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CU Pharmacy first in Colorado to offer graduate-level cannabis education

Industry analysts say the market size of cannabinoid-based pharmaceuticals could generate up to $2 billion by the end of 2020 — and legal sales could earn up to $23 billion by 2025.

Research    Faculty

Mallela partners with daughter to design artwork for muscular dystrophy research

Nimisha Mallela’s path as an artist has been on an upward trajectory ever since she started drawing at age seven. By 10, she completed some of her first full art pieces, and at 15, she began entering competitions. Her work has been published in student magazines and she even recently received first place in the Cherry Creek High School art competition with a painting of her grandmother.


Author Sara Knuth | Publish Date September 15, 2020
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Page leads major scientific statement on cannabis and heart health

University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Professor Robert Page, PharmD, MSPH, FAHA recently served as chair of an American Heart Association (AHA) writing group that found cannabis use shows substantial risks and no benefits for cardiovascular health. The group also says more research is critical. Below is a news release from the AHA.


Author SOP Communications | Publish Date August 31, 2020
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From the archives: CU Pharmacy’s all-female class of 1920 makes history

As the country reflects on the 100th anniversary of women’s voting rights in the U.S., the University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences is reflecting on a milestone of its own. In 1920, the school awarded degrees to an all-female class, a rare feat in a time when women were still fighting for their rights.


Author Sara Knuth | Publish Date August 18, 2020
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Pharmacy alumnus's career takes flight

"Look! Up in the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane”. . .No, it’s a pharmacist. Class of ‘68 alumnus, Rod Palmieri, is no stranger to facing challenges. So, when the chance to volunteer for the Jackson County Oregon, Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Team (SAR) presented itself, he jumped at the opportunity. Really ... he did jump.


Author Jaron Bryant | Publish Date August 07, 2020
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Alumni

PhD alumna reflects on time on campus

Shortly after graduating, ’19 alumna Uma Fogueri was approached by Philanthropic Advisor Lauren Wise with questions about Fogueri’s time on campus completing her PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences though the University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. Here’s how Uma responded to the questions:


Author Jaron Bryant | Publish Date August 03, 2020
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Community

Former CU Pharmacy development director reflects on marching to Montgomery

When Sheldon Steinhauser returned to Alabama for the first time in 55 years and crossed the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, he couldn’t help but feel the pain his fellow protestors suffered there so many years before.

Steinhauser, who served as the senior director of development for
Author Sara Knuth | Publish Date July 31, 2020
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Students

Pharmacy students win ACCP Clinical Pharmacy Challenge

After challenging pharmacy schools from across the nation, three University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences students won the American College of Clinical Pharmacy’s Clinical Pharmacy Challenge in New York.


Author Sara Knuth | Publish Date July 13, 2020
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CU Pharmacy first in Colorado to offer graduate-level cannabis education

Industry analysts say the market size of cannabinoid-based pharmaceuticals could generate up to $2 billion by the end of 2020 — and legal sales could earn up to $23 billion by 2025.


Author SOP Communications | Publish Date July 13, 2020
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Faculty

Meet the unsung heroes on the COVID-19 front lines

As the coronavirus pandemic grows, so does the reliance on health care workers around the world. From social media salutes to neighborhood parades, the world is finding innovative ways to applaud the efforts of the medical community on the front line of the fight against COVID-19.
Author SOP Communications | Publish Date July 13, 2020
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Faculty    Students

Faculty, students bring home recognition in a summer of high achievement

Throughout the summer, University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, faculty and students were hard at work and bringing home awards and national recognition.


Author Sara Knuth | Publish Date July 11, 2020
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Students

Student Eric Hartsfield’s passion for pharmacy continues a family tradition

Growing up, Eric Hartsfield never thought he would go on to study pharmacy. In fact, he spent half of his life working in retail — a field he fell in love with and imagined sticking with.


Author Sara Knuth | Publish Date July 11, 2020
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In COVID-19 Battle, CU Anschutz Team Teaching Old Drugs New Tricks

As scientists around the world scramble against the COVID-19 clock, searching for a vaccine that could stop the viral infection before it happens, a trio of experts on the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus have taken a different tack: overpowering the new mutation after it invades the body.


Author SOP Communications | Publish Date July 10, 2020
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Alumni    Students

Graduating DDP student plans to advance pharmacy at home and worldwide

 

Neemat Srour, a spring 2020 PharmD graduate, has lived and worked all over the world.

From earning a Master’s degree in France to working as a hospital pharmacist in Saudi Arabia, she has grown an international career with a major goal in mind: one day expanding the profession of pharmacy in Lebanon, her home country.


Author Sara Knuth | Publish Date July 09, 2020
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Pharmacists on the Front Lines: Critical Care Pharmacists Use Innovation to Combat Drug Shortages


Dr. Mary Bradley and Dr. Scott Mueller

Note: This story is part of an ongoing series, "Pharmacists on the Front Lines," which highlights the work of CU pharmacists in the COVID-19 battle.

Even the most well-stocked hospital in the U.S. is not immune to an all-too-familiar consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic: drug shortages. As the FDA monitors the drug supply chain contributing to the supply disruptions and shortage of drug products, pharmacists in COVID-19 units are using their drug expertise to develop innovative solutions.


Author SOP Communications | Publish Date July 09, 2020
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Community    Students

Incoming student has been preparing since high school to attend CU Pharmacy

When Aleta Yushkevich was still in high school, she knew which career path she wanted to take — and exactly where she wanted to go to school — not only for her undergraduate education, but also for a health profession education. 


Author Sara Knuth | Publish Date July 08, 2020
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Alumni

Alumni find the right fit in the pharmaceutical industry

Once CU Pharmacy alumnus Kevin Henderson graduated and became established in his career in the pharmaceutical industry, he made a goal: “I made a commitment to make sure other pharmacy students knew about all their career options, including industry.” 


Author Sara Knuth | Publish Date July 07, 2020
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Alumni

Alum Sandra Leal named APhA president-elect

Note: This story was originally published in the Winter | Spring 2019 edition of Pharmacy Perspectives. Since its publication, Dr. Sandra Leal was named president-elect of the American Pharmacists Association.

When Sandra Leal was growing up in Nogales, Arizona, her family depended on pharmacists across the border in Mexico for medical care. Today, Dr. Leal,PharmD, MPH, FAPhA, CDE, has devoted most of her career to helping underserved, low-income patients access quality health care from pharmacists.


Author SOP Communications | Publish Date July 06, 2020
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Community    Faculty

CU Pharmacy ambulatory care residency program, faculty member recognized as best in country

A map hanging in Dr. Joe Saseen’s office at the University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences is marked with pins in cities across the country, each representing former residents trained by the CU Pharmacy Ambulatory Care Residency Program.


Author Sara Knuth | Publish Date July 03, 2020
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Office of Experiential Programs announces 2020 preceptor award winners

Inspiring. Brilliant. A credit to the pharmacy profession. Those are just some of the words the University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Office of Experiential Programs uses to describe recipients of the school’s 2020 Preceptor Awards.


Author Sara Knuth | Publish Date July 03, 2020
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Alumni    Students

CU Pharmacy graduate combines pharmacy and tech

Since he was a teen, computers and pharmacy have fascinated Dean Marucci, PharmD, a 2018 graduate of the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. Thanks to a pivotal P4 rotation, he has found a job that blends both interests perfectly.


Author SOP Communications | Publish Date July 02, 2020
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Clinical trial: How a CU Pharmacy professor's research is helping people with severe epilepsy

 

 

For patients with a severe form of epilepsy, it can be dangerous to drive, go to work or even walk to the mailbox alone. A fear of falling and blacking out prevents many patients with medically refractory epilepsy from living lives most people take for granted.

“They can’t have a job, they can’t really live a normal life,” said Tom Anchordoquy, PhD, professor at the University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. “These patients, before, had to always have someone with them because there was a fear of seizures.”

On top of that, the drugs patients with the severe form of epilepsy take to manage their disorder — which are needed in high concentrations in the brain — are typically taken orally and then distributed throughout the entire body, resulting in problematic side effects.


Author Sara Knuth | Publish Date July 01, 2020
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Alumni    Students

Pharmacy graduates grow family and careers together in school

Jennifer and Nicholas Tomlinson were both emergency medical technicians in Georgia when they decided it was time for a career change. The couple, married since 2015, found that as they worked on ambulances, they saw impacts on patients when they didn’t take their medications. 


