- Meet and Greet for the Class of 2018 April 10, 2014
Current pharmacy students, faculty and staff welcomed the Presbyterian College School of Pharmacy Class of 2018 on April 5, 2014 with our Annual Meet & Greet. The Office of Professional and Student Affairs hosted a barbecue lunch for 350 people on the grounds of the Pharmacy School on a beautiful spring day.
Information sessions were held for students as they prepare to matriculate this fall and for parents and spouses preparing to support their student. Other events included a panel Q & A session consisting of current students, parents and spouses, fittings for white coats, and tours of the school.
Excitement builds as PCSP prepares for the 5th class to begin in August.
- SSHP Residency Panel 2014 April 7, 2014
On the evening of Tuesday, April 2, 2014, Presbyterian College School of Pharmacy’s officially recognized chapter of the Student Society of Health-System Pharmacy (SSHP) held its third annual residency information session. A residency program is a year or two of postgraduate training that pharmacists complete in order to gain clinical experience, and then participants have the option to complete a second year specialized residency in an area of interest such as pediatrics, geriatrics, or oncology. The main duty of a resident is to learn. During a residency, pharmacists typically complete a longitudinal research project, which is presented at the annual Southeastern Residency Conference. This year’s panel was moderated by Dr. Brandon Bookstaver, the Immediate Past President of the South Carolina Society of Health-System Pharmacists;
“This event is very important,” says Caleb Wallace, the current SSHP President. “It helps our members learn how to become strong residency candidates, and it allows them to network with residency program directors and current residents.”
Representatives from many of South Carolina’s top pharmacy residency programs made the drive to Clinton to attend the event, including Greenville Health System, McLeod Regional Medical Center, Palmetto Health Richland, and Spartanburg Regional.
Other guests in attendance included Dr. John Pearson, the current President of the South Carolina Society of Health-System Pharmacists: as well as PCSP’s own Dr. Nancy Goodbar, the current President-Elect of the South Carolina Society of Health-System Pharmacists and faculty advisor of PCSP’s chapter of SSHP.
- Now Accepting Applications for Summer Intern Positions February 20, 2014
New discoveries are made one student at a time!
Summer 2014 (May 28-July 23)
Presbyterian College School of Pharmacy has created the Pharmacy Research Summer Interns (PRSI) program to enrich the academic experience of pharmacy students and pre-pharmacy undergraduates through research opportunities in pharmacy practice, pharmaceutical administration, pharmaceutics, and biomedical sciences. The PRSI program enables students to build faculty mentoring relationships and professional research experience, and to creatively explore their interests at a more in-depth level than can be attained in the classroom. The PRSI program provides opportunities for pharmacy students to build a competitive edge in the job market and for undergraduate pre-pharmacy students to strengthen their Pharmacy School applications.
Each Intern receives a $3,000 stipend for 8 weeks of full time faculty-mentored research at Presbyterian College School of Pharmacy. Students are responsible for their own housing. This highly competitive program runs from May 28-July 23, 2014. Selection is based on the student’s previous academic success, their interest in Pharmacy research, and the matching of student research interests with participating faculty.
- Presbyterian College Pharmacy Students or
- Undergraduates: pre-pharmacy, any academic year, any college or university
- Minimum GPA of 3.1
- good standing with their College (no academic or judicial probation)
- Have not been awarded a previous PRSI (awarded only once per student)
- Any Questions email: Dr. Alfonso Romero-Sandoval
- Click here to fill out the application
- Attach an unofficial transcript
- Attach a resume
- Attach a short essay describing why you want to participate in the program (< 500 words)
- E-mail documents as a single PDF file to Dr. Alfonso Romero-Sandoval by March 10, 2014 (5pm EST)
DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: March 10, 2014
ANNOUNCEMENT of AWARDs: April 1, 2014
- PCSP Attends ASHP Midyear Meeting January 15, 2014
Faculty and students at PC School of Pharmacy attended American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) Midyear Clinical Meeting in Orlando this past December. Midyear is the largest gathering of pharmacists in the world. With its focus on improving patient care, the meeting is attended by more than 20,000 pharmacy professionals from 86 countries. For four decades, the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting has provided health system pharmacy practitioners with a venue for updating their knowledge, networking with colleagues, enhancing their skills, and learning about the latest products and technologies. The hundreds of educational activities at the Midyear Clinical Meeting are developed to maintain and enhance the knowledge, skills, and abilities of pharmacists and associated personnel in health systems. A dynamic venue for instruction on important issues relevant to contemporary pharmacy practice, the meeting’s five full days of continuing education sessions are unmatched anywhere.
It is important for PCSP students to attend Midyear because of the vast clinical resources and professional development opportunities. There are many networking opportunities with pharmacists throughout the nation, as well as seminars to prepare our students to be competitive candidates for residency programs. Each year we have students who represent PCSP in the Clinical Skills Competition, present research posters and participate in SSHP student leadership activities. With the onset of our first graduating class, the P4 students have prepared for the residency showcase, a vital part of their P4 year. In addition, students can network with colleagues and pharmacy friends, and develop professionally by attending continuing education programming.
- Sease Named PC Pharmacy School Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs January 15, 2014
Dr. Julie Sease Named PC Pharmacy School Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs
On November 15, 2013, Provost Don Raber announced that Dr. Julie Sease has been named Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs for the School of Pharmacy. Since January 2013, she had served as interim assistant dean and will assume the permanent appointment effective January 1, 2014.
“Dr. Sease has provided strong direction and support for our educational programs in Pharmacy. She has worked effectively with Dean Fuhrman and our faculty to build and enhance academic opportunities for our students, and I am happy that Julie will continue to serve on our leadership team for the Pharmacy School,” said Dr. Raber.
As assistant dean, she is responsible for academic affairs at the School of Pharmacy. She has coordinated all aspects of the instruction programs, including curriculum issues, assessment, and faculty development.
“Dr. Sease has been an asset to our pharmacy administrative team on an interim basis. I am pleased she has accepted this appointment,” said Dr. Cliff Fuhrman, PCSP dean.
“She has provided valuable insight to the continued development of our academic program and has a great rapport with our faculty and students,” Fuhrman said.
In 2009, Dr. Sease joined the PCSP faculty as an Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice, clinical pharmacist, and diabetes educator. She was named Director of Residency Education in 2012. In addition to her doctoral degree from the University of South Carolina,Sease holds licensure as a pharmacist by the South Carolina State Board of Pharmacy. She is a board certified ambulatory care pharmacist and pharmacotherapy specialist. She also is a certified diabetes educator. Earlier this year, she was honored with the school’s Exemplary Service to Admissions Faculty Award. Dr. Sease was selected as the School of Pharmacy Teacher of the Year for 2011-2012. Prior to her appointment at PC, Sease was a Clinical Assistant Professor of Pharmacy at the University of South Carolina College of Pharmacy.
She is a member of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, American Association of Diabetes Educators, American College of Clinical Pharmacy, South Carolina Pharmacy Association, and the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists. Locally, Sease is a member of the Good Shepherd Free Medical Clinic Board of Trustees.
- School welcomes new Director of Admissions November 26, 2013
Katherine “Deanie” Kane has joined the Presbyterian College School of Pharmacy as the Director of Admissions. Kane arrived at PC from Columbia College on November 4.
“I believe that the number one hallmark for an admission professional is the ability to build lasting relationships,” Kane said. “I look forward to continuing this at Presbyterian College School of Pharmacy.
“We have an amazing program, and I am already enjoying sharing this with prospective students,” she said.
Kane specialized in recruiting transfer and international students as associate director of admissions at Columbia College for 13 years. While at Columbia, Kane implemented enrollment strategies that resulted in $3 million to the school each year.
Kane met enrollment goals and objectives each semester and provided leadership and strategic plans for the execution of recruitment and marketing plans. She served as a mentor for the admissions staff and planned and coordinated Open House programs and Scholars Day.
“We are delighted to have Deanie’s leadership and experience in admissions efforts for the School of Pharmacy,” said Dr. Laura Fox, assistant dean for Professional & Student Affairs and professor of pharmaceutics. “Deanie has a passion for individualized recruiting and is an excellent fit here at PC, where we are personally committed to each student’s success.”
Kane holds a bachelor of arts degree in history from University of South Carolina and a master’s degree in human behavior and conflict management from Columbia College.
A native of Columbia, SC, Kane resides in Chapin with her husband, Steve. They have two children, Charles and Katherine.
- P4 Students Return for Capstone November 1, 2013
On October 15, 2013, the P4 class returned to the pharmacy school campus to present their Capstone presentations to faculty evaluations and fellow classmates. In addition, PCSP preceptors were invited to attend the Capstone presentations since the preceptor conference was cancelled.
Capstone is a course designed to provide students with the opportunity to present a formal seminar regarding a contemporary topic that is relevant to pharmacy practice, the pharmaceutical science, pharmacy administration and/or research in any of these areas. The topics varied greatly but were relevant and controversial topics in the areas, such as adult medicine, critical care, ambulatory care, community pharmacy, and psychiatry.
The Capstone presentation benefits students for several reasons. Within the course, students must possess the skills to display in-depth expertise on a specific topic and evaluate literature for a specific topic. They also have the ability to practice oral and non-verbal communication while presenting information at the appropriate level of an audience. Thus, students can refine their ability to critically evaluate literature based on a specific topic and can improve communication skills. Based on the course evaluations, students indicated that they will be able to improve their presentations if they have to present their topics again for a residency interview. Furthermore, the Capstone presentation allows students to peer evaluate fellow classmates, which is important as it challenges students to provide constructive criticism.
- PCSP Welcomes Dr. Mary Douglass Smith November 1, 2013
PCSP Welcomes Dr. Mary Douglass Smith
The PCSP Office of Experiential Education welcomes Dr. Mary Douglass Smith as the new Director of Early Experiential Education for the pharmacy school. Smith returns to the PC campus, having earned her B.S. degree in biology from PC in 2004 and her Doctorate of Pharmacy from the University of South Carolina in 2008.
“It has been a pleasure having another former student become a colleague,” stated Dr. Lewis McKelvey, Assistant Dean for Experiential Education. “Dr. Smith has jumped into the role as director already by meeting with pharmacists across the state and developing syllabi for our rotations to ensure high-quality experiences for our students.”
Smith has spent many years on the “front line” of the pharmacy world and brings real-world experience to help prepare our students as they go out on their rotations. While a practicing pharmacist, Smith served as a community preceptor for Introductory and Advanced rotations for the pharmacy schools in South Carolina.
Smith will handle the overall planning, institution, and oversight of the IPPE and APPE programs. She will also manage quality assurance of the pharmacy practice sites to meet ACPE standards as well as the goals and objectives of the school’s mission statement.
She is active in professional organizations such as the South Carolina Pharmacy Association and the South Carolina Society of Health-System Pharmacists.
- School to Take Back Unwanted Prescription Drugs October 25, 2013
The Presbyterian College School of Pharmacy helped rid the community of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs on Saturday, October 26, 2013. Student chapters of the American Pharmacists Association (APhA-ASP) and the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA), along with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), accepted medications for disposal at the School of Pharmacy. The service was free and anonymous.
“At PC, we always try to serve our community as best we can,” said Patrick O’Day, a pharmacy student who has organized the initiative. “Providing a drug take back day allows us to gather potentially dangerous substances from our community and dispose of them properly, while teaching residents about safe usage and disposal of their medications.”
In April 2013, almost 6,000 locations across the country participated in the sixth Drug Take-Back Day. Participants turned in 742,497 pounds (371 tons) of unneeded medications. The level of support and participation from the public and healthcare providers continues to grow each year.
This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that are forgotten in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.
Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.
Four days after the first event, Congress passed the Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010, which amends the Controlled Substances Act to allow an “ultimate user” of controlled substance medications to dispose of them by delivering them to entities authorized by the Attorney General to accept them. The Act also allows the Attorney General to authorize long-term care facilities to dispose of their residents’ controlled substances in certain instances. DEA is drafting regulations to implement the Act.
Until new regulations are in place, the Presbyterian College School of Pharmacy and the DEA will continue to hold prescription drug take-back events twice per year.
