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Recent grad set bar high during rotation

doughty“In all of my 23 years as a pharmacist mentor and preceptor, never have I been as impressed with an intern,” Brad Johnson said of Yana Doughty, PharmD ’14, who completed an APPE rotation at Walgreens in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Johnson, who serves as a preceptor for several pharmacy schools, was so impressed with Yana that he said he would take a UT student any time.

“I’ve seen how strong and prepared they are,” he said.

What impressed Johnson most was how proactive Yana was when tackling problems and projects.

“She jumped in immediately asking questions and providing answers. I gave her a project focusing on MTMs as well as targeting New to Therapy patients. I had her counseling patients while with us. She became our immunization specialist since it was influenza season as well,” Johnson said.

Johnson believes Yana will be a valuable asset wherever she chooses to practice pharmacy.

CPPS lends a hand in free clinic

The University of Toledo College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences is adding a pharmacist’s touch to the Perrysburg Heights Free Medical Clinic. The clinic, initiated by Dr. Richard Paat in 2010, operates in the Perrysburg Heights Community Center each Wednesday night. Since 2010, the clinic has served over 300 patients, including low-income patients, the elderly, the uninsured and the underinsured.

Regardless of income or ability to pay, patients of all ages receive medical care at the clinic. Patients receive the services they might receive during a typical office visit: vitals, medical history, physical examination, and labs and x-rays if they are needed. Free diagnostic testing and result confirmation, amounting to over $50,000, has been provided by St. Luke’s Hospital. Patients are even able to have minor medical procedures performed, like removal of cysts or sutures. The clinic’s services are provided by a number of medical professionals, from physicians, physician’s assistants, pharmacists and nurses to more specialized practitioners like ophthalmologists and podiatrists. The clinic sees 15-20 patients per week in the two and a half hours it operates. The clinic’s services also include a mobile migrant worker clinic that travels the state to meet and treat migrant populations.

The College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences is playing an important role in the clinic. Dr. Diane Cappelletty, associate professor of clinical pharmacy in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and co-director of the Infectious Disease Research Laboratory, serves on the Board of Directors. Three UT pharmacists – Drs. Diane Cappelletty, Amy Smith and Chad Tuckerman, PharmD ‘00 – as well as local UT pharmacy alumna Dr. Krystal Ricciardella, PharmD ‘08, rotate to cover the clinic’s pharmacy operations. P2 pharmacy students work alongside first- and second-year medical students to treat patients.

In addition to completing Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience (IPPE) hours at the clinic, pharmacy students have completed service learning projects for the patients. The projects have resulted in a patient information binder that includes information about smoking cessation, diabetes and nutritional support, free listings of pharmacies with reduced prescription costs, and information about patient assistance programs through pharmaceutical companies. P4 students have also completed longitudinal experiences as the Perrysburg Heights Free Medical Clinic, wherein they educate patients about health issues like inhaler use and fill prescriptions.

Medications for patients at the Perrysburg Heights Free Medical Clinic were initially provided through a grant from a nun at St. Anne’s. The clinic’s pharmacy department is now seeking grants from various agencies to purchase more medications and to provide more effective medications, such as longer-acting insulin products for diabetic patients.