Kudos!

Congratulations to Becky Glosson, third quarter STAR winner from the College of Pharmacy! Becky, an administrative specialist II at the Augusta campus since 2011, was cited for her outstanding work during the Augusta campus relocation, along with her willingness to assume operational duties following a staff vacancy. Her nominator said, "Becky performed the work of at least two people with grace and good humor.... Her composure helped keep the entire office on an even keel [during the move]." The STAR Award recognizes staff members in the college each quarter who have demonstrated quality service, teamwork, attitude and reliability. [Becky Glosson (r) accepts her award from Susan Fagan (l), assistant dean and CAP professor at the Augusta campus.]

College of Pharmacy faculty and staff attended an appreciation event at the Georgia Center after the completion of the ACPE site visit, which was two-years in the making. [Below: Dr. Dexi Liu, Department Head and Panoz Professor of Pharmacy, PBS (l) with Dean Svein Øie (r) and Gloria Strait, Administrative Associate, Dean's Office (l) with Cicely Hemphill, Administrative Associate, Dean's Office (r)]

Junior Faculty Career Development and Pre/Post Doc Programs Seek Applicants

The Atlanta Clinical and Translational Science Institute (ACTSI) KL2-Mentored Clinical and Translational Research Scholars program supports career development for junior faculty from prestigious programs at Emory University, Morehouse School of Medicine, Georgia Institute of Technology, and now, PharmD or PharmD/PhD junior faculty at UGA’s College of Pharmacy. The program assists junior faculty in becoming independent, established and ethical clinical and/or translational research investigators. Trainees accepted into the program will receive salary support to enable them to spend at least 75% of their professional time on clinical and/or translational research and research training and a $25,000 technical budget for research-related expenses. A free two-session workshop for applicants will be held on Nov. 29 and Dec. 6 from 9:30-11:30 a.m. To register for this free workshop, e-mail Dr. Janet Gross and Cheryl Sroka with name, position, department, school, title of research study and NIH bio sketch. For more information on this career development opportunity, see ACTSI.

In addition, ACTSI has a RFA for the TL1 predoctoral (Medical, PhD and PharmD students) and postdoctotal (Medical/Pharmacy residents and fellows, and post-PhD fellows) clinical/translational research training award. Applicants from the UGA College of Pharmacy, who meet the specific eligibility requirements of any NIH-NRSA training awards, also are eligible to compete for the ACTSI TL1 predoctoral and postdoctoral training fellowships. A TL1 application writing workshop will be held on Dec. 2 from 1-3 pm with lunch provided. To register for this free workshop, e-mail Dr. Janet Gross and Cheryl Sroka. Additional details regarding the applicant and mentor eligibility, stipend as well as supplement for travel and research can be obtained here.

The College of Pharmacy contact for ACTSI is Dr. Somanath Shenoy, CAP associate professor and co-director for the KL2/TL1 Program of ACTSI. Email Dr. Shenoy at shenoys@uga.edu or sshenoy@augusta.edu. Deadline for applications for both programs is March 1, 2017.

Faculty Accolades

Dr. Rusty May, CAP professor at the Augusta campus, has had a busy fall! Dr. May made several presentations across the southeast on the topic “New Drug Update 2016: A Formulary Approach.” Venues included:

  • Charlotte AHEC Webinar, Continuing Education Program for North Carolina Pharmacists (10/4)
  • Hamilton Medical Center Physicians’ Continuing Education Program, Dalton, Ga. (10/6)
  • Georgia Society of Health System Pharmacists Fall Meeting, Brasstown Valley Resort, Young Harris, Ga. (10/21)
  • Mini-Med School, Community Service Program, Medical College of Georgia School of Medicine, Augusta, Ga (11/8)
In addition, Dr. May addressed “Strategies and Techniques to Evaluate Meta-analysis and Systematic Reviews When Making Patient Care Decisions,” at the American College of Clinical Pharmacy annual meeting in Hollywood, Fla. (10/24).

Dr. Beth Phillips, CAP Rite Aid Professor, also presented at the American College of Clinical Pharmacy annual meeting in Hollywood, Fla. She addressed “The Residency Application Process – Emerge From the Crowd: How to Be a Standout Residency Candidate” (10/22) and led a roundtable discussion on “Work-Life Balance” (10/23).

