UGA CoP Well-Represented at ASHP 2016

Ife Anachebe, Dean Svein Oie, Emily Murray, Dr. Russell May and Dr. Chris Bland

The UGA College of Pharmacy was one of only two pharmacy schools in the nation this year to have 100% of its pharmacy students–who applied for residencies–be successfully matched with a program. This information was reported at the American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists Midyear meeting, the largest global gathering of pharmacy professionals and students, which took place Dec. 4-8 in Las Vegas. Dean Svein Øie, along with CoP administrators, faculty members, residents and students were among the more than 20,000 attendees and 250 exhibitors. [Above: Ife Anachebe, Dean Svein Øie, Emily Murray, Dr. Rusty May and Dr. Chris Bland]

A highlight for CoP was the 50 students who made poster presentations at the conference. A list of the students and their posters can be found here. In addition, several CoP faculty members made presentations at the conference, including Dr. Chris Bland, CAP associate professor at the Savannah campus, who addressed “Creating Positive Outcomes for Gram-Negative Infections: Deciphering Antibiograms for Best Results.” Dr. Beth Phillips, Rite Aid Professor and director of the PGY2 Ambulatory Care Residency, made two presentations: “Residency Program Design and Conduct Workshop: PGY1 Existing Programs” and “Residency Town Hall: Update from ASHP and the Commission on Credentialing.” Dr. Hal Richards, CAP assistant professor from the Savannah campus, presented “Utilizing Experiential Education Students to Maximize Pharmacy Services: Obstacles and Novel Ideas.” Dr. Marjorie Phillips, a CAP professor of Pharmacy Practice at the Augusta campus, was a network facilitator for a session on Investigational Drugs and Clinical Research Pharmacy Services. And Dr. Anne Misher, CAP assistant professor at the Savannah campus, presented “Beyond the Basics: Billing Opportunities for Pharmacist-led Clinical Services.” [Below: CoP students prior to their poster presentations]

Along with his presentation, Dr. Bland also served as a news correspondent for CoP, providing updates, Facebook postings and tweets from Las Vegas. Dr. Bland, who served in an advisory capacity to the some of the student presenters, remarked, “It was a lot of work for our faculty and preceptors, but a lot of fun and rewarding at the end of the day. We appreciate the efforts of our students, faculty and preceptors affiliated with the college. This was a great opportunity to promote our students, residents and faculty, while building long-term loyalty for our program through social media.” Thanks for your help, Dr. Bland! To view his photos from Midyear, see Facebook.

New CoP Senior Director for Finance and Administration Appointed

Melissa Hunter

Melissa Hunter will join the UGA College of Pharmacy as the senior director for Finance and Administration on Tuesday, Jan. 3. Her office will be located in the Wilson Building, Room 146. Ms. Hunter comes to the college with more than 18 years of experience in higher education administration. Most recently, she served as the associate vice president for Academic Budget and Resource Management at Kent State University in Ohio. Prior to her work at Kent State, she was director of accounting operations in the controller’s office at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. She received her undergraduate degree from Ashland University in Ohio and her master’s degree from Kent State. She is relocating to Athens with her husband, Ernie, and their beloved cat, Griff. Melissa enjoys running in her spare time. Welcome, Melissa! We look forward to you being a PharmDawg! [Above: Melissa Hunter]

Dr. Scott Pegan is "Line Leader" for UGA Commencement

Our own Dr. Scott Pegan will be at the head of the line this Friday, Dec. 16 at the 2016 fall Commencement at UGA’s Stegeman Coliseum. Selected for this honor by virtue of being chair elect of the university’s executive committee, Dr. Pegan will lead the platform party, which includes President Jere Morehead, all UGA deans and top administrators, as well as the keynote speaker. Congratulations, Dr. Pegan, for this incredible honor!

First Research Day to be Held Jan. 5

The inaugural CoP Research Day will be held Wed., Jan. 5 from 12:20-1:30 pm in Pharmacy South, First Floor Lobby. Sponsored by the college and the Student College of Clinical Pharmacy (SCCP), this is a great opportunity for pharmacy students (including 4th years), graduate students and faculty to make a poster presentation on original research or case studies in order to highlight advances in pharmaceutical science and pharmacy practices. Contact: Justin Moore

Campaign for Charities in Final Days

The deadline for the 2017 Campaign for Charities drive is this Friday, Dec. 16. As of Tues., Dec. 13, 60 out of 158 employees (35%) had returned pledge cards, and $6,539 of our $18,701 goal (33%) had been raised. We are kindly requesting your help and support of individuals served by the more than 400 organizations represented in the campaign.

  • If you choose to give, please mark your charity and contribution on your pledge card, return it to Mickey Montevideo or your unit contact--or make your pledge online.
  • If you choose not to give, please return your pledge card marked “0” sealed in the provided envelope. All pledge cards and contributions will remain strictly confidential.
Questions? Contact Mickey. Thanks for helping those in need!

