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Annual Golf Outing Registration Now Open

The Toledo Academy of Pharmacy/ University of Toledo College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Annual Scholarship Golf Outing is fast approaching.  June 14th is right around the corner and we want to see you out on the greens! As in years past, this will be an 18 hole scramble and you will receive both a boxed lunch and a Shorty’s BBQ dinner.  Registration begins at 10:00with a shotgun start at 11:00. There will be contests, prizes, and an auction as well!  Not a golfer?  Come for the dinner only, sponsor a hole or students to play for the day, or make a donation to the Toledo Academy of Pharmacy Scholarship Fund!  We also have corporate sponsorship opportunities available as well.  Please click here to register today!

Thank you for your support!​

Tole​​do Academy of Pharmacy Golf Outing Committee


Measuring critical thinking and professionalism

Photo of Dr. Michael Peeters

Dr. Peeters

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.


Spring 2017 Commencement and Convocation

The College has an important announcement regarding spring commencement and convocation. The dates and locations of Commencement-related events have changed. If you have already sent an RSVP for Commencement, you will need to complete a revised form.

Each year, both the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences and The University of Toledo host commencement-related events. In recent years, the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences has held Spring Commencement Exercises which included awards, hooding and speeches relevant to entry into careers in pharmacy and the pharmaceutical sciences in addition to the conferring of degrees, a part of the ceremony in which tassels are moved and the completed degree is declared.

The University of Toledo holds a broader general Commencement each year at which degrees are conferred and graduates’ names are called as they walk across the stage. Traditionally, students from our college have participated in the college’s Commencement rather than the University Commencement, although they could always elect to attend one or both; attendance has no effect on the awarding of the actual degree.

This year, the University is returning to the traditional commencement format.  The College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences will join the many other graduates from the university’s colleges across the Main and Health Science campuses in the University’s Commencement. Degrees will be conferred at this ceremony, and the traditional Pomp and Circumstance of commencement will welcome graduates and their families.

Since the college is not conferring degrees, the ceremony the college is hosting this year is called the Convocation and Awards Ceremony, as the college has held for most of its long history. At this ceremony, which will be held at Stranahan Theater in Toledo on Friday, May 5 at 5:30 p.m., the specific achievements of pharmacy and pharmaceutical science students will be recognized, and similar to Commencement, students and faculty will wear caps and gowns. Hooding for master’s and doctoral graduates will take place, and graduates will be able to select the faculty member who hoods them. The program for this event will also include valedictorian speeches from the B.S. in Pharmaceutical Sciences and Pharm.D. graduating classes.

Both events welcome graduates and their families to celebrate the achievements of the graduating class. The College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences hopes that you will enjoy both events as you celebrate the milestone of graduation.

Spring Commencement

This year’s Spring Commencement ceremony is scheduled for Sunday, May 7 at 10 a.m. in the University of Toledo Glass Bowl. All colleges will participate in this ceremony, with the exception of the College of Law and the College of Medicine & Life Sciences, who will host their own ceremonies.

Graduate and undergraduate degrees will be conferred during this commencement ceremony. Doctoral students will be hooded on the lower stage, and undergraduate students will walk across the lower stage, shake the hand of their dean and receive their diploma cover.  Images of the graduates will be displayed on the large Glass Bowl screens as they walk across the stage.

College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Spring Convocation & Awards Ceremony

The College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences will hold a Convocation & Awards ceremony on Friday, May 5, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. at Stranahan Theater to celebrate the accomplishments of the Class of 2017. The program for Convocation will include caps and gowns, awards and valedictorian speeches. No degrees will be conferred during this event.

Contact

More information, including a link to the revised RSVP, can be found at http://www.utoledo.edu/pharmacy/current/graduation/graduation.html.

Please contact Cynthia Tierney, cynthia.tierney@utoledo.edu, with questions or concerns. P4 Pharm.D. students can address questions and concerns to Dr. Megan Kaun.


