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Samantha Parrott and Sienna Gerdeman, P2 students in the Cosmetic Science and Formulation Design program, attended the In-Cosmetics North America Tradeshow on New York City’s Pier 36. The trade show consists of about 148 different booths of different supplier companies, including Wacker, Sensient, Ashland, Actives, AkzoNobel, Nexeo, and KOBO. They visited each booth at the event, making contacts and networking for jobs in cosmetic science. They were also able to share information about the the Cosmetic Science and Formulation Design at UT with companies looking for new talent.
Ms. Parrott and Ms. Gerdeman learned about the latest innovations in the industry by talking one on one to those in the industry. They were amazed by the latest technologies that were entering the market, such as color-changing lipstick and new methods of quality testing.
The water-based nail polish and skin softening shower gel that Ms. Gerdeman had made during her summer internship at Wacker Chemical Corporation were also featured at the tradeshow. The students also met with Mark Chandler of ACT Solutions, Inc., and he tried Ms. Gerdeman’s nail polish.
The Toledo Family Pharmacy and the Health Outcomes and Socioeconomic Sciences (HOSS) program at The University of Toledo embarked on a collaborative partnership last year with a goal of developing the first community-based health outcomes fellowship. With changes in healthcare and the move toward outcomes-driven provision of care, there is currently a workforce deficit of health care practitioners who are trained in designing, implementing, and evaluating community-based programs that can help improve the outcomes of patients while saving costs.
After a nationwide search and a highly competitive pool of 21 applicants from around the country, the inaugural fellow was hired. Dr. Rebekah Panak is a licensed pharmacist and a graduate of the University of Oklahoma. She currently splits her time between the UTMC pharmacy and UT’s Health Outcomes and Socioeconomic Sciences division. As part of her fellowship, she will be completing a Master of Science in UT’s Health Outcomes and Socioeconomic Sciences. This program is recognized nationally and internationally for its work, and Dr. Panak will be the first fellow to graduate from this program. As part of her fellowship and thesis requirements, Dr. Panak will be working with Dr. Hussein El-Khatib (owner of the Toledo Family Pharmacy and alumnus of UT) and Dr. Sharrel Pinto (Division Head for Health Outcomes and Socioeconomic Sciences), to develop a community-based diabetes center that will provide patients in the community an opportunity to receive interprofessional care under one roof.
Dr. Michael Peeters (PharmD, MEd, FCCP, BCPS), a clinical senior lecturer in the Department of Pharmacy Practice, is a psychometrician with a research focus is pharmacy education and has a recent stream of papers on the assessment of cognitive development among PharmD students.
After writing a review article a number of years ago [Peeters MJ. Cognitive development of learners in pharmacy education. Curr Pharm Teach Learn. 2011; 3(3):224-229], Dr. Peeters helped develop and implement a program to assess UT PharmD students’ development in critical thinking. In preparation, he conducted literature searches and reviews within the pharmacy education and health professions education literature [Reale MC, Witt BA, Riche DM, Baker WL, Peeters MJ. Development of critical thinking among health professions students: a meta-analysis. Am J Pharm Educ. 2015; 79(5):article S4; Peeters MJ, Zitko KL, Vaidya VA. Critical thinking development in pharmacy education: a meta-analysis. Inov Pharm. 2016; 7(1): article 10].
The results of critical thinking development from these classes of PharmD student participants have recently been published [Peeters MJ, Boddu SHS. Assessing development of critical thinking: one institution’s experience. Curr Pharm Teach Learn. 2016; 8(3):271-278].
Of note, one critical thinking assessment that was used also measures professionalism. In the most recent Standards for PharmD education, the American Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) has required all PharmD education programs to assess their students’ professional development. Thus, the critical thinking assessment that also measures professionalism was used to help measure this important ACPE outcome as well. Along with documentation from teaching and learning of pharmacist professionalism and ethics (i.e., one of Dr. Peeters’ teaching roles), he presented these findings [Vaidya VA, Peeters MJ. Assessing professional development (Standard 4): the University of Toledo’s experience. Am J Pharm Educ. 2015; 79(5):article S4]—with a publication in the American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education. PharmD students at UTCPPS demonstrated development in their professionalism. Additionally, Dr. Peeters received an honorable mention within the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy’s 2016 Innovations in Teaching competition.
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.