- PC School of Pharmacy Welcomes the Class of 2017 September 9, 2013
PC School of Pharmacy Welcomes the Class of 2017
The white coat is one of the most recognized symbol of the health care profession. Each fall, Presbyterian College School of Pharmacy holds a White Coat Ceremony to induct first year graduate pharmacy students into the profession of pharmacy. On August 24, 2013, 81 students were welcomed into the program as the Class of 2017 and received the first white coats they will wear during their laboratory and experiential education as pharmacy students.
“We are delighted to welcome the Class of 2017 into our program,” said Dr. Cliff Fuhrman, Dean of the Pharmacy School. “We are committed to providing them with a quality education and the opportunities to serve the community and the profession of pharmacy.”
Dr. John Pearson, Manager of Pharmacy Clinical Services at the Greenville Health System, delivered the keynote address at the ceremony to prepare the class for what will lay ahead of them on in the next four years and beyond.
Students then recited the Honor Code Pledge that encourages them to maintain a high standard of honesty and truthfulness for themselves and for the college. Students then recited the Pledge of Professionalism that reinforces a professional identity founded on integrity, ethical behavior, and honor.
A special thanks goes out to Mr. Steve Greene and CVS Caremark for sponsoring the White Coat Ceremony.
- PC School of Pharmacy Community Service Day September 6, 2013
The third week of August is a busy time at the Presbyterian College School of Pharmacy as the incoming P1 class joins the faculty and staff in embracing the Presbyterian College school motto of Dum Vivimus Servimus or “While we live, We Serve” and the School of Pharmacy motto “Care for the Community,” with Community Service Day.
Every year, as part of the new graduate student (P1) orientation week, one morning is set aside to have the students, faculty, and staff go out to various locations in the Clinton, Laurens, and Greenwood areas to help local groups and organizations. There are signup sheets listing the different local groups and their needs so the students can see what service opportunities are available and where they might wish to help the most. “Having our P1 students participate in Community Service Day is a great way to inculcate in them the importance of service as a future pharmacist and introduce them to the expected culture here at the PCSP,” said Dr. Scott Asbill, Chair of the Pharmaceutical & Administrative Sciences department and Professor of Pharmaceutics. “Each year it is delightful to see students, staff, administrators, and faculty all working together on community service projects. It’s a unique opportunity for the PCSP family that sets us apart from other pharmacy programs.”
Students, faculty and staff spend the morning out in the field doing everything from helping with door-to-door food distribution or helping at the local soup kitchen, to interacting with local residents at Bailey Manor Retirement Home or the Presbyterian Community Home, to sorting donations at several of the thrift stores, to cleaning up areas that were affected by the unusual amount of rain we’ve experienced lately, to working with the animals at the Greenwood Humane Society.
- PCSP Wellness Center Awarded Pharmacy COI Best Practice in Diabetes Care September 6, 2013
PCSP Wellness Center Awarded Pharmacy COI Best Practice in Diabetes Care
The PCSP Wellness Center Diabetes Education program, under the leadership of Drs. Sarah Wagner, Eileen Ward, Tiffaney Threatt, and Kayce Shealy, was named the 2013 Pharmacy Community of Interest (COI) for Best Practice in Diabetes Care. Our faculty members received the award at this annual meeting of the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE13) in Philadelphia, PA, which took place from August 7-10, 2013.
More than 4,000 diabetes educators and other healthcare professionals gathered at the AADE13 Annual Meeting and Exhibition. This 40th AADE Annual Meeting was a successful educational event and an opportunity to exchange the latest information with diabetes educators from around the United States. AADE’s Annual Meeting & Exhibition attracts health professionals who share a passion for promoting diabetes self-management to their patients: how to accurately monitor blood glucose levels, engage in exercise, adopt healthy eating habits, and cope with specific diabetes emotional and physical challenges. Self-management education also includes helping patients select products that best manage their diabetes.
The faculty of PCSP Wellness Center are honored and thrilled to have received such a prestigious award for their efforts in diabetes education. This recognition means a great deal, given the numerous diabetes education programs available in the state and nation in which pharmacists are involved. While formal awards certainly justify what they do, the real value is measured by the success of our patients in improving their health. This award is a testament to the great deal of teamwork that makes Presbyterian College School of Pharmacy unique as well as highlights the tradition of service that runs in the blood of every Blue Hose.
- PCSP Welcomes Dr. Giuseppe Gumina September 6, 2013
Dr. Giuseppe Gumina, Associate Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences, earned his M.S. degree in medicinal chemistry and pharmaceutics from University of Catania, Italy in 1994 before earning his Ph.D. in pharmaceutical sciences (medicinal chemistry) from the same school in 1998.
Dr. Gumina was a visiting lecturer at Georgia Southern University in 2012-2013 and was an Associate Professor of Medicinal Chemistry at South University School of Pharmacy from 2007-2011. From 2003 to 2007, Dr. Gumina served as Assistant Professor of Medicinal Chemistry in the College of Pharmacy at the Medical University of South Carolina/South Carolina College of Pharmacy.
A postdoctoral associate at University of Georgia from 1998 to 2003, Dr. Gumina teaches Principles of Pharmacology and Medicinal Chemistry and an MTM sequence. His research interests include nucleoside analogs as anticancer and antimicrobial, antiviral, and cardioprotective agents.
- PCSP Welcomes Dr. Rebecca Bickley September 6, 2013
Dr. A. Rebecca Bickley, Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice, earned bachelor of science degrees in biology and chemistry from Converse College in 2005 before earning her doctor of pharmacy degree from the University of South Carolina College of Pharmacy in 2009.
From 2011-2013 Dr. Bickley served as Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice at University of Maryland- Eastern Shore School of Pharmacy in Princess Anne, Md. Dr. Bickley earned Pharmacotherapy Certification from Board of Pharmacy Specialties in 2012.
Dr. Bickley completed her PGY-2 Critical Care Pharmacy Practice Residency at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pa. in 2010-2011. She completed her PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at Saint Joseph Hospital in Lexington, Ky. in 2009-2010. Rebecca also earned her Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Certificate from University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy in 2009-2010.
Here at the PC School of Pharmacy, Dr. Bickley teaches Drug Literature Evaluation and Evidence-Based Medicine and MTM-IX – Neurosensory. Dr. Bickley practices as a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist at Self Regional Healthcare and as a Community Pharmacist, Clinica Gratis Free Clinic Community Initiatives. Her research interest is critical care outcomes.
- PC Pharmacy School Open House July 18, 2013
- PCSP Students Volunteered at the Self Regional Annual Diabetes Day Camp July 3, 2013
PC School of Pharmacy students recently volunteered during the Self Regional Annual Diabetes Day Camp at the YMCA in Greenwood, SC. The day camp is designed for children with Type 1 or Type 2 Diabetes.
“This year was our second year with the PC PharmD candidates and faculty, and they all did a wonderful job. They were very active in both the clinical and helping the children with activities. It’s a good match,” said Rebecca Wise, RN, CDE, Diabetes Education Program Coordinator at Self Regional.
During the camp, children participated in rope and rock climbing activities as well as other physical activities at the YMCA. They also learned best practices on how to manage their diabetes through educational games and instructions.
Camp activities also taught kids life-enriching information such as meal planning, insulin administration, blood glucose monitoring, medication maintenance, and other life skills associated with diabetes.
If you would like more information or how to register for next year, please contact Rebecca Wise at 864.725.5007.
- PCSP APhA-ASP wins Generation Rx Champion Award July 3, 2013
The American Pharmacy Association Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP) chapter of the Presbyterian College School of Pharmacy recently won the Generation Rx Champion Award presented by the South Carolina Pharmacy Association (SCPhA).
The award recognizes outstanding efforts within the pharmacy community to raise awareness of prescription drug abuse. In addition, the Generation Rx Award is intended to encourage educational prevention efforts aimed at patients, youth, and other members of the community.
“The APhA-ASP Generation Rx project has been very active in the Clinton and Laurens County communities,” said Dr. Kayce Shealy, Assistant Professor at the PC School of Pharmacy.
“Student pharmacists have presented poison prevention programs to area elementary schools for the past three years as well as drug abuse awareness programs at area high schools. The group this past fall worked with undergraduates of PC to develop and present an alcohol abuse awareness campaign and program,” she added.
The Generation Rx Award also recognizes the involvement of other community groups in the planning and implementation of prevention programs; innovation and creativity in the creation and implementation of prevention activities; scope and magnitude of prescription drug abuse efforts, and demonstrated impact of prescription drug abuse prevention efforts.
“Additionally, student pharmacists from APhA-ASP partnered with student members of the National Community Pharmacists Association and local law enforcement to host the first annual drug-take back event at the school and plans to continue the initiative on the DEA-scheduled dates in both fall and spring,” Shealy said.
- PSCP Welcomes Its Inaugural 2013 Pharmacy Research Summer Interns June 27, 2013
PSCP welcomes its inaugural 2013 Pharmacy Research Summer Interns! We were pleased to receive over 25 applications for the five internships available. These students were selected from a highly competitive pool of applicants and represent both PCSP Pharmacy Students and pre-pharmacy students from across South Carolina.
2013 PRSI interns include Evan Bryson (pre-pharmacy student at TriCounty Technical College), Edana Holliday (PCSP rising P2), Marina Leon (PCSP rising P2), Lauren Linder (PCSP rising P3), and Arathi Pillay (PCSP rising P2). Interns will spend eight weeks engaged in faculty-mentored pharmacy research projects. The interns are participating in diverse research projects that span exploring how pharmacists compounded pain gels cross the skin, to understanding the molecular markers that identify the transition of human papillomavirus (HPV) from infection to cancer, to determining the rationale basis for using haloperidol in the treatment of agitation in the intensive care unit. As part of this intensive research experience, the students also participate in weekly journal club and scientific writing seminars. In addition, in the tradition of the PC motto “as we live we serve,” the interns have volunteered with Habitat for Humanity and are painting the inside of the current Habitat House in Laurens. Come and join us the morning of July 23, 2013 for the end of summer research symposium and learn about the great research projects at PCSP. Thanks go out to our phenomenal PRSI mentors: Drs. Asbill, Freeland, Happe, Messersmith, and Romero-Sandoval.
- PCSP Students Attend the 62nd Annual School on Alcoholism and Other Drug Dependencies June 27, 2013
PC School of Pharmacy students recently attended the 62nd Annual School on Alcoholism and Other Drug Dependencies. This internationally recognized educational program is held on the University of Utah School of Medicine campus, which is located in the foothills of the Wasatch Mountains, just two miles east of downtown Salt Lake City, Utah.
PCSP students Sarah Masi, Jean Whyte, Samantha Hill, and faculty member Dr. David Eagerton joined pharmacy students and faculty from across the nation. During the six-day program, students increased their understanding about the science of addiction to alcohol and other abused substances and learned more about the process of recovery from addition. Students also had opportunities to network with their peers to develop new ideas for educating their communities about prescription drug abuse through the Generation RX project.
This is the second consecutive year that PCSP students have attended the conference.
- PCSP Students Begin Their Advanced Fourth Year Rotations June 27, 2013
As of May 2013, the Presbyterian College School of Pharmacy’s inaugural class has begun its advanced fourth-year rotations. Each student will do nine, month-long pharmacy practice rotations over the course of one year, with four required rotations (Advanced Community, Advanced Institutional, Acute Care, and Ambulatory Care) and five elective rotations in an area or areas of their specific interests.
The students are in a variety of local, regional and national settings, with a few students doing rotations as far away as Alaska and Hawaii. The second group of five students is gearing up for its July rotation in Maui.
With independent pharmacists, government facilities, and healthcare system partners throughout the Upstate, the Office of Experiential Education coordinates a massive effort to place 76 students with dozens of preceptors over the course of their fourth year. The office staff traveled to Hilton Head in June 2013 for the annual South Carolina Pharmacy Association meeting, where they were able to connect with many current and potential preceptors. Feedback has been overwhelmingly positive about PCSP students and PCSP’s curriculum.