Author Sara Knuth | Publish Date July 01, 2020
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Alumni    Students

Megan Williams’ passion for pediatric pharmacy started with her nephew

Megan Williams was about to begin pharmacy school when her 5-year-old nephew was diagnosed with medulloblastoma, a cancerous brain tumor that starts in the lower back part of the brain. 


Author Sara Knuth | Publish Date June 30, 2020
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Faculty

Professor Joseph Saseen named president of National Lipid Association


Professor Joseph Saseen, PharmD

University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Professor Joseph J. Saseen, PharmD, CLS, FNLA, is the new president of the National Lipid Association (NLA).


Author Sara Knuth | Publish Date June 12, 2020
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Research

Study pinpoints metrics of cost-effective screening for type 1 diabetes

AURORA, Colo.  – Health screenings can catch conditions early, helping patients avoid a condition’s worst consequences or even preventing it from developing altogether. Think of mammograms to catch breast cancer early or high blood pressure screening before a person has a stroke. Screening helps pre-symptomatic patients take actions to reduce their risk of a catastrophic outcome.


Author SOP Communications | Publish Date May 08, 2020
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Community    Faculty

Dean Ralph Altiere named to international leadership position

University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Dean Ralph Altiere, PhD, is leading pharmacy education on an international scale with a new position with the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP).


Author SOP Communications | Publish Date May 06, 2020
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CU Pharmacy announces awards and scholarships during virtual convocation

The CU Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences shined a spotlight on high-achieving students, alumni and faculty members recently during the 2020 Awards Convocation Ceremony.


Author Sara Knuth | Publish Date May 01, 2020
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Community    Faculty

Q&A from the coronavirus front lines with Dr. Sarah Scoular

Pharmacists are playing a critical role in the response to the coronavirus pandemic. From the halls of hospitals to the counters of community pharmacies, they are caring for patients at every level of the pandemic. Faculty members at the University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences are no exception.


Author SOP Communications | Publish Date April 23, 2020
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News roundup: CU Pharmacy faculty provides expertise during coronavirus pandemic


Associate Professor Sarah Anderson, PharmD, speaks with national news site Newsy about the coronavirus.

During the coronavirus pandemic, experts at the CU Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences can be counted on to answer some of the public's most pressing questions.

From working to develop a treatment to help COVID-19 patients to speaking about the impact on the U.S. drug supply, our faculty members are in the news.


Author Sara Knuth | Publish Date April 20, 2020
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Research    Faculty

Journal dedicated to professors John Carpenter and Ted Randolph

It wasn’t long after John Carpenter and Ted Randolph started working at the University of Colorado that a mutual friend and colleague suggested they collaborate.


Author Sara Knuth | Publish Date February 03, 2020
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Dr. Glenn Appelt’s legacy of generosity lives on with new CU Pharmacy scholarship in his name

If the late Dr. Glenn Appelt knew his wife and daughter would establish a scholarship in his name at the University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, he would have been proud to see a new generation of students have the opportunity to study pharmacy, says his wife of 30 years, Jennifer Appelt.


Author Sara Knuth | Publish Date December 20, 2019
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Alumni    Students

Navigating the world of pharmacy with Career Services Manager Laurie Sein

Starting out in pharmacy school, it’s common for students to begin thinking about where they might fit into the wide world of pharmacy. 


Author Sara Knuth | Publish Date December 17, 2019
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Community    Faculty

Colorado Experts, Including CU Pharmacy Professor, Prepare ‘Blueprint’ for Opioid Litigation Settlements


Professor Rob Valuck

Colorado experts in combatting substance abuse are recommending ways cities, counties, and the state could use dollars anticipated from the settlement of lawsuits against companies and individuals involved in fostering the opioid crisis. In a report released December 5, experts recommend ways community and state leaders can put the money to use quickly and effectively.


Author Michael Davidson | Publish Date December 17, 2019
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Faculty research evaluates innovative but costly cancer therapy in Journal of Clinical Oncology review article

After conducting pioneering research into the cost-effectiveness of an innovative new cancer treatment, researchers at the University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (SSPPS) were invited by the Journal of Clinical Oncology to contribute a review article in an upcoming special issue, “Economic Issues in Cancer Care.”


Author Sara Knuth | Publish Date December 12, 2019
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Student recognizes generosity of donors in speech at scholarship luncheon

Note: The following is a speech delivered by University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences student Clare Livingston at the school's scholarship luncheon on Nov. 1. The luncheon brought together CU Pharmacy's generous scholarship donors and their recipients.

I would like to start by welcoming everyone to this delicious luncheon to celebrate scholarship donors and recipients at the Skaggs School of Pharmacy. My name is Clare Livingston and I am a P4 student. I am currently the recipient of the James L McDowell Scholarship and a former recipient of the Kent M. Nelson and Erwin-Nelson Scholarships.


Author Sara Knuth | Publish Date December 02, 2019
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Veterans Day 2019: Honoring veterans through the C. David Elm Scholarship

Legendary former CU Pharmacy faculty member David Elm had a request when a scholarship was created this year in his honor: “I thought it would be important to recognize someone who put their life in danger for all of us,” he said.


Author Sara Knuth | Publish Date November 08, 2019
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CU Pharmacy faculty members and student honored at Next-Generation Pharmacist Awards

Two University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences faculty members and a student were honored with awards that recognize pharmacy innovators from across the U.S.

Associate Professor Sarah Anderson, PharmD, Assistant Professor Rhianna Fink, PharmD, and student Nashel Patel were all honored in the Next-Generation Pharmacy Awards, sponsored by Pharmacy Times and Parata Systems. The awards honor 30 finalists from across the country in 10 categories.


Author Sara Knuth | Publish Date October 25, 2019
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From teacher to student to pharmacist: Dr. Monica Zorman protects patients at Rocky Mountain Poison & Drug Safety

Monica Zorman was a high school teacher in Georgia when a student asked her what careers he could pursue in chemistry. It wasn’t the first time she was asked this question, and she knew pharmacy was a solid option for students interested in science. 

This time, though, she took a deeper look into the profession, looking for what the student would need to get started in the field. As she researched, she started to realize that pharmacy might make a good fit for her, too. 


Author Sara Knuth | Publish Date October 02, 2019
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Faculty    Students

Recognizing the growing role of alternative medicine with Integrative Health and Medicine certificate

Eight people earned the first certificates awarded in Integrative Health and Medicine (IHM) by the University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences in spring 2019.

The IHM certificate is a nine-credit-hour, online program developed to provide any practicing health care professional or pharmacy student with a greater understanding of herbal medicines, non-botanical dietary supplements, and other related modalities in the treatment of human disease.


Author SOP Communications | Publish Date September 16, 2019
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CU Pharmacy professor obtains clinical hypnosis training to help others achieve lifestyle changes

For some, the word hypnosis can conjure up images of a stage performer dangling a watch in front of a participant’s face. But for many healthcare clinicians, the reality is far removed from that myth: clinical hypnosis is a tool that helps take patients to a deeper state of mind to change behaviors, assist in therapy and help make lasting health changes.


Author Sara Knuth | Publish Date August 08, 2019
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Students

World becomes smaller for one Syrian CU Pharmacy student

Mais Humaideh embraces Dr. Sahar Al Fahoum, her mentor in Syria at the CU School of Pharmacy.

Mais Humaideh was just a few days into her pharmacy courses and more than 6,000 miles from Syria when her world got just a little bit smaller earlier this month.

Humaideh is one of seven University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences International-Trained PharmD (ITPD) students taking part in a monthlong on-campus session at the CU Anschutz Medical Campus.


Author Sara Knuth | Publish Date July 31, 2019
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Faculty    Students

CU Pharmacy implements changes designed to streamline the admissions process

The University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences made three major changes to streamline the admissions process and increase diversity in its pool of candidates.

Effective immediately, the school will no longer require the Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT), will allow all prerequisites to be completed at the community college level and will begin offering the option for a virtual interview.


Author Sara Knuth | Publish Date July 17, 2019
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Community    Faculty

CoBank contributes $500,000 to Center for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention

With sights set on helping advance efforts to address the opioid epidemic, cooperative bank CoBank recently announced it will donate $500,000 to the Center for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention, which is housed in the CU Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.


Author Sara Knuth | Publish Date June 10, 2019
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Alumni    Students

Stanislava Manojlovic, previously a refugee, overcomes obstacles to earn PharmD

Stanislava Manojlovic poses for a photo with her nephew, Maksim Morris, May 24 after the 2019 Commencement Ceremony.

