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Undergraduate Diversity Program Celebrates Ten Years of Stellar Outcomes and Opportunities

According to the National Science Foundation, a small percentage of underrepresented minorities (URM) pursue post-secondary studies in STEM fields. Of those who do, only 12 percent go on to receive a doctoral degree in the sciences. Ten years ago, Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (CU Pharmacy) Professor Jared Brown, PhD, decided to do something about that.


Author SOP Communications | Publish Date June 13, 2024
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Faculty    Pharmacy Perspectives

And the Award Goes to...

Excitement was in the air at the annual Awards and Scholarships Convocation, where CU Pharmacy recognized outstanding team members. 


Author SOP Communications | Publish Date May 28, 2024
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Alumni    Students    Pharmacy Perspectives

Working Her Way to Serve Others

Since an early age, Hannah Work has been on a mission to dive into the healthcare world and lend a hand to those who need it most. Not as a bedside doctor – she doesn’t have the stomach for what doctors see every day, she says. So, instead of scrubs and stethoscopes, she went down a different road, one that will still let her make a big difference in people's lives.


Author JT James | Publish Date May 19, 2024
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Alumni    Students    Pharmacy Perspectives    Pharmacy

Connecting the World to Improve Health Care

For many, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) may seem very distant, both in geography and culture. However, for one newly graduated Doctor of Pharmacy, bridging the gap between nations feels as natural as chatting with a neighbor next door.


Author JT James | Publish Date May 17, 2024
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Students    Pharmacy Perspectives    Pharmacy

A Pharmacist for the Patient, A PharmD for Herself

“I’ve been a practicing pharmacist for thirty-three years,” Sarah Merbach recounts. “I am in this for the patient, I am not in this for any
other reason.” Merbach is a pharmacist at the Mayo Clinic where she does a weekly day-night rotation, seeing patients with urgent needs that she must dose immediately.


Author Jordan Kellerman | Publish Date May 16, 2024
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Students    Pharmacy Perspectives    Pharmacy

The Class of 2024 Showed Up. Now, They Are Ready to Create Change

When are you reading this? Maybe it’s Wednesday, just after lunch. Maybe it is Saturday morning, and you have some free time. Wherever you are, or whenever it is, at this very moment, the CU Pharmacy class of 2024 is creating change. They started at CU Skaggs School of Pharmacy in the fall of 2020, the same year the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a global pandemic. It would have been easy to change their mind, to stay in their comfort zone, and to just not. Instead, they showed up because the class of 2024 believes in something bigger than themselves.


Author Jordan Kellerman | Publish Date May 15, 2024
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Faculty    Students    Pharmacy Perspectives    Careers    Academia

Setting the Bar for Pharmacy, One Legislative Session at a Time

Colorado is one of the most progressive states in the nation in which to practice pharmacy. The state was one of the first in the nation to allow pharmacists to prescribe HIV medications, removing a barrier for the 15,000+ Coloradans living with HIV; one of the first to allow pharmacists to give immunizations, something that helped prevent severe disease and death during the COVID emergency; and one of the first states to grant pharmacists provider status, which allows pharmacists to effectively work with a greater healthcare team to optimize patient-centered care.


Author Jordan Kellerman | Publish Date August 30, 2023
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Research    Faculty    Pharmacy Perspectives    Careers

A New Research Pharmacy Opens on Campus, Ushering in New Possibilities

Clinical pharmaceutical research. Drug trials. Pharmaceutical trial patients. These medical buzzwords have a new home at CU Pharmacy – making the school a key player in not only developing new pharmaceuticals, but managing drug trials so new developments in pharmacy can be brought to the market, and one day save a life.


Author Jordan Kellerman | Publish Date June 21, 2023
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Faculty    Alumni    Pharmacy Perspectives

Personally, and Professionally, the Payoff Comes After the Hard Work

Before she left to hike Mount Everest base camp, Chandler Follett, PharmD, Clinical Instructor, said it would be fine.

“Hiking is just walking around with your backpack, right?” she mused.


Author Jordan Kellerman | Publish Date June 06, 2023
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Faculty    Pharmacy Perspectives   

‘If the Path Does not Exist, Here is My Opportunity to Build it’

Erika Freitas, PhD, inaugural Assistant Dean for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, wants to level set on her position title. 

“To me, the order matters and it should be equity first,” she says, “because that’s where we have the potential to make more immediate impact. And without equity, diversity and inclusion will never achieve the needed depth for true transformation.”  


Author Jordan Kellerman | Publish Date May 22, 2023
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Students    Pharmacy Perspectives    Graduation

PhD Graduates Have Questions – and Answers

Research is critical to healthcare, from improving treatments to finding causes, and CU Pharmacy’s PhD graduates are up for the challenge.