Students are getting hands-on experience with the mentorship of professional pharmacists in such diverse settings as Veterans Affairs facilities, free clinics, teaching hospitals, retail and independent pharmacies, heathcare administrative organizations, and animal hospitals. Applying the knowledge they have accumulated over the past three years of their pharmacy education, these students are taking the final steps toward becoming the new generation of pharmacists and healthcare team members.
- School welcomes first Early Entry students June 24, 2013
This fall, the Presbyterian College School of Pharmacy (PCSP) will welcome nine incoming first-year students in the school’s new Early-Entry Pre-Pharmacy Program. The students, hailing from high schools across South Carolina, will be a part of the Class of 2019 at PCSP.
“The pharmacy school has a very good reputation for having high-quality students,” said Matt Henderson, an incoming student from Laurens, SC. “Through the Early-Entry Program I can be on the fast track to becoming a high-quality pharmacist.”
The Early-Entry Program is designed for exceptional high school students committed to pursuing a career in pharmacy. The students enter PC as freshmen and complete the rigorous program during their freshman and sophomore years. They then transition to the PC School of Pharmacy at the beginning of their third year, ultimately earning a Doctor of Pharmacy degree in six years.
Henderson, along with incoming student Megan Slimmer, look forward to the opportunities available to them at PC.
“I know that I will be earning a quality education in a close community setting while also gaining access to all the fantastic opportunities only PC can offer me,” Slimmer said.
The first group of Early-Entry Program participants includes:
- Taylor Berry, Paul M. Dorman High School, Spartanburg, SC
- Andrew Blum, Fort Mill High School, Fort Mill, SC
- Micaela Cisson, Wade Hampton High School, Taylors, SC
- Matt Henderson, Laurens District 55 High School, Laurens, SC
- Michaela Hufford, Horry Co. Early College High School, Nichols, SC
- Legrand Joye, A.C. Flora High School, Columbia, SC
- Beth Poole, Pelion High School, Batesburg, SC
- Megan Slimmer, Emerald High School, Greenwood, SC
- Courtney Wheeler, Paul M. Dorman High School, Spartanburg, SC
Accepted students who complete all requirements of the two-year Early Entry Pre-Pharmacy Program at PC will have a seat reserved for them and will start pharmacy school in the fall of 2015. Students in the program can avoid the competitive admissions process of applying to pharmacy school since the transition into pharmacy school is seamless, with no additional application for admission or PCAT required.
- School Receives First NIH Grant June 20, 2013
The Presbyterian College School of Pharmacy (PCSP) has received its first-ever National Institutes of Health grant, announced Dr. Cliff Fuhrman, Dean of the school.
The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) awarded a $440,000, five-year Biomedical/Biobehavioral Research Administration Development (BRAD) Award to the school to build its research infrastructure to support the graduate PCSP and undergraduate PC faculty members and their students in the pursuit of research and scholarly activity.
The grant is one of three newly funded national BRAD grants, which are awarded annually.
“It is difficult to put into words just how much this first-ever NIH grant to our school means,” Fuhrman said. “We are a new school, but clearly a school whose mission and focus on health care from the broad community service perspective is needed. We believe that we can and will help the people we serve, not just in South Carolina, but wherever our graduates go. This grant will provide essential resources to keep us moving in that direction.”
Fuhrman will serve as a principle investigator, along with the two principle investigators who developed the grant, PCSP Director of Research and Associate Professor of Pharmaceutical Science Dr. Sarah Sweitzer and Genevra Kelly, Director of Grants and Sponsored Programs and the new program’s Extramural Associate.
“The Eunice Kennedy Shriver Institute of Child Health and Human Development has been a key supporter in the development of new programs that focus on improving health in communities, particularly for those most at risk,” Kelly said. “The grant will allow us to build a program that attracts the best faculty and students to our school, all with our mission in mind: Care for the Community.”
Dr. Sarah Sweitzer, PC’s 2013 Faculty Scholar of the Year, has been the School of Pharmacy’s leading research advocate.
“From an undergraduate perspective, PC has a long history of strong student success in the allied health professions,” Sweitzer said. “The grant will help obtain funding to support faculty and students in important undergraduate research programs and initiatives that prepare our students for significant accomplishments in graduate study programs and their careers.”
Kelly also noted the importance that partnerships will have for the PCSP program moving forward.
“One of the opportunities this grant provides is the opportunity to collaborate with new colleagues as we implement our grant,” she said. “We look forward to working with Dr. Stephen M. Lanier, Associate Provost for Research, and his team at MUSC in this capacity. Their experience in this area will be invaluable.”
The Presbyterian College School of Pharmacy has just admitted its fourth class. Its special focus on rural, indigent, and medically underserved populations with an emphasis on chronic diseases can be seen daily in the way faculty, staff, and students fulfill the school motto of Care for the Community.
- PCSP Names New Dean May 23, 2013
Dr. Cliff Fuhrman has been named Dean of Presbyterian College School of Pharmacy (PCSP), effective May 21, 2013.
Fuhrman has served as an administrator at PCSP since it was established, most recently as Interim Dean. In this role since January, Fuhrman has been responsible for maintaining the curriculum; retaining and recruiting faculty; overseeing accreditation, budget, and facilities; and fund raising.
“Cliff has been a significant part of the School of Pharmacy’s success. He stepped into a challenging situation in January and has enhanced the quality of the program. I am confident that he will continue to be an asset for the School of Pharmacy,” said PC president, Dr. Claude Lilly.
Before serving as Interim Dean, Fuhrman was Associate Dean of Academic Affairs at PCSP from November 2008 to January 2013. As Associate Dean, he developed policies and procedures affecting the overall conduct of faculty and students within the professional program, developed the professional academic program, oversaw faculty development, and established a system of programmatic assessment to assure program quality. Fuhrman has also taught a number of courses at the School of Pharmacy.
“I am delighted at the opportunity to serve as Dean of the Presbyterian College School of Pharmacy,” Fuhrman said. “As we move forward, we will strive to continue the development of a nationally recognized educational program.
“Our strength is our faculty, students, and staff who believe in our core values of quality, service, scholarship, integrity, and community.”
Before arriving at PCSP, Fuhrman served as Assistant Dean at the University of South Carolina College of Pharmacy, where he earned his B.S. and Ph.D. degrees. Fuhrman also served as Director of Curriculum Assessment and Development and as a professor during his 13 years at USC.
Fuhrman is a graduate of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy Leadership Fellows Program and Leadership South Carolina and is a member of numerous organizations and committees related to the pharmacy profession.
- PCSP Awards Presentation Day 2013 May 2, 2013Dr. Chris Farrell was named PCSP Professor of the Year for 2013
The Presbyterian College School of Pharmacy recognized achievements in academics, service, and leadership during its third annual awards ceremony in Belk Auditorium on April 30, 2013.
During the event Dr. Chris Farrell, Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the School of Pharmacy, was named the 2013 School of Pharmacy Professor of the Year.
“It’s great to see how faculty gets involved with the students and how they help, even after hours, to prepare them so that they are well-rounded,” Farrell said when accepting the award. “I’d like to thank the students for making it so exciting in the classroom. I really enjoy seeing the excitement of students. It’s great to hear that excitement, and I hope they carry that with them.”
The Teacher of the Year Award is given to an outstanding teacher on the faculty of the Presbyterian College School of Pharmacy each year. Students are invited to nominate a deserving faculty member each spring and nominees are selected for consideration based upon the following criteria:
- Concern for student learning
- General knowledge base
- Encouragement of student participation in the learning process
- Ability to stimulate learning
- Informative to students
- Pedagogical organization
- Communication skills
- Correlation between lectures and exam
- Fairness in the classroom
- Respect for students
- Ability to discuss matters outside of class
The winner of the Teacher of the Year Award receives a plague and paid travel expenses to this year’s American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy meeting in Chicago to be recognized at a luncheon for Teachers of the Year from across the country.
Dr. Farrell was described by students with the following comments:
“Shows great compassion for the material being taught.”
“Awesome at explaining anything that needs to be clarified.”
“Passionate about teaching and encourages students to ask questions!”
“Always positive and tests are fair.”
“What sets this teacher apart from others is that they make learning fun and interesting.”
“Really cares about the students here at PC and wants them to succeed. The door is always open if anyone has any questions or just wants to come by and say hello.”
“Encourages student participation in the learning process.”
“I will be able to use what this professor has taught me as a foundation for future learning.”
The Student Advocate Award was created to honor a staff member of the Presbyterian College School of Pharmacy who has gone above and beyond “the call of duty” in his or her job responsibilities. Staff are nominated by students during the spring semester and nominees are selected based upon the following criteria:
- exhibiting concern for and respect to students
- providing assistance or information to students in a manner that is above and beyond the “call of duty”
- demonstrating high quality interactions with individual students and/or student groups
- in some other way, positively impacting students’ experience at the PC School of Pharmacy
The 2012-2013 Student Advocate Award winner was described by students with the following comments:
“Goes out of her way to help students be successful, meet deadlines, and be organized.”
“I remember the first time I called PCSP to ask a question; she sounded so nice and was so helpful that it made me really interested in coming to PCSP!!”
“What sets this nominee apart from others is that she pretty much knows all of the pharmacy students by name.”
“She has made the transition from being close to home to 2 hours away easier. She has made herself always available when we need help with anything or just to talk and that has meant a lot to me.”
“Extremely helpful! Always the first person I ask a question to if I’m not sure who to ask.”
“Whenever I have doubts on whether or not I will succeed, she always provides kind words of encouragement.”
This year’s recipient of the Student Advocate Award is Ms. Gloria King, Student Affairs Coordinator.
Kimberly McDowell won the Outstanding Student Service award while Morgan Fleming was named the Outstanding Student Leadership award winner. Jean Whyte won the Outstanding Student Professionalism award.
The Class Presidents and Liaisons provided leadership this past year by representing their classmates on the Faculty-Student Liaison Committee and the Dean’s Council. In appreciation of their leadership and service to the School and their classmates, we are proud to present each Class Liaison with a Presbyterian College School of Pharmacy mortar and pestle and each Class President with a plaque commemorating their year as class president.
- Ryan Griesbaum, Class President, and Fairlynn Grooms, Class Liaison, for their service to the Class of 2014.
- Pat O’Day, Class President, and Lyndsay Priester, Class Liaison, for their service to the Class of 2014.
- Josh Johnson, Class President, and Paige Ross, Class Liaison, for their service to the Class of 2014.
PCSP participated in intramural soccer by creating a team called the Pharmica FC and our team was undefeated this past year winning first place in intramural soccer. This year’s championship team consisted of Alejandro Botero (Team Captain), Jay Patel, Patrick An, John Broccio, Jay Dailey, Dylan Furtick, Fellow Ibrahim, Dillon Moyer, David Ouelett, Frank Owusu, Jimmy Pappas, Atit Patel, Roshan Patel, Alan Rusnak, and Dr. Alfonso Romero-Sandoval.
The Dean’s List recognizes the students who achieved a GPA of at least at 3.50 during the spring 2012 or fall 2012 semesters, earning a place on the Dean’s list for either semester. We had a total of 78 students make the Dean’s List.
