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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.

Remembering Parviz Boodjeh ’54

Mr. Boodjeh receiving the honorary doctorate from The University of Toledo in 2008. Photo by Chappell Graduation Images.

Mr. Boodjeh receiving the honorary doctorate from The University of Toledo in 2008. Photo by Chappell Graduation Images.

The University of Toledo College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences is saddened to announce the recent passing of Parviz Boodjeh, a member of the class of 1954. Mr. Boodjeh was best known as the founder and CEO of Discount Drug Mart, a pharmacy chain operated primarily in northeastern Ohio. His commitment to pharmacy education and his generosity in contributing to the education of pharmacy students at The University of Toledo can be seen throughout the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, as the names of Mr. Boodjeh and his late wife, Mildred, grace eight laboratories in the Frederic and Mary Wolfe Center.

For his contributions to the pharmacy community, Mr. Boodjeh received an honorary doctorate from The University of Toledo in 2008. His impact as a pharmacist and as a supporter of pharmacy education will undoubtedly be felt for generations at The University of Toledo and far beyond.

Students throughout the state of Ohio have benefited from Mr. Boodjeh’s focus on pharmacy education through the Discount Drug Mart scholarship awards. The Discount Drug Mart Pharmacy Scholarship supports P3 and P4 pharmacy students who intend to work in retail or community pharmacy, while the P1-P3 PharmD Scholarship supports student interns. Discount Drug Mart also sponsors a Contingent Admit Scholarship for highly qualified freshmen and a PharmD/Ursuline Partnership Scholarship for students who took part in the transfer program between The University of Toledo and Ursuline College. All Discount Drug Mart scholarships gave preference to students from Northeast Ohio, a key recruitment region for the college.

Past recipients of Discount Drug Mart scholarships are Souhail Francis of Avon Lake, Kelsey Johnson of Cleveland, Rachel McClure of Kent, Megan Gregory of Uniontown, Edward Cosma of Strongsville, Mckenzie Hall of Greenwich, Tyler Naegele of Pickerington, Chad Smith of Elyria, Eric Betka of Lorain, Megan Brinkman of Broadview Heights, and Ryan Podolski of North Royalton. Each of these students can attest to the influence of Mr. Boodjeh on the lives of pharmacy students at The University of Toledo.

Taking Patient Care to the Next Level with Board Certification

by Dr. Brandon Craig

Craig, center, with local congressmen

Craig, center, with local congressmen

Healthcare is changing. Patients’ needs are growing. The pharmacist’s role is expanding. According to The Joint Commission of Pharmacy Practitioners’ (JCPP) in their Future Vision of Pharmacy Practice 2015, “Pharmacists will be the healthcare professionals responsible for providing patient care that ensures optimal medication therapy outcomes.” In order to prove our professional worth and fulfill our patients’ medication- and health-related needs, we must get in the game. One way of doing this is Board Certification.

Dr. Brandon Craig, a 2007 Pharm.D. graduate of the University of Toledo College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, recently achieved board certification in ambulatory care pharmacy through the Board of Pharmacy Specialties (BPS). Dr. Craig is a clinical pharmacist practicing at Discount Drug Mart, a regional pharmacy chain in Ohio. He is also a preceptor for Pharm.D. Students at UT. His professional interests include Medication Therapy Management, diabetes care, vaccinations and medication reconciliation.

“I have always possessed a passion for educating and sharing knowledge. As a pharmacist on the front line of healthcare, I enjoy teaching my patients about general health and wellness and the appropriate use of their medications. I have also found it very rewarding to precept pharmacy students from UT in completing their experiential hours.”

There are many reasons one may pursue board certification, including affirmation of skills and knowledge, increased recognition from other healthcare professionals, or exploring new practice opportunities. My major motivation for becoming a Board Certified Ambulatory Care Pharmacist (BCACP) was in providing optimal care to my patients and ensuring that high quality, practical education is provided to our future pharmacists. As the quest towards Provider Status continues, we as pharmacists must prove our value to patients and fellow health care professionals.

