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Heim Award Honors Students' Groundbreaking Research

Over the past year, despite its challenges, two University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences graduates excelled in their contribution to research. In recognition of their work, Mustafa Ibrahim, PhD, ’20, Clinical Pharmacology, and Colin Anderson, PhD, 20’ Toxicology, won the annual Harold C. Heim Award for Excellence in Research and Graduate Education. The distinction is accompanied by a $2000 cash award and was presented by Warren Heim, son of former Dean Harold C. Heim.


Author Jordan Kellerman | Publish Date March 24, 2021
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Alumni    Students    Diversity    Pharmacy    Scholarship

The Beverly Brunson Pharmacy Diversity Scholarship

According to former Skaggs School Director of Student Services Beverly Brunson, her career was a happy accident, spanning nearly three decades, changing thousands of lives, and redefining how we see the face of pharmacy.


Author Jordan Kellerman | Publish Date March 22, 2021
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COVID-19    Students    Public Health    Pharmacy

One year into the pandemic, students provide telecare to isolated older adults

Pivot might be the word of the past year. With COVID-19 continuing into fall of 2020, the CU Pharmacy PharmD program needed to develop a new plan to fit its service-learning curriculum. Previously fulfilled by an elementary school education program, with K-12 schools in limbo, the department got creative – and fulfilled an un-met community mental health need for isolated older adults.


Author Jordan Kellerman | Publish Date March 10, 2021
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COVID-19    Students    Vaccinations    Pharmacy

Pharmacy Students Step Up to Stamp Out COVID-19

The Experiential Office at the CU Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences is a model for hands-on pharmacy programs across the nation. Known for providing clinical opportunities starting in the first year of pharmacy school, the program is used to activating students to respond to community needs. In a normal year, those requests are generally along the lines of providing wellness checks or administering flu vaccines, but this year the stakes are higher and the request much more urgent.


Author Lori Westermann | Publish Date January 20, 2021
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2020 in review: Pharmacy community continued to bring home top accolades

When the novel coronavirus began to spread in Colorado and across the nation and world, students, faculty and staff suited up for a year unlike any other.

From faculty who worked on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic to researchers who worked on treatments for COVID-19 to the students who prepared to play a vital role in vaccine distribution, the CU Pharmacy community proved it could make an impact on health in dire circumstances.


Author SOP Communications | Publish Date December 29, 2020
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Students Roll Up Their Sleeves (and Others’) to Prep for COVID-19 Vaccine Campaign

As Aubree Turner relaxed her arm and waited for the poke, the importance of the vaccination training with her fellow students that September day weighed more heavily on her mind than usual. With flu season near, and a pandemic not relenting, Turner knew this clinical exercise soon would be put to a real test. 


Author SOP Communications | Publish Date December 10, 2020
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Elm scholarhip honors veterans and their loved ones

Two days after Dario Martinez graduated from high school, he joined the U.S. Marine Corps. At just 17, he wasn’t old enough to sign his contract himself, so his mom had to sign it for him.


Author Sara Knuth | Publish Date November 11, 2020
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After successful clinical skills challenge, students to compete nationally

The University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences hosted the 2020 American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) Clinical Skills Competition, an annual event put on by the Colorado Student Society of Health-System Pharmacists (CSSHP) on Oct. 15.


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Virtual interviews make a difference before — and during — pandemic

When the rest of the higher education world was reacting to COVID-19 and doing an immediate pivot to online student interviews, the University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences was ahead of the curve. 


Author Jordan Kellerman | Publish Date October 23, 2020
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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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Research    Faculty    Students

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, 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Pharmacist On the Street: HPV

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 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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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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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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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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Coming Full Circle

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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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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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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A Student's Perspective of CU Advocacy Day

When I decided to pursue a career in pharmacy, I didn’t anticipate that policy would be a significant part of this path. However, nearly every national pharmacy society has an operation focusing on policy, and we are often reminded how important it is for pharmacists to advocate for their profession and their patients. That is why I signed up for a day at the Denver capitol building with fellow pharmacy, nursing, physician assistant, physical therapy, public health, and other healthcare professional students for CU AMC Advocacy Day.


Author cupharmacy | Publish Date June 01, 2018
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"The Pharmacy Frontier" - Student Raps his way through the Curriculum

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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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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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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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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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

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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Cambodian Connection turns into Learning Opportunity

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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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

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

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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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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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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"Music and Medicine" - Anschutz Campus Choir

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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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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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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Video: Hands on pharmacy experience for students in Undergraduate Pre-Health Program

 

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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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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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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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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Alumni    Students

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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Research    Students

Experiences and people do they lead to somewhere?

At my internship I shadow a lot of people. Many of them pharmacists, but some of them are researchers like James Griffon. I was in Dr. Simberg’s research laboratory shadowing James and I watched him go about his daily duties. The lab is a very different environment compared to some of the other settings I have shadowed. I always find my lab experience to be fun and relaxing. James is always doing something , so consequently, I'm always seeing something. Whether it be old or new, I find the lab work to be interesting. This time James was working with mice skin and freeze it on dry ice so that later they can slice it and get pictures of cells. He also transferred some cancer cells into new media, which kills an enzyme that attacks and kills the cancer cells.


Author cupharmacy | Publish Date May 08, 2017
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Wanting to be a Pharmacist

I am Joshua Lucero and I want to be an educated drug dealer. Okay, so what I mean is that I want to be a pharmacist. I recently had the opportunity to participate in an executive internship program through Pickens Technical College and my high school in Aurora -- Rangeview. Because of my interests in pharmacy, pharmaceutical sciences and bioengineering I was paired with the University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.  In my internship I learned that there is a lot more to being a pharmacist than just counting pills.