Stephanie Lynne Adams, Spring 2012 Jessica Lynn Anderson, Spring 2012 Ronnie McCall Anderson, Spring 2012, Fall 2012 Courtney Tianna Batson, Fall 2012 Marija Betejeva, Spring 2012, Fall 2012 Michael Kemper Booth, Fall 2012 Alejandro Botero, Spring 2012, Fall 2012 Kianta Neshae Brown, Spring 2012, Fall 2012 Katie Christine Brush, Spring 2012 Tuyen Bui, Spring 2012, Fall 2012 Travis James Burch, Fall 2012 Kathy Jennifer Carter, Spring 2012, Fall 2012 Gina Marie Centola, Fall 2012 Lindsey Rose Christiano, Fall 2012 Lucille Austin Clark, Fall 2012 Ashlyn M. Clarke, Spring 2012 Laleisha Victoria Cohen, Spring 2012, Fall 2012 Natasha Nicolette Colvin, Fall 2012 Lindsey Adair Connolly, Fall 2012 Heather Nicole Curry, Fall 2012 Laura Bethany Dajani, Spring 2012 Brittany Lauren Davis, Spring 2012, Fall 2012 Katie Louise Davis, Spring 2012, Fall 2012 Rachel Wilson Dillman, Spring 2012 Kelly Nicole Dye, Spring 2012, Fall 2012 Mary Elizabeth Dykes, Fall 2012 Angela Michelle Eppolito, Spring 2012 Brian Casey Fierova, Fall 2012 Morgan Allison Fleming, Spring 2012, Fall 2012 Jessica Lynn Gault, Spring 2012, Fall 2012 Tania Maria Ghalayini, Spring 2012 Jenny Monteith Goetzmann, Fall 2012 Sunanda Golakiya, Spring 2012, Fall 2012 Lyndsay Raye Gormley, Spring 2012 Shavonda Denise Green, Fall 2012 Fairlynn Renee Grooms, Spring 2012 Cassie Marie Hancock, Fall 2012 Phillippa Elizabeth Holden, Fall 2012 Edana Tamar Holliday, Fall 2012 Brielle Chari Holmes, Spring 2012, Fall 2012 Monica Lynne Horn, Fall 2012 Amy Marie Hynes, Fall 2012 Julie Elizabeth Knox, Spring 2012, Fall 2012 Kira Lynne Koenig, Fall 2012 Jason Michael Jones, Spring 2012 Lisa Marie Leary, Fall 2012 Marina Yaneli Leon, Fall 2012 Lauren MacLeod Linder, Fall 2012 Matthew Lewis Lineberger, Spring 2012, Fall 2012 Molly Ann Livingston, Spring 2012, Fall 2012 Cynthia Ly, Fall 2012 Bragan Rebecca Mace, Fall 2012 Landon Zane Marshall, Spring 2012, Fall 2012 Sarah Jeannette Masi, Spring 2012, Fall 2012 Daniel Paul McLawhorn, Fall 2012 Ricky Albert McMakin, Fall 2012 Courtney Megan Meade, Fall 2012 Harry Stephen Metropol, Spring 2012, Fall 2012 Cole Dixon Moore, Fall 2012 Dillon Lewis Moyer, Fall 2012 Jennifer Nicole Murphy, Spring 2012 John Ngo, Fall 2012 Meissa Cikanowick O’Dell, Spring 2012, Fall 2012 Demetrios Nicholas Pappas, Spring 2012, Fall 2012 Chad Steven Phifer, Spring 2012, Fall 2012 Arathi Anitha Pillay, Fall 2012 Courtney Michelle Reed, Spring 2012 Steven Joseph Robinette, Fall 2012 Spencer Marie Shelley, Fall 2012 Kim Sisouk, Fall 2012 Joseph Matthew Sleeman, Spring 2012 Paige Nichole Street, Fall 2012 Megan Danielle Sumner, Spring 2012, Fall 2012 Amber Miranda Swann, Fall 2012 Tuedjo Cynthia Tamboue, Fall 2012 Mary-Murk Rebecca Tollison, Spring 2012, Fall 2012 Jean Ann Whyte, Spring 2012 Mennie Zoogley, Fall 2012
The President’s List recognizes the students who achieved a perfect GPA of 4.00 during the spring 2012 or fall 2012 semesters. We had 10 students who hold this distinction.
Travis J. Burch, Spring 2012 Lucille A. Clark, Spring 2012 Jason M. Jones, Fall 2012 Jennifer M. Langley, Fall 2012 Courtney M. Reed, Fall 2012 Steven J. Robinette, Spring 2012 Alan D. Rusnak, Spring 2012, Fall 2012 Spencer M. Shelley, Spring 2012 L. Markie Webster, Fall 2012 Jared J. Williams, Spring 2012, Fall 2012
Pharmacy Student Ambassadors are a volunteer organization of students that serve as ambassadors in public relations with prospective students and their families, alumni, preceptors, and members of the community. The Director of Admissions selected a student ambassador who has gone above and beyond in serving this past year. The student selected was always willing to serve in a pinch and on more than one occasion when above and beyond the call of duty. In appreciation of his service to the School, we are proud to present Bartou Wilson with the Pharmacy Student Ambassadors Extra Mile Award.
Recruiting and admitting quality students here at Presbyterian College School of Pharmacy requires participation by a large number of people, including the Office of Professional Affairs, the Admissions Committee, faculty, staff, and students. We greatly appreciate everyone’s efforts in presenting the School to external constituents, interacting with prospects, interviewing applicants, and connecting with incoming students. Each year, the Office of Professional and Student Affairs recognizes a faculty member who has gone above and beyond with an Exemplary Service to Admissions Faculty Award. The Director of Admissions selected a faculty member who exhibited dedicated service to admissions by attending admissions events, interviewing students, and interacting with prospects and incoming students. This past year, the faculty member selected interviewed 29 students, attended all 3 admissions open house events and the Early Entry Pre-Pharmacy luncheon, called and wrote notes to accepted students, participated in the Class of 2017 Meet and Greet, helped facilitate our summer Exploring Pharmacy Day Camps – and all this was on top of taking on a new administrative role! In appreciation for her continued and dedicated service, we are proud to present Dr. Julie Sease with the Exemplary Service to Admissions Faculty Award.
The Preceptor of the Year Award seeks to recognize preceptors’ commitment to excellence and outstanding contributions to the educational development of future pharmacists at Presbyterian College School of Pharmacy. To be eligible for the award, a preceptor must have precepted a minimum of 6 students during the previous academic year AND must not have received the award within the last ﬁve years. The Preceptor of the Year demonstrates high standards of professionalism through:
- pharmacy leadership, service, and involvement
- expression of genuine concern for patients
- development of innovative or progressive practice
- demonstration of a continuous desire to enhance practice/professional skills
- employment of mutual respect, patience, and a constructive/positive attitude with students, fellow practitioners, and other health professionals
- consistent exhibition of professional ethics within the constraints of professional standards and the federal and state laws that govern the profession
This year’s Preceptor of the Year Award goes to: Dr. John Pearson with the Greenville Health System.
- Increasing Research at PCSP May 1, 2013
PCSP is proud to welcome Dr. Alfonso Romero-Sandoval to the Department of Pharmaceutical and Administrative Sciences. Alfonso received his MD from University of San Carlos in Guatemala, his PhD from University of Alcala in Madrid, Spain. He then completed his postdoctoral fellowship with Dr. Jim Eisenachat Wake Forest University before becoming a faculty member at Dartmouth Medical School.
Alfonso’s research interests include understanding the spinal mechanisms that are responsible for the switch from acute to chronic post-surgical pain. “Pain is a devastating human condition that is difficult to treat,” says Romero-Sandoval. He hopes his work “will one day have a tremendous impact on patients.” His research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health and the American Pain Society and has produced a number of very seminal papers in his field.
He has recently been awarded a competitive 3 year grant through the Scholars in Pain Program from the Rita Allen Foundation to study “Spinal Cord Mechanisms in the Resolution of Postoperative Pain.” The Rita Allen Foundation “recognizes researchers for their important achievements in pain research, and funds them with the latitude to translate their research findings from bench to bedside. We are thrilled to have Dr. Romero-Sandoval join our faculty at PCSP,” says Sarah Sweitzer, PhD, Director of Research at PCSP.
- Students, professors attend Legislative Day April 25, 2013
More than 50 PC School of Pharmacy students and five professors recently participated in the 2013 Legislative Day at the South Carolina State House. The event was especially significant now, as the Senate and the House are currently discussing several bills that will directly impact the pharmacy practice, according to Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice Dr. Kayce Shealy.
“Legislative Day was an opportunity for pharmacists, student pharmacists, and pharmacy technicians across the state to show support for the profession of pharmacy at the SC State House,” Shealy said. “Our profession is bound by the laws created by our legislators, so this gave us an opportunity to lobby for ourselves.”
Before attending the event, students and pharmacists wrote letters to legislators thanking them for their service to the state. The letters also served to draw attention to the pharmacy-specific bills that are being discussed and were hand-delivered by students, pharmacists, and technicians on Legislative Day. While delivering letters, participants had the opportunity to speak directly to legislators regarding the pharmacy profession and how important pharmacists are to the healthcare team.
“I was overwhelmed at the participation from our school, from both students and faculty,” Shealy said. “Any opportunity we have to advocate for our profession should be seized, and we did that.
“Students gained valuable experience as well by networking with other students and faculty from the pharmacy schools throughout the state, as well as with state legislators responsible for making decisions that can directly affect how they are able to practice.”
Approximately 200 pharmacists, student pharmacists, and technicians across South Carolina attended Legislative Day. Overall, nearly one-fourth of the participants at the event were PC School of Pharmacy students and professors.
- Student gains national recognition April 22, 2013
“My hopes were to start a career in health care administration after graduating from Clemson,” she said, “but I became interested in pharmacy while I was there. I worked part time in a community pharmacy throughout undergrad, and I developed a passion for our patients and the practice.”
Morgan’s passion for the pharmacy profession was recognized when she was only one of five students in the nation awarded the Zada M. Cooper Scholarship for Kappa Epsilon, a professional pharmacy fraternity.
Founded in honor of the fraternity’s founder, the Zada M. Cooper Scholarship recognizes superior academic achievement and substantial contribution to the fraternity.
“At the School of Pharmacy, I have had the opportunity to develop myself as a leader by holding several leadership positions in professional organizations,” Morgan said.
Morgan is heavily involved in Kappa Epsilon itself, serving as president, head of the social committee, and new member educator. She was also recently selected by fellow pharmacy students to become a member of the school’s chapter of Phi Lambda Sigma, a national pharmacy leadership society. In addition, Morgan serves as the PC School of Pharmacy student representative on PC’s Board of Trustees.
Morgan currently has not specified which area of pharmacy she’ll pursue after graduating next year.
“I have an interest in several areas of pharmacy,” she said, “and I am excited to learn more about these, as well as other career opportunities during my fourth-year rotations.”
- School of Pharmacy to take back unwanted drugs April 22, 2013
The Presbyterian College School of Pharmacy will attempt to rid the community of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs on Saturday, April 27th. Student chapters of the American Pharmacists Association (APhA-ASP) and the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA), along with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), will accept medications for disposal at the School of Pharmacy from 10 AM to 2 PM. The service is free and anonymous.
“At PC, we always try to serve our community as best we can,” said Patrick O’Day, a pharmacy student who has organized the initiative. “Providing a drug take back day allows us to gather potentially dangerous substances from our community and dispose of them properly, while teaching residents about safe usage and disposal of their medications.”
Last April, Americans turned in 552,161 pounds—276 tons—of prescription drugs at over 5,600 sites operated by the DEA and nearly 4,300 state and local law enforcement partners. In its four previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners took in over 1.5 million pounds—nearly 775 tons—of pills.
This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.
Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.
Four days after the first event, Congress passed the Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010, which amends the Controlled Substances Act to allow an “ultimate user” of controlled substance medications to dispose of them by delivering them to entities authorized by the Attorney General to accept them. The Act also allows the Attorney General to authorize long term care facilities to dispose of their residents’ controlled substances in certain instances. DEA is drafting regulations to implement the Act.
Until new regulations are in place, Presbyterian College School of Pharmacy and the DEA will continue to hold prescription drug take-back events every few months.
- Dr. Sarah Sweitzer named PC Scholar of the Year April 19, 2013
April 18th, 2013, was Honors Day at Presbyterian College. That afternoon Dr Sarah Sweitzer, Associate Professor and Director of Research at PC School of Pharmacy was presented the Presbyterian College Scholar of the Year Award. This prestigious award is presented to the PC faculty member who exemplifies outstanding research and scholarly activity. The award winner is selected by a committee of faculty members from all departments of Presbyterian College.
Dr Sweitzer has worked with many pharmacy and undergraduate students on research projects during the past year. She has also been dedicated in her efforts as Director of Research in developing policies, mentoring and assisting faculty identify funding sources and evaluating their proposals. She has also been involved with the local middle school Science Olympiad program in Clinton, SC.
