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TFP-UT Community-based Health Outcomes Fellowship

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.

State of the College 2016

Since 2013, Dean Early has delivered a State of the College address each fall at the Honors and Awards Convocation, a ceremony that recognizes student achievement and honors the donors and friends of the college. This year’s address focused on the return on investment seen by donors, new academic programs, the uniqueness of the college’s programs, and research.

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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.

Dean Early leads in Leadership Fellows program

Dean Early is currently serving as a Leadership Facilitator for the Academic Leadership Fellows Program (ALFP). He was selected by the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy as a result of his highly successful leadership career and his experience and insight into leadership. The role of the Leadership Facilitator is to provide guidance and feedback on the Fellows’ individual personal and professional goals, as well as team projects.

The Academic Leadership Fellows Program is focused on the development of leaders in academic pharmacy and higher education. Fellows build relationships with colleagues from other institutions and from within the college and university. Each ALFP cohort has 30 Fellows, most of whom are mid-level faculty in pharmaceutical science, pharmacy practice, or Social and Administrative Sciences and have some type of current or projected leadership role in their college/school of pharmacy.

This year’s cohort of Fellows includes one UT faculty member, Dr. Amanda Bryant-Friedrich, an associate professor of medicinal chemistry and director of the newly established Shimadzu Laboratory for Pharmaceutical Research Excellence. A UT alumnus, Oscar Garza, is also a fellow this year. Dr. Garza earned a BS in Pharmaceutical Sciences at The University of Toledo and is now an assistant professor in the Department of Pharmaceutical Care and Health Systems at University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy.

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.

Creating your own path

Kevin Omerza, PharmD/MSPS ‘15, discusses the decision to pursue a dual degree and how this decision has opened many new paths for him. Dr. Omerza is currently completing a PGY1 residency at MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio.


The Past and the Future. These are two important factors in every decision we make. The past holds knowledge and experiences that help to inform your decision. The future includes your goals, how you feel the decision will impact these goals, and how you believe the profession will evolve. Both the past and the future played a large role in my decision to pursue a dual-degree program in Pharmacy and Health Outcomes Research along with the PharmD degree.

My past included experiences and connections that provided the dual-degree opportunity. As a P1 pharmacy student and P2 BSPS Administration student, I took my first foray into the world of research. I worked with Dr. Sharrel Pinto on a literature review as a thesis to complete the requirements of an Honors Degree. In addition to my honors thesis, I was given the opportunity to join the Pharmaceutical Care and Outcomes Research group (PCOR) with Dr. Pinto. Through the PCOR, I was exposed to many areas of pharmacy policy, practice, and research. I was able to assist in reporting to the State Board of Pharmacy on the status of new pharmacy technology as well as assist in the design, implementation, analysis and reporting of a focus group study. These experiences also included interactions and networking with pharmacists, patients and fellow researchers.

As I became more involved in research, and my P2 pharmacy year began to draw to a close, I was approached by Dr. Sharrel Pinto about the potential for helping to establish a dual-degree program. In addition to my knowledge and experiences, I considered where I saw myself and the profession of pharmacy in the coming years. I knew that my goal would be to impact patient care through inpatient clinical practice. I knew that I would need to effectively utilize research in my practice, as well as potentially complete my own research. I could think of no better way to develop these skills than focused coursework and hands-on experience. I also took into account of the perspective of the profession. It is no secret that competition for pharmacy positions is growing, especially among residency programs. The dual-degree program, and associated experiences, would help to diversify my skills and help me to stand out from the applicant pool.

My effort in the dual-degree program was definitely rewarded. I gained valuable experience through helping to develop a multi-site, double-blind research study. I also helped to revive a student organization focused on research. All of these experiences helped to diversify my knowledge and skill set. Through networking and conferences, I was solicited to apply for careers in research as well as PhD programs at various schools. This also speaks volumes to the rigor and prestige of the master’s in Health Outcomes program we have here at UT. While I did not intend at the time to pursue these career paths, I know first-hand the importance of having multiple options, as you never know what the future will hold.

When applying for a residency, I was able to stand out from the crowd and be a competitive candidate. I earned a residency position in the geographic area I wanted, and at a hospital that is very strong in the specialties in which I am interested.

Overall, I have had a fantastic experience both during, and as a result of, the dual-degree program. I was able to participate in multiple research conferences and have built relationships that will last throughout my career and beyond.

The white papers to the state board, the focus group, and the research study have provided cutting-edge practice-based experiences. These unique experiences have given me exposure to a world of pharmacy that a typical hospital or community pharmacy experience does not provide. In the current climate of health care reform, and the focus on outcome-driven care, such exposure is important to truly understand the current roles and future of our profession.

I hope that all pharmacy students take a moment to think about their education and career goals and what will help them to attain these goals. They can then seek out and take advantage of the many opportunities which exist within our college. Regardless of your practice interests, there are organizations and motivated faculty members to help you achieve your goals. I was lucky enough to find an opportunity that fit in with my practice goals.

March 2015 Refill e-newsletter

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

In this Women’s History Month issue:

  • Dr. Sharrel Pinto leads national medication adherence study
  • Bess G. Emch, the college’s first female dean, paved the way for women
  • Dr. McInerney’s type 1 diabetes research
  • Dr. Sawsan Abuhamdah’s Fulbright research
  • Tips for Women in Science, Dr. Amanda Bryant-Friedrich
  • A warm welcome: Audra Wilson
  • Special thanks to pharmacy donors
  • Grandmother’s tea: Dr. Early’s introduction to pharmacy
  • Equipment funds support research and learning
  • Cosmetic science symposium review (part II), Hillary Phillis
  • Calendar of events: Law CE, Preceptor Forum, Golf Outing

November 2014 issue of Refill

The November 2014 issue of Refill, the e-newsletter of The University of Toledo College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, is now available online.

In this issue:

  • 2014 Faculty and Staff Retirements
  • Pharmacy Student-Athletes Stay in the Game
  • Dr. Amanda Bryant-Friedrich receives regional honor
  • Meet Dr. Scott Hall
  • Giving Thanks by Matthew Jordan, Pharmacy Student Council President
  • Dr. Diane Cappelletty to chair Department of Pharmacy Practice
  • Doc Schlembach’s 90th birthday
  • Calendar of Events

October 2014 Refill e-newsletter

The October 2014 issue of Refill, the e-newsletter of The University of Toledo College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, is now available online.

In this issue:

  • 2014 Distinguished Alumnus, Jerry Wisler, ’79
  • Your 2014-2015 Alumni Affiliate Board
  • Taking Patient Care to the Next Level with Board Certification by alumnus Brandon Craig, PharmD ’07, RPh, BCACP
  • Mission: Unstoppable: Student Affairs staffer Jing Meyer keeps students focused on graduation
  • The Master of Plans: Alumnus Kevin Krock, BSPS ’07 on planning for a meaningful career
  • Leadership Lessons: Graduate School Preparation
  • Small Organelle, Big Possibilities: Dr. Wissam AbouAlaiwi’s research on cilia
  • Calendar of Events

September 2014 Refill e-newsletter

The September 2014 issue of Refill, the e-newsletter of The University of Toledo College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, is now available online.

In this issue:

  • The Full Spectrum: Diversity initiaves that improve the human condition
  • Sister to Sister: Science runs in the family for Yasmine and Samar Ayoub
  • Homecoming: Reasons to come home to UT
  • The Polished Professional: Mary Jo Borden helps students develop professional skills that are valued in the workplace
  • Leadership Lessons: Dr. Early shares advice on effective networking
  • Focused Ambition: Dual-degree programs and residencies offer exciting career paths
  • Legendary: Dean Early to be honored with community award
  • Calendar of Events