Each fall, I have the great privilege of welcoming our new first year professional and graduate students to the School of Pharmacy. The quality of these students continues to be quite high, but many of us have noticed something special about this cohort of new students. Beyond the excitement and anticipation we normally see is a genuine sense of appreciation for the opportunity to study in a school steeped in tradition with a faculty and staff who care deeply about them as both students and people. We always expect great things from our students, but I have a suspicion that this particular group might exceed even our fondest hopes. Our observation will be put to test immediately as our new professional students tackle our exciting and challenging new pharmacy curriculum. The feedback from the students has thus far been positive, but as I write this the flurry of tests have just begun!
Three of our faculty members, Drs. Devra Dang, Trinh Pham, and Lauren Schlesselman authored/co-authored chapters in the first edition of Pharmacotherapy Principles and Practice, which was recently recognized as the Distinguished 2008 American Medical Writers Association (AMWA) Medical Book for Healthcare Professionals.
New faculty member and alumnus Thomas Buckley has been named the recipient of the 2008 Humanitarian Award by the University of Connecticut Alumni Association. Established in 2005, the Humanitarian Award honors alumni who have made outstanding contributions to humanity. While on staff at Pfizer, Tom applied for their Global Health Fellowship position, a highly competitive program that allows medical professionals to embark on three to six month assignments in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, and Latin America, to help support nongovernmental organizations. He was accepted into three programs, but chose to work in Thailand, drawn to the Mae-Tao Clinic because of its work with refugees. The Mae-Tao clinic, stationed directly on the border of Burma and Thailand in Mae Sot, Thailand, is a medical clinic for the Burmese migrant community.
Dr. Craig Coleman was named recipient of the 2009 ACCP New Investigator Award. The award is given annually in recognition of a pharmacy faculty member who is less than six years since completion of training and whose research program is especially significant in its theme and productivity.
Drs. Michael White and Craig Coleman, along with their fellows Drs. Ripple Talati and Kurt Reinhart, have had their presentation “Efficacy and Harms of Post-Operative Beta-Blockade in Patients Undergoing Non-Cardiac Surgery” accepted by the 2008 Scientific Sessions Program Committee to be featured in American Heart Association’s live webcast, The Best of Scientific Sessions 2008. The live webcast will highlight the key presentations made at Sessions and will be available to cardiovascular and stroke clinicians and investigators at over 1,100 medical centers and institutions domestically. The live webcast is a powerful way for the American Heart Association to reach a wide audience of medical professionals with important information from Scientific Sessions.
We were pleased that all 100 of our P1 pharmacy students were involved at one of the Walgreens Pharmacies participating in their recent flu clinics.
American Pharmacists Month
On October 2nd, students Khrystyna Tsar, Sabina Alikhanov, Kelly Sullivan, Hannah Lupinacci, Milena Rydzewski, Anisa Naka, Christy Mathew, Janessa Nason, and Anh Nguyen attended “Good Morning America” as part of American Pharmacists Month.
Students Renee Larouche and Sarah Hooker, along with alumnus Jeff Messina, won the first annual New England Pharmacy College “Pepto Bowl” at the 2008 New England Pharmacists Convention. This competition, a combination of jeopardy and the old college bowl game shows, pitted our team against our New England pharmacy peers in a competition focused on self-care. The “Pepto Bowl”, endowed by our friends at Procter & Gamble, has been engraved with the university’s name and is on display in our school for the next year. Special thanks to Dr. Devra Dang for her exceptional work in preparing our team.
Alumni and preceptors are needed to participate as members of interview teams that will be assisting us in selecting the new pharmacy class that will be entering our school in the fall of 2009. Each interview session will include three candidates and a team comprised of a faculty member, alumnus(a)/preceptor, and a current student. If you are interested in participating, please contact Associate Dean Andrea Hubbard at email@example.com.
The School of Pharmacy Alumni Association will again be celebrating Homecoming, this year in conjunction with the University of Connecticut Alumni Association, on Saturday, October 25th. If you are interested in joining us “under the tent,” please contact Dan Leone at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are also reprising our basketball reception in Washington, DC prior to the UConn-Georgetown men’s basketball game on Friday, January 30th. For more information, please contact our development officer, Lisa Brown at email@example.com.
Warmest wishes for a colorful fall season!
Robert L. McCarthy, Ph.D., Dean and Professor