Author Jordan Kellerman | Publish Date May 21, 2023
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Students    Pharmacy Perspectives    Graduation

Master’s Graduate Running on Her Own Path

Maria Trivino doesn’t stop moving. She runs. She swims. She works full-time. And for the last two years she’s been working on her master’s degree in Cannabis Science and Medicine at CU Pharmacy.


Author Jordan Kellerman | Publish Date May 20, 2023
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Students    Pharmacy Perspectives

'22-'23 Student Awards and Recognitions

The CU Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences shined a spotlight on high-achieving students recently during the 2023 Awards Convocation Ceremony.  See the full list of award winners below:


Author SOP Communications | Publish Date May 19, 2023
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Alumni    Students    Pharmacy Perspectives    Graduation    Careers    Community Pharmacy    Academia

A PharmD, For Personal Merit, and Professional Innovation

Determination doesn’t sleep, and neither does Lisa Chang, BS, MBA, and soon to be Doctor of Pharmacy from the North American-Trained PharmD program (NTPD).

Unlike traditional PharmD programs, where training is in-person, the NTPD program at CU Pharmacy is built for individuals already licensed to practice pharmacy but who want the added benefits of a doctoral degree.


Author Jordan Kellerman | Publish Date May 17, 2023
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Students    Pharmacy Perspectives    Graduation

The Class of 2023 Took the Road Less Traveled, and Sometimes, Paved Their Own

When the Class of 2023 started at Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, it was the fall of 2019. COVID-19 did not even exist. Online learning was not totally mainstream. Eager to get started, the class came to CU Pharmacy ready to pave their own path.


Author Jordan Kellerman | Publish Date May 15, 2023
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Faculty    Students    Pharmacy Perspectives

Pharmacy Honor Society Wins National Award

The CU Pharmacy chapter of the national Rho Chi Pharmacy Honor Society had much to celebrate at their recent annual induction ceremony. In addition to commemorating the 75th anniversary of their Alpha Theta chapter, they were also celebrating the fact that they beat out 131 other chapters to receive the national Rho Chi Chapter Achievement Award. The Chapter Achievement Award recognizes the full scope of chapter activities as documented in the Annual Chapter Report and reflective in a comprehensive video.


Author Lori Westermann | Publish Date May 13, 2023
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Faculty    Students    Pharmacy Perspectives

Pharmacy Scholarship Recipients Coordinate Opioid Awareness Event

The Elliman Conference room in the Strauss Health Sciences building was filled close to capacity. Students and faculty from across the CU Anschutz Campus, healthcare professionals, along with students from Regis University, came together for one purpose: to learn how to administer naloxone to reverse a potentially fatal opioid overdose. They walked away with that, and much more.


Author Lori Westermann | Publish Date April 10, 2023
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Pharmacy Perspectives    Pharmacy    Clinical

The Invaluable Team of Professionals Behind Every PharmD

The Experiential Programs at CU School of Pharmacy are an integral part of its PharmD education, comprising over 33% of the curriculum. The hands-on learning allows students clinical training opportunities to ensure that students have the self-confidence and ability to practice independently upon graduation.


Author Jordan Kellerman | Publish Date July 19, 2022
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Faculty    Pharmacy Perspectives    Cancer    Pharmacy   

A Clinician At Heart

Professor. Researcher. Fulbright awardee. Cindy O’Bryant, PharmD, can now add Associate Dean for Academic and Faculty Affairs to her impressive CV.


Author Jordan Kellerman | Publish Date June 28, 2022
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Pharmacy Perspectives    Vaccinations    Pharmacy   

Generous Gift Supports Vaccination Partnership for Underserved Communities

COVID-19 infections have plummeted, mask mandates are dropping, and the state of Colorado is welcoming the spring with a renewed sense of “post-Covid” enthusiasm. But not all Coloradans are breathing easier. According to the CDC, approximately 1.75 million people, or a third of the population in the state, have yet to be vaccinated. Many of these people are part of historically underserved, marginalized communities where access to health care is low and vaccination hesitancy is high.


Author Jordan Kellerman | Publish Date June 14, 2022
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Students    Pharmacy Perspectives    Pharmacy

Medicine is Personal for this PhD Graduate

“I’ve always been interested in science . . . but I had a personal, really adverse reaction to a medication, and I had to stop and think, what can we do to make medications better? And what can we do to make the best medications available to people who need them?”


Author Jordan Kellerman | Publish Date May 25, 2022
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Students    Pharmacy Perspectives    Pharmacy

Master's Graduate Means Business

She originally intended to be a medical doctor, but thought pre-med and biology sounded boring, so she majored in neuroscience in undergrad. Later, when she had free time in her course schedule, she took an elective on the history of country music. Now, Jordan Palan is graduating with her MS in Pharmaceutical Sciences with a concentration in pharmacokinetics – and she loves working at her fellowship with the CU Innovations Team.