Stanislava Manojlovic’s dreams of becoming a pharmacist started when her mother was injured while tending to sheep in her home country of Serbia. Her family didn’t have any other access to medical care, and her mother’s ankle, cut by a leash, was starting to get infected.  

So Manojlovic’s neighbor, a pharmacist, cared for her mother until she was healed.  


Author Sara Knuth | Publish Date June 05, 2019
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CU Pharmacy professor named new president of the American Geriatrics Society

When Dr. Sunny Linnebur was still a student, she never dreamed the rest of her career would focus on geriatric care.

“It was kind of a surprise to me,” said Linnebur, a professor in the Department of Clinical Pharmacy at the CU Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. “And it was because I really lacked exposure to the older adult patient population.”

Now, with a well-established career in the field, she has a 6,000-member platform to use to help spread awareness about geriatrics — and help healthcare professionals of several disciplines find a professional home within the field.


Author Sara Knuth | Publish Date May 30, 2019
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Erin Terrio’s legacy of determination lives on through posthumous CU Pharmacy degree

As the fall 2016 semester wrapped up, Erin Terrio prepared for finals the same way as any other student.

“She was in the middle of finals, and she was doing all the crazy stuff you do during finals week: staying up all night and studying and studying,” said her sister and roommate, Jennifer Terrio, who is a student at the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine. “Until the very last second, she was trying to get through all of her finals.”

Terrio was halfway through her second year with the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences and almost done with finals when she died of complications from cystic fibrosis, a disease that causes lung infections and makes it harder to breathe because of thick, sticky mucus that clogs the airways.


Author Sara Knuth | Publish Date May 30, 2019
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Congrats, Class of 2019! CU Pharmacy confers 159 degrees during commencement

The University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences conferred a total of 159 degrees during the 2019 commencement ceremony, hosted May 25 on the CU Anschutz Medical Campus, according to a final count.

Of those, the school awarded:

  • 126 traditional entry level PharmD degrees
  • 26 Distance Degrees and Programs PharmD degrees
  • 7 PhDs

The school anticipates conferring more degrees over the summer, but allowed those graduates to participate in the ceremony.

The ceremony was a chance for faculty to share a few final words of advice with the Class of 2019.


Author Sara Knuth | Publish Date May 29, 2019
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CU Pharmacy professors weigh in on Denver’s historic psychedelic mushroom initiative

Denver made history this month by effectively decriminalizing psychedelic mushrooms — and experts at the University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences say the vote marks an important development for the drug, but only time will tell of its impact in a clinical setting.

The initiative, which passed by a close margin and was certified by the city of Denver on May 16, means that arresting anyone for personal possession, consumption or growth of “magic mushrooms” is a low priority for law enforcement. It also prohibits Denver from using city funds to prosecute similar cases.

Hallucinogenic mushrooms haven’t been fully legalized — and unlike marijuana, people won’t be able to legally buy and sell them in the city.


Author Sara Knuth | Publish Date May 16, 2019
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CU Pharmacy students earn recognition during annual awards convocation

In a night of recognition and remembrance, more than 40 University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences students took home awards and scholarships during the school’s annual Awards Convocation event.

The event, hosted May 3 on the CU Anschutz Medical Campus, marked the first time three new scholarships were awarded: The Erin Terrio Memorial Scholarship, the Glenn D. and Jennifer M. Appelt Scholarship and the C. David Elm Pharmacy Practice Scholarship.


Author Sara Knuth | Publish Date May 06, 2019
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CU Pharmacy professor leads effort to create campuswide ‘Tour de Cure’ cycling team

Dr. Richard Radcliffe has always thought of himself as an avid bicyclist, but he never considered signing up for a sponsored bike race.

Not until his daughter, Julie, was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at age 13.

Radcliffe, a professor of pharmacology at the CU Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, said shortly after his daughter’s diagnosis, a friend encouraged him to sign up for the American Diabetes Association’s Tour de Cure bike ride, which puts money toward researching treatments — and finding a cure — for diabetes.


Author Sara Knuth | Publish Date April 24, 2019
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Eugene McMahan’s legacy lives on through scholarship

We are saddened to report that a great friend to our school, Mr. Eugene “Gene” McMahan, has passed away. He was 92 years old.

Gene was an extraordinary, generous person. For 25 consecutive years, he donated a full, in-state tuition scholarship to a pharmacy student in memory of his daughter and CU Pharmacy alumna Teresa McMahan-Shulkin, beginning at a time when in-state tuition was approximately $4,000 and continuing through last year when in-state tuition was nearly $31,000.


Author Caren Henderson | Publish Date February 28, 2019
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Alumni    Students

Life-prolonging drugs inspired student to pursue pharmacy

John Song is a third-year student at the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences because chemotherapy gave his beloved cousin, Stephanie Maurer, extra time to live before she died of cancer at 34.

“She was diagnosed with lymphatic cancer and was expected to survive three months,” recalls Song. “Because of the chemotherapy she received, she lived for a full year and was able to experience the birth of her niece, hold her, and play with her.”


Author SOP Communications | Publish Date February 25, 2019
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Students

Student Postscript from the Stock Show

"Volunteering for the AHEC health screening booth at the National Western Stock Show has become one of my favorite volunteer opportunities thus far. I first volunteered last year as a first-year pharmacy student. As a first-year student, I jumped at the chance to have more direct patient care experiences and was excited to do so in such a fun environment like the stock show. This opportunity was more rewarding than I had hoped, and I volunteered again to participate in this year’s stock show. This year I not only was able to complete health screenings, but I also helped coordinate and administer donated flu vaccines.

Bringing resources directly to patients, such as free health screenings and free flu shots, helped reach a patient population that is often left underserved. I could not count the number of patients I spoke with that do not have a relationship with a primary care physician in their community or don’t see a doctor on a regular basis. Providing resources in a relaxed environment in which they are comfortable, helps us build rapport and create that first link with the healthcare system.


Author SOP Communications | Publish Date January 31, 2019
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Community    Students

4th graders inspire future pharmacists

 

Approximately 280 4th graders from local elementary schools in Aurora visited campus over winter break to participate in the award-winning and ever-popular event called "Pharmacist for a Day." A spin-off of the Service Learning Program, this event is a way to engage youth in health education while providing pharmacy students the opportunity to develop their skills as healthcare professionals. Translating pharmacy education into something that is both accessible and meaningful to diverse groups of children proves to be a valuable exercise in effective communication.

"This program is a great opportunity to introduce kids and elementary school teachers alike to the field of pharmacy in a fun, safe environment,” said Patricia Meyer, IPPE Student Coordinator. “The kids really enjoy digging in to the science activities and while we don’t know if this translates into them pursuing pharmacy as a career, it’s always good to increase awareness of pharmacy as a health profession.”


Author SOP Communications | Publish Date January 31, 2019
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Community

FIP’s Duggan Issues Global Call to Action at SNOW Symposium

Pharmacists will – and must – play key roles in tackling the world’s health challenges, Dr. Catherine Duggan, chief executive officer of the International Pharmaceutical Federation, said in her keynote address to the second Pharmacy Strategies for New Opportunities Worldwide (SNOW) Symposium in Breckenridge, Colo. on Jan. 25, 2019.

Dr. Duggan cited the World Health Organization’s 2019 list of global health issues ranging from the potential for an influenza pandemic to antimicrobial resistance to HIV to primary health care in her speech. “Pharmacy is absolutely front and center in all these challenges,” said Dr. Duggan, who recently became CEO of the federation, know as FIP for its French name Fédération Internationale Pharmaceutique.


Author SOP Communications | Publish Date January 30, 2019
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Bills to curb opioid crisis on legislative docket

The Colorado Legislature is back in session, and once again faculty from the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences are working closely with lawmakers to provide their expertise on the opioid crisis.

The Skaggs School of Pharmacy is the home of the Colorado Consortium for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention, which coordinates Colorado’s statewide response to the opioid epidemic. School of Pharmacy professor Robert Valuck, PhD, RPh, is the Consortium’s executive director, and he has helped lawmakers understand the crisis and provided them with reliable information for the past several years.

The Legislature convened in early January, and its agenda included bills that would expand medication-assisted treatment and create new law enforcement programs. "The bills the legislature passed last year and the ones it will consider this session will make an impact to Coloradans dealing with substance use disorder and help the public understand the risks of opioids,” Valuck said.