Jay Mirtallo receives 2016 Distinguished Alumnus Award

Jay Mirtallo and Dana Fitzsimmons

Jay Mirtallo ’76 and Dana Fitzsimmons ’76

The College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences selected Jay Mirtallo, BSP ’76, for the 2016 Distinguished Alumni Award. Mr. Mirtallo is considered to be one of the world’s pharmacy specialist pioneers. He has been instrumental in leading cost-effective practices in parenteral and enteral nutrition and advancing the role of the pharmacist in nutrition support services.

Parenteral nutrition, also known as intravenous feeding, and enteral nutrition, which delivers food to the gastrointestinal tract, are often essential to the life and health of children and adults with special medical needs.

The recipient of the Clinical Practice Award from the American College of Clinical Pharmacy in 2007, Mr. Mirtallo has focused his research comparative evaluations of amino acid injection products, the use of fat as a calorie source, parenteral nutrition compatibility and stability, and systems issues in the preparation, administration and management of parenteral nutrition.

Mr. Mirtallo has been a professor of clinical pharmacy and director of the Master of Science program in Health-System Pharmacy at Ohio State University in Columbus for 38 years. While he has made his mark in his field in research and teaching, he has also contributed through leadership and setting national policy.

Mr. Mirtallo served as president of the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition in 2011, a 6,000 member organization made up of doctors, dieticians, nurses, pharmacists and scientists who are involved in providing clinical support to patients, and he advocated for reimbursement of enteral and parenteral nutrition in the hospital and home. As a representative to the Joint Commission on accreditation for health systems, he served on the task force that created the Nutrition Care Standards, and also he chaired a parenteral nutrition safety summit for the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition, which led to the development of the safety consensus recommendations recently released by that organization and the American Society for Health System Pharmacists.

Mr. Mirtallo also recently co-authored an etiology-based definition of malnutrition which is the basis for an inter-professional malnutrition strategy that has been adapted by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The new definition improves access to appropriate medical care for those suffering from malnutrition.

A native of the Catskills region in New York state, Mr. Mirtallo was enrolled in the pre-med program at Ohio State when he decided that pharmacy was really where he wanted to be.  He transferred to UT after looking at other schools and credits iconic pharmacy professor Dr. Bob Schlembach for the impact he made during his time at UT and in his career.


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.


José Treviño displays his artistic talent in the college

Jose Trevino and Rocky the Pharmacist

Jose Trevino and Rocky the Pharmacist

Most students in the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences know José Treviño for his role as Director of Transfer Services and Recruitment for the college’s Office of Student Affairs, but many don’t know how skillful he is with a chainsaw. About 15 years ago, he was inspired to create wood carvings by a friend who carved totem poles from large pieces of driftwood from Lake Erie.  Wood carving is a way for José to connect with his Latino culture, and he often creates pieces symbolic of his heritage. Many of these adorn his home.

After carving his elaborate creations, José sands them down with a grinder and adds paint or stain, always careful that the beautiful grains in the wood are visible. For José , this pastime provides focus and a way to escape from the stresses of life.

“The tools I use drown out the sounds of what is going on all around me so I can focus on what I am doing.  I also enjoy seeing these pieces begin to take shape,” José said.

While José generally creates these pieces for his family’s enjoyment, some have been seen in the corridors of the Frederic and Mary Wolfe Center and have been featured at art exhibits and even The Toledo art Museum of Art.


Walgreens Pharmacy Camp jump-starts careers

Pharmacy Summer Camp, sponsored by Walgreens, is more than just a fun way to spend a few nights on a college campus; it is also an on-ramp to a career in pharmacy.

At The University of Toledo, three faculty members in the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences can attest to the power of Pharmacy Summer Camp. Drs. Anthony Pattin, Michelle Schroeder and Michelle Serres, faculty members in the Department of Pharmacy Practice, all came to the college in the early 2000s as rising high school juniors, eager to learn about pharmacy.  Their career paths demonstrate a love for the profession of pharmacy that was initiated during the camp experience.

Dr. Anthony Pattin

As a Toledo native, Dr. Anthony Pattin had the opportunity to attend pharmacy camp during the summer of 2002. Helping an elderly neighbor organize her medications sparked Dr. Pattin’s interest in becoming a practitioner, and a subsequent job at a pharmacy sealed the deal for him. Even then, he enjoyed patient interactions and counseling.

