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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.


Dean Early selected as NPhA Fellow

NPhA welcomed their inaugural class of NPhA Fellows.  The distinguished group included Johnnie L. Early, II PhD, RPh; H.W. “Ted” Matthews, PhD, RPh; Terrence V. Burroughs, MBA, CMTM, RPh; Barry Bleidt, PhD, Pharm D, RPh, and Marcellus Grace, PhD, RPh.  The NPhA Fellows Recognition Program (FNPhA) was created to grant recognition and promote awareness of pharmacists who have a record of outstanding service to the profession through contributions to NPhA. These members have sustained, continuous membership of at least ten years and have demonstrated excellence in serving the medically undeserved.

Dr. Early was a charter member of Student National Pharmaceutical Association, the student affiliate organization of National Pharmaceutical Association, and is the first charter member to be honored in this way.


Soligenix Appoints Alumna Karen Krumeich, BSP ’77, as Chief Financial Officer

PRINCETON, N.J., June 20, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Soligenix, Inc. (OTCQB: SNGX) (Soligenix or the Company), a late-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on developing and commercializing products to treat rare diseases where there is an unmet medical need, announced today that it has appointed Karen Krumeich, as its Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.  Ms. Krumeich has over 25 years of diverse experience in the financial and strategic management of emerging growth life science companies. She has a proven track record and expertise in corporate financial operations, equity financings, and business development, including partnerships, mergers and acquisitions.

Most recently, Ms. Krumeich served as a consultant providing finance, investor relations, and business development services to the Company and other healthcare companies. Previously, she worked as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for several development-stage life science companies, including Cerecor, Inc. and Mela Sciences, Inc. where she was responsible for equity financings, corporate administrative functions, and investor relations. In addition to these positions, Ms. Krumeich was a healthcare consultant partner with Tatum, LLC, a national consulting firm, specializing in their life science practice. Prior to these positions, she held positions of increasing responsibility with several healthcare companies, including Bristol-Myers Squibb Company where she was Director of Health Systems and as Vice President of Finance for a national pharmacy provider. Ms. Krumeich began her career as a pharmacist and transitioned into finance after successfully completing the CPA exam.

Ms. Krumeich earned a BS in Pharmacy from the University of Toledo, Ohio and completed her post graduate work in accounting and finance at Cleveland State University while pursuing her career as a pharmacist.

“We are delighted to welcome Karen to our team, as we leverage her extensive financial expertise in leading our strategic corporate programs,” stated Christopher J. Schaber, PhD, President and Chief Executive Officer of Soligenix.  “As we continue to execute our growth strategy, we are clearly building momentum and the talent we are attracting is an absolute reflection of our solid progress to date.  Karen’s unique experiences in both science and finance will be instrumental to us as we advance our multiple late-stage development programs.”

Mr. Joseph Warusz, who has served as Vice President, Finance and Acting Chief Financial Officer since February 2012, will be retiring from the Company effective June 30, 2016. On behalf of the Company and its Board of Directors, we would like to thank Joe for his many contributions during the past five years.

About Soligenix, Inc.

Soligenix is a late-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on developing and commercializing products to treat rare diseases where there is an unmet medical need. Our BioTherapeutics business segment is developing SGX301 as a first-in-class photodynamic therapy utilizing safe visible light for the treatment of cutaneous T-cell lymphoma, proprietary formulations of oral beclomethasone 17,21-dipropionate (BDP) for the prevention/treatment of gastrointestinal (GI) disorders characterized by severe inflammation including pediatric Crohn’s disease (SGX203) and acute radiation enteritis (SGX201), and our novel innate defense regulator technology dusquetide (SGX942) for the treatment of oral mucositis.

Our Vaccines/BioDefense business segment includes active development programs for RiVax™, our ricin toxin vaccine candidate, OrbeShield®, our GI acute radiation syndrome therapeutic candidate and SGX943, our melioidosis therapeutic candidate. The development of our vaccine programs incorporates the use of our proprietary heat stabilization platform technology, known as ThermoVax®.  Currently, this business segment is supported with up to $57 million in government grant and contract funding from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA).

For further information regarding Soligenix, Inc., please visit the Company’s website at www.soligenix.com.


Research Excellence Award for Dr. Tiwari

Dr. Amit Tiwari, assistant professor in the Department of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, recently spent some time in India as a visiting scientist and professor at Rajiv Gandhi Prodyogik Vishwavidyalaya (RGPV). RGPV is the world’s 28th largest university, with a student population of over 260,000. Dr. Tiwari’s visit was part of a research collaboration in the area of oncology drug discovery, which attracted the attention of the national media and several university and government officials, including the president of the university and the Governor of State, Chief Secretary, Principal Secretary of the State, Education Minister and former Home Minister of the State.

During his time at RGPV, Dr. Tiwari received an Outstanding Scientist award for Excellence in Innovative Research.


