October 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 Distinguished Alumnus, Jerry Wisler, ’79
  • Your 2014-2015 Alumni Affiliate Board
  • Taking Patient Care to the Next Level with Board Certification by alumnus Brandon Craig, PharmD ’07, RPh, BCACP
  • Mission: Unstoppable: Student Affairs staffer Jing Meyer keeps students focused on graduation
  • The Master of Plans: Alumnus Kevin Krock, BSPS ’07 on planning for a meaningful career
  • Leadership Lessons: Graduate School Preparation
  • Small Organelle, Big Possibilities: Dr. Wissam AbouAlaiwi’s research on cilia
  • Calendar of Events

Alumnus Phil Miller ’71, ’88 earns highest honor

Dr. Martin Ohlinger (left) with Philip Miller ’71, recipient of the Walter M. Frazier Award and Mate Soric, PharmD ’09 recipient of the Health-System Pharmacist of the Year Award.

Dr. Martin Ohlinger (left) with Philip Miller ’71, recipient of the Walter M. Frazier Award and Mate Soric, PharmD ’09 recipient of the Health-System Pharmacist of the Year Award.

Philip Miller, ’71, ’88, is the recipient of the Walter M. Frazier Award from the Ohio Society of Health-system Pharmacists (OSHP).

This award, the highest honor bestowed by OSHP, recognizes sustained exemplary service in health-system and community service. Among the qualifications for the award are high moral character, good citizenship, and high professional ideals. Miller, who has made significant contributions to health-system pharmacy, receives a plaque, a lifetime honorary membership to OSHP and OSHP Annual meeting registration and lodging.


Joel Levitan, BSP ’69, Takes Office as Ohio Pharmacists Association Trustee

The Ohio Pharmacists Association (OPA) announced today that Joel Levitan, R.Ph., of Sylvania, Ohio, was installed as a Trustee at its 136th Annual Conference held April 4-6 in Columbus.

Levitan is a 1969 graduate of the University of Toledo College of Pharmacy.  He has practiced community pharmacy in the city of Toledo for 42 years.  For 20 years, he has served in leadership roles with the Toledo Academy of Pharmacy.  He is a past recipient of OPA’s Bowl of Hygeia Award.

“We are pleased to add Joel Levitan to our association’s Board of Trustees. He has been a valued member of the organization and the pharmacy community for many years, and we look forward to working with him as a Trustee,” said Ernest Boyd, OPA Executive Director.

OPA, established in 1879, represents more than 4,000 pharmacists, pharmacy educators, and pharmacy students throughout the state. It is OPA’s mission to unite the profession of pharmacy and encourage interprofessional relations, while promoting public health through education, discussion, and legislation.


Deborah Randall, BSP ’77, Takes Office as Ohio Pharmacists Association Trustee

The Ohio Pharmacists Association (OPA) announced today that Deborah Randall, R.Ph., of Fremont, Ohio, was installed as a Trustee at its 136th Annual Conference held April 4-6 in Columbus.

Randall is a 1977 graduate of the University of Toledo College of Pharmacy.  She has practiced community pharmacy in the Cleveland area for more than 30 years. She currently works as a staff pharmacist at Gibsonburg Pharmacy in Gibsonburg, Ohio. Randall has also been active in the Sandusky Valley Academy of Pharmacy as well as the UT College of Pharmacy Alumni Association.

“We are pleased to add Debbie Randall to our association’s Board of Trustees. She has been a valued member of the organization and the pharmacy community for many years, and we look forward to working with her as a Trustee,” said Ernest Boyd, OPA Executive Director.

OPA, established in 1879, represents more than 4,000 pharmacists, pharmacy educators, and pharmacy students throughout the state. It is OPA’s mission to unite the profession of pharmacy and encourage interprofessional relations, while promoting public health through education, discussion, and legislation.


George E. Bush Park Honors UT Alumnus

The life and work of George E. Bush, a 1930 UT Pharmacy graduate and Toledo community pharmacist, were recognized through the naming of a new playground and park in his honor.

Along with caring for patients, Bush was known for giving children free ice cream at his pharmacy. Dean Early attended the park dedication near Spring Elementary; the event was hosted by Toledo Mayor Mike Bell.

Although Mr. Bush passed away in 1976, the memory of his impact on the local community is reaching yet another generation.

See the story published in The Blade.