Dr. Somanath Shenoy, CAP associate professor at the Augusta campus, is keeping busy! He recently served in the Molecular and Cellular Medicine Board-Cancer study section of the Medical Research Council in the United Kingdom. He also has been published twice:

  • Book Chapter: Sandeep Artham and Somanath P.R. Shenoy, Chapter 11, “Stage specific effects of hypoxia on Interstitial Lung Disease;” In: Hypoxia, Edited by Jing Zheng. Intech Publishers, Prolaz Marije Krucifokse Kozulic 2, 51000 Rijeka, Croatia--European Union
  • Research Article: Wang R, Bridge A, Islam B, Sharma S, Muhan H, Ho Y, Somanath PR, Venable L, Singh N, Kim S, Sridhar S, Hofmann F, and Browning DD (2016). “Cyclic-GMP signaling increases antioxidant gene expression by activating FoxO3a in the colon epithelium.” American Journal of Pathology (In Press).

Dr. Ray R. Maddox, assistant dean at the Savannah campus and CAP professor, made a presentation to New Jersey pharmacy practice residents entitled “Clinical Pharmacy’s Future and You” as part of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) Pharmacy Leader’s Program Oct. 26-27.

Dr. Christopher Bland, clinical associate professor at the Savannah campus, recently published an article for the infectious diseases pharmacy profession:

  • Stover KR, Bland CM, Gallagher JC; On behalf of the Society of Infectious Diseases Pharmacists. “The Point of Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing is to Inform Antimicrobial Prescribing.” Clin Infect Dis. 2016. pii: ciw686.

Congratulations to Dr. Gin Fleming, CAP associate professor, who was the overall winner in the women’s division in the Half Ironman in Wilmington, N.C. Oct. 22. With an overall time of 4:50:08, Dr. Fleming biked, swam and ran a total of 70.3 miles. Way to go!

Dr. Fleming is convicted in her reasoning for participating in this event: she did it to honor Kirk Smith, a local athlete, owner of The AdSmith in Athens, and the husband of a former College of Pharmacy employee, Jayne Langford Smith. Dr. Fleming remarked, “Three years ago, Kirk was diagnosed with Stage 3B lung cancer due to a rare genetic mutation (ALK). He has never smoked and is a multiple time Ironman and Boston Marathon qualifier and just all round endurance athlete. He was chosen by PPD (a pharmaceutical development company who was the title sponsor of the race) to be a "PPD Hero" for this race. PPD heroes are those who have been a part of a clinical trial or are taking new, fast-tracked drug therapies for a serious illness and have had success. The oral therapy that Kirk takes for his cancer was fast-tracked through the FDA and he is defying the odds of what is the usual prognosis for someone of his stage of lung cancer. He has been able to maintain an almost near normal lifestyle to what he did before (running, biking, strength training, every day) and the tumors are either shrinking or stable at this point. His goal for this race was to promote and advocate for lung cancer research and clinical trial financial support, so that drug development like the one that produced this drug therapy can continue to do even more for others with cancer and other life threatening diseases.” The field of Pharmacy is literally “on-the-run” thanks to Dr. Fleming and heros like Kirk and Jayne! Congrats! [right and below: Gin Fleming]

Students: The Heart of CoP

Several members of CoP’s student chapter of the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) recently attended the organization’s annual convention in New Orleans. The group participated in various educational sessions and networked with pharmacists and students from across the country. Brittany Branam, a second-year student from Fitzgerald, was recognized for receiving the NCPA Foundation’s Partners in Pharmacy Scholarship. Thanks, NCPA, for representing our college! [Students who attended the NCPA conference are (l-r): Patrick Chancy, Jennifer Sanders, Kaitlyn Helton, Caroline Sutton, Brittany Branam, Sheldon Hiley, Morgan Freeman, Kevin Philippart and Phil Gardner.]

Applause, applause! CoP’s SNPhA student organization collected 71 pounds of food for the community Hunger Bowl event this fall. This donation will provide 284 meals for hungry citizens in our community. Thanks for your service, SNPhA!