Dr. Sweitzer has probably traveled the most non-traditional career paths into Pharmacy Education and into the Southern United States. She is originally from California and moved to Nevada to pursue her BS degree in (Physical) Chemistry from the University of Nevada, Reno. From Nevada she went to Dartmouth College School of Medicine in New Hampshire to purse her PhD in Pharmacology and Toxicology with an emphasis in Neuroscience and Pain Research. She then crossed back across the country and completed her post-doctoral fellowship at Stanford University School of Medicine in California. Then, for the third time, she crossed the country for faculty position at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine were she ran a government funded translational research laboratory exploring mechanisms of pain in sickle cell disease before joining the faculty at PCSP. Over the course of her career she has had the pleasure of seeing one of her research compounds enter phase II human FDA studies and she has worked with undergraduates, graduate, physical therapy, genetic counseling, nurse anesthesia, medical and now pharmacy students. Dr. Sweitzer says that the best part of her career is when she gets to work side-by-side with students at the research bench and share her love of science with the next generation of scientists and health care providers. In all of her spare time, she takes science into her children’s classrooms and designs experiments for elementary school students.
Congratulations to Dr. Sarah Sweitzer for being named the Presbyterian College Scholar of the Year for 2013.
- Pharmacy student finds his path March 8, 2013
Third-year pharmacy student Ryan Griesbaum has known since high school that he wanted to be a pharmacist. He worked in a “mom and pop independent pharmacy” in his hometown of Eighty Four, Pennsylvania during his junior and senior years.
“I really fell in love with it,” Ryan said. “I had a great mentor who was a great pharmacist.”
After high school he moved on to the University of Pittsburgh, where he majored in biology. He also worked in one of the hospitals in the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center network for a few years. While working in an intensive care unit pharmacy as an undergraduate, Ryan realized the pharmacy path he wanted to take: retail.
“I remember being in the hospital ICU pharmacy and just thinking, there must be a way to reach these patients before they’re here,” Ryan said. “I think that retail is the most preventative care you can really come up with, as far as reaching patients before their disease states progress to points that they can’t return from.”
Ryan decided to pursue retail pharmacy further when he met with Target representatives during an intern fair at the PC School of Pharmacy two years ago. He completed Target’s 10-week summer internship program after his first year and then again at the end of his second year. He now serves as a liaison for Target at the PC School of Pharmacy.
“I do screenings for students who are interested in an internship with Target,” Ryan said. “Students can share their resumes with me, and I’ll help prepare them for talks and interviews with other Target leaders.”
Ryan says that serving as a Target liaison has honed his leadership skills. Ryan is currently organizing a Target Leadership Workshop for all South Carolina pharmacy students that will take place in the spring semester.
“I plan to continue my involvement in community pharmacy with Target because of the incredible mentors and supervisors that I have there,” Ryan said. “They help me understand my strengths and opportunities in order to become a better leader and a better pharmacist.”
And Ryan’s involvement has paid off: he was recently inducted into the Phi Lambda Sigma Pharmacy Leadership Society. He is also president of the third-year pharmacists’ class and a member of the Association of Student Pharmacists and a former member of Student Societies of Health-system Pharmacy.
- Student impacts school, community February 5, 2013
Bartou Wilson has known since he was little that he wanted to be a pharmacist. The second-year pharmacy student has always looked up to a cousin who was a pharmacy tech. In fact, a lot of people in Wilson’s hometown of Georgetown, South Carolina looked up to him.
“He was very influential to me,” Wilson said.
Wilson wants to have the same positive influence on the youth in his hometown that his cousin had on him. This drive is one thing that motivates Wilson to earn his Doctorate of Pharmacy.
And this drive is also what won him the Walgreen’s Diversity Scholarship, presented to a student who raises awareness about diversity-related matters impacting the pharmacy profession.
“As a pharmacist, I look forward to making an impact in my hometown and reaching out to the youth of the urban community,” Wilson said.
The Francis Marion University graduate has already made a big impact in the short time he’s been in the Clinton community. Last year he met with residents at a retirement center during Service Day, and he helped members with health concerns at a local church. He now mentors youth at that same church.
Wilson has made his presence felt on the pharmacy school campus in his second year. He was one of three pharmacy students to found the Student National Pharmacy Association, a student group that serves the community and strives to promote diversity in the pharmacy profession. The group has already been involved in several volunteer and civic efforts. Wilson helped organize a voter registration event, and he has an AIDS Awareness event planned for later this school year.
- Student to attend Presidential Inauguration Ball January 18, 2013
“I must have shaken the right hands at the Capitol,” third-year PC School of Pharmacy student Jay Patel joked about his time in Washington, DC last summer.
Last July, Patel, the president of PCSP’s chapter of the American Pharmacists Association-Academy of Students of Pharmacy, attended the organization’s Summer Leadership Institute in the nation’s capital.
South Carolina legislators were so impressed with Patel that the South Carolina State Society invited him to the Presidential Inauguration Ball.
“I am excited to potentially be a voice for student pharmacists across the nation,” Patel said.
While in Washington last year, Patel discussed President Obama’s Affordable Care Act and the healthcare reform with state legislators, including South Carolina Congressman Jeff Duncan.
Patel also attended a series of educational sessions designed to hone his and other APhA-ASP officers’ leadership skills. Patel strives to apply the skills he learned at the Summer Leadership Institute and excel in the pharmacy profession.
“I’m excited about attending an event as prestigious as the Presidential Inauguration Ball,” Patel said. “It will be a great opportunity to meet with superior leaders of the nation and network with successful professionals.”
In addition to being president of the PCSP chapter of the APhA-ASP, Patel is also a member of several organizations: Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy, National Community Pharmacists Association, Kappa Epsilon (a national professional pharmacy fraternity), South Carolina Pharmacists Association (SCPhA), and the Center for Entrepreneurial Development.
- New Dean for Presbyterian College School of Pharmacy December 17, 2012
The dean of the Presbyterian College School of Pharmacy (PCSP), Dr. Richard Stull, announced on Friday, December 14th that he is stepping down as dean on December 31, 2012. Dr. Cliff Fuhrman, professor and associate dean for academic affairs, will serve as interim dean for the School of Pharmacy starting on January 1, 2013. In the new year, Presbyterian College will begin the search for a new dean.
Stull came to PCSP in 2008 from the University of Charleston in Charleston, West Virginia, where he was dean of the school of pharmacy and assistant provost for graduate studies. Stull holds a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences and a master’s and doctorate in pharmacology. He also served as a postdoctoral scholar at the University of California San Francisco School of Medicine.
While at PCSP, Stull led the development of programs that support the school’s motto Care for the Community and that emphasize rural, indigent, and medically underserved populations. Dr. Claude C. Lilly, President of Presbyterian College, expresses his gratitude for Dean Stull’s service to Presbyterian College and the School of Pharmacy.
“Dean Stull’s robust leadership has laid a solid and promising foundation for the Presbyterian College School of Pharmacy. Thanks to his recruitment of superb faculty, staff, and students, PCSP will continue to embody the commitment to service and excellence that has guided Presbyterian College through its 132-year history,” Lilly says.
The mission of PCSP is to improve the health of South Carolinians and society in general—a mission to which Stull has contributed significantly. He spearheaded the development of an ongoing state-wide initiative called COMPASSION. This program began in 2009 as a collaboration between PCSP, South Carolina Free Clinic Association, and the BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina Foundation to provide care to underserved patients in South Carolina’s free medical clinics.
A strong advocate and supporter of community pharmacies, Stull initiated the PCSP Center for Entrepreneurial Development (CED), a program that fosters innovative thinking and a culture of entrepreneurism for pharmacy students, undergraduate students, and community members. The CED is just one of many partnerships that PCSP has developed with the City of Clinton to help support the town and surrounding communities.
“Building a graduate pharmacy school is a significant undertaking. Thanks to Dean Stull’s leadership at a crucial time, PCSP is now set to make a positive and lasting difference in both the lives of our current and future pharmacy students and in the health of our fellow citizens in the Southeast,” Lilly adds.
Citing the good work already accomplished, Lilly looks forward to the contributions of Dr. Cliff Fuhrman and the PCSP faculty and students as they continue to build upon the foundation that has been laid for the School of Pharmacy.
Before joining PCSP in 2009, Fuhrman was assistant dean and clinical associate professor at the department of basic pharmaceutical sciences at the University of South Carolina College of Pharmacy. He also served there as director of curriculum assessment and development and as staff pharmacist at Palmetto Baptist Hospital in Columbia. Fuhrman is a past president of the South Carolina Society of Health Systems Pharmacists, which named him Pharmacist of the Year in 2001. He was named USC College of Pharmacy Teacher of the Year in 1998 and 2003.
- PCSP Students Reach out to Community December 3, 2012
Members of Kappa Epsilon (KE), a professional pharmacy fraternity at Presbyterian College School of Pharmacy (PCSP), recently distributed information about breast health during the second annual Mobile Mammogram hosted at PCSP.
Since KE’s national philanthropy is breast cancer awareness, the local group contacted Jackie Foster, the mobile mammogram program coordinator with the Bearden-Josey Center for Breast Health in Spartanburg. The main focus was to serve the community and help the under-served through the local pharmacy school’s partnership with the Good Shepherd Free Medical Clinic.
Mammograms were offered to women who are patients of Good Shepherd over the age of 40 and who qualified for screenings on the mobile unit.
“We are happy to be able to provide this service for the second year in a row to the women of Good Shepherd Free Medical Clinic,” said Dr. Kate Moore. “Our students embody the school’s mission of service to the community,” she said, “and as their faculty adviser, I could not be more proud.”
The mobile mammogram not only helped KE raise awareness about breast cancer, but also brings to light the school of pharmacy’s motto of ‘Care for the Community.’
“I am proud to be a part of Presbyterian College School of Pharmacy, and happy Kappa Epsilon could coordinate with Bearden-Josey and the Good Shepherd Clinic to bring the mobile mammogram unit to PCSP for a second year,” said KE secretary Holli Pender. “It is truly our pleasure to bring such a service to Clinton.
Members of Kappa Epsilon were excited to be able to offer help to women in our community that may not be able to receive this kind of service otherwise, and the group is looking forward to this service for many years to come.
- Students Prepare for National Competition November 16, 2012Presbyterian College School of Pharmacy (PCSP) will be well represented at the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) National Conference, which will be held on December 3-4 in Las Vegas.Third-year pharmacy students Jennifer Carter and Alan Rusnak will compete with other teams from across the country in a clinical skills competition. The competition is very involved, as participating students are challenged to perform at the highest levels in a limited amount of time.Each team receives an in-depth clinical patient case; in a two-hour period they are required to evaluate the best medical management strategy for the patient. Their final assessment and recommendation will be presented and judged in written form. Those selected will then move on to the final stage of competition and deliver a verbal presentation of their case assessment.Carter and Rusnak earned the right to represent PCSP at the National Conference by winning the school’s competition, which was held on October 13th, and then representing PCSP at the South Carolina competition held on October 25th. Also recognized at the state competition were Kelly Dye and Lyndsay Gormley, who placed second in the school’s competition.“The purpose of the competition is to provide students with the opportunity to apply their knowledge in a simulated patient case as they would in private practice,” said Dr. Nancy Goodbar, Faculty Advisor for the Presbyterian College Student Society of Health-SystemPharmacists (SSHP). “This is a great chance for them to experience what it takes to be a pharmacist.”This is the second year of participation in the national competition for PCSP. Carter and Rusnak represented the school last year, and while they did not place, their scores were impressive.“We are extremely proud of their performance last year and excited to have them represent the school again this year,” said Dr. Richard Stull, Dean of PCSP.PCSP will have a strong presence at the conference this year. Four groups of students will be presenting research posters highlighting their research projects. Also, the SSHP was selected to showcase their “Thank a Preceptor” project. The project was an initiative to encourage all pharmacy students to personally thank their preceptor during “Pharmacy Week.”