Author SOP Communications | Publish Date January 30, 2019
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CU Pharmacy investigators receive PhRMA Foundation Award

The University of Colorado Center for Pharmaceutical Value (PValue) has been established with a Value Assessment Center of Excellence Award from the PhRMA Foundation.

The foundation grant of $500,000 was awarded to Jonathan Campbell, PhD, R. Brett McQueen, PhD, and Melanie Whittington, PhD, who have primary faculty appointments in the field of Pharmaceutical Outcomes Research with the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences on the Anschutz Medical Campus.

PValue will be a center of excellence within the D2V initiative, a Transformational Research Funding project supported by the Dean's Office of the University of Colorado School of Medicine. D2V will support PValue through a matching award of $500,000. Additional D2V support will include peer review, shared professional research assistance, project management expertise, and institutional accountability. The total award will be allocated over three years to establish PValue initiatives.


Author Caren Henderson | Publish Date January 22, 2019
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Inspiration for future pharmacists

Sheldon “Shelly” E. Steinhauser knows the value of pharmacy – it was instilled in him during his childhood. His father, an immigrant, was a Navy doctor and, later, a neighborhood physician who worked closely with a trusted community pharmacist.

“My father wouldn’t make a key decision about prescribing drugs for his patients without consulting the pharmacist,” said Shelly. “Today, people are just as likely to turn to pharmacists whenever they have questions about prescription drugs and other health aids. They’re critical to our health care system.”


Author Caren Henderson | Publish Date December 31, 2018
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Survey: Coloradans think there is a prescription drug abuse problem in their communities

Coloradans are concerned about prescription drug abuse and support increased state funding for initiatives to address the epidemic, according to a survey commissioned by the Colorado Consortium for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention to measure the public’s awareness of the opioid crisis.

More than half of the survey’s 1,400 respondents (57 percent) thought there was a problem with people in their community misusing prescription medication such as opioids, and 57 percent said they had heard or seen a message about prescription drug abuse being a problem in Colorado. Many of those surveyed had a personal connection to the crisis, as 37 percent said they knew someone who was or had been addicted to prescription medication.


Author Caren Henderson | Publish Date December 27, 2018
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The ALSAM Foundation funds new Anschutz-Boulder collaborative research

The ALSAM Foundation, a generous long-time donor to the CU Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (SSPPS), has provided $2M of funding for collaborative grants between the SSPPS and the BioFrontiers Institute. This donation supports the Therapeutic Innovation Grants Program that allows the SSPPS on the Anschutz Medical Campus to join forces with the BioFrontiers Institute on the Boulder Campus to encourage faculty collaboration in the development of innovative projects that will advance the health and wellness of people in our communities and around the globe. 


Author Caren Henderson | Publish Date December 17, 2018
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A Hungary Sabbatical: Q&A with Dr. Jon Campbell

When typing the term sabbatical into Google, out spits the following, “a period of paid leave granted to a university teacher or other worker for study or travel, traditionally one year for every seven years worked.” Toggling to Wikipedia yields, “In recent times, "sabbatical" has come to mean any extended absence in the career of an individual in order to achieve something. In the modern sense, one takes sabbatical typically to fulfill some goal, e.g., writing a book or traveling extensively for research.” University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences faculty member Jon Campbell, PhD, recently got to take a sabbatical and chose to go to Hungary.


Author Stephanie Carlson | Publish Date December 05, 2018
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Personalized Cancer Treatment

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According to the American Society of Clinical Oncology, more than 14 million people will be diagnosed with cancer this year, worldwide, and more than 9 million people will succumb to the effects of cancer. This is equal to approximately 22,000 cancer deaths per day, and this cancer mortality rate is expected to continue to rise.

Despite all the advances in technology to both diagnose and treat cancer, many of these therapies are ineffective against the later stages of cancer.


Author Stephanie Carlson | Publish Date November 25, 2018
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Pharmacist On the Street: HPV

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CU pharmacy students, Nashel Patel and Tracie Vanhorn took to the "streets" of the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus to see what students and faculty know about Human papillomavirus (HPV) and the vaccine.


Author Stephanie Carlson | Publish Date November 20, 2018
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A Night in Hollywood - Fall Ball 2018

University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences students got a chance to take a break from studying and get to know their peers, and CU Pharmacy faculty and staff, a little better. The theme for this year's Fall Ball was A Night in Hollywood and the students came dressed for the occasion!


Author Stephanie Carlson | Publish Date November 16, 2018
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Sheridan Health Services earns Perfect Compliance Rating

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Sheridan Health Services, a University of Colorado College of Nursing nurse-led community health center in the Denver metro area, recently passed the Health Resources & Service Administration (HRSA) Compliance Review with a 100 percent rating. Faculty and students from CU Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences also play an integral role at the clinic.


Author Stephanie Carlson | Publish Date November 15, 2018
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Colorado Consortium for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Annual Meeting

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The leaders in Colorado’s fight against the opioid epidemic gathered at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus for the Colorado Consortium for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention’s annual meeting. Attorney General Cynthia Coffman, a longtime supporter of the Consortium, spoke to the audience about her office’s work fighting the opioid epidemic and the impact the Consortium has made.


Author Stephanie Carlson | Publish Date November 09, 2018
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A Summer Learning in the Netherlands

Instead of taking the summer off third-year University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy student, Anushka Tandon, spent ten weeks in the Netherlands doing independent study, interning with the Center for Human Drug Research, "It was a working vacation so I can't complain," she said.


Author Stephanie Carlson | Publish Date November 08, 2018
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Photos: Great Turnout for Homecoming 2018

The University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences had the largest gathering of University of Colorado alumni, faculty, staff, and students at this year's Homecoming Tailgate and CU Buffs football game with over 160 people.


Author Stephanie Carlson | Publish Date October 30, 2018
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CU Pharmacy at ACCP's Global Conference 2018

The American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP) held their Global Conference in Seattle at the end of October. There were ten presentations from CU Pharmacy faculty and over 20 poster presentations from faculty and students.


Author Stephanie Carlson | Publish Date October 30, 2018
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Integrative Health and Medicine Elective: Recipes with Added Benefits

Saffron, cumin, thyme and pepper, mixed into things like guacamole, quinoa, fruit salad, and an herb butter stick. Faculty member Monika Nuffer, PharmD, teaches the elective course, Special Topics in Integrative Health and Medicine (IHM) and makes tasty snacks during the first week of classes each fall. They're not just good - but good for you!


Author Stephanie Carlson | Publish Date October 16, 2018
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Faculty member Receives over $1 Million in NIH Funding

James Roede, PhD, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, was recently awarded two different Administrative Supplement Awards attached to his prestigious Outstanding New Environmental Scientist Award from NIEHS (National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences) - a division of NIH (National Institutes of Health).


Author Stephanie Carlson | Publish Date October 09, 2018
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Need to quit smoking? Just see a Pharmacist!

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It’s now easier to quit smoking in Colorado. People can go to a pharmacy, instead of waiting several days to get in with a provider, to get prescription anti-smoking medications, “People can come into a pharmacy and visit their pharmacist, and through a simple screening process and consultation, they can be subscribed smoking cessation medications,” explains Emily Zadvorny, PharmD, a University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy faculty member and Executive Director of the Colorado Pharmacists Society.


Author Stephanie Carlson | Publish Date October 02, 2018
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Kilts, bagpipes, haggis…and pharmacy!

Kilts, bagpipes, haggis…and pharmacy! Over a dozen CU Pharmacy faculty and staff recently descended upon Glasgow, Scotland for the 78th International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) World Congress of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, “Our presence at FIP speaks volumes about our school’s commitment to and impact on global pharmacy education, clinical practice and research,” said Dean Ralph Altiere.


Author Stephanie Carlson | Publish Date September 24, 2018
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CU Pharmacy receives $2 million gift commitment

The ALSAM Foundation recently invested an additional $2 million to continue the Therapeutic Innovation Grants Program at the CU Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.

The funding supports a second phase of grants for projects focused on drug discovery and development.


Author Stephanie Carlson | Publish Date September 20, 2018
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Not Just a Pharmacist

CU Pharmacy alumnus Richard Onufrock balanced two worlds - the worlds of pharmacy and art. Throughout his life, the graduate of the Class of 1961 worked as a pharmacist and an accomplished illustrator.


Author Stephanie Carlson | Publish Date September 07, 2018
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In Memoriam - Classmates reflect on the life of Dr. Steven Henke

On Monday, August 6, 2018, Dr. Steven Henke, a 2018 graduate of the PharmD program at CU Pharmacy passed away unexpectedly. In his obituary, his family says he passed due to complications from a muscle deterioration disease.


Author Stephanie Carlson | Publish Date August 28, 2018
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Welcome Class of 2022!

The wrap up for orientation week for the Class of 2022 included the marshmallow challenge, White Coat ceremony, and annual barbecue. 143 first-year students received their white coats and then signed and recited the Oath of the Professional Pharmacy Student, which they created as a class.


Author Stephanie Carlson | Publish Date August 21, 2018
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Edible Chemotherapy: Could particles from milk lead to the end of infusions?

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Generally, you can't eat chemotherapy. That’s because your digestive system breaks down the molecules you eat into smaller pieces that can be absorbed through the gut into the bloodstream.


Author Stephanie Carlson | Publish Date August 08, 2018
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CU Pharmacy Research: Drug Prices not always Aligned with Value

In many countries, healthcare reimbursements for drugs are directly related to their value or net health benefits in treating disease.

But a new study by researchers at the University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, in collaboration with a group of international clinical and economic experts, shows that’s not the case in the U.S.


Author Stephanie Carlson | Publish Date August 07, 2018
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CU Pharmacy at AACP's Pharmacy Education 2018 Annual Meeting

The American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy's (AACP) annual meeting, Pharmacy Education 2018, was held July 21-25 in Boston and CU Pharmacy received several awards and had presentations and posters from students, faculty, and staff. 


Author Stephanie Carlson | Publish Date August 01, 2018
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APPE Rotations in Unique Settings

I have always had a passion for working with our nation’s veterans and was excited to begin my advanced pharmacy practice experience (APPE) rotation at the Colorado State Veterans Home at Fitzsimons.


Author Stephanie Carlson | Publish Date July 27, 2018
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Life Experiences Shape Future

When Erlynn Frankson was a teen, her grandfather moved in with her family so her mother could take care of him. “She was a nurse and the most equipped of her five siblings to be his caregiver,” says Frankson.

Frankson experienced palliative and hospice care on a personal level. It’s what she came home to after school every day and shaped who she is today. “I saw suffering and it stuck with me 10-20 years down the road.”


Author Stephanie Carlson | Publish Date July 17, 2018
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Rugby and Pharmacy - A Winning Combination!

"It's a passion that's made me the person I am today." For Carmine Hernandez, a second-year CU Pharmacy student, that passion is rugby. He's been playing since he was 15 years old, trained for seven months in New Zealand after high school; and his team, the Denver Barbarians, recently won the Men's Division II National Championship, beating the Detroit Tradesmen 39-38!


Author Stephanie Carlson | Publish Date July 11, 2018
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PhD Student Counts His Blessings

Adedoyin D. Abraham is one lucky guy.

Of Nigerian heritage, Abraham won a diversity immigrant visa in 2005 through the U.S. visa lottery system. The visa lottery allows foreign-born nationals to migrate, and eventually US citizens.


Author Stephanie Carlson | Publish Date July 06, 2018
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Study: Drug Treatment to Inhibit Growth of Prostate Cancer Cells

Cancers are one of the leading causes of disease-related fatalities worldwide. Prostate cancer, in specific, affects about 6 out of 10 men over the age of 65. In US male population, it is most common malignancy after skin cancer and the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths. This highlights the need for immediate and effective prevention and intervention strategies.


Author Stephanie Carlson | Publish Date June 29, 2018
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Coming Full Circle

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Having spent the last seven years earning his PharmD through the Distance Degrees & Programs, Lokendra Upadhyay is ecstatic to be able to spend his weekends not studying.  “For me, it’s been a great investment of time and energy,” says Upadhyay.

Twenty-five years ago, Upadhyay had the opportunity to tack one more year onto his BS and obtain his PharmD from CU but declined. “I was ready to get out and start earning money. In retrospect, it would have been a lot easier, but then I wouldn’t have all my life experiences,” says Upadhyay.


Author Stephanie Carlson | Publish Date June 28, 2018
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Photos! Residency and Fellowship Graduates

Congratulations to the 2018 CU Pharmacy residency and fellowship graduates here is the full list of graduates, along with photos from the ceremony held earlier this month. Congratulations as well to CU Pharmacy faculty member, Sarah Scoular, PharmD, she was chosen as Preceptor of the Year for the PGY1 Residency Program by the students.


Author Stephanie Carlson | Publish Date June 20, 2018
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True Love

Originally from Alaska, Rebekah and Carlo Balmes met in middle school and began dating in high school, where they both shared a passion for science. Rebekah, the youngest of three girls, and Carlo, the oldest of three boys, were drawn to each other. They moved to Colorado for pharmacy school and married the summer after their second year. “My mom finally got a girl!” says Carlo enthusiastically.


Author Stephanie Carlson | Publish Date June 18, 2018
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Life Redirected

When Joe Oropeza was 17 years old he wanted to become an Army Ranger, one of the most elite soldiers in the U.S. Army. But two strokes and open heart surgery — prior to his high school graduation — put an end to his military career before it started.

“I was 17 and invincible,” says Oropeza, who recently celebrated his 12th-anniversary post-surgery.


Author Stephanie Carlson | Publish Date June 14, 2018
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Need for Knowledge: Integrative Health and Medicine

Americans spend about $34 billion annually out-of-pocket on supplements, but most don’t report the use to their healthcare provider. This causes problems if the patient is on a medication that could have an adverse reaction to the dietary supplements they’re using.


Author Stephanie Carlson | Publish Date June 11, 2018
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Congratulations Class of 2018! Photos!

Over 200 doctoral degrees (5 PhD, 152 traditional entry-level PharmD, and 44 in the distance PharmD program) were conferred for 2018. The Commencement Ceremony was held May 25th at the Anschutz Medical Campus. Here are all the photos from commencement, enjoy!


Author Stephanie Carlson | Publish Date June 06, 2018
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Military Musician Hits High Note in Pharmacy

For seven years, Dan Galipeau served in the US Army as a military musician, playing saxophone and sometimes piano. Performing for deployed troops, their families at home, international audiences and dignitaries including the President of the United States offered Galipeau a window to the world. “My military career took me to more than 15 countries representing the US Army and NATO,” says Galipeau.


Author Stephanie Carlson | Publish Date June 01, 2018
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Not Just for Kicks

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Kickball is fun, especially when you have a chance to beat CU Pharmacy faculty members and raise money for a good cause at the same time! 


Author Stephanie Carlson | Publish Date May 24, 2018
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"The Pharmacy Frontier" - Student Raps his way through the Curriculum

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Lee Amaya, stage name SouLee PharmD, is our very own rapping pharmacist.

Amaya fell in love with rap music and poetry during high school. “I became infatuated with the flow and rhyme schemes of songs while listening to my favorite artists. The raw passion displayed and the topics they rapped about resonated with me,” says Amaya.


Author Stephanie Carlson | Publish Date May 18, 2018
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A Local's Guide to Aurora, CO - Home to CU Pharmacy

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The University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy on the Anschutz Medical Campus is located in Aurora, CO. While Aurora is not among the most publicized cities in America, it is definitely among one of safest, largest, and diverse cities in the whole country.


Author Stephanie Carlson | Publish Date May 09, 2018
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Special Milestone Celebrated at Awards Convocation

This year marks 25 years for the Theresa McMahan-Schulkin Memorial Scholarship.  The award was created in memory of Gene McMahan's daughter, Theresa, who graduated from CU Pharmacy in 1976 and passed away in 1994.


Author Stephanie Carlson | Publish Date May 03, 2018
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Oncology Resident and CU Pharmacy Grad Wins Prestigious Poster Contest

Congratulations to Clay Cuny, PharmD, a PGY2 Oncology resident and 2014 CU Skaggs School of Pharmacy graduate! His research project was chosen as a Top 10 Trainee Research Poster at the Hematology Oncology Pharmacy Association (HOPA) 2018 Annual Conference. This is a huge accomplishment as there were 188 trainee abstracts presented at the meeting!


Author Stephanie Carlson | Publish Date May 01, 2018
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CU Pharmacy Faculty Win Excellence Awards

Each year, faculty at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus are recognized for their accomplishments. The Faculty Excellence Awards are special because the winners are nominated by students and chosen by faculty peers and selection committees comprised of previous award winners. There are several faculty members from the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences on the 2018 list.


Author Stephanie Carlson | Publish Date April 25, 2018
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Extraordinary Preceptors Honored

At the CU Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Annual Preceptor Recognition Event seven awards were handed out to extraordinary preceptors and faculty members. On Saturday, April 14, around 50 attendees gathered at the CU South Denver Campus Wildlife Experience to recognize Emily Kosirog, PharmD, Toral Patel, PharmD, Tammy Lopez, PharmD, William Finn, MD, Cody Taylor, PharmD, Jacob Beyer, PharmD, and Susan Finstrom, RPh.


Author Stephanie Carlson | Publish Date April 20, 2018
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Discovering her Future

Sara Azimi comes from a family of medical professionals and CU alums who have helped her determine a career path that is right for her. While both of her parents and sister are in the physical therapy field, and her brothers are physicians, Sara has chosen a different healthcare path. She will be entering CU Skaggs' PharmD program in the fall of 2018 to pursue her dream of becoming a pharmacist.


Author cupharmacy | Publish Date April 18, 2018
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CU Students Teach 8th Graders About Pharmacy

Two fourth-year CU Pharmacy students took time out of their rotation in Delta County, Colorado to share pharmacy with hundreds of 8th grade students.


Author Stephanie Carlson | Publish Date April 12, 2018
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Over 100 Women from 30 Countries Gather for International Women's Day

March was Women's History Month and several women from the University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy, and other Aurora businesses, participated in an International Women's Day Celebration. This is the second official year for the event and it included more than 125 women, from 30 countries with 15 sponsors and exhibitors.


Author Stephanie Carlson | Publish Date April 09, 2018
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CU Pharmacy Supporters Edward and Karen Skaff Honored

Over 400 people gathered at this year’s Benefactor Recognition Dinner in the Seawell Ballroom at the Denver Performing Arts Complex. The event recognizes and celebrates those behind philanthropic gifts to the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.

Among those in the crowd were Edward and Karen Skaff, CU alums and longtime supporters of the CU Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.


Author Stephanie Carlson | Publish Date April 03, 2018
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Pharmacy Family Learns Life Lessons and Skills by Building Houses Together

Sue and Tim Mead (CU Pharmacy alums '79 and '75 respectively), together with their daughters, have built a strong family bond by building houses for others. "In addition to learning how to roof, stucco and cut wood, the experience taught us how to give back, to see that we are part of a bigger world, and to reflect on how much we have," says Sue Mead.


Author cupharmacy | Publish Date March 29, 2018
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It's a Small World After All: Surprise CU Connection in Italy

When in Rome...meet Italian pharmacists! That's exactly what fourth-year CU Pharmacy student Karly Bergquist did on her vacation to the country. 


Author Stephanie Carlson | Publish Date March 26, 2018
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Rural Rotation Experience - A Student's Perspective

In the far southwest corner of Colorado sits the charming and mountain-encased town of Durango.  The breathtaking landscape and friendly residents alone warrant enough enticement to rank this location as a rotation site,  but the experiences I have gained at Rivergate Pharmacy and Animas Internal Medicine were the most fulfilling aspects. 


Author cupharmacy | Publish Date March 22, 2018
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CU Pharmacy Rho Chi receives award at APhA 2018 - Conference Recap

Congratulations to the Rho Chi - Alpha Theta Chapter at The University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy! The organization received the Chapter Achievement Award during the American Pharmacists Association’s (APhA) Annual Meeting and Expo in Nashville, TN for all the great work they did in 2017, and continue to do.


Author Stephanie Carlson | Publish Date March 20, 2018
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Teen's-Eye View of CU Pharmacy

The building seemed more exquisite up close than it was from the long distance that I was used to seeing it. The many walls of glass were a vision of innovation, and the renaissance-like structures dotting the exterior landscape of the building paid a respect to tradition. I'd like to think that the University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences is innovative, yet values tradition.


Author cupharmacy | Publish Date March 12, 2018
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CU Pharmacy Alums Gather in Long Beach

Several University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy Alumni, and even a couple of incoming students, got together in Long Beach, California at the end of February. Dean Ralph Altiere and Associate Dean Laura Borgelt (Class of 1997), along with alumni Charles Brown (Class of 1964) and Katherine Johnson (Class of 2013), hosted the event. 


Author Stephanie Carlson | Publish Date March 07, 2018
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Second-Year CU Pharmacy Student's Experience at HOSA

February 22-24 marked the 2018 Colorado HOSA State Leadership Conference at the Renaissance Hotel in Stapleton, CO. The annual event attracts high school students interested in healthcare careers and encourages them to participate in a variety of educational sessions to improve their skills regarding the healthcare setting.


Author cupharmacy | Publish Date March 05, 2018
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CU Pharmacy Front and Center at Colorado HOSA Conference

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Close to one thousand Colorado high school and post-secondary students participated in this year’s Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) State Leadership Conference.


Author Stephanie Carlson | Publish Date March 02, 2018
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CU Pharmacy Wins Community Service Award!

The University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences has been selected as the recipient of the 2017 Lawrence C. Weaver Transformative Community Service Award from the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP).


Author Stephanie Carlson | Publish Date February 27, 2018
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Tackling the Opioid Epidemic

Our talented faculty are working to solve some of the country's most pressing health issues, including the widespread opioid epidemic. In the U.S. last year, more than 63,000 people died of a drug overdose, with opioids involved in 75 percent of those deaths.  the crisis also hits close to home,, with at least 504 deaths in Colorado caused by opioid overdose.


Author cupharmacy | Publish Date February 22, 2018
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Cambodian Connection turns into Learning Opportunity

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Instead of taking some time off between his second and third-year, CU Pharmacy student Pulkit Jain turned his summer vacation into a learning opportunity. He volunteered in Cambodia, assisting medical teams under the supervision of physicians.


Author Stephanie Carlson | Publish Date February 20, 2018
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Dreamland in Denver recap: Busting myths, preconceptions about opioid epidemic

Most of what you know about opioid pain relievers such as Vicodin and OxyContin is wrong. Your perception of the type of person who becomes addicted to heroin and the underlying causes of the opioid and heroin epidemics might be wrong as well.

Correcting myths and challenging preconceptions were running themes during an evening of TED talk-style presentations about the opioid epidemic held at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus in January.


Author Stephanie Carlson | Publish Date February 05, 2018
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Student Study: Access to emergency contraception in Arizona and Utah

It has taken all four years of pharmacy school but student Rupa Parikh has now completed her study on emergency contraception (also known as the morning after pill) availability, specifically in Arizona and Utah, and she’s getting a lot of recognition.


Author Stephanie Carlson | Publish Date January 29, 2018
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CU Pharmacy students give free flu shots and health screenings at the stock show

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CU Skaggs School of Pharmacy students and faculty spent a lot of time volunteering at the National Western Stock Show in Denver this year. They helped provide free health screenings to members of the community and, on certain days, also offered flu shots.


Author Stephanie Carlson | Publish Date January 19, 2018
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Elementary school students become a pharmacist for a day

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Hundreds of fourth graders from Aurora Public Schools recently descended onto the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus to learn all about pharmacy.


Author Stephanie Carlson | Publish Date January 18, 2018
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From Infantry to Public Health

As a military combat veteran, I had a strong desire to pursue a career where I could continue serving the greater good. The Commissioned Corps of the US Public Health Service (USPHS) has provided me an incredible opportunity to do so as a pharmacist.


Author Stephanie Carlson | Publish Date January 05, 2018
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The Science Behind the Spicy Chip #OneChipChallenge

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Just one chip, that's all it is, but it is a chip made with one of the hottest peppers on the planet. The Paqui Carolina Reaper Madness chip is made with the Carolina Reaper pepper, which has an average Scoville Scale score of over 1.5 million.


Author Stephanie Carlson | Publish Date December 27, 2017
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Expensive new cancer therapy may be cost effective

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Researchers from the University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, selected to estimate the cost-effectiveness of the newly approved CAR-T therapies, have found the clinical benefit may justify the expensive price.


Author Stephanie Carlson | Publish Date December 21, 2017
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CU Pharmacy Holiday Drive

The totals are in for our annual Holiday Drive, which benefits the Colfax Community Network, and our first-year students came out on top!  Each on-campus class, along with faculty and staff, held a friendly competition to see who could collect the most.