“Through earning Board Certification, I would like to offer additional learning opportunities to UT pharmacy students. This credential validates a pharmacist’s knowledge to manage patients with complex medication-related needs. The community pharmacist of today is truly a clinician, and has many added roles and responsibilities in caring for ambulatory patients. There are many patient services offered at my pharmacy, including MTM, health/self-care education, medication adherence, vaccinations, and medication synchronization. Students would benefit greatly from being directly involved in the provision of these services.”

“With pharmacists providing advanced pharmacy services such as health education, MTM, vaccine administration, and patient/prescriber drug therapy recommendations, we need to strive for excellence and recognition as members of the health care team.”

In regards to education and pharmacy students, I plan to continue precepting students at my practice site as often as they are assigned. I would also be excited to participate in other opportunities with the College of Pharmacy to provide seminars, practical experience or professional experiences to students. I am interested in any research opportunities that are relevant to ambulatory care pharmacy. I am also an active member of APhA and the Ohio Pharmacists Association (OPA), including the Disease State Management Taskforce and MTM Work Group committees with OPA.

Please contact me with any questions.

Brandon Craig, PharmD, RPh, BCACP

Class of 2007, University of Toledo College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences


Contact information:

Discount Drug Mart #69

661 Wooster St., Lodi, OH 44254

Phone: 330.948.0520

Email: Bcraig@discount-drugmart.com


Corporate office:

Tom Nameth, Director of Pharmacy Operations



Jason Briscoe, Director-in-training Jbriscoe@discount-drugmart.com

211 Commerce Dr.

Medina, OH 44256

Phone: 330.725.2340, Ext. 84454


Photo: Brandon Craig, PharmD, RPh, BCACP discusses pharmacy legislation with his local congressmen.

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

Full Circle: The journey from pharmacy camp to pharmacy faculty

From pharmacy camp to pharmacy student to pharmacy faculty member, Dr. Michelle Serres, PharmD ’10, has experienced it all. A clinical lecturer in the Department of Pharmacy Practice, she is an example of a true success story for the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. As a high school student, she had an aptitude for science and math that drew her to participate in Pharmacy Summer Camp. More than the introduction to a career, camp was a bonding experience with like-minded students who were experiencing, for the first time, a slice of college life. Pharmacy Summer Camp, which has been sponsored by Walgreens since 2001, solidified pharmacy as a career choice for Serres. A Toledo native, it was a natural choice for her to select The University of Toledo.

During her undergraduate years, Serres prepared for the competitive application process for the professional division. Meanwhile, she worked in a pharmacy and developed an appreciation for community pharmacy, in particular. The fast pace and diverse activities of a community pharmacy, including patient care, were appealing to her.

Serving as a teaching assistant during her P3 year, along with her subsequent residency training at WW Knight Family Medicine Center, allowed her to envision a future that involved both patient care and teaching. Serres earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree in 2010.

After completing her residency, Dr. Serres returned to The University of Toledo as a clinical practitioner for diabetes patients, further honing her patient education skills. Now part of the experiential education program for Doctor of Pharmacy students, Dr. Serres helps to coordinate Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences (IPPEs) for students in the professional division. She is able to share her experiences and help student pharmacists become adept practitioners. Having been a pharmacy student at UT, she understands fully the journey her students will take as they prepare to improve the human condition.

Rocket in Flight: Dr. Steven Martin to Lead Rudolph H. Raabe College of Pharmacy


Dr. Steven Martin, chair of the Department of Pharmacy Practice, has announced his resignation, effective June 30. His strong leadership skills, collegiality and vision will be missed. Dr. Martin has spent ten productive years leading the Pharmacy Practice department, helping to mold the next generation of practitioners.

The College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences wishes Dr. Martin success as he enters his new role as dean of the Rudolph H. Raabe College of Pharmacy at Ohio Northern University. It is always a pleasure to see a Rocket take flight!