- School of Pharmacy celebrates National Pharmacists Month November 9, 2012
During National Pharmacist Month, Presbyterian College School of Pharmacy (PCSP) hosted the American Pharmacists Association – Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP) chapter meeting.
The meeting was held on October 17th, which was designated by APhA as “Make Your Mark” day. Guest speakers for the meeting included Mayor Michael Ross of Blythewood, South Carolina and Eugene O’Donnell, CEO of the South Carolina Pharmacists’ Association.
Mayor Ross, a small business owner of pharmacy and volunteer with the free clinic, encouraged students to network with others in the industry and to make a difference in the local community.
O’Donnell provided a passionate message and encouraged pharmacy students to get involved in the profession during their training.
“There are multiple career paths for pharmacists to choose from, all leading to making a positive contribution,” said Dr. Richard Stull, Dean of PCSP.
APhA-ASP Chapter President Jay Patel, a third-year pharmacy student, presided over the program.
“We had a large group of students attend the meeting and I was pleased that the theme of service in the local community was highlighted on ‘Make Your Mark’ day,” said Patel.
- October is National Pharmacist Month October 19, 2012
October is recognized as National Pharmacist Month by the American Pharmacist Association (APhA), which focuses on educating patients, motivating staff, and engaging and inspiring the community to Know Your PHARMACIST, Know Your MEDICINE. The South Carolina Pharmacy Association brought SCPHA board members, as well as students from each school in South Carolina together in Columbia, SC recently for a proclamation signing by the State’s governor. PCSP students Paula Bamis, Tuyen Bui, and Emily Yoho attended the proclamation for National Pharmacist Month signing by South Carolina Governor, Nikki Haley.
“As a future pharmacist, I feel it is imperative to represent pharmacists and their vast fields in a positive demeanor and illustrate the important role they fulfill in healthcare”, said second-year student, Paula Bamis. Bamis went further, stating “in order to advocate for the recognition of pharmacists as healthcare professionals, it is important that we be present at events such as the signing of the American Pharmacists Month Proclamation by Govern Nikki Haley. I attended the event due to my beliefs that through networking and active involvement with our local and state government, we can make a difference in how the profession of pharmacy is perceived.”
National Pharmacist Month (NPhM) is a time to recognize pharmacists for the vital contributions they make to health care in the United States through improved medication use and advanced patient care. It serves to promote pharmacists as the medication experts and an integral part of the health care team. NPhM aims to educate the public, policymakers, and other health care professionals about the role pharmacists play in the reduction of overall health care costs and the safe and effective management of medications
“I chose to become a pharmacist so I could be directly involved with caring for patients and work on healthcare teams to decide the best treatment for patients”, said third-year student Emily Yoho.
- Pharmacy student connects with PCSP motto September 20, 2012
“Choosing PC School of Pharmacy was honestly a really easy choice for me,” first-year pharmacy student Merritt Hardee said. “Many other schools I looked at had strong focuses on research and other areas of pharmacy that I am not extremely interested in.
“The motto here is ‘care for the community,’ which obviously is a passion of mine.”
Hardee discovered while earning her pre-pharmacy degree at USC that her passion for the pharmacy profession stemmed from service. Of all the rotations she was involved in as an undergrad, she most enjoyed the ones spent in independent community pharmacies.
“A community pharmacy,” Hardee said, “is one that provides the most needed or beneficial health care services for the people in that specific community. In this setting I was really able to see, and even experience, relationships grow between the patients and me.”
Hardee’s desire to serve others is so great that she is focused on beginning her own pharmacy practice after she earns her Pharm.D. degree. This drive recently won her the JM Smith Scholarship, which recognizes students with entrepreneurial ambition in pharmacy.
“I am interested in owning my own pharmacy because there is not a pharmacy in my hometown that really offers the services that I think the people in my community could use,” she said.
Hardee believes that many people, like ones in her hometown of Darlington, SC, could benefit from compounding and delivery services from their pharmacy.
“Also, making sure that patients adhere to their medication directions is part of a pharmacist’s job,” Hardee said. “Being able to own my own pharmacy means that I can implement whatever programs I think would help this and other issues.”
- Claflin Student Completes Research Project at PCSP September 14, 2012
Kibba Fogle, a senior at Claflin University, spent this summer on the campus of the Presbyterian College School of Pharmacy completing a research project. Kibba is a part of the Three + Four Dual-Degree Articulation Agreement that will allow her to earn a Bachelor of Science degree from Claflin University and a doctorate in pharmacy from the PC School of Pharmacy.
While at the PCSP, Kibba worked with professor, Dr. Sarah Sweitzer, to complete a research project. Kibba tested using daphnia (water fleas) as a rapid inexpensive screen to new pain medication. Kibba formed different models to test the sensory ability of the daphnia. Kibba is currently writing her findings for IMPULSE, an undergraduate neuroscience journal. In addition, she will present her findings in a poster at the SYNAPSE meeting, a regional undergraduate neuroscience meeting in the spring of 2013.
Outside of completing research, Kibba was able to gain experiences that model the PCSP and will make her a more well-rounded pharmacy student. She had the opportunity to shadow Dr. Charles Shively in the PCSP Community Pharmacy and a local pharmacist with CVS in Clinton. Kibba also shadowed staff pharmacists in a hospital setting. The goal was to get Kibba familiar with pharmacy as a profession and the different career path pharmacists have.
In addition to shadowing different pharmacists, Kibba was able to volunteer at the local United Ministries Food Bank on Tuesdays. “Volunteering at the food bank was one of my best community service experiences because everything came in thankful. Seeing people smile really touches me,” Kibba said.
When asked about her experience at the PCSP, Kibba said, “My experience has been excellent. I love how the town is so welcoming. I see that Presbyterian is out in the community. I have only been told positive things when it comes to the school. The PCSP has a beautifully designed facility, and I can’t wait to become a pharmacy student here in Fall 2013!”
- Professor wins young pharmacist award August 23, 2012
Dr. Kayce Shealy, assistant professor of pharmacy practice, was named the 2012 Distinguished Young Pharmacist by the South Carolina Pharmacy Association (SCPhA).
The Distinguished Young Pharmacist Award is presented to a pharmacist who has demonstrated passion for providing pharmacy care for their patients and their community, and commitment to the profession through participation in SCPhA, state and national organizations. The award is sponsored by Pharmacists Mutual.
“Kayce is a stellar example of the next generation of pharmacists in the profession,” said Terry Blackmon, RPh, South Carolina Pharmacy Association 2011-2012 president. “To be so involved at this stage in her career is remarkable.”
Shealy has been extremely active in the profession and has served in various leadership positions, including serving for two years in the SCPhA House of Delegates. She currently chairs the New Practitioner Special Interest Group (SIG) at SCPhA and is an active member of the Continuing Education planning committee. She serves as the advisor for Presbyterian College’s chapter of the Academy of Student Pharmacists and sits on several national committees.
Shealy has been a champion for the profession, encouraging students to not only become members of the profession, but to take active roles. She has facilitated student groups attending professional association meetings.
- High school students enjoy day on campus August 7, 2012
Richland County (SC) high school students recently visited the School of Pharmacy to learn about the pharmacy profession and education. The one-day camp was part of the GEARUP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) program, which promotes academic achievement and college awareness.
“The GEARUP camp was a great chance for the pharmacy school to guide students who have an interest in healthcare,” said Gwen Byrd, Director of Admissions at the School of Pharmacy.
Pharmacy school professors and second- and third-year students taught the Richland County students about preparing for the pharmacy profession and some common pharmacist workday tasks.
The students worked with simulated patients in the laboratory, reading vital monitors, evaluating patients, and prescribing and administering medication. Students also learned how to compound a lotion and syrup in the wet lab, learned about blood pressure, nutrition, and patient health, and more.
Dr. Laura Fox, Assistant Dean for Professional & Student Affairs, discussed pharmacists’ many career options and what students would need to do during high school and college to make themselves competitive for pharmacy school.
- School supports Relay for Life June 1, 2012
PC joined the Laurens County community in rallying in the fight against cancer during this year’s Relay for Life events. Together, students, faculty, and staff from the School of Pharmacy and the College of Arts and Sciences raised more than $6700 and helped spread awareness of cancer research.
“The PC School of Pharmacy is dedicated to giving back to the community,” said Cinda Vondergeest, Administrative Assistant in the Pharmacy Practice Department. Vondergeest served as team captain for the pharmacy school’s Relay for Life team.
The School of Pharmacy won the Best Rookie Team award for 2012. Zach Anderson, a professor at the pharmacy school, sang and played guitar during the talent show. Several other faculty and staff members participated in various events.
“Most people, if not everyone, have at some point been touched by cancer, either directly or indirectly,” Vondergeest said. “I believe there is hope to find a cure for all types of cancer and events like Relay can go a long way to support that.”
Laurens County Relay for Life was composed of 43 teams and 435 team members and has raised $84,253 overall this year. Community members not on Relay for Life teams also participated during the event, donating money, participating in fundraisers, and attending events.
- Presbyterian College School of Pharmacy bestows awards May 21, 2012
The Presbyterian College School of Pharmacy recently recognized achievement in academics and service during an awards presentation ceremony in Edmunds Hall on the main PC campus.
Students, faculty, staff, and community members recognized for their achievement include:
- Dr. Julie M. Sease, Teacher of the Year
- Marija Betejeva, Pharmacy Student Ambassadors Extra-Mile Award
- Kimberly McDowell, Pharmacy Student Government Association Past President Award
- Matthew L. Lineberger, Academy of Student Pharmacists Past President Award
- Roshan S. Patel, Kappa Epsilon Professional Pharmacy Fraternity Past President Award
- Kelly N. Dye, National Community Pharmacists Association Past President Award
- Courtney M. Reed, Student Society of Health-System Pharmacists Past President Award
- Cora M. Jackson, Student Advocate Award
- Jessica Lynn Anderson, Outstanding Student Service Award
- Matthew Lewis Lineberger, Outstanding Student Leadership Award
- W. Forrest Adair, RPh, Preceptor of the Year
Students who made the President’s List include:
- Jessica Lynn Anderson, Fall 2011
- Kathy Jennifer Carter, Spring 2011, Fall 2011
- Laura Walter Dajani, Fall 2011
- Courtney Michelle Reed, Spring 2011
- Steven Joseph Robinette, Fall 2011
- Alan Douglas Rusnak, Spring 2011, Fall 2011
- Jared James Williams, Spring 2011, Fall 2011
Students who made the Dean’s List include:
- Stephanie Lynne Adams, Fall 2011
- Scott Taylor Bagwell, Fall 2011
- Candice Berry, Fall 2011
- Marija Betejeva, Fall 2011
- Queetta Shato Boyd, Fall 2011
- John Vincent Broccio, Fall 2011
- Kianta Neshae Brown, Spring 2011
- Katie Christine Brush, Spring 2011
- Tuyen Bui, Fall 2011
- Travis James Burch, Spring 2011, Fall 2011
- Gina Marie Centola, Spring 2011
- Ashley Michelle Cherniawski, Fall 2011
- Lucille A. Clark, Spring 2011, Fall 2011
- Ashlyn M. Clarke, Fall 2011
- Laleisha Victoria Cohen, Fall 2011
- Katie Louise Davis, Fall 2011
- Rachel Wilson Dillman, Fall 2011
- Kelly Nicole Dye, Spring 2011, Fall 2011
- Angela Michelle Eppolito, Spring 2011
- Jessica Lynn Gault, Fall 2011
- Tania Maria Ghalayini, Fall 2011
- Sunanda Golakiya, Fall 2011
- Shavonda Denise Green, Fall 2011
- Ryan Edward Griesbaum, Spring 2011
- Lindsey Michelle Helms, Fall 2011
- Jason Michael Jones, Fall 2011
- Julie Elizabeth Knox, Spring 2011, Fall 2011
- Lauren MacLeod Linder, Fall 2011
- Molly Ann Livingston, Fall 2011
- Landon Zane Marshall, Spring 2011, Fall 2011
- Jennifer Nicole Murphy, Fall 2011
- John Ngo, Fall 2011
- Chad Steven Phifer, Fall 2011
- Courtney Michelle Reed, Fall 2011
- Spencer Marie Shelley, Fall 2011
- Joseph Matthew Sleeman, Fall 2011
- Linda Fasig Smith, Fall 2011
- Laney Shuler Spigener, Fall 2011
- Allison Marie Whitney, Fall 2011
- Jean Ann Whyte, Fall 2011
- Professors serve abroad May 21, 2012
Dr. Zach Anderson spent a week in the Dominican Republic while Drs. Kate Gerrald and Tommy Johnson served in Honduras.
