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Medicinal Chemistry grad student is inspired by personal medical journey

By Emily Esakov 

Emily Esakov’s parents with her sister, Ellen Esakov, at one month old

Emily’s parents, Sandra and David Esakov, with her sister, Ellen, at one month old

Photo Emily Esakov

Emily Esakov at one month old with her father, David

We were born at 26 weeks gestation on Dec. 11, 1989. I weighed 800grams (1 pound 12 ounces); my sister Ellen weighed 1 pound, 12 ounces, and my brother David weighed two pounds, two ounces. Our parents enrolled us in a clinical trial using a synthetic surfactant to help our lungs mature, which ultimately led to our survival.


I was anemic and had multiple lung diseases due to severe prematurity. I experienced episodes of lung collapse as well as a small hole in my heart (PFO) that closed with age (although I still have a murmur). I stayed in Akron Children’s Hospital neonatal intensive care unit for about three months and was discharged with my siblings on March 17, 1990.

Because we were premature, our development was delayed, not walking or speaking until around two years of age, but we had all caught up by the time we were in first grade.

Emily Esakov was the college's Student of the Month for September 2015.

Emily Esakov was the college’s Student of the Month for September 2015.

I grew up aware that our situation was unique, but it wasn’t until college that I truly understood the impact of the medical experiences my siblings and I had and how the odds had been stacked against us. Then, I really understood the miracle of us all being healthy adults today.

My pursuit of a Ph.D. in medicinal chemistry and a career in biomedical research is, in part, to help others fight against the odds stacked against them, just as the doctors and medical team did for my siblings and me.


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.


January 2015 Student of the Month: Tessa Hastings

Hastings, centers

Hastings, center, with Drs. Powers and Early

Tessa Hastings is the January 2015 Student of the Month. Tessa was nominated for her leadership and mentorship of students, as well as the professionalism she demonstrates in her roles as a teaching assistant and research assistant. The president of the UT student chapter of the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research, Tessa helps pre-professional students to understand the significance of health outcomes research on patient care. She has presented her work at local and national meetings and has influenced patient care through her recommendations to health care providers. Tessa is a graduate of the BS in Pharmaceutical Sciences program and is the first master’s student to earn the Student of the Month honor.


APhA-ASP Mid-Year Regional Meeting

aphaaspP3 Student Deeb Eid discusses the momentum set at the APhA-ASP Mid-Year Regional Meeting

Four years ago, the UT chapter of American Pharmacists Association—Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP) was sending approximately 8-10 students to the APhA’s Region 4 Mid-Year Regional Meeting. Of late, the chapter  has seen greater and more consistent student involvement and was able to send 42 students to last fall’s meeting in Lexington, Kentucky. The college’s most prominent student leaders among them, APhA-ASP sent the second largest student body (second to the University of Kentucky) to the meeting this year. At the meeting, the chapter attended leadership workshops, learned about the policy proposal process, and participated in curriculum vitae writing sessions.

Importantly, student pharmacists learned more about the HR4190 bill that is pushing for pharmacist provider status and how they as students can help to shift the profession. In addition, students were pushed to challenge the status quo through the policy proposal process, and the chapter passed its proposal for recommending epinephrine injectors for use in emergency situations in the public school setting, with consent from a physician.  This proposal, the chapters first to pass in the past five years, was aided by the tremendous efforts of P3 student, Tiffany Haddad.

The chapter’s patient care vice president, Laura Macaveiu, earned recognition for her work in building a patient care project board. The chapter is looking to continue the momentum set at the Mid-Year Regional Meeting.


December 2014 Student of the Month: Nicole Fabiilli

The December 2014 Student of the Month is Nicole Fabiilli, who was nominated for her leadership in organizing the Student National Pharmaceutical Association’s annual CVS Meet and Greet event. Nicole hosted the event and adding a mentorship element that allowed pre-professional and professional division students to connect. Nicole is also a student employee in the office of the dean, and she demonstrates professionalism in carrying out her job duties.