Alumnus selected as ASHP Fellow

Jason Glowczewski, Pharm.D., MBA, FASHP, a PharmD graduate, was recognized by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists as one of 37 fellows selected this year. This national recognition is for practitioner members of ASHP with a record of outstanding service to ASHP and at least ten years of professional service to hospital and health-system pharmacy. Additional eligibility requirements include: Demonstration of sustained commitment or contributions to excellence in health-system pharmacy

  • Contribution to the total body of knowledge in hospital and health-system pharmacy
  • Involvement in and commitment to educating practitioners and others
  • Demonstration of active involvement and leadership in ASHP and other professional organizations.

The ASHP Practitioner Recognition Program recognizes excellence in pharmacy practice and promotes public awareness of pharmacists who have distinguished themselves in practice. The 2016 Fellows will be honored on Tuesday, June 14, 2016 during the ASHP Summer Meetings in Baltimore, Maryland. Dr. Glowczewski is the director of community hospital pharmacy services at University Hospitals in Cleveland, Ohio.


Looking Ahead: Support the 65th Annual Fall Formal

Erica A. Sheridan, PharmD/MBA Candidate, 2018

The 63rd annual College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (CPPS) Fall Formal was held in the University of Toledo’s student union auditorium, on November 21st of 2015. The event is a long-standing tradition within the college, planned collaboratively by Lambda Kappa Sigma pharmaceutical sorority, Kappa Psi pharmaceutical fraternity, and the local student chapter of the American Pharmacists Association. It aims to highlight the successes of both students and faculty over the course of the preceding year.  Traditionally, Fall Formal invites any member of the College of Pharmacy to enjoy catered dinner and dessert, and a chosen keynote speaker.

Last fall’s event, planned and executed by P2 Erica Sheridan, P1 Morgan Krause, and P1 Kevin Kovachick, consisted of a catered Olive Garden Italian restaurant dinner and featured a gourmet doughnut dessert by local Toledo bakery, Holey Toledough. Dr. Aaron Lengel continued the evening as the chosen keynote speaker, with student and faculty awards making up the latter part of the event. The awards presented were:

  • Faculty of the Year: Dr.Kimberly Schmude
  • Kappa Psi Brother of the Year: Kyle Sarahman (P3)
  • Lambda Kappa Sigma Sister of the Year: Jessica Durigon (P3)
  • APhA-ASP Honorary Member of the Year: Erica Sheridan (P2)
  • Lambda Kappa Sigma Sweetheart: William Golnick (P2)
  • Kappa Psi Sweetheart: Sienna Gerdemen (P1)

The Fall Formal planning committee was pleased to have hosted over 300 attendees to this year’s event. We are eager to continue this CPPS tradition and inspire the 2016 committee to go above and beyond in making the 64th annual event even more successful!

Alumni and friends who are interested in supporting the 65th Annual Fall Formal in fall of 2016 are encouraged to contact the vice president of the UT chapter of APhA-ASP, Samantha Campbell, at samantha.campbell@rockets.utoledo.edu.


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.


SNPhA serves Cleveland during regional meeting

By Christian Darmahkasih, BSPS, PharmD Candidate 2017

Student National Pharmaceutical Association (SNPhA) – University of Toledo chapter did not want to miss opportunities to serve the city where the regional meeting was hosted for region III, IV, and V on March 11-13, 2016. SNPhA students from all over the US volunteered their time and energy to make these service projects to become even more successful and exciting. We were able to serve Greater Cleveland Food Bank, Providence House, and Lakeside Men’s Shelter on the first day of the meeting. Donations were also given to these sites by donating $1 out of registration fee from each person.
Cleveland Foodbank 2
In the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, a total of 16 students helped to sort non-perishable food and put together almost 400 new boxes to be dispensed to the residents of Northeast Ohio to ensure that the communities have nutritious food daily. It was not only an exciting moment of service, it was also an opportunity for fellowship with other SNPhA members from different pharmacy schools.

Providence House 1Ten people were involved in the painting project at the Providence House, an emergency shelter for children who are at risk for abuse or were neglected due to a family crisis. The house was in need of the SNPhA volunteers who filled the rooms with joy through the presence new colors on the wall. Additionally, we were able to help the house to save some money toward hiring workers to do this project.

Lakeside Shelter 3The last community service site was Lakeside Men’s Shelter, where ten students were able to serve food to the local homeless population. These were an unforgettable, incredible moment to begin the conference by serving the under-served, and this is how we started to ROCK YOURx WORLD in Cleveland, Ohio.


UT Health’s Dr. Sari comments on buprenorphine

Just months ago, the Ohio legislature approved the use of buprenorphine, an ingredient in the drug Suboxone, for the treatment of opioid dependence. Dr. Youssef Sari commented on the use and safety of this medication in an interview on WTOL 11.

Dr. Sari is an associate professor in the Department of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics. Visit his faculty page for more information about his research.


Congratulations to Drs. Petite and Pattin

Dr. Sarah Petite, assistant professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice, is now a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist (BCPS).

Dr. Anthony Pattin, also an assistant professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice, is the inaugural recipient of the advanced faculty scholars program, which is a joint venture between the NACDS Foundation and the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy.