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Pharmacy Summer Camps Accepting Applications

Applications are now being accepted for the college’s summer camps. The Walgreens Pharmacy Practice Camp and the Shimadzu Pharmaceutical Science Camp, also supported by Amway, are open to high school students with an interest in pharmacy or research.

The Walgreens Pharmacy Practice Camp focuses on the profession of pharmacy, introducing students to the life of a pharmacy practitioner. Campers shadow pharmacists in various settings and participate in labs and presentations to familiarize them with the demands and rewards of pharmacy school. The camp has been sponsored by Walgreens for over a decade, and many of our alumni were first introduced to the profession through the camp experience.

The Shimadzu Pharmaceutical Science Camp, the college’s newest camp program, introduces students to the sciences that underlie pharmacy. Students are introduced to the college’s state-of-the-art research facilities through laboratory explorations, and they learn about the myriad career options available to pharmaceutical scientists. The camp is sponsored by Shimadzu, a leader in the production of scientific instruments, and supported by Amway.

For more information about the college’s Pharmacy Camps, please visit the Pharmacy Camp page on the college’s website.


Recent changes in recruitment efforts in the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Mary F. Powers, BSPharm ’82, PhD ’96
Associate dean for Main Campus Student Affairs and Enrollment Management

In January 2015, Dean Early appointed Dr. Mary Powers as associate dean for Main Campus Student Affairs and Enrollment Management, with oversight of the college’s undergraduate recruitment into the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) and Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences (BSPS) programs as part of the duties of this post. Specifically, the Student Affairs team has been working on strategies to address consistent declines in enrollments across all of academic pharmacy that have occurred since 2009. The enrollment management team within the college has implemented numerous initiatives and enhancements to our recruitment efforts to increase the numbers of excellent students we attract.

In spring 2015, the college hired a new enrollment management specialist, Angela Lopez, who had experience in UT’s Office of Admissions. Daniel Fackelman, an alumnus of the BSPS program, was hired in fall 2015 to focus on recruitment for the BSPS majors. Together, Angela and Daniel travel throughout the region to share information about our programs, facilities and faculty. Our UT Experience Days, during which prospective students visit the campus and meet faculty and students, now include a faculty lecture series that allows students to learn about the research occurring in our college and the ways this research affects patient care and the pharmaceutical industry.

Pharmacy Camp continues to be a great avenue for introducing students to pharmacy and to our college. José Trevino, director of transfer services and recruitment, added to his duties the role of Pharmacy Camp director. In addition to the traditional Walgreen’s Pharmacy Pharmacy Practice Camp that focuses on pharmacy practice and the profession of pharmacy, the college has added a camp focused specifically on the pharmaceutical sciences. The Shimadzu Pharmaceutical Science Camp is supported by Amway.

Using web technology, we added Echo Targeting advertising as a way to recruit students into the PharmD program and into the cosmetic science and pre-med majors (medicinal chemistry and pharmacology) of the BSPS programs. By enhancing relationships with community colleges and continuing the fast track program for students in the Toledo Early College High School, we are maintaining a pipeline to the BSPS degree.

The college has multiple pathways to apply to the professional division for transfer students and applicants who have already earned a degree. Literature was developed to explain these pathways to our students and facilitate their successful application to the professional division.
The Pharmacy Ambassadors, a student organization closely tied to recruitment and the student experience, has been instrumental in providing campus tours during prospective student visits and hosting high school students who want to shadow, or immerse themselves in the pharmacy student experience for a defined period of time. The office developed a training manual for Pharmacy Ambassadors and showed appreciation for this enthusiastic group with letters of recognition from the associate dean and a cookout for the ambassadors. As an extension to the Pharmacy Ambassadors, we also formed Pharmacy Ambassadors Leadership Society (PALS), a volunteer network of recruitment ambassadors composed of faculty, staff, alumni, and parents of current students.

With a focus on the areas of the state that are most fruitful for recruitment to our college, the Office of Student Affairs developed purposeful recruitment strategies in northeast Ohio and developed recruitment literature focused on students in the greater Cleveland area. The college also established relationships with the Ohio HOSA Future Health Professional high school student organization. The college’s Office of Student Affairs also engaged UT’s recruiters from the Office of Admissions to highlight the recruitment needs of our academic programs.

The results of these efforts to enhance recruitment are anticipated to begin with modest enrollment increases, starting with the freshman class in fall 2017. Thereafter, benefits to our enrollments are anticipated to be seen annually.


UT Health’s Dr. Sari comments on buprenorphine

Just months ago, the Ohio legislature approved the use of buprenorphine, an ingredient in the drug Suboxone, for the treatment of opioid dependence. Dr. Youssef Sari commented on the use and safety of this medication in an interview on WTOL 11.

Dr. Sari is an associate professor in the Department of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics. Visit his faculty page for more information about his research.


Joel Levitan, BSP ’69, Takes Office as Ohio Pharmacists Association Trustee

The Ohio Pharmacists Association (OPA) announced today that Joel Levitan, R.Ph., of Sylvania, Ohio, was installed as a Trustee at its 136th Annual Conference held April 4-6 in Columbus.

Levitan is a 1969 graduate of the University of Toledo College of Pharmacy.  He has practiced community pharmacy in the city of Toledo for 42 years.  For 20 years, he has served in leadership roles with the Toledo Academy of Pharmacy.  He is a past recipient of OPA’s Bowl of Hygeia Award.

“We are pleased to add Joel Levitan to our association’s Board of Trustees. He has been a valued member of the organization and the pharmacy community for many years, and we look forward to working with him as a Trustee,” said Ernest Boyd, OPA Executive Director.

OPA, established in 1879, represents more than 4,000 pharmacists, pharmacy educators, and pharmacy students throughout the state. It is OPA’s mission to unite the profession of pharmacy and encourage interprofessional relations, while promoting public health through education, discussion, and legislation.


Deborah Randall, BSP ’77, Takes Office as Ohio Pharmacists Association Trustee

The Ohio Pharmacists Association (OPA) announced today that Deborah Randall, R.Ph., of Fremont, Ohio, was installed as a Trustee at its 136th Annual Conference held April 4-6 in Columbus.

Randall is a 1977 graduate of the University of Toledo College of Pharmacy.  She has practiced community pharmacy in the Cleveland area for more than 30 years. She currently works as a staff pharmacist at Gibsonburg Pharmacy in Gibsonburg, Ohio. Randall has also been active in the Sandusky Valley Academy of Pharmacy as well as the UT College of Pharmacy Alumni Association.

“We are pleased to add Debbie Randall to our association’s Board of Trustees. She has been a valued member of the organization and the pharmacy community for many years, and we look forward to working with her as a Trustee,” said Ernest Boyd, OPA Executive Director.

OPA, established in 1879, represents more than 4,000 pharmacists, pharmacy educators, and pharmacy students throughout the state. It is OPA’s mission to unite the profession of pharmacy and encourage interprofessional relations, while promoting public health through education, discussion, and legislation.