Leaning In

Hassoun, Wall, McInerney, Mauro and Hinko

Hassoun, Wall, McInerney, Mauro and Hinko

The past year has brought considerable change and reorganization to the leadership team of the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. Through retirements and promotions, excellent leaders like Drs. Wayne Hoss, retired executive associate dean, and Bill Messer, former chair of the Department of Pharmacology and new Director of Research for UT, have moved on to other endeavors. The leaders who have risen in their places bring unique perspectives to their roles in the college because of their varied experiences. Among their assets is the diversity they add by virtue of being female in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields. While many studies note the gender gap in STEM fields, the influx of women leaders in the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences presents a promising future.

Dr. Christine Hinko has added the title of executive associate dean to her dossier. Currently in her fifteenth year as associate dean for student affairs, she is eager to serve the college in a new capacity.

“I have been privileged to work with many students who are pursuing their goal of becoming pharmacists or pharmaceutical scientists,” said Hinko. “Most rewarding for me is witnessing a student who has encountered academic or personal obstacles persist to overcome them and be successful.”

As executive associate dean, Dr. Hinko is working with longtime colleagues who comprise the new leadership team for the College.  She is excited to see their growth and development as leaders.

“The reorganization places each of us in different leadership roles and provides us with the opportunity to use our strengths cooperatively for the betterment of our students and the college,” Dr. Hinko added.

Dr. Marcia McInerney, former chair of the Department of Medicinal Chemistry, is the associate dean for research and graduate programs. As a diabetes researcher, Dr. McInerney secured $3 million in funding for her research and she took pride in nurturing new scientists who have since become successful researchers. She will extend these efforts as she works more closely with graduate students.

“This is a natural extension of my former roles, and I am committed to expanding and enhancing research and graduate education during my tenure,” said McInerney.

The college’s graduate programs – including the master’s degree in pharmaceutical sciences, the master’s and Ph.D. degrees in medicinal chemistry, and the new Ph.D. in experimental therapeutics – have seen increased enrollment in recent years.

Dr. Laurie Mauro’s new role as the assistant dean for assessment allows her to focus on the academic preparation of the college’s graduates, and her considerable experience as a practitioner contributes to her insight.

“It is extremely rewarding to see our graduates practice successfully in a wide variety of pharmacy practice roles.  They are effectively contributing to the care of patients in hospital, long-term care, ambulatory, and community settings, and they impact patient care broadly by serving in colleges, industry, and professional organizations” said Dr. Mauro.  “The practice of pharmacy is dynamic and requires continual change in program content and instruction.  I look forward to ensuring that our programs continue to evolve and prepare graduates to optimally contribute to patient care as they shape the practice of pharmacy and lead the profession.”

Also part of the leadership team are Dr. Ezdihar Hassoun, the new chair of the Department of Pharmacology, and Dr. Kathy Wall, chair of the Department of Medicinal Chemistry. Dr. Early, dean of the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, is pleased to lead a college that respects and welcomes diversity in all its forms. “The amalgamation of our many viewpoints enriches our college tremendously,” he said.

Dr. Amanda Bryant-Friedrich, associate professor of medicinal chemistry, believes the women leaders in the college can be excellent mentors for students. The women serving on the college’s leadership team also reflect the data that pharmacy and the pharmaceutical sciences are among the most auspicious career choices for women. As president of the Northwest Ohio Chapter of the Association for Women in Science and chair of the organization’s diversity task force, Dr. Bryant-Friedrich has an interest in seeing more women in science fields, particularly in leadership roles.

“It is a positive sign of the CPPS commitment to diversity and inclusion to see the recent appointment of several women in visible leadership positions.  Their appointments provide role models to the women in the college currently pursuing degrees as well as those in junior faculty positions,” said Dr. Bryant-Friedrich.  “This is a vital part of the equation to ensure the advancement of women in the STEM-related disciplines.”