Author Stephanie Carlson | Publish Date December 20, 2017
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CU Pharmacy at ASHP Midyear 2017

Several students and faculty from the University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences were at ASHP Midyear 2017, in Orlando, Florida, earlier this month. Attended by more than 25,000 people, ASHP's (American Society of Health-System Pharmacists) Midyear Clinical Meeting and Exhibition is one of the largest gatherings of pharmacy professionals.


Author Stephanie Carlson | Publish Date December 14, 2017
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Manisha Patel Joins Epilepsy Society Board

Faculty member Manisha Patel, PhD, has joined the Board of Directors of the American Epilepsy Society (AES), a medical and scientific society with 4,000 members. Dr. Patel assumed her new position at the end of the society's annual meeting, December 1 -5, in Washington, D.C.


Author cupharmacy | Publish Date December 12, 2017
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Skaggs Numbers Soar

Skaggs numbers soar
Pharmacy school celebrates high-quality programs, successful recruitment

There’s good news to share from the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (CU Pharmacy). Applicant numbers at CU Pharmacy rose 30 percent for the incoming class of 2017, even as applications to pharmacy programs nationwide are down 3 percent.


Author cupharmacy | Publish Date December 05, 2017
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CU Pharmacy Students Place in Public Health Case Competition

The fifth annual Rocky Mountain Region Public Health Case Competition was held in the Health Science Library on the Anschutz Medical Campus earlier this month.


Author Stephanie Carlson | Publish Date November 28, 2017
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CU Pharmacy Students Teach Boy Scouts Medicine Safety

The CU Skaggs School of Pharmacy student chapter of the OTC Medicine Safety Operation, through the American Pharmacists Association (APhA), hosted an event with local Boy Scouts to talk about responsible medicine use.


Author Stephanie Carlson | Publish Date November 21, 2017
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Photos: Students, faculty and staff have a roaring good time at the Fall Ball!

Several students, faculty, and staff showed up to the Fall Ball, held at The Renaissance Hotel in Downtown Denver.


Author Stephanie Carlson | Publish Date November 17, 2017
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CU Pharmacy Collaborates with Egypt Hospital to Offer PharmD Program

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The University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences has an ongoing relationship with Hospital 57357, also known as Children’s Cancer Hospital Egypt (CCHE) in Cairo, Egypt. The hospital is one of the largest in the world that specializes in children's cancer. This collaboration makes it possible for the hospital's "57357 Academy" to now offer a PharmD program.


Author Stephanie Carlson | Publish Date November 15, 2017
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"Music and Medicine" - Anschutz Campus Choir

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On Tuesday evenings healthcare students, faculty and staff of the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus gather to do something a little different, they sing. They're members of the Anschutz Campus Choir, formally known as the Arrhythmias. The choir has been a part of the campus for several years. Third year CU Skaggs School of Pharmacy student, Susan Kang, just joined this year. "I’ve always enjoyed singing and just wanted this to be a way to incorporate music into my life, even with my busy school schedule," she explains.


Author Stephanie Carlson | Publish Date November 08, 2017
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Photos: CU Pharmacy at Homecoming

Around 70 alumni, students, faculty and staff with the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences paraded the grounds of the University of Colorado Boulder campus to support the CU Buffs football team as they played against the California Golden Bears, Sat., Oct. 28th for this year's homecoming weekend.


Author Stephanie Carlson | Publish Date November 01, 2017
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Study Results: Return on Investment of federal Prevention and Public Health Fund

University of Colorado researchers recently calculated the return on investment of one activity of the federal Prevention and Public Health Fund. Their study found that the activity has saved 35 million dollars since it was put into place in 2013.


Author Stephanie Carlson | Publish Date October 30, 2017
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Increasing Need for Pharmacists in Cancer Care

Oncology pharmacists are in high demand. By 2020 cancer patient visits will increase by 48% with only a 14% increase in oncologists, according to the American Association of Medical Colleges Center for Workforce Studies. Oncology pharmacists can help offset this projected shortfall in patient visits.


Author Stephanie Carlson | Publish Date October 23, 2017
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CU Pharmacy students hold bake sale for University of Puerto Rico School of Pharmacy

This week marks one month since Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico. The category 5 storm was the strongest to make landfall on the island in 85 years. It knocked out power, destroyed homes and caused widespread flooding. Among the devastation, several practice sites for University of Puerto Rico School of Pharmacy students were also damaged or destroyed.


Author Stephanie Carlson | Publish Date October 20, 2017
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Cannabis Studies

Faculty member Jacci Bainbridge, PharmD, together with Clinical Neurology Research Fellow Matt Makelky, PharmD, are currently studying cannabis and its effectiveness in treating a variety of conditions including back pain, Parkinson’s tremor and seizure disorders in children.

Some of the first prospective cannabis trials on the Anschutz Medical Campus “Will hopefully help determine the cannabis’ effectives in treating these types of disorders, side effects and dosing levels,” says Jacci Bainbridge.


Author cupharmacy | Publish Date October 18, 2017
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Record number turn out for CU Pre-Health Day

Four hundred and forty two Colorado high school students, undergraduate students and pre-health advisors, attended the third annual CU Pre-Health Day on the Anschutz Campus, Sept. 23.  With just over 200 students attending the first event in 2015, it shows tremendous growth for the event.


Author Stephanie Carlson | Publish Date October 02, 2017
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CU Nurse Puts CE Education Into Practice in Houston

Many people have rushed to the aid of Houston citizens in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, including many UCHealth employees.  One such volunteer is pulmonary nurse Rachel Kuker who was featured in Katie Kerwin McCrimmon's article, CE helps nurse during Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.


Author cupharmacy | Publish Date September 19, 2017
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Video: Hands on pharmacy experience for students in Undergraduate Pre-Health Program

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Undergraduate college students spent time on campus this summer through the Undergraduate Pre-Health Program, or UPP. The Office of Diversity and Inclusion partners with Kaiser Permanente Health Plan of Colorado for the 13-month program. The program gives historically underrepresented students the opportunity to explore all types of health careers. They get direct access to faculty, deans and staff on the Anschutz Medical Campus and are able to work in research, both clinical and scientific, and shadow health care professionals.


Author Stephanie Carlson | Publish Date September 05, 2017
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Building Bridges and Relationships Throughout the World

For Nigerian pharmacists Titilayo Fakeye and Omolola Nwokoma coming to America to participate in the FIP foundation's Pharmabridge program at the University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy for one month has been "without reservation -- great."


Author cupharmacy | Publish Date August 29, 2017
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Photos: White Coat Ceremony, Welcome Class of 2021!

The finale to orientation week for our incoming students is the White Coat Ceremony. 164 students received their white coats and then signed and recited the Oath of the Professional Pharmacy Student, which they created as a class. They're now officially working their way towards their PharmD. Welcome class of 2021!!


Author Stephanie Carlson | Publish Date August 22, 2017
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Faculty member finds natural compound to treat giardia and "brain-eating" infections

Used in Native American healing, some compounds in pungent plant stronger than available pharmaceutical treatments.


Author cupharmacy | Publish Date August 18, 2017
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Video: High School Students Explore Pharmacy

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Author Stephanie Carlson | Publish Date August 16, 2017
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Your classroom is full of Millennials. Do you have the right tools?

The pharmacist has changed from a product-centered expert to a more global patient care health professional. In the past, pharmacists were required to learn about the medication, how to prepare it and how to educate the patient. Currently, there are a number of skills to acquire in order to be a proficient clinical pharmacist. These include: critical thinking, ethical decision making, literature analysis, communication skills, cultural sensitivity, inter-professional collaboration and a sense of continuous professional development.

The generations have also changed. Millennials (born 1982-2002) are asking a lot of questions and require a cause to be motivated.


Author cupharmacy | Publish Date August 08, 2017
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Millennial Finds Passion in an Unexpected Place

At the age of 17, it's not easy deciding on a career pathway. At that time, I was interested in finding out about medications, though. I wanted to be somewhat like my mother who is a physician in Egypt. I liked the way she knew what she was doing when anyone was sick. She would provide advice and make decisions when it was related to us getting sick or anyone else in the family or neighbors.

I entered pharmacy school (which in my country only requires a bachelor's degree). I asked so many questions and nothing motivated me. 


Author cupharmacy | Publish Date August 03, 2017
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CU Pre-Health Scholars Program Sparks Interest in Pharmacy for High Schoolers

“It’s really opened my eyes to the medical field and different opportunities that are available,” says high school junior Sanam Dean, she’s one of the students that participated in the CU Pre-Health Scholars Program (CUPS) this summer. The program is designed to motivate high school students to pursue a college education and enroll in a professional health career or graduate school program.