Author cupharmacy | Publish Date April 28, 2017
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Interview Day a Success

On April 8, CU Skaggs School of Pharmacy hosted its Spring Interview Day, titled Hire CU Pharmacy.  Twelve employers representing industry, retail and hospital environments were on site interviewing 80 students and alumni for a variety of positions. Two-hundred and five interviews were conducted in six hours and five offers were extended on-the-spot!  Employer surveys indicated that 80% plan to extend an offer to a candidate they interviewed. 


Author cupharmacy | Publish Date April 17, 2017
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Community    Students

Fourth-Year Rotation Experience

Fourth-year student Anna Zhou, recalls her latest rotation experience. And as she notes, sometimes "rural" in Colorado, is an upscale ski town.

The anticoagulation clinic at Vail is a great rotation experience, and I would recommend it to any student looking to fulfill their underserved rotation requirement. You will be traveling between Vail, Edwards, and Eagle (all within 15-30 minutes of each other) and seeing Coumadin patients on your own.


Author cupharmacy | Publish Date April 10, 2017
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What Does Pharmacy Look Like From a High School Student's Perspective?

As a senior from Rangeview High School I never thought I would be fortunate enough to have the opportunity to intern at the University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy. I worked with Kim Wisneski from the Pickens Technical College’s Executive Internship Program to intern at the school. However, if it wasn’t for Dana Brandorff and the faculty I shadowed, there would be no way that I would have been able to participate in such a great internship.


Author cupharmacy | Publish Date March 24, 2017
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Healthcare Careers Highlighted at State Conference for Teens

Approximately 750 high school and post-secondary students from around the state of Colorado recently participated in a state conference organized by the Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA).  Among the 15 exhibitors representing health science related organizations was the University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.


Author cupharmacy | Publish Date March 17, 2017
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Student Winter Symposium 2017

On January 18th, the Student Winter Symposium took place at CU Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. The involvement of the graduate students of the three PhD programs (Pharmaceutical sciences, Toxicology, Pharmaceutical outcomes research) at the School, as well as from the PharmD program was outstanding.


Author cupharmacy | Publish Date February 21, 2017
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TalkPharmacy | P-4 Adam McHenry Talks Compounding | Ep. 9

In his ninth installment, P-4 Ahsun Babalmorad interviews fellow fourth-year student Adam McHenry about compounding and research he is working on.


Author cupharmacy | Publish Date February 16, 2017
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Pharmacist Adds Palliative Care to Resume

Ellen Fulp, PharmD, believes that CU's new palliative care program is just what the doctor ordered! Working for a hospice pharmacy benefit management (PBM) company in North Carolina specializing in geriatrics, Ellen Fulp, PharmD, sees a lot of patients who are dealing with life-limiting illnesses. These same folks are usually taking multiple medications. “I love what I do, but so much of it I learned on the job, and not during pharmacy school,” says Fulp. “As a pharmacy student, I didn’t get a lot of information on ending meds or withholding or removing therapy… and so frequently that’s what we are faced with as pharmacists specializing in geriatrics and hospice care,” Fulp laments. From her experience, the palliative care approach is “hope for the best, plan for the worst.”


Author cupharmacy | Publish Date February 13, 2017
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Rotations and Student Perspectives

Learn more about preceptors and specific rotations from our students.  From local to out-of-state rotations, several fourth-year students share a variety of experiences. 


Author cupharmacy | Publish Date January 25, 2017
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4th Graders Become Pharmacists for a Day

Forty very enthusiastic fourth graders from Montview Elementary in Aurora were participants in the “Pharmacist for the Day” event at the University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy on January 10.


Author cupharmacy | Publish Date January 20, 2017
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P-4 Interviewed for National Podcast

Fourth-year CU pharmacy student, Lindsay Case, was recently interviewed by Tony Guerra for the PharmacyFutureLeaders podcast. The following is a transcript of the interview.  Click through to hear the podcast.


Author cupharmacy | Publish Date January 13, 2017
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Rotations and Student Perspectives

Learn more about preceptors and specific rotations from our students.  From local to out-of-state rotations, several fourth-year students share a variety of experiences. 


Author cupharmacy | Publish Date January 04, 2017
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Pipeline programs send students into pharmacy

Ryan Duong and Justin Cheung didn’t know each other at Bear Creek High School – Duong is a year older – but their educational paths have been almost in lockstep since leaving the Lakewood school. They both point to an innovative CU pre-collegiate pipeline program that exposed them to careers in health care. 


Author cupharmacy | Publish Date December 28, 2016
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Interprofessionalism Sets Campus Apart

Discover why CU’s Anschutz Medical Campus is leading the nation in how it educates the next generation of health care professionals. Find out how students and faculty from all disciplines learn from each other and work together to provide the best outcomes for patients. Don't take our word for it, check out what students have to say about the interprofessional education they are receiving at CU Anschutz Medical Campus.


Author cupharmacy | Publish Date December 19, 2016
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Students Take Home Gold at Midyear

We're #1! Two University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences students took top honors in the American Society of Health Systems Pharmacist (ASHP) Clinical Skills Competition in Las Vegas, Nev. With gold finishes in 2014 and 2016 and a silver finish in 2015, this is the third year in a row that students from CU's program have proven themselves to be among the best in the nation.

Jillian Bishop and Chelsea Mitchell, both fourth-year students, bested 130 teams of student pharmacists in the largest competition since the events inception in 1996.


Author cupharmacy | Publish Date December 11, 2016
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Why I chose pharmacy

CU PharmD student, Than Thai, discusses what led her to a career in pharmacy.


Author cupharmacy | Publish Date December 05, 2016
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Making the Case

First-year CU pharmacy students Jennifer Wang and Marci Stovall recently placed first and third, respectively, at this year’s Rocky Mountain Public Health Case Competition.


Author cupharmacy | Publish Date November 16, 2016
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Free Health Fair Benefits Aurora Community

On Saturday, Nov. 5, students from CU’s Student National Pharmacist Association (SNPhA) hosted a health fair at Paris Elementary that served more than 100 families living in the Aurora area. The fair was free and open to the public.


Author cupharmacy | Publish Date November 10, 2016
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Reveling in Research

The annual CU Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Seminar Research Poster Session put third-year students in the hot seat on Nov. 1 as they presented on topics they had been researching since their P2 year.


Author cupharmacy | Publish Date November 03, 2016
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Drug Take Back a Success

On Saturday, CU’s Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences and the Anschutz Police Department teamed up for the DEA’s Drug Take Back Day, collecting more than 155 pounds of old or unused medications from the community. Statewide, more than 18,000 pounds of unwanted, unused and expired drugs were collected.


Author cupharmacy | Publish Date October 26, 2016
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5 Things to do in Colorado

Greetings! My name is Ryan, and I am a P1 student fresh from Hawaii, by way of Seattle, and I am writing to give all prospective students an idea of what there is to do in Colorado when you aren’t buried in books or studying for the next big exam. Here are my top 5 things to do in Colorado when going to SSPPS!


Author cupharmacy | Publish Date October 21, 2016
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Independent Study a Valuable Experience

Over the summer, I was fortunate enough to take part in an eye-opening learning experience at Kaiser Permanente Central Support Services. I applied for, and was accepted to participate in, a six-week-long managed care independent study worth two elective credits.


Author cupharmacy | Publish Date October 19, 2016
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Helping Children Through Pharmacy

Rachel Visage is a P4 with a passion for pediatric pharmacy.


Author cupharmacy | Publish Date October 03, 2016
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CU Pharmacy Team Does Tour de Cure

CU Pharmacy students Casey Barrett, Phuong Nguyen and Kelvin Pham from APhA-ASP are teaming up with students in SNPhA to participate in this year’s Tour de Cure, an annual cycling race dedicated to creating support for the American Diabetes Association and finding a cure for diabetes. The race is set for Sept. 24.


Author cupharmacy | Publish Date September 23, 2016
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French Student Shares His Pharmacy Story

It all started back in 2008 when I attended pharmacy school in Grenoble, France -- straight out of high school. The French program is a bit different than the U.S. It is six years, followed by four years of residency. My fellow students and I were lucky enough to get exposure to the teachings and practice of clinical pharmacy, with several of our professors who imported the concept from Canada. It was a very special training that no other school in the country was able to offer at that time.


Author cupharmacy | Publish Date September 13, 2016
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Pursuing Pharmacy Post-grad

I don’t have one of those stories where I knew since elementary school exactly what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. In fact, I didn’t decide on pharmacy school until I was three years out post-master's. In 2011, I graduated with a degree in toxicology and a plan to work as an environmental scientist. Things changed abruptly when the grant for that position fell through. My faith tells me that when things like that happen, it’s wise to step back and reevaluate. I had a niche degree, 5 years of college and no idea what to do with it….sooo, I traveled.


Author cupharmacy | Publish Date August 31, 2016
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Relaying through Colorado

Recently, P3 Eric Yang and nine other CU Skaggs School of Pharmacy students completed the Colorado Ragnar Relay, a two-day, two-man, 200-mile relay race from Copper Mountain to Aspen. It was no doubt an experience that would last a lifetime.


Author cupharmacy | Publish Date August 24, 2016
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Excitement Palpable as Class of 2020 Donned White Coats

Orientation week for the Class of 2020 culminated in the great marshmallow challenge, the White Coat ceremony and annual barbecue.  With 162 P-1 students, this year's class was the largest in the school's history.  In addition to being presented to their family and friends as pharmacy candidates, the students were led by fellow P-1 Ryan Sutherlan in reciting the Oath of Professional Pharmacy Student, which they created during orientation week.  According to Drs. Kari Franson and Laura Borgelt, "This was the best oath ever." Check out the oath below.


Author cupharmacy | Publish Date August 23, 2016
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Get to Know P1 Kristen Haeger

Hello! My name is Kristen Haeger, and I am an incoming P1 student at the CU Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. I am a Colorado native, born and raised in Arvada, a suburb of Denver. I recently graduated from the University of Denver (DU) with a bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences. For as long as I can remember, I have wanted to work in the medical field, with a focus on helping patients overcome their illnesses and injuries.


Author cupharmacy | Publish Date August 15, 2016
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Students Learn by Doing at Aging Expo

On Saturday, Aug. 6 eight third-year pharmacy students and one second-year student staffed a booth during the inaugural Art of Aging Expo, and plied their recently acquired knowledge in the classroom on unsuspecting attendees.


Author cupharmacy | Publish Date August 10, 2016
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Community    Students

Going Global

A new rotation based out of Guatemala gave P-4 students Matthew McClure, Melissa Laub, and Chandler Follett the experience of a lifetime.


