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PGY2 Critical Care Residency celebrates 20 years

The PGY2 Critical Care residency is celebrating its 20th year. The resident provides patient care services to the most critically ill patients of the University of Toledo Medical Center, while both serving as the senior resident mentoring the 12 PGY1 residents and representing UTMC on the Graduate Medical Education Senior Resident Forum. The Critical Care resident performs over 2,000 interventions annually, almost 10 per day, improving patient care by providing evidence-based recommendations to improve outcomes, educate multi-disciplinary learners, and promote the most cost-effective therapy.

The PGY2 Critical Care resident conducts and presents research, serves on committees and participates in quality improvement and patient care projects, in addition to clinical work that includes on-call coverage at UTMC. Within the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, the resident is responsible for didactic teaching in the PharmD program, precepting Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience (IPPE) and Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (APPE) students, and advising students in the PharmD Seminar.

Dr. Martin Ohlinger receives national recognition

Dr. Ohlinger delivers his talk: “Shock in Atrial Fibrillation: Which Pharmacologic Agent Should I Use?”

Dr. Martin Ohlinger, a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and director of both the College Honors Program and the Critical Care Residency in the Department of Pharmacy Practice, was recognized at the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) Annual Congress. More than 6,000 physicians, nurses, pharmacists, and other critical care professionals attended the meeting, held Jan 21-25 in Honolulu this year.

Dr. Ohlinger was invited to speak about “Shock in Atrial Fibrillation: Which Pharmacologic Agent Should I Use?”. At the meeting, he was awarded the Presidential Citation for contributions to SCCM, including serving on the American College of Critical Care Medicine Credentials Committee, which selects new fellows each year; he was also recognized at the meeting during the Convocation of Fellows & Society of Critical Care Medicine Awards and Grants Presentation for “SCCM members who have made extraordinary contributions of time, energy, and resources to SCCM during the previous year.”

In addition, Dr. Ohlinger, who is a board certified critical care pharmacist (BCCCP), was selected as one of 15 critical care specialists from across the US to serve on the Board of Pharmacy Specialties’ (BPS) national working group to complete a Role Delineation Study that outlines the standards for being a Board Certified Critical Care Pharmacist.

Alumnus wins prestigious scholarship

Congratulations to Dr. Donald “Max” Smith, 2015 PharmD Graduate from the University of Toledo, who was selected as one of the Premier Partner Scholarship winners from The Cleveland Clinic. The  Premier Partner Scholarship recognizes Premier Partner affiliates and awards a student who completed a significant amount of learning experiences with Cleveland Clinic Health System Pharmacy and demonstrated strong experiential and overall academic performance.  Dr. Smith was invited to attend the Clinic Health Care System Pharmacy Resident Graduation dinner on Monday, June 22 to receive his award formally. Dr. Smith is completing a PGY1 residency at the University of Florida Shands Hospital with the intent to pursue a PGY2 in Pharmacogenomics after his PGY1 residency.

UTMC RxPectations Program

UT and UTMC Team Up to Improve Patient Care

by Dr. Anita Stonehill-Ridner

In an effort to assist in improving patient care and patient satisfaction at The University of Toledo Medical Center (UTMC), the UTMC Pharmacy Department and faculty members within the University of Toledo College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (CPPS) Pharmacy Practice department have collaborated to develop a patient education program called RxPectations. The purpose of this program is to educate our patients on their new medications. While counseling the patients, we discuss why they are taking their medications (indication for medication), the potential side effects of those medications, and any questions or concerns they might have about their medications.

The information that is provided to patients addresses two of the questions that appear on the patient satisfaction survey. The questions are:

  • Before giving you any new medication, how often did hospital staff tell you what the medicine was for?
  • Before giving you any new medication, how often did hospital staff describe possible side effects in a way you could understand?

RxPectations is primarily delivered by our student pharmacists who are in their final year of the Pharm.D. Program and are completing their experiential Anita Stonehill-Ridner, PharmD ‘98, Clinical Assistant Professor rotations. Pharmacy interns and pharmacy residents help to deliver the education as well. RxPectations is currently overseen by Russ Smith (UTMC Director of Pharmacy) and Anita Stonehill-Ridner (Pharmacy Practice faculty member).