Author Stephanie Carlson | Publish Date July 26, 2017
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Pre-Med Student Discovers Herself in Pharmacy

"Ever since I was 16 I wanted to go to med school," says second-year pharmacy student Miya Holley. Being diagnosed with Type I diabetes at 16 allowed Holley to see more of the system, "especially from a patient's perspective and it interested me."

Like many undergraduate students, Holley fumbled around with a variety of majors and finally settled on microbiology.


Author cupharmacy | Publish Date July 20, 2017
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From Problem Child to Entrepreneur

It's hard to believe that recent CU Skaggs School of Pharmacy graduate Adam McHenry was ever a problem child. As an eighth grader, McHenry was a handful. "I didn't care if I was in class or not. I hung out with the wrong crowd," says McHenry.

One day, the school called his parents and told them that they had not seen him for a while. "The next month, my parents enrolled me in a Lutheran school. It turned my life around."


Author cupharmacy | Publish Date July 18, 2017
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CU Pharmacy Providing Solution to Sodium Bicarbonate Shortage

There’s currently a national shortage of sodium bicarbonate, yes baking soda, for use in medical procedures.  The shortage of injectable sodium bicarbonate, is prompting health care providers to postpone some non-emergent procedures and operations, so they have some on hand for emergencies, “One form is an emergency syringe, used in some patients who have a cardiac event. When hospitals don't have enough of that, they get really nervous that a cardiac event might occur in one place, and they wouldn't have some readily available," explains Peter Rice, PharmD, PhD with the University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy.


Author Stephanie Carlson | Publish Date July 14, 2017
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Students Get a Taste of Small Town Life

Nearly two dozen students from the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, including pharmacy, recently visited Rio Grande County in Southern Colorado for Rural Immersion Week. The experience is for health professions students who are interested in living and working in a rural area “I really enjoyed the Rural Immersion Week! We got to meet with local community leaders and learn what it was like to live in a rural community,” says third year student Amanda Howard, who represented the school along with Jhani Williams, Dario Martinez and Nicola Maude.


Author Stephanie Carlson | Publish Date July 11, 2017
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All in the Family

"Having my daughter and I obtain doctorates at the same time is a seminal moment," says Maumi Villarreal.  She and her husband, Daniel, are both first generation college graduates and have modeled a college education to their daughters -- Sarah and Chelsea.  "Our parents are very proud of us," says Villarreal.

Villarreal passed on her love of pharmacy to her eldest daughter, when Sarah would help her mom at the local ASHP meetings.


Author cupharmacy | Publish Date July 05, 2017
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Pharmacy students share their passion with 10,000 high schoolers

Thousands of high school students interested in health care careers descended upon Disney World and became more acquainted with pharmacy during International HOSA's (Health Occupations Students of America) annual conference in Orlando. CU Skaggs School of Pharmacy featured prominently in various activities, including a popular interactive exhibit and five workshops.


Author cupharmacy | Publish Date June 30, 2017
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A Miracle for My Ears

Can you imagine total silence or hearing only muffled conversations?  "You adapt," says recent CU Skaggs School of Pharmacy graduate Lauren Kirchner.  "But there is an advantage.  Patients think I am really engaging with them because I am concentrating on their lips and hearing what they have to say."

And in a career that requires patient interaction, being attentive is a plus.


Author cupharmacy | Publish Date June 27, 2017
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"Truly an Exceptional Preceptor"

A great preceptor doesn’t just give professional guidance and help mentees grow academically, they also help students grow personally and learn to believe in themselves. That’s exactly what Dr. Erin Johnson-Mundo does, and because of that is the winner of this year’s Health-System Excellence in Precepting Award.

"She is truly an exceptional preceptor," says University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences fourth year student Ursula Fiala, “Erin was supportive, encouraging and patient during the entire rotation which really helped to build my confidence. She also treated me with respect kindness and compassion."


Author Stephanie Carlson | Publish Date June 22, 2017
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Listening More Important than Talking for Podcast Host

Creator and host of the Talk Pharmacy podcast, Ahsun Babalmorad is a natural when it comes to interviewing his subjects. The program, which airs on iTunes, provides listeners with interviews of students and faculty, offering insights into the world of pharmacy and the CU Skaggs School of Pharmacy.

Of Iranian heritage, Babalmorad comes by his ability to talk -- and more importantly to listen -- naturally. His father worked for an American oil company prior to the Iranian revolution in the 1970s and was sent to study engineering in the US. While here, the revolution broke out back home, so his father and mother decided to stay and raise a family. "At that time, my parents saw more opportunity in the US than in their home country," says Babalmorad, a first generation American and Colorado native.


Author cupharmacy | Publish Date June 20, 2017
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Gap Year Proves Invaluable

After attaining his bachelor of biomedical sciences from Western Michigan, Ross Osgood took some time off to figure out what he really wanted to do.

“I was kind of on a pre-med track,” says Osgood.

“I bounced around between med school, dental and PA programs – not really feeling like any of them were the right fit.” So, he shadowed dentists and worked in a nursing home, but still was unconvinced that any of those allied health care careers were right for him.  “But when I started doing research, it just clicked.”

During the year between undergrad and grad school, he missed the deadline to sign up for dental school, so he joined Americorps instead.


Author cupharmacy | Publish Date June 14, 2017
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Brushes with Cancer Put Pharmacy Grad on Career Path

Whitney Pittman's career path seems pre-ordained.

When she was 10 years old, a classmate and friend was diagnosed with a brain tumor. At age 15, her friend died. "It was the first time I had ever heard the word cancer and that really left an imprint on me," says Pittman.

"Since high school I knew I wanted a career in health care, specifically pediatric oncology," says Pittman.


Author cupharmacy | Publish Date June 08, 2017
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Anschutz Campus Celebrates 10,000th Grad

Today, the University of Colorado Anschutz celebrated graduating its 10,000th student in the health and health care disciplines since relocating to its present campus in 2009. And, brothers Jonathan and Jefferey Chheuy, who graduated from CU Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences were two of them.

Born just 13 months apart, the Chheuy brothers are very close, and that's a good thing since the two have been confused with each other their entire lives.


Author cupharmacy | Publish Date May 26, 2017
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Facing Challenges Head On

MaLaura Creager has experienced quite a lot in her life. She and her brother are the first in their family to obtain bachelors’ degrees. And, MaLaura will be the first to attain her Doctor of Pharmacy degree when she graduates from CU Skaggs School of Pharmacy later this week.  “My family is so, so proud,” says Creager, who will have her own cheering section at Commencement when 20 family members descend on Colorado to share her excitement.  “They are so impressed that I will be a pharmacist.”

For Creager, the mantra “it’s not if you go to college, but when” that many families embrace was not reality.  


Author cupharmacy | Publish Date May 26, 2017
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State gives $1 million to fund new center at CU Anschutz to fight opioid epidemic

The state of Colorado and the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus are joining forces to fight prescription drug abuse and the opioid epidemic, with the state allocating $1 million to the university to create a new center that will focus on the crisis.

The Center for Substance Abuse Prevention at the CU Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences is the result of Senate Bill 17-193, which Gov. John Hickenlooper signed on May 18.


Author cupharmacy | Publish Date May 22, 2017
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School of Pharmacy In the News

CPR

Helping Doctors Understand Cannabis

news outletCPR
Publish DateSeptember 03, 2020

Some graduate schools are teaching health care workers about cannabis since many say they don’t feel prepared to answer patients' questions about it.

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Summit Daily News

Summit County grad earns doctorate in pharmacy

news outletSummit Daily News
Publish DateAugust 26, 2020

Summit County graduate Elizabeth Shields received her doctorate in pharmacy in May.

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MedPage Today

Ease Up on Cannabis Research Restrictions, Heart Group Urges

news outletMedPage Today
Publish DateAugust 05, 2020

Cannabis should be removed from Schedule 1 of the U.S. Controlled Substances Act so that it can be better researched, according to a statement by the American Heart Association (AHA).

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Medical Xpress

Cannabis use shows substantial risks, no benefits for cardiovascular health

news outletMedical Xpress
Publish DateAugust 05, 2020

The chemicals in cannabis have been linked to an increased risk of heart attacks, heart failure and atrial fibrillation in observational studies; however, a full understanding of how use of cannabis affects the heart and blood vessels is limited by a lack of adequate research, according to a new Scientific Statement from the American Heart Association (AHA) published today in its flagship journal Circulation.

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