May/June 2014 Refill e-newsletter

The May/June 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:

  • Spring 2014 Commencement
  • Women in Science
  • Class of 2014 Valedictorians
  • Student Recognition
  • Recent Grad Sets the Bar High during APPE Rotation
  • Alumnus Phil Miller earns highest honor
  • Pharmacy staff members earn advanced degrees
  • College Celebrates Graduation of Inaugural Learners
  • Upcoming Events
  • Register online for the annual Golf Outing

UT research will be prominent at 2014 APhA meeting

The College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences will make a tremendous impression at the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) meeting in March 2014. Among the posters that were accepted for talking poster presentations, 25 percent feature UT students and faculty members. Several other poster presentations represent the work of UT faculty members, recent alumni and students. In particular, the Center for Pharmaceutical Care and Outcomes Research and the master’s program in Health Outcomes and Socioeconomic Sciences will be well represented.

Kelly Gaffney, a P2 PharmD student, will present a poster derived from her research in the Center for Pharmaceutical Care and Outcomes Research. Co-authored by Dr. Sharrel Pinto (MS ’01) and Robert Bechtol (BSPS ’05, MS ’07), the paper is entitled “Evaluating patients’ perceptions of blister packs dispensed in a community setting and its impact on their adherence.” In addition to this oral presentation, Gaffney will present a poster entitled “Patients’ perceptions of medication organizing systems and their level of adherence using these systems.”

Kevin Omerza, a P3 PharmD student and first-year MS graduate student in the Health Outcomes and Socioeconomic Sciences program, will present his poster, “A qualitative analysis assessing patients’ perceptions of services offered in an adherence pharmacy program.” Omerza is a graduate research assistant in the Center for Pharmaceutical Care and Outcomes Research, and the paper is co-authored by Dr. Sharrel Pinto and Robert Bechtol.

A paper entitled “Cost of intermittent participation in medication therapy management,” co-authored by Dr. Sharrel Pinto and Robert Bechtol and graduate student, Tessa Conner, will be presented by Conner. Conner is a first-year graduate student in the Health Outcomes and Socioeconomic Sciences program and a graduate research assistant in the Center for Pharmaceutical Care and Outcomes Research.

Nilesh Gangan, a 2013 graduate of the Health Outcomes and Socioeconomic Sciences master’s program, will present his thesis research on “Predicting factors leading to primary medication non-adherence and its effect on health service utilization among Medicare beneficiaries with cardiovascular disease” as a podium presentation at the APhA meeting. The abstract was co-authored by Drs. Varun Vaidya, Sharrel Pinto, and Aliaksandr Amialchuk.

“Identifying pharmacists’ perception, knowledge, and perceived barriers towards providing care to patients taking antipsychotics” will be presented by Neha Gangal, MS ’13. The paper, which was derived from her thesis research, is co-authored by Drs. Monica Holiday-Goodman and Varun Vaidya, and Robert Bechtol.

Recent graduate Surbi Shah, MS ’13, will present a paper derived from her thesis research, entitled “Assessing medical students’ awareness towards pharmacist-provided counseling services and their intent to collaborate using a modified Theory of Planned Behavior.” Co-authors are Robert Bechtol and Drs. Sharrel Pinto and Gregory Stone.

Pharmacy Love Connection

Making connections and lifelong friends is inevitable during college. Over the years, many pharmacy students have also found and fallen for the loves of their lives.

Alumni John Clark,  PharmD ‘00 and Angela Clark, PharmD ‘02, shared their experience finding love, in honor of Valentine’s Day. As president of the Pharmacy Student Council, John was presiding over a council meeting when Angie walked in and caught his attention. The rest, as they say, is history. Today, they are a family of six.

The Clark family

The Clark family

The teamwork doesn’t end there. John is associate director of the Department of Pharmacy Services
for University of Michigan Health Systems, where Angie is a board-certified clinical pharmacist; They are also on the faculty of the University of Michigan College of Pharmacy, John as a clinical assistant professor and Angie as an adjunct clinical assistant professor .