In response to the above questions, a response of “Always” is considered a positive answer. The survey results are utilized to determine our patient CPPS faculty member, and several UT student pharmacists. The student pharmacists were instrumental in assisting with the development of this program during the fall of 2010. The pilot began in January 2011 on the unit with the lowest HCAHPS scores on the medication-related questions. RxPectations has been continued and has expanded to several units throughout the hospital, and we have counseled over satisfaction score or our HCAHPS (Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems) score. Through this program, we improve patient care and patient satisfaction in other ways by addressing various issues with patients’ medication regimens. For example, students may offer suggestions to patients in regard to adherence to their medication regimens or suggestions to address financial worries about medications. They may also interact with other health care professionals to assist with patients’ concerns to improve their care and experience at UTMC.

RxPectations started with discussions between UTMC inpatient and outpatient pharmacy managers, a 5000 patients. As a result, we have seen improvement in HCAHPS scores relating to the medication questions. There has been a 13% increase in patients responding ‘always’ to the question that addresses indication of medication and a 22% increase for the question addressing medication side effects. This is one way of providing greater patient-centered care in our university-quality health care environment. RxPectations highlights a successful program that has been developed and maintained by the efforts of The University of Toledo faculty and student pharmacists working closely with the UTMC pharmacy department to improve patient care and patient satisfaction at UTMC.

UTMC continues to be an integral training site for our student pharmacists in their final year of the PharmD program. During this final year, students complete eight one-month experiential rotations and one longitudinal rotation. UTMC also offers essential training to other students in the professional division of the PharmD program who are completing introductory experiential experiences.

In addition to this program, the Pharmacy Practice department has several faculty members who provide services to UTMC in conjunction with the various medical teams at UTMC. Not only do our faculty members train pharmacy residents and students in this setting, they also provide a service to patients and other healthcare professionals by offering education to other students and residents on the team and assisting with patient care.

Within the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, there are currently 13 faculty members engaged in direct patient care at UTMC and our outpatient clinics. Our college is just one example of the successful relationships between The University of Toledo and UTMC that not only serve to improve care for our patients, but also provide a vital training site and learning environment for our students and residents.

Interprofessional Education in UTMC’s Emergency Department

By Dr. Michael Peeters

Interprofessional practice involves harnessing differences in perspectives and expertise among professions in order to work toward a higher level of patient care; teamwork is central to this process. Teamwork within the University of Toledo Medical Center’s emergency department (ED) has been facilitated by learners from multiple professions. Under the ED’s medical director, Kristopher Brickman, MD, a number of professional students and residents from multiple programs including emergency medicine, internal medicine, pharmacy, nursing, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners, are focused on a team-based model for patient care. Michael Peeters, PharmD, MEd, BCPS, clinical assistant professor in the
Department of Pharmacy Practice, is involved with precepting and facilitating the education of PharmD students and pharmacy practice residents.

Learners are involved in the emergency department’s patient care and classroom based activities. Additionally, students are exposed to simulation lab experiences that provide opportunities for learners from multiple programs to appreciate and learn from each others’ different perspectives and expertise.

As a recent example, critical care specialty resident Katherine Johnson, PharmD, BCPS was involved with reviewing and restructuring UTMC’s intravenous drip medications within the computerized prescriber order entry (CPOE) system and re-organizing the emergency department’s Pyxis medication cabinets. Adding to her role as a pharmacist in the interprofessional practice model, Dr. Johnson actively participated in UT’s simulation lab with interprofessional teams practicing, teaching, and learning within various emergency medicine-related simulation scenarios. She was also involved in classroom based teaching about  pneumonia and appropriate antimicrobial selection with emergency medicine residents. These opportunities helped to foster an understanding of her role as a pharmacist in the emergency department among learners from other professions.

Pharmacy students have also participated in interprofessional classroom and simulation experiences as well as direct patient care activities, including obtaining best-possible medication histories. Along with other involved educators, Dr. Peeters is continuing to work with Dr. Brickman and the rest of the emergency department staff to integrate pharmacy learners into the UT Medical Center emergency department’s engaging interprofessional environment.