Today, Dr. Pattin is an alumnus of The University of Toledo, having completed his Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences and Doctor of Pharmacy degrees from The University of Toledo in 2007 and 2009, respectively. He completed a PGY-1 community pharmacy residency at The University of Toledo in 2010 and began his career as a clinical assistant professor at the Wayne State University Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. Last year, Dr. Pattin accepted a tenure-track assistant professor position at The University of Toledo College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.

Dr. Pattin’s research and pharmacy practice interests include expansion of community pharmacists’ services, including vaccinations, medication therapy management, and medication adherence monitoring. The first African-American PharmD faculty member in the history of The College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Dr. Pattin mentions how the experiences at pharmacy camp inspired him to pursue pharmacy “full steam ahead”. He is thankful for Walgreens and their continued sponsorship of Pharmacy Summer Camp.

Dr. Michelle Schroeder

Dr. Michelle Schroeder participated in the 2004 session of Pharmacy Summer Camp. She earned her Doctor of Pharmacy Degree from Ohio Northern University in 2011 and completed the community pharmacy residency program at The University of Toledo in 2012. Dr. Schroeder joined the faculty in 2012 as a clinical assistant professor of Pharmacy Practice and was a part-time Kroger Pharmacist for four years. Her primary practice site is with the diabetes education program through The University of Toledo Center for Diabetes Self-Management, Education, and Training. She is involved with the program as the program coordinator and as a certified diabetes educator (CDE).

In addition to working with the diabetes education program, Dr. Schroeder is also involved in experiential teaching of ambulatory care pharmacy for APPE’s, IPPE’s and pharmacy residents. She continues to be involved with the Pharmacy Summer Camp, leading a glucose monitoring activity in which the students learn about glucose meters and participate in a hands-on exercise checking their own blood glucose.

Dr. Michelle Serres

Dr. Michelle Serres is a clinical assistant professor of Pharmacy Practice and Director of Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences (IPPEs) at The University of Toledo College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. Dr. Serres completed the Walgreens-sponsored Pharmacy Summer Camp in the summer of 2003 and went on to earn her Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences in 2008 and Doctor of Pharmacy in 2010 from The University of Toledo. She completed a post-graduate year-one (PGY1) pharmacy residency in primary care with the W. W. Knight Family Medicine Program at The Toledo Hospital and joined the faculty in 2011. Dr. Serres earned Board Certification of Advanced Diabetes Management (BC-ADM) in December 2011, received Board Certification in Ambulatory Care Pharmacy in 2012, and is a certified insulin pump educator.

Currently the director of Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences, where she coordinates and manages P1-P3 student pharmacy and community experiences, Dr. Serres works with preceptors, students and sites to create and manage college relationships. She serves on and leads several college committees as a representative for experiential education, including the Admissions Committee, the Academic Performance Committee and is co-chair of the Professional Conduct Committee. In addition, she implemented, and was the former director of, The University of Toledo Diabetes Education, Self-Management and Training Program, accredited by AADE, based out of the Department of Endocrinology at The University of Toledo Medical Center. Dr. Serres now serves in clinical practice at the Center for Health Services, where she works with and manages patients with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes and other chronic disease states in an outpatient primary care setting. Dr. Serres is also the president elect of Toledo Academy of Pharmacy (TAP).

The careers of these faculty members grew from their own motivation to pursue the profession, paired with the generous and ongoing support of Walgreens at the start of their career exploration. The philanthropy of Walgreens has included  direct support of Pharmacy Summer Camp for fifteen years, along with generous diversity grants.


Dean Early selected as NPhA Fellow

NPhA welcomed their inaugural class of NPhA Fellows.  The distinguished group included Johnnie L. Early, II PhD, RPh; H.W. “Ted” Matthews, PhD, RPh; Terrence V. Burroughs, MBA, CMTM, RPh; Barry Bleidt, PhD, Pharm D, RPh, and Marcellus Grace, PhD, RPh.  The NPhA Fellows Recognition Program (FNPhA) was created to grant recognition and promote awareness of pharmacists who have a record of outstanding service to the profession through contributions to NPhA. These members have sustained, continuous membership of at least ten years and have demonstrated excellence in serving the medically undeserved.

