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Dr. Sarah Sweitzer Named PC Scholar of the Year

April 18, 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 with the Presbyterian College Scholar of the Year Award. This prestigious award is presented annually 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. Read more here...

ACPE Review

The accreditation team came to PCSP April 9-10, 2013, to conduct interviews and review our program. This was a scheduled visit that all new programs have during the end of their third year. The results of the review will be presented to the ACPE Board in June for approval of “Continued Candidate Status.” This review is done in anticipation of our full accreditation review visit next year at the same time. 
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 The Presbyterian College School of Pharmacy was informed on April 23, 2013 that the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Department (NICHD) funded our application for a Biomedical/Biobehavioral Research Administration Development (BRAD) grant. The designated Extramural Associate (EA) is Ms. Genevra Kelly, Director of Grants and Sponsored Projects. The grant is funded over five years for $440,000. The purpose of the grant is to develop the administrative structure to support graduate and undergraduate faculty in their research and grant-seeking activities.


The Presbyterian College School of Pharmacy (PCSP) Wellness Center sponsored the first annual March on Health, a community wide health fair, on March 23, 2013. Faculty and students participated in offering free health screenings and health information to members of the community. Guest speakers included Mary Beth Oxendine, author and cooking show host, and local physicians, Dr. Holbrook Raynal and Dr. Kurt Heitman. The PCSP Wellness Center is dedicated to promoting personal and community well-being through health and resource awareness, educational programming, and service to Presbyterian College and the surrounding community. Drs. Kayce Shealy, Eileen Ward, Sarah Abrams, and Tiffaney Threatt have helped to develop the Wellness Center at PCSP. As a result of their efforts in providing diabetes education to the community, they have received a mention in the Wall Street Journal article “In Diabetes Care, a Push to Simplify.”


Awards and Scholarships


- We are so proud of our students and faculty mentors!  PC Pharmacy School had a strong presence at the South Carolina Society of Health-System Pharmacists on March 24-26, 2013 in Charleston.  We had six student presenters and nine faculty mentors represented.

- Honors Day 2013 was held at Presbyterian College on Thursday, May 18. Research completed at the Pharmacy School was presented in 11 poster and oral presentations. This was the work of six pharmacy students and seven undergraduates (biology, chemistry, psychology). These projects were mentored by eight pharmacy faculty.

- Student Jennifer Carter, along with her faculty mentor Dr. Nancy Goodbar, was chosen as a recipient of the 2013 AACP Walmart Scholars Program.  AACP and Walmart share the commitment to help colleges and schools of pharmacy ensure there are an adequate number of well-prepared individuals who aspire to join the faculties of our expanding programs across the country.

- PCSP held its annual Awards Day on April 30, 2013. We have 78 students on the Dean's Recognition List and 10 students on the President's Recognition List for their academic successes. Dr. Chris Farrell was named PCSP Professor of the Year for 2013. More awards here.

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Publications and Awards


- Drs. Scott Asbill and Sarah Sweitzer have been awarded a $10,000 grant from the International Association for Compounding Pharmacists.  The title of their project is “Are Compounded Gels Efficacious?  The In Vitro and In Vivo Testing of Compounded Gels Using PAMPA, Porcine Skin and Formalin Pain Model.”

- Dr. Chris Farrell presented his research at the SC INBRE Spring Symposium on Saturday, April 20 2013.  His presentation was “Somatic Alterations in FGD1 Gene of Breast Tumors” and included three pharmacy student researchers (Danielle Van Delden, Laura Dajani, and Alan Rusnak) and Dr. Nancy Pedigo. He also presented his research at the IDeA Networks of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE) meeting.  In addition, he was recently invited to speak at Winthrop University on his research on “Identification of Somatic Mutations in the CSMD1 Gene of Colorectal Tumors.”

Drs. Nancy Goodbar, Jaime Foushee, and David Eagerton.  Analysis of the HCG Diet on Patient Outcomes, The Annals of Pharmacotherapy. 2013 (in press).

- Drs. Happe LE, Walker D. Pharmacy Students for an Evolving Health Care Delivery System Through the Use of Grey Literature. Am J Pharm Educ. 2013 (in press).

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- The Pharmica FC (Pharmacy School soccer team) was one of six teams of the past intramural soccer league at PC. After five undefeated games during the regular league, they continued undefeated in the semifinal game, which they won 6-1. The final game was an excellent match between the best teams of the league. The very diverse Pharmacy team played cohesively, with great focus and accurate organization throughout the game.

- 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, as the Senate and the House are currently discussing several bills that will directly impact pharmacy practice, according to Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice Dr. Kayce ShealyRead more here…

- PCSP rolled out a brand new Pharmacy Research Summer Interns Program (PRSI) 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 gain a competitive edge in the job market and for undergraduate, pre-pharmacy students to strengthen their Pharmacy School applications.

Serving in the Community

- APhA-ASP celebrated March as National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month and planned several fundraising events through the week of March 18-22, 2013 for Colon Cancer Research.  Profits raised will be donated to Colon Cancer Research of South Carolina.

-SNPhA hosted a HIV/AIDS awareness panel on  April 16, 2013 with a panel consisting of Dr. Eddie Grace, Taisha Williams (Director of Case Management at Upper Savannah Care Services), and one of her clients currently living with HIV. The panel discussed the many trials, struggles, and stigmas associated with having HIV/AIDS and how many people cope with these challenges on a daily basis.

- P2 student Michael Cohen, Ms. Genevra Kelly, and Dr. Sarah Abrams headed up the first Annual March on Health 5K run/walk and Children's Fun Run on April 13, 2013 at the Bailey Memorial Stadium on main campus.  As part of the March for Wellness, a month-long initiative by PCSP and its sponsors, the goal was to raise money for Clinton Family YMCA scholarships. 

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PCSP Wellness Center

The mission of the Presbyterian College School of Pharmacy (PCSP) Wellness Center is to promote personal and community well-being through health and resource awareness, educational programming, and service to Presbyterian College and the surrounding community. Our initiatives focus on providing the knowledge and skills necessary to improve and maintain health.

Employee health services is one component of the PCSP Wellness Center and includes annual health screenings and flu shots for PC faculty, staff, and spouses enrolled in the school’s Wellness Program.  For the 2012-2013 year, nearly 250 health screenings were conducted and 140 flu shots were administered. Additionally, 136 students of the School of Pharmacy, who interact with patients in the community, received the flu vaccine. 

Diabetes education, another component of the PCSP Wellness Center, is the cornerstone of diabetes management. These educational classes provide people with diabetes the tools and knowledge related to nutrition, exercise, medication, and monitoring to foster self-management of the condition. Over 120 patients have been referred by their primary care providers for diabetes education since January of 2012.


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