The Student College of Clinical Pharmacy (SCCP) and Georgia Society of Health-System Pharmacists (GSHP) recently co-hosted guest speakers from Rutgers University Pharmaceutical Industry Fellowship Program who addressed fellowship opportunities available for student pharmacists interested in clinical pharmacy, medical affairs, biopharmaceutical industry and regulatory affairs. Dr. Joseph Fulginiti and Dr. Lauren Clouse met with 150 first and third year PharmD students and shared their experiences, as well as provided tips on how to stand out when applying for fellowships. [Above: Rutgers Fellows address CoP students.]

The Georgia Society of Health-System Pharmacists (GSHP) recently hosted a Residency Dinner with 24 residency directors and current PGY-1 and PGY-2 residents from 12 programs throughout the state. Pharmacists representing a variety of practice areas, including health-system, specialty care, community and managed care pharmacy spoke in a round-table format with students about their programs and ways to stand out during the application process. Participants and the residency directors discussed the application process, interviewing tips, the ASHP Match and career options for residency-trained pharmacists. [Above: One of the roundtables at the Residency Dinner included: Dr. Alexa Volpe, PGY1 UGA resident; Caroline Sutton, third year student; Dennia Ernest, second year student; Dr. Kirby Goins, PGY1 resident Dublin VAMC; Erin Gaughran, PGY1 resident Dublin VAMC.]

Out and About

The good news about the College of Pharmacy is being shared with others, thanks to our Student Affairs Office! [Pictured are Susan Herda (l), admissions counselor, and Dr. Danielle Vitale (r), director of recruitment and career development.] The two attended a recent recruitment fair held at the Perimeter campus of the newly merged Georgia State University/Georgia Perimeter College in Clarkston. Great work!

In the News

Congratulations to a group of students and faculty from the Southwest Georgia campus for having an article, “Syphilis Treatment: Alternatives during a Penicillin G Shortage,” published in the October issue of the Georgia Society of Health-System Pharmacists newsletter. Students involved in the report were Johnny Leonard, Caitlin Slaughter and Amber Westley; the Phoebe-Putney pharmacist/preceptor was Dr. Valana Vannoy; and the UGA faculty mentor was Dr. Daniel Chastain. Awesome way to step apart from the crowd!!

Dr. Scott Pegan, PBS associate professor, recently was interviewed by April Sorrow, host of WUGA’s “Classic City Science” show for two different segments airing during the month of November. Dr. Pegan addressed "Nerve Gas Therapy" and "Hemorrhagic Fever Therapy". To hear Dr. Pegan’s interviews, see WUGA.

Spotlight on PharmDawg Alums

The College of Pharmacy’s Comprehensive Campaign Board recently held their fall meeting, and discussed ways to enhance the College's financial resources and support its strategic goals. Many of these board members are alums, and all are friends of the College. We appreciate these board members’ dedication to the College of Pharmacy and our students. [Above: Members of the Comprehensive Campaign Board pose follow their day-long strategy session.]

Reminders

The UGA Campaign for Charities 2017 is in full swing! By now, you should have received your pledge card requesting your support of one or more of the 400 worthy causes and organizations supported by the campaign. Please complete your pledge card and return it to your department designee or to the college’s campaign captain, Mickey Montevideo. You also can complete your pledge online. If you choose not to give, please return your pledge card to your department designee or Mickey. All pledges will remain strictly confidential! If you have any questions or concerns, contact Mickey. Thanks for your support as we work together to help those less fortunate!

Calendar of Events

11/21-25: UGA Student Thanksgiving Holiday

11/21: PSRG Thanksgiving Potluck Luncheon--12:00-2:00 pm, Lobby of Wilson Building
A sign-up sheet for needed food items is available from Donella Moore, president of the PSRG. All staff members are encouraged to share this Thanksgiving meal with their Pharmacy staff family. Please prepare enough to share with approximately 25 co-workers.

11/24-25: UGA Faculty and Staff Thanksgiving Holiday

11/28: Tree Trimming Festivities--R.C. Wilson Lobby
Time and details to come. Hot cider and cookies will be served.
Contact Gloria Strait

12/2: Student Holiday Brunch--8:30-11:00 am, R.C. Wilson Lobby
As hosts for this student appreciation event, faculty and staff are kindly requested to bring covered dishes and other food items for this brunch, which honors all of our Pharmacy students before they leave for the holiday break. All 400+ students will be invited to this event, so your participation is needed! Sign up here for food donations.
Contact: Gloria Strait