Dr. Early was a charter member of Student National Pharmaceutical Association, the student affiliate organization of National Pharmaceutical Association, and is the first charter member to be honored in this way.


Soligenix Appoints Alumna Karen Krumeich, BSP ’77, as Chief Financial Officer

PRINCETON, N.J., June 20, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Soligenix, Inc. (OTCQB: SNGX) (Soligenix or the Company), a late-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on developing and commercializing products to treat rare diseases where there is an unmet medical need, announced today that it has appointed Karen Krumeich, as its Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.  Ms. Krumeich has over 25 years of diverse experience in the financial and strategic management of emerging growth life science companies. She has a proven track record and expertise in corporate financial operations, equity financings, and business development, including partnerships, mergers and acquisitions.

Most recently, Ms. Krumeich served as a consultant providing finance, investor relations, and business development services to the Company and other healthcare companies. Previously, she worked as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for several development-stage life science companies, including Cerecor, Inc. and Mela Sciences, Inc. where she was responsible for equity financings, corporate administrative functions, and investor relations. In addition to these positions, Ms. Krumeich was a healthcare consultant partner with Tatum, LLC, a national consulting firm, specializing in their life science practice. Prior to these positions, she held positions of increasing responsibility with several healthcare companies, including Bristol-Myers Squibb Company where she was Director of Health Systems and as Vice President of Finance for a national pharmacy provider. Ms. Krumeich began her career as a pharmacist and transitioned into finance after successfully completing the CPA exam.

Ms. Krumeich earned a BS in Pharmacy from the University of Toledo, Ohio and completed her post graduate work in accounting and finance at Cleveland State University while pursuing her career as a pharmacist.

“We are delighted to welcome Karen to our team, as we leverage her extensive financial expertise in leading our strategic corporate programs,” stated Christopher J. Schaber, PhD, President and Chief Executive Officer of Soligenix.  “As we continue to execute our growth strategy, we are clearly building momentum and the talent we are attracting is an absolute reflection of our solid progress to date.  Karen’s unique experiences in both science and finance will be instrumental to us as we advance our multiple late-stage development programs.”

Mr. Joseph Warusz, who has served as Vice President, Finance and Acting Chief Financial Officer since February 2012, will be retiring from the Company effective June 30, 2016. On behalf of the Company and its Board of Directors, we would like to thank Joe for his many contributions during the past five years.

About Soligenix, Inc.

Soligenix is a late-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on developing and commercializing products to treat rare diseases where there is an unmet medical need. Our BioTherapeutics business segment is developing SGX301 as a first-in-class photodynamic therapy utilizing safe visible light for the treatment of cutaneous T-cell lymphoma, proprietary formulations of oral beclomethasone 17,21-dipropionate (BDP) for the prevention/treatment of gastrointestinal (GI) disorders characterized by severe inflammation including pediatric Crohn’s disease (SGX203) and acute radiation enteritis (SGX201), and our novel innate defense regulator technology dusquetide (SGX942) for the treatment of oral mucositis.

Our Vaccines/BioDefense business segment includes active development programs for RiVax™, our ricin toxin vaccine candidate, OrbeShield®, our GI acute radiation syndrome therapeutic candidate and SGX943, our melioidosis therapeutic candidate. The development of our vaccine programs incorporates the use of our proprietary heat stabilization platform technology, known as ThermoVax®.  Currently, this business segment is supported with up to $57 million in government grant and contract funding from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA).

For further information regarding Soligenix, Inc., please visit the Company’s website at www.soligenix.com.


Research Excellence Award for Dr. Tiwari

Dr. Amit Tiwari, assistant professor in the Department of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, recently spent some time in India as a visiting scientist and professor at Rajiv Gandhi Prodyogik Vishwavidyalaya (RGPV). RGPV is the world’s 28th largest university, with a student population of over 260,000. Dr. Tiwari’s visit was part of a research collaboration in the area of oncology drug discovery, which attracted the attention of the national media and several university and government officials, including the president of the university and the Governor of State, Chief Secretary, Principal Secretary of the State, Education Minister and former Home Minister of the State.

During his time at RGPV, Dr. Tiwari received an Outstanding Scientist award for Excellence in Innovative Research.