In the News

Dr. Aaron Beedle

Hats off to Dr. Aaron Beedle, whose research was featured in the most recent issue of UGA’s Columns. The article focused on a study, published in the journal Skeletal Muscle, that offers insight into potential treatment for a class of muscular dystrophies that includes Fukuyama disorder, a severe form of childhood muscular dystrophy that affects muscle, eye and brain development. "The focus of my lab, overall, is to try to develop new therapeutic strategies for muscular dystrophy, because there are currently no cures," said Dr. Beedle, who is a CoP PBS assistant professor. Dr. Beedle collaborated with colleagues at the UGA College of Education in the research. To read the complete story, see here. [Above: Dr. Aaron Beedle]

Sidney Finder

Sydney Finder, a 1st year CoP student from Lawrenceville, recently was the UGA "Photo of the Day." In the photo, which was in eGaMorning, UGA's daily e-newsletter, Sydney looks over information on her laptop during an exam review session in professor Lilian Pia Sattler's Nutrition and Pharmacy class. The photo was taken by UGA's photographer Andrew Davis Tucker. [Above: First-year student Sydney Finder]

Faculty Accolades & Honors

Kudos to Dr. Lori Duke, assistant dean for Experience Programs, who recently was appointed as a member of the Foothills AHEC (Area Health Education Center) Board of Directors. Thanks for doing great work in our community, Dr. Duke!

Students: The Heart of CoP

Sally Elshaer

Congratulations to Sally Elshaer, who successfully defended her dissertation on Nov. 28! Dr. Elshaer will graduate with her Ph.D. this Friday at UGA’s Commencement. Her dissertation was titled "Modulating Neurotrophin Receptor; P75 Exerts Vascular Protection in Ischemic Retinopathy.” [Right: Sally Elshaer.]

Applause, applause for members of SNPhA! In the spirit of the season, the college’s Student National Pharmaceutical Association hosted their largest health fair to date. Held in late November, the Pharmsgiving Health Fair provided free health screenings and education to scores of local citizens at Lay Park, a community center where children from impoverished families come for afterschool programs. Along with health services, SNPhA offered free food, raffles prizes, games and more in order to attract attendance. While the event was free, attendees were encouraged to bring canned goods for the Food Bank of Northeast Georgia, and more than 71 pounds of food was collected. In addition, the group partnered with such community organizations as the Athens Nurses Clinic and ADD Drug Store, a local pharmacy that provided free flu vaccines for participants. Remarked Marin Abousaud, SNPhA president, “Pharmsgiving was our most successful outpatient health fair thus far. Our mission was to provide a well-rounded health fair with different health topics, several health screenings, administration of flu shots – all while demonstrating the capabilities of pharmacists in any setting. As an example, we measured the blood pressure of several patients at our hypertension booth. One of the patients had a high blood pressure reading indicating hypertensive crisis, and upon questioning, we learned he recently moved and could not afford to see a primary care physician or purchase needed medication. With the help of faculty member Dr. Brian Seagraves, we advised him to seek medical attention immediately and directed him to a free health clinic in Athens to obtain the proper medical care.” He added, “This event was successful, thanks to the efforts of our UGA faculty, our executive board, ADD Drug pharmacy, and more than 70 student pharmacists who volunteered their time and effort.” [Members of the CoP faculty helped make the Pharmsgiving Health Fair a success. Above (l-r): Dr. Robin Southwood, Dr. Brian Seagraves, Dr. Kevin Florence '09, owner of ADD Drug Store, Dr. Rebecca Stone, Dr. Ashley Hannnings, and Dr. Deborah Elder]

Phi Delta Chi--Free to Breathe

Hats off to Phi Delta Chi! The group recently held a friendly competition between the P1s and P2s in order to raise funds for Free to Breathe, which supports lung cancer awareness and research. The P2s came out on top by collecting $538.43; the P1s raised a respectable $414.72. The real winners are the beneficiaries of these funds, which will help in the fight against lung cancer. [Members of Phi Delta Chi who participated in the Free to Breathe campaign include: Michelle Vu, John Le, Andrea Ampuero, and Jennifer Dinh]

A holiday message from the Second-Year CoP Class.... On behalf of the Second-Year College of Pharmacy Class, we would like to thank the faculty and staff for hosting a thoughtful breakfast for students on Dec. 4. It is a wonderful feeling to know we are supported and loved by faculty and mentors. The students of the Class of 2019 are extremely grateful for the constant encouragement and trust we receive day-in and day-out. The UGA College of Pharmacy continues to be not only a place to receive an outstanding education, but a place to call home. Seth Garner, Class of 2019

Calendar of Events

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12/15: Faculty Meeting--1-4 pm
Locations: Albany-Conference Room; Athens-Pharmacy South 201; Augusta-Room 150; Gwinnett-Room 228; Savannah-Conference Room
Contact: Amber Clemmons

12/15: Faculty and Staff Holiday Party--Thompson House and Gardens
Dean Svein Øie and Ms. Barbara Woodruff will host this annual event for the CoP family. Cocktails start at 5:30 pm, and dinner will be served at 6:15 pm.
Contact: Gloria Strait

12/26-1/2: UGA closed for holidays for faculty and staff

1/3: UGA opens for faculty and staff

1/5: First day of class for spring, 2017 semester

1/5: Research Day--12:20-1:30 pm, Pharmacy South, First Floor Lobby
Contact: Justin Moore

Looking Ahead....

1/25: DEA/UGA Substance Abuse Conference--Cobb Energy Center, Atlanta
Curbing the Tide of the Opioid Crisis
Contact: Trina J von Waldner

1/31: UGA Pharmacy Day at the Dome--Georgia State Capitol
Annual advocacy event just for Georgia pharmacy students

2/7-8: Mental Health Conference--Holiday Inn Express, Athens
Contact: Trina J von Waldner

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