Meet Dr. Julie Murphy

Dr. Murphy with residents

Dr. Murphy with residents

Dr. Julie Murphy is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and a Clinical Pharmacist at the UT Medical Center. She serves as a preceptor for both student pharmacists and PGY1 pharmacy residents completing their internal medicine rotations.

An alumnus (1998/2001) of the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Dr. Murphy completed a clinical pharmacy residency in Internal Medicine with the St. Louis College of Pharmacy and Forest Park Hospital in St. Louis, MO.  She then joined the faculty at St. Louis College of Pharmacy and served as a faculty member there for ten years.

Dr. Murphy has authored a plethora of publications relating to patient care and pharmacy education. Her expertise in these areas has earned her several awards, including the 2012 Mentor of the Year Award from the American College of Clinical Pharmacy Adult Medicine Practice and Research Network, 2011 Faculty Teacher of the Year from the Mercy Family Medicine Residency Program, 2009 Pharmacist of the Year bestowed by the Missouri Society of Health-System Pharmacists, and the 2009 Best Practice Award presented by the Missouri Society of Health-System Pharmacists Research and Education Foundation. Dr. Murphy is a Fellow with the American College of Clinical Pharmacy and the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists. Her certifications include the ACCP Leadership and Management Certificate, the ACCP Teaching and Learning Certificate, and Pharmacotherapy Board Certification.

“When I started my journey at the University of Toledo in 1993,” said Dr. Murphy, “the College of Pharmacy was located within University Hall on the main campus.  When I was earning my 2-year post-BS PharmD degree, the college was housed in Wolfe Hall.  Now as a faculty member, I have the chance to work within the Frederic and Mary Wolfe Center.  With being located on the Health Science Campus, the opportunities for both student pharmacists and faculty to learn and discover are truly limitless.”

Read the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Annual Report

The College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences has published an annual report for alumni and friends of the college. The report highlights the college’s goals and accomplishments, including reaccreditation of the Doctor of Pharmacy program, faculty publications and financial data. The report can be read online.


Community Pharmacy Residency Program Reaccreditation

The American Society of Health-system Pharmacists (ASHP) notified the college’s PGY1 Community Pharmacy Residency program of its continued accreditation.  The Community Pharmacy Residency program, a collaboration between the college and Kroger Company, is committed to developing well-rounded clinicians who are able to provide advanced practice services in a variety of clinical settings. Eight residents have completed the residency program to date and gone on to success in their careers.  The program equips residents to provide services to diverse patient populations, collaborate as part of an integrated team, teach pharmacy students, develop and provide innovative services in the community setting and take an active role in advancing the practice of community pharmacy.

