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Student Society of Health-system Pharmacists receives national recognition

The University of Toledo chapter of Student Society of Health-system Pharmacists achieved recognition from the American Society of Health-system Pharmacists (ASHP) for 2016-17 academic year. The honor includes a certificate of recognition, a complimentary ASHP publication, awards for the incoming and outgoing student officers, and a complimentary student registration to the 2016 Midyear Clinical Meeting and 2017 Summer Meetings.

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.

April 2015 Refill e-newsletter

The April 2015 issue of Refill, the e-newsletter of The University of Toledo College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, is now available online.

In this issue:

  • RADM Helena Mishoe to receive honorary doctorate
  • Visit from Steven W. Schierholt, Esq., Executive Director of the Ohio State Board of Pharmacy
  • Patient education saves a life by Hanin Chouman
  • Alumnus Alex Adams, PharmD ’09, receives national leadership award
  • Alice H. Skeens Award for Dr. Amanda Bryant-Friedrich
  • Alumna Alison Wery, BSPS ’14, embarks on a career in cosmetic formulation
  • Student awards and presentations
  • OPA Student Legislative Day
  • Meet Dr. Amit K. Tiwari and Angela Lopez, M.Ed.
  • Thank you to donors
  • Calendar of events

RADM Helena O. Mishoe, PhD, MPH to receive honorary degree

RADM Helena O. Mishoe, PhD, MPH will receive the honorary Doctor of Science degree at the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Commencement on Saturday, May 9, 2015. 

IMG_1452Dr. Helena Mishoe is the associate director of Research Training and Diversity at the National Institutes of Health / National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI). Dr. Mishoe earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Delaware State University and a Master of Public Health in Health Services Administration from the Uniformed Services University School of Medicine as well as a graduate Global Health certificate from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She earned a Ph.D. in Medical Microbiology from Georgetown University School of Medicine.

Dr. Mishoe joined NHLBI in 1988 and led the strategy to improve gene therapy and stem cell treatment of sickle cell anemia, Cooley’s anemia and Fanconi anemia. She has led initiatives to increase public awareness of sickle cell anemia, promote health education in rural areas, improve HIV treatment in Angola, among many other achievements. Dr. Mishoe’s career in research and medicine has spanned decades and includes service as the Assistant Surgeon General in the United States Public Health Service. She is an expert in health disparities and has been recognized for her work to increase research opportunities for underrepresented students, including ethnic minorities, economically advantaged students, and students with disabilities, in the biomedical sciences.

Dr. Mishoe’s leadership in advancing diversity in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields is centered on her personal interest in the students she mentors. She is dedicated to student success, personally critiquing students’ presentations and grant applications as well as helping them to define their career trajectories. She oversees the NHLBI Biomedical Research Training Program for Underrepresented Groups, and a remarkable 92 percent of the participants are expected to complete terminal degrees or residencies.

Among Dr. Mishoe’s treasured belongings is a photograph and quote she received from a mentee who passed away a few years ago. It reads, “Hope emerges and the future begins for one person only when there is another who believes in the beauty of their dreams.” This quote reflects Dr. Mishoe’s commitment to mentoring the next generation of leaders in health care and research.

Dr. Mishoe will present a seminar to the students and faculty on Friday, May 8, 2015.

Patient education saves a life

By Hanin Chouman

On Friday, March 13th, 2015. UToledo SNPhA hosted a health fair at Ashland Manor, a low-income housing complex in Toledo, OH. Nine students, including six professional and three pre-professional students, participated in the health fair, providing services like education about hypertension and stroke, HIV/AIDS, kidney disease, immunization, and diabetes. Students also provided free blood pressure and blood glucose checks for participants at the health fair.

The participating students helped about 50 patients, making interventions that ranged from advice about diet and exercise to asking patients to see their primary care physicians. Of particular interest on this day was a major intervention that the group made, which led to the saving of a patient’s life.

When Audrey, a student, checked this patient’s blood glucose and the glucometer read ‘HI’, she called another student Akeem Bale, to help with the patient. Akeem re-checked the blood glucose and got the same reading, and after asking the patient several questions, Akeem told the patient that he needed to go to the emergency room (ER) to be seen now because his blood glucose was very high. The patient told Akeem that he was okay and didn’t need to go to the hospital; he said he was feeling okay. Akeem continued to persuade the patient about the need to go to the ER. After much persuasion and counseling, the patient agreed to go the ER, and EMS was called in to take the patient to the hospital. Several days after this major intervention the management of the housing complex reached out to the students. They we were told that the patient had suffered from a mild heart attack, and thanks to Akeem’s intervention, we saved the patient’s life.

Akeem Bale is a P2 Pharm.D student, and the current president-elect of The University of Toledo’s chapter of Student National Pharmaceutical Association.

March 2014 Student of the Month: Derek Drumsta


Derek Drumsta, center, with Drs. Early and Holiday-Goodman

Derek Drumsta, center, with Drs. Early and Holiday-Goodman

Derek Drumsta is the March 2015 Student of the Month. Nominated for his leadership in organizing Student National Pharmaceutical Association’s Chill at the Grill event, Derek is the first pre-professional student to earn the Student of the Month honor. Derek volunteered his time to advertise, sell tickets, ensure faculty participation and organize the logistics of the Chill at the Grill event, which allowed students and faculty members from both campuses to network and meet in a fun setting.

Alumnus Allan Zaenger ’79 leads Charitable Pharmacy


Pharmacists have a positive impact on the lives of patients every day through patient care, disease state management and education. Alumnus Allan Zaenger, BSP ’79, has found a way to extend his impact as a pharmacist and help those most in need.  As executive director of the Charitable Pharmacy of Central Ohio, he lives the organization’s mission to provide affordable pharmacy services and coordinate access to health care for people who are vulnerable. The Charitable Pharmacy of Central Ohio provides live-saving prescription medications to members of the community who are living at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Level and who are uninsured or underinsured, all at no cost to the patients.

Pharmacists are welcomed to volunteer with the Charitable Pharmacy of Central Ohio. Learn more about how to support their important mission at charitablepharmacy.org.

Doc Schlembach is turning 90!

IMG_4173Dr. Robert Schlembach ’49 has created a legacy of generosity and involvement that has enriched the lives of students and helped to transform the college. As a pharmacy practitioner, he has devoted his career to improving patient care and serving the under-served. A former faculty member and interim dean of the college, he has touched the lives of generations of pharmacy practitioners.

Doc will celebrate his 90th birthday on December 7, 2014.

In celebration of this milestone, Doc’s family has a special request. Doc would love to hear from you, the alumni and friends of the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. Please take a few moments to send Doc a birthday wish and show your appreciation for his decades of commitment to pharmacy education at The University of Toledo by emailing him at DocSchlem@aol.com.

You may also wish to contribute to Doc’s scholarship fund, which provides scholarships to pharmacy students. Donations can be submitted securely online through the UT Foundation. Mention the Robert J. Schlembach Alumni Scholarship Fund in the “Other designation not listed” field of the secure online form.

Those who make gifts or pledges of $10K or more will receive special recognition as permanent members of the Schlembach Society. Your tax-deductible gift or pledge will honor Doc’s leadership and commitment to pharmacy education at The University of Toledo.