Author cupharmacy | Publish Date August 08, 2016
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High School Girls Explore Health Careers

Over 50 metro-area high school girls recently got an inside look at several centers operating on the CU Anschutz Medical Campus, including the Skaggs School of Pharmacy. The day-long program, "Exploring Careers in Health Care," is hosted by the Center for Women's Health Research and UCHealth.


Author cupharmacy | Publish Date August 03, 2016
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P-4 Aubrey Jones Gets Shout Out from Kaiser Permanente

Fourth-year student Aubrey Jones and Kaiser Permanente (KP) preceptor Roberta Shanahan were highlighted in the August 1, 2016 edition of the Douglas Digest, a national communication of KP pharmacy staff and created for Kaiser Permanente Outpatient Services Vice President Joe Douglas. Read the article here.


Author cupharmacy | Publish Date August 01, 2016
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On Geriatrics, the Small Victory and Other Musings

So, let me tell you my main goal in the next few years. My grandparents are both 83 years old, and are moving down to Denver so they can be closer to more of our family. My goal is to make these years, if not the best years of their lives, years’ worth remembering. Maybe I'm shooting myself in the foot here, since it's not related to pharmacy—not directly, at least, but the lessons I've learned in Dr. Linnebur's class as well as the overarching philosophy of my long-term care pharmacy's consultant have educated me tremendously in my perspective on geriatrics. It is a small goal of mine in the next few years to try to become a pharmacy consultant as I feel a lot of good can be done.


Author cupharmacy | Publish Date July 27, 2016
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Alumni    Students

Value of Family and Pharmacy

Driss Gaieb comes from a family of pharmacists. Growing up in Tunisia where his father and uncle were rural pharmacists, he learned first-hand the role they play in their communities.


Author cupharmacy | Publish Date July 25, 2016
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TalkPharmacy | Recruitment Rotation | Ep. 7

In his seventh installment, Ahsun Babalmorad interviews P-4 students Josh Sanchez and Cameron Phillips about what is was like completing a rotation in the Office of Student Services. 


Author cupharmacy | Publish Date July 21, 2016
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Military Students Find Future in Pharmacy

For many students, the path to pharmacy is clear. They graduate high school, go on to college, and eventually continue on for four more years in pharmacy school. But for Robert Minchin and Daniel Saltzman, their paths were a little less traditional, having enlisted in the military prior to pharmacy ever crossing their minds.


Author cupharmacy | Publish Date July 04, 2016
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HOSA a Huge Success

Last week, 10 CU Skaggs School of Pharmacy students and staff members boarded a plane to the HOSA International Leadership Conference with seven suitcases, multiple carry-ons, and a goal of talking to as many high school students interested in health care as possible.


Author cupharmacy | Publish Date June 28, 2016
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Don't Be a Writer; Be Writing.

I admit I am a big fan of the pathos of writing—while I do ultimately strive to balance the logos of my arguments as well, I do think the rhetoric of writing—that is, making the narrative come to life—is an important and neglected part of the scientific writing community. George Orwell wrote six basic rules of writing in "Politics and the English Language":

  1. Never use a metaphor, simile, or other figure of speech which you are used to seeing in print.
  2. Never use a long word where a short one will do.
  3. If it is possible to cut a word out, always cut it out.
  4. Never use the passive where you can use the active.
  5. Never use a foreign phrase, a scientific word, or a jargon word if you can think of an everyday English equivalent.
  6. Break any of these rules sooner than say anything outright barbarous.

Author cupharmacy | Publish Date June 27, 2016
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Seeing Double

Taylor Alford always knew she had a doppelganger. But few people at the Anschutz Medical Campus knew.

Her identical twin, Naomi Willden, was enrolled in the School of Dental Medicine Doctor of Dental Surgery program while Taylor studied pharmacy. During their three years on campus together, fellow students and faculty would often ask Taylor, "Where's your scrubs? Why did you change your clothes? Why are you wearing a lab coat?"


Author cupharmacy | Publish Date June 20, 2016
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CU in Peru

Michael Carpenter’s experience at CU’s School of Pharmacy has been vastly different than most. As part of CU Peru, Carpenter has gained a unique global experience unlike any other.


Author cupharmacy | Publish Date June 16, 2016
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DAWN of an Era

The Class of 2016 is known for being involved. From service learning projects to community fund-raising events to holiday drives and health fairs, the Class of 2016 has been actively involved with the community since the day students arrived on campus. And that involvement has been paying off in terms of national recognition.


Author cupharmacy | Publish Date June 09, 2016
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Doors and Windows

When life closes a door, you sometimes need to smash open a window. I've learned this the hard way, but you cannot simply expect the window to open itself for you. You must be the one to instigate that change—force it open, throw a brick through it—whatever it takes, you are the one that drives that miraculous window to open, even if you have to crawl over broken glass to do so.


Author cupharmacy | Publish Date June 06, 2016
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Congratulations on Commencement!

Hats off to the CU Pharmacy Class of 2016! This year, 149 students from the entry-level PharmD program and 63 from the distance degree program received their Doctor of Pharmacy degrees. Eleven students received their Doctor of Philosophy.


Author cupharmacy | Publish Date May 27, 2016
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Commence the Celebrating!

With commencement right around the corner, excitement is in the air.


Author cupharmacy | Publish Date May 25, 2016
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Students Stoked to Receive Scholarships

Excitement was in the air during the 2016 Scholarships and Awards Convocation on Friday, April 29,  when students and faculty were recognized for their achievements throughout the year.


Author cupharmacy | Publish Date May 13, 2016
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Someone Has to Ask the Stupid Questions Around Here, and It May as Well Be Me

By Michael Chan

I remember a year ago sending an email to Director Brunson at the School of Pharmacy asking a rather simple, but rather absurd question: Would I get in trouble for working in a marijuana dispensary? Would I get kicked out of school? Yes, I seriously did contemplate it, and in some regard, I like to dream and think of strange possibilities. Who knows, maybe 20 years from now students will be doing cannabis rotations. Odder things have happened in this world, like the discovery of vaccinations, sliced bread, or beta-blockers for HFrEF. Isn't it weird how, once upon a time, these were considered contraindications in heart failure but are now standards of care? Or how about bread— seriously, who thought it would be a good idea to add fungus to flour dough?


Author cupharmacy | Publish Date May 09, 2016
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Take Back Hauls Hundreds of Pounds of Meds

From coffee cans to briefcases filled with expired and unused medications, students from the University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences assisted law enforcement and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) with its annual prescription drug take back event Saturday, April 30 at a variety of locations throughout the state.


Author cupharmacy | Publish Date May 03, 2016
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Fast Friends Since the First Grade

Few people can say that they have attended elementary, junior high, high school and graduate school together and remained friends throughout. But Trevor Juth and Lydia Hebbert can.


Author cupharmacy | Publish Date April 26, 2016
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Research    Students

Nano-scientist Tackles Nanoparticles

When 16-year-old Hari Sowrirajan says, “You can’t just buy nanoparticles at the supermarket,” you realize quickly that this down-to-earth high school student is doing some out-of-this-world science.

What you don’t know is that Sowrirajan has been working with researchers at the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences since he was a 13-year-old middle schooler—too young to step inside a CU Anschutz laboratory—all because he wrote a single email to a researcher he had never met.


Author cupharmacy | Publish Date April 20, 2016
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P4s, Use What You've Learned and Believe In Yourself

Dear Incoming P4 Student,

There’s a lot to be said about your achievement thus far. The first three years of pharmacy school were far from easy, and I’m pleased to inform you that all those long nights of studying have finally come to fruition. The sleepless, caffeine-fueled nights are finally paying off.  I’m talking, of course, about your fourth-year rotations. You will now have the opportunity to take all the knowledge gained over the past three years of training and implement them in ways you never realized. However, I can assure you that you will continue to impress not only your preceptors and fellow healthcare providers, but also yourself.


Author cupharmacy | Publish Date April 18, 2016
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P3s, Learn, Enjoy, and Make Memories

Dear Incoming P3 Student,

Congratulations on completing your first two years of pharmacy school! The transition from the P2 to P3 year was the most exciting for me as a pharmacy student. It’s the point where I began to feel confident in my knowledge of the material I learned and the ability to counsel patients. It’s also the point that I realized that I was really going to graduate pharmacy school and have a career as a pharmacist. This may sound silly to some, but for me it was a turning point.


Author cupharmacy | Publish Date April 13, 2016
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TalkPharmacy | Landing a Residency | Ep. 6

Seeking a residency? Then listen up.


Author cupharmacy | Publish Date April 12, 2016
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P2s, Get Your Feet Wet and Discover Pharmacy

Dear Incoming P2 Student,

Congratulations! You have made it through your P1 year, the “Year of Firsts” – your first verbal exam, the first time you may have stepped foot in an actual pharmacy, the first time you’ve counseled a patient (whether real or standardized), etc.  All of these firsts make it a challenging, yet very exciting and quick-paced year.  The P1 year was a year to really get your feet wet and discover what being a pharmacist really entails.  So now you may be wondering what to expect for P2 year…


Author cupharmacy | Publish Date April 11, 2016
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P1s, Adapt to Change and Never Stop Learning

Dear P1 Student:

Before you know it, you will be where I am.  It may seem hard to fathom now, but soon you will be nearing graduation.  And even though four years of learning separate you and I, we both will be pharmacists in the blink of an eye.


Author cupharmacy | Publish Date April 08, 2016
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Pharmacy Pride

Students at the CU Anschutz Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences continue to impress. While one group was recognized for its work with underserved residents of Aurora, another was continuing a strong tradition in the Medisca Student Pharmacist Compounding Competition.


Author cupharmacy | Publish Date April 07, 2016
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Spring Break 2016 One Student's Adventure

As a pharmacy student, it is crucial to have a sound work/school/life balance, and any break is a good one. After a week of presentations and exams, Spring Break 2016 finally arrived. I quickly packed up all of my backpacking gear and hit the road with my sister. Our week’s schedule was simple, but busy; hike the Grand Canyon, spend a day in Las Vegas, and backpack Zion National Park. Check out my trip in pictures from the start in Boulder to a beautiful moonlit night in McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area. 


Author cupharmacy | Publish Date March 28, 2016
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Students' Compounding Wins Year After Year

Having just nabbed second place at the Medisca Student Pharmacist Compounding Competition, CU School of Pharmacy students have proven once again they’re among the best for the third year in a row.


Author cupharmacy | Publish Date March 24, 2016
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Intersession, Personal Branding an Added Value for Students

While many students were taking it easy over the winter break, CU’s Skaggs School of Pharmacy fourth year students were adding some extra value to their learning.

This year, the School launched Intersession 2016, a new mid-winter program that focusses on re-engaging, cultivating, and energizing fourth-year pharmacy students before they graduate and head out into the real-world.


Author cupharmacy | Publish Date March 21, 2016
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Completing a Dual Degree is Twice the Challenge

Cody Scott loves going to various sporting events and working out at the gym – when he has time, of course. Scott is not only completing his PharmD, but also pursuing his Master’s in Business Administration at Regis University while working at Walgreens and completing his advanced Interprofessional Pharmacy Experience at the University of Colorado Hospital.


Author cupharmacy | Publish Date March 14, 2016
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Students Lobby at ASHP Legislative Day

In early February 2016, University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy students Kyle Troksa (P-3), Eric Yang (P-2), Rupa Parikh (P-2), Jenn Tunoa (P-2), Niko Kovacich (P-1), and Laura Becker (P-1) visited Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. to lobby for pharmacy provider status.


Author cupharmacy | Publish Date March 11, 2016
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Learning by Doing

“I never thought I’d be working with and teaching fourth graders during pharmacy school, but I can see how it’s helping me learn and understand the material,” says first-year pharmacy student Adam Link.


Author cupharmacy | Publish Date March 08, 2016
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Community    Students

DAWN Clinic Closing the Gap

Eduardo Ramirez had no idea his life would change so dramatically in September 2013 when he was jumped by four men and brutally beaten. The incident would leave him needing brain surgery. Anticipated to cost thousands of dollars, it was an operation the construction worker simply couldn’t afford.


Author cupharmacy | Publish Date March 02, 2016
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Red Bull Challenge

Three University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy second-year students -- Steve Henke, Megan Wary and Andrea Jones -- compete for a spot in the Red Bull Challenge, where 165 student teams from 50+ countries across the globe will have seven days to travel across Europe using only cans of Red Bull as currency. Similar to the hit TV show the Amazing Race, it’s a journey of adventure, charm and strategy.


Author cupharmacy | Publish Date February 23, 2016
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Students Bring Home Silver from Mid-Year

Fourth-year pharmacy students Jillian Dann and Kailynn DeRonde represented our school during the ASHP Clinical Skills Competition in New Orleans and did us proud!


Author cupharmacy | Publish Date January 25, 2016
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TalkPharmacy | Fellowship Tips | Ep. 5

If you're interested in getting a fellowship, then this is the Talk Pharmacy edition for you.


Author cupharmacy | Publish Date January 19, 2016
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12 Careers You Can Have with a PharmD

Considering a career in pharmacy, or do you already have your PharmD and want a change of scenery? Since Jan. 12 is National Pharmacist’s Day, here are 12 jobs you can do with a PharmD:


Author cupharmacy | Publish Date January 12, 2016
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Community    Students

Warming Feet and Hearts This Holiday Season

With more than 2,000 items collected and donated by faculty, staff and PharmD students for the Colfax Community Network, this year's Holiday Drive was tremendously successful. Socks were the clear gift of choice with more than 685 pairs collected, which will definitely warm many feet and hearts this holiday season!  Teams consisted of each PharmD class pitted against each other and a team of faculty/staff.


Author cupharmacy | Publish Date December 14, 2015
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Alumni    Students

Our Students Secure Top Residencies

Graduates of the University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences are capturing some of the most sought after residencies in the nation. The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists reported that in 2015 4,358 candidates competed for only 3,006 PGY1 (Post-Graduate Year 1) positions. Despite there being more candidates than residencies, our students are finding themselves competitive, with students placing in top programs at University of California Davis, Johns Hopkins, Stanford University, University of Illinois at Chicago, University of Chicago, and Mayo Clinic Health System.


Author cupharmacy | Publish Date December 09, 2015
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Faculty    Students

'Tis the Season

'Tis the season for holiday parties, festivities and drives! 


Author cupharmacy | Publish Date November 16, 2015
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Research    Students

P-3's Delve into Real-Life Research

CU’s Skaggs School of Pharmacy’s annual research poster presentation featured great research from nearly 200 P-3 students on Tuesday, Oct. 27. The exhibit, which is a collaborative effort between the Departments of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Clinical Pharmacy, allows students the opportunity to conceptualize research ideas and create practical pharmaceutical solutions to real-world problems. Forty groups presented posters on topics ranging from substance abuse to cancer.


Author cupharmacy | Publish Date November 03, 2015
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TalkPharmacy | Talking SNPhA | Ep. 4

In his fourth installment, third-year CU pharmacy student Ahsun Babalmorad interviews P-3 student Kimberly Uweh, president of CU’s Student National Pharmaceutical Association.


Author cupharmacy | Publish Date October 21, 2015
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Student Rocks International IPE Conference

Third-year pharmacy student, Aubrey Jones, presented at Collaborating Across Borders V IPE Conference Oct. 1 in Roanoke, Virginia. And according to Associate Dean for Professional Education, Kari Franson, PharmD, PhD, "She rocked her presentation, generating a ton of questions."


Author cupharmacy | Publish Date October 15, 2015
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Career Exploration Highlights a Career in Healthcare IT

“The Career Exploration Seminar was extremely eye-opening to a new and developing field of pharmacy that goes beyond the typical work of a pharmacist.” ~ P-2 Danielle Pilgreen.

According to students, the Sept. 29th Career Exploration Seminar, hosted by the CU Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Alumni Association, was one of its best yet.