Former Community Pharmacy Resident David R. Bright to Receive APhA Award

Dr. Bright, Ohio Northern UniversityWASHINGTON, DC – The American Pharmacists Association (APhA) announced that David R. Bright, PharmD, BCACP, Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice, Ohio Northern University Raabe College of Pharmacy, is the recipient of the 2012 APhA Distinguished New Practitioner Award. He was a Community Pharmacy resident at The University of Toledo from 2008-2009. Bright was selected in recognition of the many accomplishments he has achieved early in his career, especially in the areas of disease state management and wellness, medication therapy management (MTM) and student mentorship.
The Distinguished New Practitioner Award was established in 2010 to recognize a new practitioner, within his/her first five years of practice, who has demonstrated distinctive achievements in mentorship, service and commitment to the profession of pharmacy. The award will be bestowed upon Bright at APhA’s Annual Meeting and Exposition in New Orleans, March 9-12, 2012. APhA’s awards series is pharmacy’s most comprehensive recognition program.
A colleague who nominated Bright noted, “David has been one of the largest influences on the success of my career as a pharmacist and on my passion for the field of pharmacy. By just looking through some of his work, it is easy to see that he has experienced much success in his few years as a pharmacist. David also spends an impressive amount of time mentoring and supporting those around him. He generously shares opportunities with others and provides encouragement and assistance to assure that students and colleagues succeed. David’s determination, dedication and compassion for others are what have helped him accomplish so much, so early. These same attributes will ensure he will continue to impact countless patients, students and colleagues throughout his career.”
Bright is also the Director of Pharmacy for ONU HealthWise, a disease state management program offered to employees of Ohio Northern University. His scholarly interests include both MTM and collaborative drug therapy management, often with emphasis in the treatment of diabetes and metabolic syndrome. Bright is also interested in the involvement of pharmacy technicians in the practice of pharmacy. Bright earned his BSPharm and PharmD from the University of Toledo.
Another colleague commented, “David is a unique blend of mentor, compassionate practitioner and leader that is so very much needed in our current healthcare system. He possesses an outstanding commitment to the profession of pharmacy and mentoring comes naturally to him. It is truly David’s leadership that may set him apart though. It does not take long to notice how other faculty and those around him respect and admire him. He always goes above and beyond to make an impact on the field of pharmacy and on those around him.”
Bright is a member of many professional organizations including APhA, the American Society of Health System Pharmacists, the Ohio Pharmacists Association, American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy and the American College of Clinical Pharmacy. He has earned several honors including the Ohio Northern Mortar Board “Favorite” Professor Award, APhA-APPM Presentation Merit Award and membership in honor/leadership societies including Rho Chi, Phi Lambda Sigma and Omicron Delta Kappa.
About the American Pharmacists Association 
The American Pharmacists Association, founded in 1852 as the American Pharmaceutical Association, is a 501 (c)(6) organization, representing more than 62,000 practicing pharmacists, pharmaceutical scientists, student pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and others interested in advancing the profession. APhA, dedicated to helping all pharmacists improve medication use and advance patient care, is the first-established and largest association of pharmacists in the United States.

UT Residency Programs Meet Their Match

This year’s Pharmacy Residency Match Day was a great success for the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, once again promising the addition of new talent to the residency program. UT’s pharmacy residency program consists of three separate types of 12-month residencies, each accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists.

The PGY1 Pharmacy Residency provides extensive training opportunities and helps residents develop the skills they need to practice independently and excel in patient care and teaching. Residents train in different settings: acute care, ambulatory care, drug information and administration. They also gain teaching experience in didactic, laboratory, small group instruction and experiential teaching in the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. This summer, the PGY1 Pharmacy Residency program welcomes three new residents, Dr. Matt Hoover, a UT graduate, Dr. Jamie Drees from Ohio Northern University, and Dr. David Jacobs from the University of Buffalo.

The Community Pharmacy Residency program is committed to developing clinicians who provide advanced practice services in a variety of clinical settings.  Residents are equipped to serve diverse patient populations, collaborate with other healthcare providers, teach and mentor pharmacy students, and take an active role in advancing the practice of community pharmacy. Initiatives for Community Pharmacy residents are focused on medication therapy management, collaborative drug therapy, immunization, and health screenings. Dr. Michelle Mangan, who earned her PharmD from Ohio Northern University, is the newest resident in this program.

Critical Care residents practice at The University of Toledo Medical Center and study in surgical, medical, cardiac, cardiothoracic, neuro/neurosurgical, trauma intensive care, transplant, infectious disease, clinical microbiology, infection control and epidemiology, and emergency medicine areas.

Residents actively participate in multidisciplinary rounds, providing drug therapy management and drug information to members of the health care team, patients and patients’ family members.  The new Critical Care resident is Dr. Shelley Klochan, who earned her PharmD degree from Butler University and completed a PGY1 residency at Missouri Baptist Medical Center in St. Louis.

In addition to the new class of residents coming to UT, more than 13% of this year’s graduating PharmD class will enter Pharmacy Practice and Ambulatory Care residency programs. Many of these residents will remain local in institutions like The Toledo Hospital, Henry Ford Hospital, William Beaumont Hospital, and W.W. Knight. Other will venture across the state to Akron General Hospital, MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland, and Louis Stokes VA Hospital in Cleveland. Still more graduates will complete their residencies in well-known facilities across the country, including Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center, the William Jennings Bryan Dorn VA Medical Center in South Carolina, the North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System in Gainesville, and New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington, North Carolina.

Learn more about Pharmacy residencies at UT