“I have always felt a calling to serve others, both domestically and overseas,” Anderson said. “This past spring I finally got the chance to use my expertise to give others something that Americans take for granted, which is quality health care.”
The pharmacy school professors traveled with professors and students from a local medical school. While the local school has taken similar service trips before, this year’s trips mark the first time that pharmacists have served.
In addition to filling prescription orders and compounding medications, the School of Pharmacy professors served as preceptors to the medical students and led discussions on pharmacy-related issues.
“Each day was different,” Johnson said. “Since it was first come, first served, people would walk two to three hours sometimes to get treated.”
In Honduras, Johnson and Gerrald set up pharmacies in schools and churches, seeing nearly 100 patients each day. They provided multivitamins, antibiotics, and parasite medications and treated a variety of ailments, including malnourishment, cough and cold, stomach issues, and allergies.
In addition, Johnson and Gerrald provided well child checks to children at an orphanage.
In the Dominican Republic, Anderson established day clinics in churches, schools, and in a local resident’s home. He treated more than 500 patients with a variety of health concerns.
“You often see television commercials about the poverty of third world countries,” Anderson said, “but I can honestly say that those commercials could never compare to how heavy my heartstrings were tugged when I got to meet the Dominican patients.”
School of Pharmacy professors have served on various service trips since the school’s founding. The school is currently looking to incorporate similar trips into students’ rotations so that students can gain valuable experience while benefiting from serving others.
“I was touched by how thankful people were for what at times was very little — even just for multivitamins which we take for granted here,” Gerrald said. “As an educator, it was also an excellent experience to see students embrace their knowledge and use it to make a difference in the lives of the patients we provided medications to.”
- Pharmacy school center inspires entrepreneurs April 20, 2012
The Center for Entrepreneurial Development (CED) at Presbyterian College School of Pharmacy (PCSP) has completed the first series of workshops for students on building skills for entrepreneurial success.
In January of this year PCSP launched the Center for Entrepreneurial Development which will present a series of workshops to selected students. The workshops are designed to provide students with the practical business skills that they will need to own and operate their own businesses or take a product to market.
The workshops already presented include; “Developing a Strategy for Success for Your Small Business,” “Building a Business Plan for Your Entrepreneurial Venture,” and “Guerrilla Marketing Strategies.” The CED is developing 12-16 workshops that will be offered as evening workshops for students. Members of the local business community have also attended the workshops.
“We are pleased with the interest shown by the students and community for the workshop courses,” said Dr. Richard Stull, dean of PCSP. “Individuals participating in the workshops are engaged and motivated to go out and make a difference in the world.”
As part of the commitment to giving back to the community, the workshop series is open to interested members of the local community, several of which have expressed strong support and application for their individual success. For more information about the Center for Entrepreneurial Development and the workshop series and scheduled classes go to http://pharmacy.presby.edu/entrepreneurial-workshop-series/.
- School of Pharmacy Receives Driving Simulator March 26, 2012
Thanks to a grant from the Fullerton Foundation, the Presbyterian College School of Pharmacy received a CDS-250 DriveSafety driving simulator that will help with research on effects of medications on drivers.
Dr. David Eagerton currently works with psychologists, engineers, and physicians from Clemson University in research that examines the effects of medications on elderly drivers. They will soon begin a project that will examine the effects of medication on college-age drivers as well.
“We’ll start with the medicines for attention deficit disorders and attention deficit and hyperactivity disorders because those drugs are commonly prescribed in that population and have a potential to be abused by a large segment of that population,” Eagerton said.
In addition, the research will determine what the “Use Caution When Driving” message actually means when shown on prescribed medication with potential to cause degradation of driving.
“What does that mean?” Eagerton said. “Most people don’t know what that means. We don’t have a lot of that information.”
“The beauty of [this research] is having that information and teaching pharmacists what it really means and how important it really is because pharmacists are still one of the most trusted members of the community. They can help educate their patients and the physicians.”
The driving simulator is the same kind that Eagerton and the research group from Clemson use at Clemson, the Greenville Hospital, and Palmetto Richland Hospital.
“As a school, it gives us a tool that we could use to train not only our students but the whole community of pharmacists in general about real information about drugs and driving.”
Before becoming a pharmacy professor at the PC School of Pharmacy, Dr. David Eagerton served 12 years as the chief toxicologist for South Carolina’s Law Enforcement Division (SLED). Now Eagerton is using his background in toxicology to conduct research that will benefit pharmacists and members of the community.
- School of Pharmacy recognized for service December 14, 2011
When the Presbyterian College School of Pharmacy opened its doors in 2010, the inaugural group of students was certain of at least two things – they were being invited not only to learn about their profession but also to serve their communities.
Completely committed to fulfilling PC’s motto, Dum Vivimus Servimus, the School of Pharmacy adopted a mission to develop students who, in part, have an “unwavering ethical foundation” and will “dedicate their lives to community service.”
A scant year later, more than students have taken notice.
This fall, the Argus Commission of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy announced that the PC School of Pharmacy was one of only two schools nationally to be nominated for the Weaver Award for Transformative Community Service. The pharmacy school was the runner-up for the award.
According to Dr. Julie Sease, one of a team of pharmacy faculty charged with documenting PCSP’s commitment to service, the nomination was built on a wide range of factors – including admissions criteria, group projects like Service Day at student orientation, and institutional programs that benefit the local community.
One of PCSP’s most dynamic service projects is COMPASSION, a rough acronym for Creation of a Model Pharmacotherapy Service for the South Carolina Free Clinic Association. A collaboration between PCSP, the S.C. Free Clinic Association, and the Blue Cross and Blue Shield South Carolina Foundation, COMPASSION is an ongoing project begun in 2009 to provide care to underserved patients.
During its first year, PCSP established a pharmacotherapy clinic at Good Shepherd Free Medical Clinic in Clinton staffed by PCSP practice faculty. Specifically, Sease focused on diabetes patients, educating them about their disease and medications – and setting goals for their individual health.
After two years of collecting data, Sease said the program has made “statistically significant” gains in improving the lives of its patients – also saving the community approximately $280,000 in health care costs. Presenting its findings at the Diabetic Initiative earlier this year, PCSP won in the clinical category for a poster presentation.
Its partnership with Good Shepherd also gives students meaningful service learning opportunities that bring them face to face with underserved patients from throughout Laurens County. In 2010, PCSP established a licensed pharmacy at its Clinton campus where student volunteers combine learning and service in a functioning pharmacy.
Reaching out even more
Students and faculty also reach out publicly to the community at school-sponsored health programs on campus and in local schools, churches, and companies. Nearly a third of the pharmacy student body, for example, designed and led Poison Prevention Week activities earlier this year at Ford and Waterloo elementary schools where the educated children on the dangers of poisonous substances found in homes and how to avoid them.
PCSP students also managed to find time to volunteer with a variety of healthcare professionals outside Laurens County, including free medical clinics in Anderson and Woodruff, the Carolina Center for Behavioral Health Pharmacy in Greer, Hospice of the Upstate in Anderson, and Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands in Columbia.
“(Students) do a whole lot more than they have to,” Sease said.
The same can be said of her colleagues, as well. Service at PCSP isn’t only and expectation for students; it is modeled extensively by its faculty. In addition to their involvement in public health outreach programs and serving regularly at Good Shepherd and the PC Community Care Pharmacy, they have crocheted blankets for Daybreak Crisis Pregnancy Center, distributed food to the homeless at United Ministries of Clinton, and volunteered at Hospice of Laurens County, Southern Baptist Disaster Relief, and the National Organization of Victim Assistance, among others.
While it has yet to graduate its first pharmacists, the School of Pharmacy already has proven a deep commitment to community service. It is, however, nice to get some outside validation for “Dum Vivimus Servimus.”
“It’s absolutely awesome to be one of the two top nominees,” said Sease. “… It’s very satisfying to know that our mission is being recognized, not just by our students but by other professional groups.”
- Professors earn new distinction December 14, 2011
PC School of Pharmacy professors Dr. Julie Sease and Dr. Kate Gerrald recently earned the distinction Board Certified Ambulatory Care Pharmacist from the Board of Pharmacy Specialties. Sease and Gerrald were among the first pharmacists to receive the distinction.
“Having the BCACP credential provides an extra assurance to the physicians I work with, the patients I help to care for, and the students and residents I teach that my knowledge base about ambulatory care topics is sufficient to allow me to take an active role in disease state and medication management and to help teach others to do so as well,” Sease said.
Ambulatory care pharmacy practice is “the provision of integrated, accessible health care services by pharmacists who are accountable for addressing medication needs, developing sustained partnerships with patients, and practicing in the context of family and community,” according to the Board of Pharmacy Specialties website.
This is accomplished through direct patient care and medication management for ambulatory patients, long-term relationships, coordination of care, patient advocacy, wellness and health promotion, triage and referral, and patient education and self-management.
- P1s, new professors sign Honor Code September 12, 2011
First-year School of Pharmacy students, or P1s, and new professors signed the Honor Code during a recent ceremony at Opening Convocation on the PC campus. According to Honor Council chair and P2 Julie Knox, the Honor Code is an integral part of the pharmacy school.
“Signing the Honor Code is crucial to creating the trusting environment that is needed for interactions not only between students, but also students and their professors,” Knox said. “Everyone pledges to refrain from being dishonest not only regarding schoolwork, but also in daily life.”
The Honor Code states:
“On my honor, I will abstain from all deceit. I will neither give nor receive unacknowledged aid in my academic work, nor will I permit such action by any member of this community. I will respect the persons and property of the community, and will not condone discourteous or dishonest treatment of these by my peers. In my every act, I will seek to maintain a high standard of honesty and truthfulness for myself and for the College.”
- Students help community during first Service Day September 1, 2011
The PC School of Pharmacy recently held its first Service Day, a day during Orientation Week devoted entirely to fulfilling the school’s promise of caring for the community.
The entire class of incoming first year students, as well as several faculty and staff members, volunteered at eight locations in Clinton and the surrounding area.
“It’s a great opportunity for us to become more of a part of the community and see the people we can help serve,” said Kayce Shealy, assistant professor at the School of Pharmacy. “It brings us back to reality. Most of the time we’re in our offices and classrooms.
“(Service Day) is a chance for us to get out and meet people we serve.”
Shealy and several students, including Kasey Wilson, met and served ice cream to residents at Bailey Manor, a retirement community in Clinton.
“I enjoyed the most just talking to the elderly,” Wilson said. “The residents told me numerous times how glad they were that we were there. You could tell on their faces how happy they were.”
PCSP students also served ice cream to residents at Presbyterian Community Home in Clinton. Other students painted, tended the garden, and did yard work at the United Ministries Food Bank. And some helped the facility at the Equestrian Center in Clinton and the Humane Society in Greenwood.
Students, faculty, and staff also volunteered at the Hospice Thrift Store, the Safe Home of Laurens County, and the Harvest Hope Food Bank.
“I love PCSP’s commitment to service,” Wilson said. “I think service is one of the biggest parts of the pharmacy profession and by instilling this value in ourselves now, will make it come more natural when we are out of school.”
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- Presbyterian College pharmacy gives St. Luke’s clinic in Spartanburg a boost, writes the Spartanburg Herald-Journal August 29, 2011
St. Luke’s Free Medical Clinic has joined Presbyterian College’s School of Pharmacy in a new program that is aimed at improving the health of Spartanburg County residents. >> Read the goupstate.com article
- School of Pharmacy partners with Claflin University August 25, 2011
The Presbyterian College School of Pharmacy recently entered into a historic agreement with Claflin University.