Author cupharmacy | Publish Date October 09, 2015
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Community    Students

Students Learn Age is Just a Number at Veteran's Fair

Pharmacy students who participated in the KEZW radio Veterans Fair learned that age is just a number. A 91-year-old WWII veteran was proof of that.  With blood pressure numbers and bone density readings that were the envy of people half his age this WWII veteran made all the students shake their heads in wonder. "Every year that I have done this event, I have met the nicest people," says P-3 Jimmy Mitchell. "Their attitudes are amazing."  With hundreds of attendees, this year's fair was another successful event.


Author cupharmacy | Publish Date October 07, 2015
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Community    Students

CUSNPhA Volunteers for PKD 5K

Students from the CU Student National Pharmaceutical Association (CU-SNPhA) joined together for a 5K at Denver’s Washington Park Sunday, Sept. 20, in support of finding a cure for Polycystic Kidney Disease, an inherited disorder in which of cysts develop primarily within the kidneys. Several of the CUSNPha members volunteered at the registration table, while others, like Felicity Burke, participated in the walk.


Author cupharmacy | Publish Date October 06, 2015
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Community    Students

CU Pharmacy offers advice at annual Veterans Fair

This Saturday, students and faculty from CU’s Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences will participate in the seventh annual KEZW Veteran’s Fair, one of the state’s largest resource events for veterans.


Author cupharmacy | Publish Date October 02, 2015
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Community    Students

Drug Disposal Day

 

On Saturday, Sept. 26, CU Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, together with CU Denver Police Department, participated in the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) National Take Back Initiative. The CU Anschutz Medical Campus collected just under 300 pounds of medications.  Pharmacy students also helped collect medications in Loveland, Salida and Buena Vista, Colorado (824 pounds, 84 pounds and 72 pounds respectively).


Author cupharmacy | Publish Date September 29, 2015
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Community    Students

P-4's Experience with PKD at Altitude

After my last struggle with dehydration that landed me in the ED, I wanted to share my experiences living with Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD) at altitude. Also, September 3, 2015, is PKD awareness day, so it seems fitting to share a little about my experiences with PKD!


Author cupharmacy | Publish Date September 03, 2015
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Faculty    Students

Saffron, and valerian, and thyme, oh my!

Thanks to Tagawa Gardens, CU Skaggs School of Pharmacy students last week received a first-hand look (and taste!) at common herbs in their plant and root forms.


Author cupharmacy | Publish Date September 02, 2015
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Holy Towering Marshmallows!

From white marshmallows to white coats, first-year PharmD students got a taste for what the next four years would hold with their fellow classmates. The Class of 2019 spent orientation week getting acclimated with the program and acquainted with their cohort.


Author cupharmacy | Publish Date August 26, 2015
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Research    Students

Science undergrads given helping hand by faculty

“I felt so far behind,” says 21-year-old Deedee Romo about her chances of getting into graduate school.

Now, this first generation Mexican-American is on her way to a very impressive med school application thanks to the Colorado Undergraduate Research in Environmental Health Sciences (CUrehs) program.


Author cupharmacy | Publish Date August 20, 2015
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What We Learned During One of our P-4 Rotations

By Trevor Juth and Geremi Boom

Over the past six weeks we had the opportunity to participate in a unique elective rotation focusing on leadership and education in the Office of Student Services. Before embarking on this journey our perceptions of what happens in an academic setting were virtually non existent. This rotation changed our minds.


Author cupharmacy | Publish Date August 17, 2015
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Community    Students

Teens Gown Up to Battle Bugs During Pharmacy Summer Camp

Last week, high school students from all over Denver were on campus to gain a first-hand experience of what it could be like to be a pharmacist.

The Bugs and Drugs Summer Camp brings students ages 14-18 to the Anschutz Medical Campus for a one-week camp about infectious disease.


Author cupharmacy | Publish Date August 12, 2015
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Tips for Effective Online Communication

By Michael Kazanjian and Lisha Bustos

Since CU's iPharmD® program relies heavily on electronic communication between students and faculty, it understands the online community well. With nearly 20 years’ experience in this realm, the program and its staff have developed tips for effective online communication that students and faculty alike will find helpful. The following offers a common sense guide to effective online etiquette.


Author cupharmacy | Publish Date August 10, 2015
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TalkPharmacy | Tips for P-4 Rotations | Ep. 2


Third-year CU pharmacy student Ahsun Babalmorad hosts the second podcast episode of Talk Pharmacy and interviews Alamosa native and fourth year pharmacy student David Gurule about preparing for P-4 rotations or APPEs.


Author Matthew Kaskavitch | Publish Date July 28, 2015
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Community    Students

P-4s share pharmacy experience with high schoolers

Area high school students spend five weeks in the shoes of health care professionals.

Over the past two weeks, we have had the opportunity to participate in the Pre-Collegiate Health Careers Program (PCHCP), held on the Anschutz Medical Campus.  During the pharmacy portion of the program, we have seen the remarkable transformation and increased interest amongst these high schoolers in the profession of pharmacy. The students' pharmacy education was tailored to highlight infectious disease as well as sterile and non-sterile compounding. They were exposed to a wide variety of pharmacy practice settings and gained experience making both oral solutions and hand sanitizers.


Author cupharmacy | Publish Date July 22, 2015
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Commencement 2015

Nearly 200 students graduated from the University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program on Friday, May 22. One hundred and fifty-five in the entry level PharmD program and 38 in the NonTraditional PharmD Program (NTPD). After a record breaking 21 days of rain, it finally subsided and the sun began to shine; finally peeking out as our commencement ceremony began.