April 2014 Student of the Month, Zach Henz

Henz, center, with Drs. Hinko and Early

Henz, center, with Drs. Hinko and Early

Zachary Henz is the April 2014 Student of the Month. Zach was nominated because of his active participation in community and educational activities in the college. As co-director of pharmacy services through the CommunityCare Clinic, orders medications for the Free Medical Clinic (FMC), serves as the officer in charge at the FMC, and organizes and oversees student involvement at the FMC. As a teaching assistant for the college, Zach is involved in diabetes education and currently serves as the policy vice president for American Pharmacists Association – Academiy of Student Pharmacists. Zach further models professionalism and represents the profession through his leadership of Phi Lambda Sigma and his service as a Pharmacy Student Council officer.


March 2014 Student of the Month, Shewit Ghidey

Shewit Ghidey, center, with Drs. Early and Hinko

Shewit Ghidey, center, with Drs. Early and Hinko

Shewit Ghidey is the March 2014 Student of the Month. Nominated for her leadership in organizing the Sam’s Club Diabetes Health Fair and the Latino Health Fair, Shewit is enthusiastic about patient care initiatives. She is actively involved in the leadership of Student National Pharmaceutical Association and earned third place in SNPhA’s regional clinical skills competition in March, reinforcing the college’s reputation for preparing excellent pharmacists. Shewit is described as a creative, visionary leader and as a role model for other students.

Student of the Month nominations are submitted retrospectively for the previous month. Nominations are reviewed and approved by the college’s Academic Performance Committee.


The Power of Girls

Picture1This spring semester, Lambda Kappa Sigma pharmacy sorority organized a First Aid badge event for local Girl Scouts. Members of the sorority, along with medical students, a nursing student, a Perrysburg firefighter, and a UTMC pharmacist, provided learning modules for the Scouts. Sixty-five girls in fourth through eighth grades attended.

Sarah Breen, a senior cosmetic science student and member of LKS, was instrumental in starting this outreach project last year. She believes this event is important for the girls for multiple reasons.

“It gives us a chance to teach younger girls about safety. More importantly though, it gives younger girls the opportunity to meet women from different career paths,” said Breen.  “We worked very hard to have as many women as possible involved in all aspects of the event.”

For the girls, seeing women in various career fields, especially those involving science, may eventually have an impact on the presence of women in these fields. Thus, the event is aligned with the Girl Scout mission to empower girls and prepare them to contribute to society.

The UT chapter of Lambda Kappa Sigma was recognized for this outreach project  last year at the organization’s national convention. They plan to host the First Aid badge event annually.

The phrase “the power of girls” is taken from the Girl Scouts’ national website


February 2014 Student of the Month: Deeb Eid

Deeb Eid

Student of the Month, Deeb Eid, with Drs. Hinko and Early

Deeb Eid is the February 2014 Student of the Month. Nominated for his leadership in organizing the first annual Students vs. Faculty/Staff/Alumni basketball game, Deeb is credited with creativity and enthusiasm in his efforts to organize the event, which raised funds for Miracle League of Northwest Ohio, a charity that creates opportunities for children of all ability levels to play baseball. The event raised over $1,500, and all who participated or attended the event had great fun.

Student of the Month nominations are submitted retrospectively for the previous month. Nominations are reviewed and approved by the college’s Academic Performance Committee.


January 2014 Student of the Month

israelThe student of the month for January 2014 is Daniel Israel, a P3 PharmD student. Daniel was nominated because of his leadership in student organizations (Student Society of Health-system Pharmacists, Phi Lambda Sigma) and his focus in the classroom. As co-pharmacy director of the Community Care Clinic, Daniel trains new officers and students. He also models a healthy lifestyle and encourages other to do the same, even organizing a 5K run for charity.

Student of the Month nominations are submitted retrospectively for the previous month. Nominations are reviewed and approved by the college’s Academic Performance Committee.