The schools’ Three+Four Dual-Degree Articulation Agreement in Bio-chemistry and Pharmacy allows Claflin students to earn a Bachelor of Science degree from Claflin University and a doctorate in pharmacy from the PC School of Pharmacy over a seven-year period.
“The agreement allows the School of Pharmacy to move closer to our stated strategic initiative of achieving a student body and graduating class that more closely matches the population of South Carolina,” said Dr. Dick Stull, dean of the PC School of Pharmacy. “Claflin has a quality program and a rich tradition of graduating students that are community leaders.”
According to Stull, the agreement helps to attract minorities to study in health care fields.
“Approximately 30% of our population is African-American, but less than 10% of our graduating classes in the health professions are minority,” Stull said. “There is a huge health care disparity in our region, and graduating leaders that can help address those problems is significant.
“We have to do a better job, and the Claflin agreement is a great step in the right direction.”
- Students serve the school’s mission August 18, 2011
“We are always looking for ways for our students to provide service to the medically underserved populations,” said Dr. Nancy Hope, assistant professor at the PC School of Pharmacy.
One recent opportunity came when Hope’s friend Rebecca Painter told her that she would be going on a medical mission trip to Africa and needed over-the-counter medications.
Hope made the PC School of Pharmacy students aware. And the students responded.
“With pride, our students brought in tons of items to be sent to Africa,” Hope said. “They even told local pharmacies about the project, and local pharmacies donated items as well.”
The donated items included children’s and adult vitamins, Benadryl, Tylenol, ibuprofen, cough syrup, Pepto-Bismol, Tums, and other over-the-counter medications. First aid kits were also donated.
“It was a great feeling to witness the selfless acts that are consistently projected by our students that extend into the community for the good of serving others,” Hope said.
The donated medications were sorely needed. Doctors and pharmacists saw an average of 600 patients over six days they held medical camp in Jenjaluse and Chemba, two villages in the “bush” of Africa.
“To see just how grateful these people were for the simplest treasures in life that we take for granted every day truly was life changing,” Painter said.
“The PC students were an amazing help and encouragement. They were definitely blessings sent from above.”
- Students lobby for bills in D.C. August 18, 2011
Through certain programs, newly-graduated teachers and physicians can have their student loans forgiven to varying degrees by agreeing to work for a period of time in areas of high need, such as very rural or heavily urban regions of the country. If current legislation in Washington, D.C., is passed, however, then newly degreed pharmacists could have the same benefit.
Last month, rather than brushing up on their summer tans before their rotations start next week, three second-year students from the Presbyterian College School of Pharmacy were able to spend some time with Sen. Lindsey Graham’s aide and ask for his support in the Loan Forgiveness Act.
“As a first-year charter, we were allowed to bring three students to the American Pharmacist Association Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP) leadership conference,” said Matthew Lineberger, president of the local chapter of the group. Other officers — vice president Fairlynn Grooms and treasurer Jeannie Norge — also attended the workshops at the nation’s capital, where they were briefed on the bill and provided opportunities to visit with their state’s senators or their aides to make a case for the bill.
The other bill is one which goes along with the new trends in health care, Lineberger said. The PC School of Pharmacy has rotations and classroom work in place to help its students learn to work alongside physicians to improve the health care for the patient, and Lineberger said that the integrated system has been tried in order to help decrease readmission rates.
“But because it’s not mandated, it’s not working very well, and this legislation would encourage a plan of action” where it is needed, Lineberger said. “It can help us deliver health care more effectively.”
Norge said the opportunity to explain about the importance of bills with Graham’s aide, Leigh Ellen Gray, was exciting.
“Going into it, we did research and found that Sen. Graham was not one of the senators that sponsored either bill,” Norge said, “so our goal was to inform them on the benefits of the two bills and ask him to cosign on the bills.” The Clinton students joined with another pharmacy student from the University of South Carolina School of Pharmacy, so the South Carolinians could go as a unified voice.
The meeting lasted about 20 minutes, Norge said, during which time Gray took notes and agreed to pass everything on to the senator. Although the pharmacy students won’t know for some time whether Graham will comply with their request, the students said it was an important step in their professional training.
“We think it will be very important for students to participate in these opportunities as often as possible,” Lineberger said. Currently, the PC group is about 35 students, and with a new class of 80 coming in next week, he hopes to increase the numbers in the student branch so others can learn to make in impact in the pharmaceutical profession.
- Student is PCSP pioneer August 11, 2011
Alan Rusnak is a true pioneer at the Presbyterian College School of Pharmacy. Rusnak served as a student representative of the Pharmacy Advisory Committee while in the pre-pharmacy program at Tri-County Technical College. The committee regularly met with pharmacy colleges in the state to discuss how the pre-pharmacy students could be best prepared for pharmacy school.
“Dr. Laura Fox (Assistant Dean at the School of Pharmacy) always made a strong impression on me,” Rusnak said. “Not only that they wanted to create the best pharmacy college in the state, but that they wanted me to attend.”
Rusnak was excited about the prospect of being part of the first class to build the program. And his first year at the school exceeded his expectations. He formed strong friendships with the other members of the one class sharing the 52,000-square foot building. Plus, he volunteered in the School of Pharmacy’s free clinic, living out the school’s commitment to service.
The first-year work was challenging too.
“Admittedly, I’ve had to work harder than ever before, but the work has been with a purpose,” Rusnak said. “We aren’t sitting around learning a bunch of useless facts and figures. Our classes have actual relevance to the job we’re going to be performing in the future.”
Rusnak is continuing work this summer, conducting cancer research with assistant professor Dr. Christopher Farrell. The two are comparing DNA samples taken from patients with colorectal cancer to determine the genes that may be involved in cancer formation.
“Since the pharmacy program is just starting, this has been the school’s first research project,” Rusnak said. “It has been a wonderful opportunity this summer for me to gain some experience working with real experts in the field and build up some of the necessary skills involved in doing research.”
- PCSP awarded candidate status June 15, 2011
The Presbyterian College School of Pharmacy program has been awarded Candidate status by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) Board during their June 2011 meeting. The granting of Candidate status denotes a developmental program that is expected to mature in accordance with stated plans by the time the first class has graduated. Granting of Candidate status brings rights and privileges of Full accreditation.
For more information on the ACPE accreditation process, consult the Office of the Dean at 864-938-3900, firstname.lastname@example.org, or the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education 20 North Clark Street, Suite 2500, Chicago, IL 60602-5109, 312/644-3575; FAX 312/664-4652, web site www.acpe-accredit.org.
- Dr. Fox provides disaster relief May 25, 2011
On April 28, 2011 a tornado ripped through northern Alabama and devastated parts of Huntsville. A few days later, Dr. Laura Fox, PCSP Assistant Dean for Professional and Student Affairs, arrived as part of a disaster relief group from the Southern Baptist Convention to help. Dr. Fox worked as part of the Crisis Intervention team, assisting people affected to stabilize and regain control of their lives, defuse the emotional overload caused by the disaster, and to restore equilibrium in individuals by helping them cope with crisis reactions in order to minimize their long-term stress. The team’s goal was to help Huntsville residents make their first step toward rebuilding a sense of safety and hope.
- Dr. Reeder receives national recognition May 7, 2011
The Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP) and its philanthropic arm, the Foundation for Managed Care Pharmacy (FMCP), recognized a group of outstanding individuals who exemplify the best of managed care pharmacy. At a gala awards dinner April 27, the Steven G. Avey Award, the highest award conferred by FMCP, was presented to Gene Reeder RPh, PhD. FMCP confers this award upon an individual who has demonstrated sustained, exemplary and distinguished service to the profession of managed care pharmacy over the course of a lifetime.
Dr. Reeder has held numerous leadership positions at the Academy, including as Treasurer and President in 2002-2003. He also is an AMCP Fellow and was recognized in 2006 with the AMCP Distinguished Service Award. Widely viewed as a top thought leader in the field of managed care pharmacy, Dr. Reeder is Professor of Pharmacy Administration at the Presbyterian College School of Pharmacy and has been a Professor of Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research at the University of South Carolina College of Pharmacy.
“Dr. Reeder’s concern and insistence of integrity, and his superbly balanced analytical approach to consideration of multi-faceted issues have combined to make him a trusted leader for the profession,” said Richard Zabinski, President of the FMCP Board of Trustees. “He has never lost sight of the fact that servicing the patient is the ultimate goal.”
- Teacher of the Year announced April 28, 2011
PCSP’s Inaugural Class of 2014 recently honored Dr. David Eagerton as Teacher of the Year. 2010-2011 was Dr. Eagerton’s first year as a teacher, and he was seemingly born to the job. His award was presented by Class of 2014 student Brittany Halka. Dr. Eagerton, who came to PCSP by way of law enforcement, was described as being both “respected and beloved” by his students, filling his lectures with anecdotes from his fascinating career at SLED.
- President’s List students recognized April 28, 2011
Dr. Cliff Fuhrman, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs recognized those PCSP students from the Inaugural Class of 2014 who had achieved President’s List Honors for the Fall Semester. The President’s List seeks to honor those students who achieved a 4.0 GPA during the fall 2010 semester. The students are:
- Honor Council members recognized April 28, 2011
Dr. Laura Fox, Assistant Dean for Professional and Student Affairs, recognized members of the Honor Council for the 2010-2011 Academic year as a part of the end of year Award Recognition ceremony. Members of the PCSP Honor Council who were recognized include:
Julie Knox, Chair
Missy O’Dell, Secretary
David Eagerton, Faculty Coordinator
Nancy Hope, Secretary
Gene Reeder, Chair of Appeals Board
Laura Fox, ex officio
Cliff Fuhrman, ex officio
- Outstanding Student Leadership & Student Service Awards April 28, 2011
At PCSP’s first honor ceremony for P1 students, student Jennifer Carter was honored for the Outstanding Student Leadership award while student Michelle Crandall was honored for the Outstanding Student Service award.
- Entrepreneurial Networking April 18, 2011
The Center for Entrepreneurial Development sponsored an evening for entrepreneurial networking and gathering of mentors and students Continue reading →
- Walgreens Diversity Grant April 18, 2011
The Presbyterian College School of Pharmacy has recently been awarded a Walgreens Diversity grant in the amount of $10,000. The purpose of the funding is to develop, Continue reading →
- Diabetes Alert Day March 29, 2011
March 22, 2011 – In honor of American Diabetes Association Alert Day, students from the Presbyterian College School of Pharmacy set up a booth outside the Self Regional Healthcare Clinic Continue reading →
- Boys and Girls Club March 16, 2011
Presbyterian College School of Pharmacy faculty, staff, and students were hard at work all week raising funds to support the local Boys and Girls Club of the Upstate. The Boys and Girls Club is an organization designed to help children succeed. They provide resources for students to pursue their dreams of going to college and also help them work toward future career goals. The faculty and students of Presbyterian College School of Pharmacy want to see our future generations succeed and have some of the many blessings and opportunities that we have had in pursing our education and careers. In order to raise the funds, students purchased breakfast and lunch with proceeds going to the Boys and Girls Club throughout the week, and the students also donated baked goods that were sold on campus to benefit the Boys and Girls Club. We want to thank Steamer’s for donating a portion of their sales on Monday, our faculty for donating breakfast on Tuesday, and our students for donating baked goods on Wednesday. We are delighted to be able to give back to the community, a portion of what has been given to us.
- American Heart Month February 25, 2011
Pharmacy Students Raise Heart Awareness
February 16, 2011 – In honor of the American Heart Association’s “American Heart Month,” students from the Presbyterian College Continue reading →
- CPR Certification February 3, 2011
Pharmacy Students Receive CPR Certification
January 24, 2011 - Pharmacy students from the Presbyterian College Pharmacy School received CPR and rescue breathing training from the American Heart Continue reading →
- PCSP Alumnae September 8, 2010
Nancy Hope ’04 and Erin Grogan ‘09 found a way to do what most alumni think about doing: stay at PC. But, instead of becoming career students, the two joined the staff of the Presbyterian College School of Pharmacy. Continue reading →