Author cupharmacy | Publish Date May 28, 2015
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Alumni    Students

Matches Made in Heaven

Congratulations to our fourth-year students who recently matched into PGY-1 residency programs.  To date, 39 students have matched into ASHP’s Residency Match Program including Joselyn Benabe, Andrea Boyce, Caitlin Butler, Sara Byrnes, Michael Casias, Frank Colletti. Carolyn Dahlman, Christina Davis, Nicole Dimaano, Emily Elwell, Brian Fox, Jenna Gorrell, Liane Horiuchi, Ashley Huntsberry, Natalie Kallhoff, Robbie Kattappuram, Monika Lach, Philip Leong, Mengyan Li, Kelsey Melander, Arya Mishra, Kaitlyn Moorehead, Sarah Newman, Atit Patel, Kathleen Paulson, Trang Phan, Azhin Qadir, Lindsay Rumold, Stephen Shaw, Suhair Shawar, Ankit Shukla, Hai Tran, Kellie Vanderburg, Laura Vriesman, Jarod Weidner, Kirby Welston, Cecilia Wong, Regina Yun, Renjbar Zebari.  In addition, Cameron LaChappelle and Deidra Newbrough were selected for Indian Health Services (IHS) PGY-1 residencies. Also, 12 graduates from our 2014 class matched to PGY-2 residencies. We are so proud of you.


Author cupharmacy | Publish Date May 11, 2015
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Students' Impressions of Career Explorations Seminar

The school hosted a Career Explorations Seminar Wed., Apr. 8 to highlight unique opportunities within the field of pharmacy. Students heard from three pharmacists at this last seminar: Mark O'Neill, State Board of Pharmacy Inspector, Warren Streck, Chief Pharmacist in Mail Order Services, and Mongthuong Tran, Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in Utilization Management.


Author cupharmacy | Publish Date April 22, 2015
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Community    Faculty    Students

Pharmacy Students and Faculty Help Police Dispose of Prescription Drugs

Students and faculty members from the School of Pharmacy collected 583 pounds of medications at this year’s Drug Disposal Event. Working in conjunction with the University Police Department, our students and faculty members sorted and removed labels from all of the prescription drugs dropped off during the event, which the police then drove to a disposal site.


Author cupharmacy | Publish Date April 20, 2015
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Students' impressions of the national compounding competition

Three students – two third-year pharmacy students, Kelsey Schwander and Sierra Hill, and one second-year student Adam McHenry –  traveled to Florida the end of March to represent CU's Skaggs School of Pharmacy during the Medisca National Student Pharmacist Compounding Competition. Hear about the team's experience.


Author cupharmacy | Publish Date April 13, 2015
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What I Wish I'd Known Before Entering Pharmacy School

As a P4 at the CU Skaggs School of Pharmacy, I am here to tell you what I wish had known before entering pharmacy school, like it's okay to take a day off every once in awhile! Learn more of my tips by watching the video here.


Author cupharmacy | Publish Date April 13, 2015
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Alumni    Students

Impressions of Advanced IPPE

I just completed my Advanced IPPE in Steamboat Springs and it was great. This was something that was recently introduced under the new curriculum. In the past, continuous six-week rotations occurred only during the fourth year. Now, we’re being exposed to one rotation during our third year of pharmacy school and I thought the entire experience was excellent.


Author cupharmacy | Publish Date March 05, 2015
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Best Kept Secret – Pharmacists Earn Doctorates Just Like Medical Doctors

Experts in medications, doctors of pharmacy are on the frontlines of health care administering 20 percent of adult vaccinations, filling 3.7 billion prescriptions annually, and counseling millions of people on a weekly basis.


Author cupharmacy | Publish Date March 05, 2015
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School of Pharmacy In the News

Medical Xpress

Common antibiotic can safely be given to most surgery patients despite penicillin allergy

news outletMedical Xpress
Publish DateMarch 17, 2021

"We found that that avoidance of cefazolin based on 50-year-old data is unnecessary and, in many cases, ill-advised," says senior author Meghan Jeffres, PharmD, with the University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy. "Not only is cefazolin safe for nearly all patients with penicillin allergy, but also, studies have shown that it's well tolerated and has the appropriate spectrum of activity against organisms commonly encountered in surgical site infections."

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KOAA

Opioid legal settlement brings millions of dollars to Colorado to battle crisis

news outletKOAA
Publish DateFebruary 09, 2021

Judy Solano of the Colorado Consortium for Prescription Drug Abuse, spoke with KOAA about the millions of dollars will soon be headed into Colorado communities to help fight the opioid epidemic thanks to a major legal settlement with a company involved in the promotion of these prescription drugs.

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CBS4 Denver

CBS4 Health Specialist Kathy Walsh Volunteers For Novavax COVID Vaccine Clinical Trial

news outletCBS4 Denver
Publish DateJanuary 12, 2021

P4 Eric Hartsfield is working as an intern at the VA Hospital at CUAnschutz, where a Novavax COVID-19 vaccine trial is taking place. Eric recently administered a shot to CBS4 Health Specialist Kathy Walsh who chronicled her experience

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Colorado Times-Reporter

Colo Lawmaker Won’t Get COVID Vaccine, Instead Takes Equine Deworming Meds

news outletColorado Times-Reporter
Publish DateJanuary 07, 2021

Professor David Kroll served as the featured expert in an article on a state representative who is encouraging followers to use ivermectin, instead of a vaccine to prevent against COVID-19 infection. Ivermectin is an anti-parasitic drug widely used for livestock and pets

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