Author Jordan Kellerman | Publish Date May 24, 2022
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Students    Pharmacy Perspectives    Pharmacy

Distance Degrees Grad Keeps Many Balls in the Air

Arjay Mendoza is an avid tennis player. He tries to play at least twice a week, at some newly renovated courts close to his house.


Author Jordan Kellerman | Publish Date May 23, 2022
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Students    Pharmacy Perspectives    Pharmacy

Life in Ghana and a Mother's Tupperware Inspire a Future of Giving Back Through Pharmacy

When Faithful Anane-Asane left Ghana at age 17, he knew he would be back. Born and raised there, he moved to the United States in 2007. More than a decade later, he returned for an Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (APPE) rotation, where he was able to combine his internship with a family visit to enjoy good food and education at the same time.


Author Jordan Kellerman | Publish Date May 21, 2022
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Research    COVID-19    Pharmacy Perspectives    Pharmaceutical Sciences

New Research Could Anticipate Covid’s Next Move

Throughout the pandemic, we have struggled to get ahead of COVID-19. Now, with research from the Mallela Research Lab at the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, scientists can take steps to be proactive instead of reactive – and possibly predict how the virus will act next.


Author Jordan Kellerman | Publish Date January 10, 2022
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Research    Students    Pharmacy Perspectives    Pharmaceutical Sciences

P4’S Research Lands her National Fellowship and Faculty Admiration

For P4 Madison Ricco, pharmaceutical research has been a passion of hers as long as she can remember. As an undergrad, she led research projects at her institution. As a P1, she enrolled in the honors program for a research-intensive experience. And, as a P2, she enrolled in the Master of Science (MS) in Pharmaceutical Sciences degree; the first student to ever attempt both programs congruently.


Author Jordan Kellerman | Publish Date January 10, 2022
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Students    Pharmacy Perspectives    Magazine

The Class of 2024 Displays its Resilience Through Annual Story Slam

“Story Slam always sticks out as this event, this kind of seminal event in their pharmacy training, where they really become a unified class.”

Jay Bolan, Senior Academic Coordinator for Experiential Programs, reflects on the annual event typically done in the spring of the P1year. Story Slam is a friendly competition of amateur storytelling in which the audience selects the best story, or storyteller. Each year, the P1 class gathers in one group to each tell 5-minute stories using one of three prompts – How I got here; Confirming Experience; and Do-Over.


Author Jordan Kellerman | Publish Date January 10, 2022
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Pharmacy Perspectives    Pharmacy

2021 Excellence in Precepting Awards

The Skaggs School of Pharmacy is renowned for our experiential programs. At the core of this meaningful student educational experience are our preceptors who dedicate their time and talent to mentor and train the next generation of pharmacy professionals. The 2021 Preceptor Award winners are:


Author SOP Communications | Publish Date August 12, 2021
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School of Pharmacy In the News

KSUT

Colorado law empowers students in public and charter schools to be Naloxone first responders

news outletKSUT
Publish DateMay 02, 2024

Students are empowered to carry and administer Narcan regardless of whether a school district has a policy in place and without permission from schools. The new law also resolves some legal gray areas.
 
“The question was, are the schools immune?” said José Esquibel, director of the Colorado Consortium for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention. “Schools wanted to know, ‘Are we going to be liable for something that occurs on school campuses, and could a parent or someone else initiate a lawsuit against the school?’”

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American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy

The Intricacies of Aging

news outletAmerican Association of Colleges of Pharmacy
Publish DateMay 02, 2024

Dr. Sunny Linnebur, who practices at a primary care clinic serving patients over 75, is focused on drug safety and deprescribing. “What I want students to understand is when you give a medication to a 40-year-old it has one outcome, but for an 80-year-old it can have a completely different outcome,” she said. “There are adverse reactions that can lead to hospitalization. We have to be careful and thoughtful about medications in older adults.”

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CNN

Here’s what marijuana researchers have to say about 420 or ‘weed day’

news outletCNN
Publish DateMay 01, 2024

“I worry when people are in an enclosed space because new data is beginning to show that secondhand marijuana smoke may be just as dangerous as the primary smoke,” Robert Page, PharmD, said. “Like tobacco, cannabis affects the central nervous system, and there are side effects which tend to primarily be cardiovascular in nature.”

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Infectious Disease Special Edition

Don’t Let Hypersensitivity Fears Discourage Cefazolin Use in Joint Arthroplasty

news outletInfectious Disease Special Edition
Publish DateMay 01, 2024

Meghan N. Jeffres, PharmD, says that her new study demonstrates that cefazolin should be considered first-line regardless of penicillin allergy. “Prosthetic joint infections, in particular, are very bad, with a five-year mortality rate of 30 percent, and preventing them should be high on our list. Our study shows that cefazolin is significantly better than clindamycin and/or vancomycin in achieving that goal, without added HSR risk,” she said.

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